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
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.
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