Lecturer Gabriel Ibarra was born and raised in Fresno, CA.
Gabriel earned his BA in Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2003. He completed his MFA (Poetry) from California State University, Fresno in 2011, where he was an Honorable Mention for the 2011 Ernesto Trejo Poetry Prize, awarded by the Academy of American Poets, judged by the late Philip Levine.
His poetry has been published in The Packinghouse Review. Wanting to honor his roots as Puentista, Gabriel served from 2014 to 2016 as a Puente Program mentor at Fresno City College. Currently, he teaches as a full time English lecturer at Fresno State. In the community, he volunteers as a board member for the Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter, whose goal is to connect multiple generations of Fresno writers.