Event 24: Community Conversation and Writing Session for Dignidad Literaria

The Holistic Cultural and Education Wellness Center, January 2020

At the end of January 2020, we hosted an informal community conversation & writing session in solidarity with #dignidadliteraria. This was a space for our local literary community (of all ages!) to come together to connect, talk, reflect, and plan in response to public conversations surrounding American Dirt, #ownvoices lit, & publishing.
Huge thank you to The Holistic Cultural & Education Wellness Center and The Fresno Center for providing their beautiful space for this gathering 

Event 23: The Big Gay Cabaret

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, January 2020

We loved collaborating with Fecund Stitch and The Fools Collaborative to participate in the 3rd Annual Big Gay Cabaret, benefitting the 30th Annual Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival. Our guest writers, Jamie Moore & Arielle Jones, brought powerful storytelling to a joyful musical cabaret. Event info here.

The Fools Collaborative's performer promo flier for Arielle Jones
The Fools Collaborative’s performer promo flier for Arielle Jones
The Fools Collaborative's performer promo flier for Jamie Moore
The Fools Collaborative’s performer promo flier for Jamie Moore

Event 22: Fresno Writers for Migrant Justice

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.

Group photo of writers and organizers for the Fresno event outside the Back Room of at the Revue
Writers and (some) of the organizers for the Fresno event in front of the venue after the event.
Photo by Jackie Ryle
Flier for Fresno’s Writers for Migrant Justice 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

Photo of some of the crowd at the event, from the stage perspective. Photo by Marisol Baca
Photo by Marisol Baca
Yellow background with text reading Mil gracias a nuestras traductoras, Deyanire Del Toro, Laura Gonzalez, Aideed Medina, Marycia Lozano Rankin, Dayanna Sevilla, Ambar Soto, Grisanti Valencia, Brenda Venezia. English/Spanish Translations included within chapbook available at event, translations projected during reading.
Image of box of chapbook copies available at event, created by the Chicanx Writers and Artists Association at Fresno State
Photo by Mariah Bosch
Close-up photo of buttons created by BakaGirlJewelry for the event. Buttons say Migrant Justice in all-caps, with drawing of people with arms raised and mouths open.
Buttons created for the event by Kimberly Baca of BakaGirlJewelry
Photo by Marisol Baca
Video by Arielle Jones

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.

Event 21: Xicana Weird Fiction Reading and Book Launch Party for Monique Quintana

Event: Xicana Weird Fiction Reading and Book Launch Party for Monique Quintana’s Cenote City

El Patio, April 2019

Readers: Teresa Chacón, Jessica Santillan, Carribean Fragoza, Monique Quintana


Event 20: Fresno Women Read Workshop at Watchale 2019

Event: Public workshop, “You Can Make it Glow: Community Organizing and Creating Space for Yourself, with Fresno Women Read,” at the Puente Program’s First Annual Watchale Workshop at College of the Sequoias, organized by Jamie Moore

College of the Sequoias, Visalia, April 2019

Workshop Instructor: Brenda Venezia


Event 18: Third Annual Community Reading with Women Writers of Color—Central Valley

Event: Fresno Women Read’s Third Annual Community Reading, A Collaboration with Women Writers of Color—Central Valley and Dulce UpFront

Dulce UpFront, January 2019

Readers: Mia De La Cerda, Carribean Fragoza, HAUNTIE, Cassandra Little, Lena Zaghmouri, Aideed Medina, Payton Polanco, Janae Quarles, Marissa Raigoza, Frances Rundle, Estela Molina Sue, Ria Williams


Event 17: Readers for RAÍCES

Event: Readers for RAÍCES: A collaborative fundraiser with Fecund Stitch, the Hmong American Writers Circle, Fresno Women Read, and the Chicanx Writers and Artists Association, organized by Steven Sanchez

Collect Coffee Bar, June 2018

Readers: Marisol Baca, Emilia Mew, David Campos, Ethan Chatagnier, Ronald Dzerigian, Carole Firstman, Esmeralda Gamez, HAUNTIE, Javier Lopez, Nancy Hernandez, Melanie Kachadoorian, Xai Lee, Aideed Medina, Jamie Moore, Monique Quintana, Brenda Venezia, Andre Yang, and more through open mic


Event 15: Fresno Women Read at Rogue Festival 2018

Event: Fresno Women Read at Rogue Festival: “Mothers & Daughters Gone Rogue”

Spectrum Art Gallery, March 2018

Readers: Natalie Rangel, Aideed Medina, Maya Vannini, Samina Najmi