Meet Fresno’s 5th poet laureate: Megan Anderson Bohigian

Fresno has a new poet laureate.

Megan Anderson Bohigian is a local educator, poet, and literary arts organizer.

The Fresno Arts Council announced the nomination. From the press release:

“When I got the call, it didn’t occur to me [it was] about [my] nomination,” Bohigian wrote in an email. “I was quite speechless.”

Although Bohigian is still deciding which topics and literary projects she would like to work on as the incoming City of Fresno Poet Laureate, one thing is certain: “I want everyone in Fresno to know what an extraordinary writing community they have here, and to be proud of it. Writing is solitary. This past year has been a vast exercise in solitude, so this nomination felt like validation, and a leap for me. It was a huge ‘welcome back to the world’ moment.”

She will serve for two years in the honorary role. Previous poets laureate include James Tyner, Lee Herrick, S. Bryan Medina, and Marisol Baca.


Bohigian wrote a poem for the beginning of her term, which began Thursday with an official acknowledgement by the Fresno City Council.


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.

Comments (1)

  • Jackie Ryle

    Congratulations to Megan. Thank you for the story, Donald, and the opportunity to head Megan read her wonderful Poem about and for Fresno


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