The English Department offers many opportunities outside of the classroom to get involved with your campus and the community. Our student organizations provide a great way to meet new friends with common interests, connect more deeply with your major, get to know faculty and alumni, enhance leadership and professional skills, and serve the community.
Chicanx Writers and Artists Association
Founded in 1991 by writers Andrés Montoya and Daniel Chacón, the Chicanx Writers and Artists Association is a collective of students that seeks to diversify and politicize the creative community of Fresno State and the Central Valley through literary events and projects.
The annual publication of CWAA is the Flies, Cockroaches and Poets journal, which highlights the work of Fresno State students. The journal has also been published under the name Pachuco Children Hurl Stones.
2016-17 leadership: Mireyda Barraza Martinez (president); Paul Sanchez (vice president); and Anthony Cody (treasurer)
Adviser: Dr. William Arcé
San Joaquin Literary Association
Founded in 2004, the San Joaquin Literary Association is a student organization at Fresno State that promotes literary events throughout the community and brings authors to Fresno for readings and workshops both on and off campus. Most members are graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.
The SJLA's big annual spring event is WordFest, which features readings and craft talks with nationally renowned authors.
2016-17 leadership: Alysha Hoffa (president); Gilliann Hensley (vice president); Mary Pickett (secretary); Eddie P. Gomez (treasurer); Matt Kenerly (social media)
Adviser: Brenda Venezia
Sigma Tau Delta honors society
The Fresno State chapter of Sigma Tau Delta aims to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies; we exist to provide cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities. In short, we want to bring the English loving community together to reach new academic heights and to be more social. Join today and join a talented group of like-minded individuals. We recruit in the fall and spring. Join us!
Undergraduate Membership: Candidates must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank at least in the highest thirty-five percent of his/her class, and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work. Candidates for undergraduate membership need not be majoring or minoring in the discipline of English.
Graduate Membership: Candidates who did not hold undergraduate membership must be enrolled in a graduate program in English or one of its specializations, have completed six semester hours of graduate work or the equivalent, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
2016-17 leadership: Guadalupe Remigio Ortega (president); Bryce Downing (vice president); Tegan Jones (secretary); Debbie Sayachack (treasurer); Melissa Villegas (public relations)
Adviser: Dr. Rubén Casas
Students of English Studies Association
The Students of English Studies Association (SESA) is a re-started graduate-level organization with the hope to bring forth a stronger sense of community within the MA and MFA programs. Our goal is to reestablish an organization that once brought English grad students closer together, providing support for one another, and bettering the English and Creative Writing programs at Fresno State with camaraderie.
The organization aims to bring a graduate-level English conference back to Fresno every fall that is student-run and centered on the writings of grad students in all disciplines of English Studies and from all over, not just from Fresno State. The purpose of having a graduate-level conference is to provide career experience for those of us who wish to go on and continue in our education.
For more ways to engage through campus clubs and organizations, visit the websites for the Student Involvement office, the Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, and for Associated Students, Inc.