LitHop 2018 welcomes CARMEN GIMENEZ SMITH as festival headliner! ————————————————Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir and six poetry collections, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle award in poetry. She was awarded an American Book Award for her memoir Bring Down the Little Birds (University of Arizona Press, 2010) and the Juniper Prize for Poetry for her collection Goodbye, Flicker (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012). She also co-edited Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing, an anthology of contemporary Latinx writing (Counterpath Press, 2014). She is chair of the planning committee for CantoMundo and is the publisher of Noemi Press. Her most recent collection is Cruel Futures (City Lights 2018). Be Recorder (forthcoming, Graywolf Press 2019). She is Professor of English at Virginia Tech and, with Stephanie Burt, poetry editor of The Nation.
**OFFICIAL STATEMENT** Fresno City College and the LitHop 2018 organizers wish to send condolences to the Bush family and we join the rest of our country in mourning the loss of our former First Lady, Barbara Bush. The headline speaker for LitHop 2018, Randa Jarrar, has informed the LitHop organizers that she will not be a participant in this weekend’s events, which included her appearance at Fresno City College Saturday evening. Fresno City College and LitHop 2018 support her decision to withdraw. While we respect the right to free speech, even objectionable speech, Jarrar’s statements are her own and do not reflect the values of LitHop or Fresno City College. We acknowledge the severity of her statements and take very seriously the concerns expressed throughout the community. The safety of each individual, including Jarrar’s, and all members of the LitHop and Fresno City College community is our paramount concern. We do not support violence or threats on social media or elsewhere; rather, we value civil discourse and look forward to the necessary healing ahead. LitHop 2018 events will continue as scheduled with a different headline reader to be announced soon.
Keep your eyes peeled for these window decals identifying our official venues for #LitHop2018 🔥 Be sure to support our participating venues, they include @revue_fresno 🥧#spectrumartgallery 🖼 @shredfresno 🏄🏻♂️ @hitop_fresno ☕️ #hartshavenbookstore 📚 @thebrassunicorn 🦄 @Cindy’s_froyo 🍦@goldsteinsbeer 🍻#LitHop2018 #LitHopFresno #supportlocal
🎉Congratulations🎉 to our friends at @fresno_state @fresnostatecah for a wildly successful symposium 🎼together we’ll be a song🎼 over the weekend. So many talented individuals gathered to honor the work and legacy of the poet Andres Montoya. 💫 It was also wonderful to see so many #lithopfresno readers presenting work and attending the many events! ✏️ Ask them about the symposium when you see them at #lithop18 this weekend! 📚
A special 🌺THANK YOU🌺 to the NINE venues 🏠 hosting readings across the Tower District 🎉 for -#LitHop18 📓They are: @revue_fresno @shredfresno @cindys_froyo #thebrassunicorn #hartshavenbookstore @fresnocitycollege @goldsteinsbeer @hitop_fresno #spectrumartgallery WE LOVE THESE BUSINESSES AND HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THEM #lithopfresno
Congratulations are in order for #fresnofamous @jeffresno Jefferson Beavers! He has been awarded the inaugural Masumoto Family Fellowship for 2017-18. The fellowship comes with a cash award as well as opportunities to create place-based writing and art in collaboration with the Masumoto family. You can read Jefferson's conversation with Nikiko Masumoto about his relationship with the Valley, creativity, and projects to which he has given so generously of his time and talents. ✒️📘📓🖌⭐️
We can't wait to see audiences pack this auditorium again on April 29! We appreciate all of our participating venues. They include: The Brass Unicorn, Shredworthy // Fresno, Teazer's, Spectrum Art Gallery, Mia Cuppa, Dianna's Studio of Dance, Hart's Haven, Goldstein's Mortuary and Deli, Cindy's Frozen Yogurt, and Fresno City College. Please be sure to support these local businesses! #fresno #fresnowriters #lithop2017