Steven Church, author, co-editor of the Normal School literary magazine and a teacher in the California State University, Fresno Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, will read from his new books Friday, July 2, in the CSU Summer Arts program.

Church’s reading is part of the public performance component of CSU Summer Arts, a month-long program of courses taught by experts in cultural arts who also participate in public concerts, lectures and exhibitions. In its 12th year at Fresno State, CSU Summer Arts is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Church, the author of “The Day after the Day After: My Atomic Angst,” “Theoretical Killings: Essays & Accidents” and “The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record,” will read at 7 p.m. Friday, July 2, at the Conley Lecture Hall in the Phebe Conley Arts Building. Admission costs $10; $7 for students and seniors.

Week 2 of the first 2010 CSU Summer Arts session begins with a day off from public performances to observe the Independence Day holiday Sunday, July 4, then moves into full swing with readings by poet Leslie Heywood and a lecture about animation by Pixar Studios animator Andrew Gordon, who worked on the recently released “Toy Story 3.”

The two-week courses conclude with student culminations that are free and open to the public, beginning with memoir writing on Thursday, July 8, and adding seven culminations on Friday, July 9

Details about CSU Summer Arts are at