The Back Room at Revue, September 2019
Part of a nationwide network of 40+ literary fundraising events, all held on September 4, 2019. Link to national page here. Over 150 people attended our local event, where we raised almost $2k, and the nationwide effort raised over $40k to donate to Immigrant Families Together. Fresno’s writers participating in this event: Juan Felipe Herrera, Marisol Baca, Venita Blackburn, Sarah A. Chavez, David Campos, Carribean Fragoza, Juan Luis Guzman, Lee Herrick, Aideed Medina, and Brynn Saito. All our writers also contributed work to a bilingual chapbook available for donation at the event. Huge thank-you to Christopher Soto and the rest of the national organizers for creating this important, powerful collaborative event.
Thank you to the many organizers, creators, writers, translators, donors, and volunteers who came together to make Fresno’s event happen. Special shout-outs to the Back Room at the Review for hosting us in your beautiful space; to our many organizers, including Brenda Venezia, Marisol Baca, Jamie Moore, and Steven Sanchez; emcee Matt Espinosa-Watson; the team from Fresno State’s Chicanx Writers and Artists Association who put together our Fresno Writers for Migrant Justice chapbook, headed by Mariah Bosch and Esmeralda Gamez; to all our writers and translators; thank you to Univision’s Despierta Valle Central for talking with us about our event on your show; and to photography by Derek and Lorissa Garza Rankin of This Very Moment Photography
THANK YOU, too, to our many additional volunteers, advisors, and community in attendance both in person and through online donations. Shout-outs to Kimberly Baca of BakaGirlJewelry for buttons, Jefferson Beavers, Curtis Messer, Watchale Writers Workshop, Arielle Jones, Monique Quintana, CantoMundo, Reforma Del Valle Central, Marquee Presentations, Fresno City College’s Latino Faculty and Staff Association, Dr. Cristina Herrera and Fresno State’s CLAS department, Gabriela Encinas and the Fresno State Dream Success Center, Dr. Rosa Toro and student Research Assistants in the IFACES Lab at Fresno State, Fresno State’s Latino Faculty and Staff Association, and photography by Tony Vang and Gao Yang-Vang. More photos and video clips in our Instagram highlight, linked here.