Fresno State poetry events bring the excitement of a live reading via Zoom

Fresno State

Yes, you have to acknowledge that a poetry reading can be pretty great when you’re right there in the room with the poet. It’s easy for the speaker to forge a strong emotional connection with the audience.

But in-person poetry readings are scarce these days, for obvious reasons. What you might not realize is that a Zoom-type interaction with an artist can still be surprisingly intimate.

Two upcoming poetry events at Fresno State give you a chance to find out::

Author Reading: Larissa Mercado-López

Date: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

Admission: $5.

Fresno State presents Fresno Writers Live, a virtual reading with Larissa Mercado-López (pictured above), author of the bilingual children’s book “Esteban de Luna, Baby Rescuer!” / “Esteban de Luna, ¡Rescatador de Bebés!”


The event will be held online via Zoom. You can register to attend here.

Details: or 559-278-1569.

Fresno State

Author Reading: Juan Felipe Herrera and Anthony Cody

Date: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.

Admission: $10.

Fresno State presents El Nuevo Huevo Book Hatching, a virtual gathering featuring readings by U.S. Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera (above left), author of the new poetry collection “Every Day We Get More Illegal,” and Anthony Cody (above right), author of the poetry collection “Borderland Apocrypha,} as well as readings from Laureate fellows.

The event will be held online via Zoom. Register to attend here.

Details: or 559-278-1569.

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Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

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