Creative writing program hosts award-winning authors

Fri, Jan 30, 2015 - 11:29am

Six national award-winning authors, two of whom are on Fresno State’s creative writing faculty, will be presenting their literary works to the public every Friday at 7 p.m. in the Alice Peters Auditorium for the next two months.

The series began last Friday with author Chelsea Wagenaar, an instructor and doctoral fellow in poetry at the University of North Texas. Wagenaar read from her Philip Levine prize-winning poetry collection “Mercy Spurs the Bone.”

Communication specialist for the master of fine arts program in creative writing, Jefferson Beavers hopes people attending the spring series will be engaged by the...

Photographer documenting Ebola dies of apparent heart attack

Fri, Dec 12, 2014 - 12:18pm

A Pulitzer-prize winning Washington Postphotojournalist most recently known for his haunting images of the Ebola crisis in Liberia died Thursday afternoon of an apparent heart attack. Michel du Cille was 58-years-old.

Du Cille, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, was in the news in October after Syracuse University withdrew an invitation for him to show his photographs from Liberia and discuss his experiences at a conference due to fears about the spread of Ebola.

The photojournalist was on assignment for the Post when he collapsed after returning from a village in Liberia's Bong County,...

Spirit of Innovation

Thu, Dec 11, 2014 - 12:05pm

The Korean American Women’s Association of Dallas is a busy group. Members not only promote Korean culture, they also give back to the community in many ways. One way is to help the homeless during the holidays. This year, instead of serving meals at Union Gospel Mission in Dallas, the members decided to focus on women.

About a dozen members headed over to Center of Hope in Dallas on Friday. Association president Jane Kang said they provided dinner for about 150 women and children.

“We served them a variety of traditional Korean foods made specially for them,” Kang said.

The nonprofit also donated five new...

Rethink motives, and budget, when buying kids’ holiday gifts

Wed, Dec 10, 2014 - 11:39am

Hold up your hands and wave the white flag. Any argument about the holidays being too commercial is over, considering that lighted trees are in some store windows even before summer is officially over.

Still, the trend toward Hallothanksmas doesn’t have to cross the threshold to your home and affect your kids. Specifically, parents don’t have to let three months of marketing bombs force them into guilt and buying their kids mountains of presents.

“I have seen many parents over the years who struggle with guilt about what they don’t give their child, and they overdo the holiday presents in some less-than-conscious...

'Generation One': Helping Kids Learn English -- And Spanish, Too

Tue, Dec 9, 2014 - 10:59am

North Texas schools have transformed the way they teach English – by teaching Spanish, too. 

Dual language programs are the focus of the latest installment in a KERA American Graduate series called Generation One.

At Bowie Elementary in Grand Prairie, Spanish-speaking kids are...