Artists Jaime-Becerra, Anthony to perform on campus

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Artists Jaime-Becerra, Anthony to perform on campus

Two accomplished artists from Southern California will visit Fresno State this spring for events presented by the Chicanx Writers and Artists Association. The organization uses the term Chicanx, as opposed to Chicano, to reflect solidarity for gender neutrality and fluidity.

A reading from novelist Michael Jaime-Becerra will be March 20, and a performance from multi-genre artist Adelina Anthony will be April 17.

A native of El Monte, Jaime-Becerra won a California Book Award, the Silver Medal for a First Work of Fiction, for his book “Every Night is Ladies’ Night,” a collection of interrelated stories set in the 1980s. USA Today called the collection, “a love letter to the city in which he was raised, a place where luck is in short supply but hope survives, as quiet and resilient as the sunrise.” Jaime-Becerra, who teaches creative writing at University of California, Riverside, is also author of the novel “This Time Tomorrow,” which won an International Latino Book Award.

Jaime-Becerra’s reading and book signing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Business building, Room 191) inside the University Business Center. Parking is free in suggested lots P5 and P6.

A poet, actress and film director, Anthony is the author of the plays “Las Hociconas: Three Locas with Big Mouths and Even Bigger Brains,” and is co-author of the collection “Tragic Bitches: An Experiment in Queer Xicana & Xicano Perfomance Poetry.” Her work explores the intersections of identity with colonization, feminism, trauma, memory, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, immigration and issues affecting the LGBTQ community. She has been featured in the magazines Colorlines, Frontiers in L.A., Adelante and other publications.

Anthony’s performance and book signing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gottschalks Gallery (Peters Business building) inside the University Business Center. Parking is free in suggested lots P5 and P6.

Founded in 1991 by writers Andrés Montoya and Daniel Chacón, the Chicanx Writers and Artists Association is a collective of students that seeks to diversify and politicize the creative community of the Central Valley through on-campus events and publication projects.

For more information, contact Monique Quintana at march27@mail.fresnostate.edu or 559.278.1569.