Thank You!

Wow. Just wow.

Thank you to EVERYONE who attended a reading, discovered a new writer, purchased a book or made a donation during LitHop 2016!

Over 140 writers across all genres congregated in Fresno’s historic Tower District on April 23, including the winner of the prestigious 2016 Walt Whitman Award, Mai Der Vang, and the nation’s first Chicano U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera.

Did you miss it? See what happened at #LitHop2016 on Facebook, Twitter, The Fresno Bee, and Vida en el Valle. Ask your friends.


  Special Thanks to Our Community Partners & Volunteers

Event Marketing Partners

Fresno City College, Fresno Arts Council

Participating Venues

Fresno City College, Mia Cuppa Caffé, Goldstein’s Mortuary & Delicatessen, Teazer World Tea Market, Hart’s Haven Used Bookstore, Cindy’s Frozen Yogurt and Desserts, The Spectrum Art Gallery, Fulton Street Art, Tower Sports Club

Planning Committee

Lee Herrick, Lisa Herrick, Marisol Baca, Steven Church, Andrea Mele, Randa Jarrar, David Campos, Michael Medrano, Andre Yang

Community Volunteers

Alex Edwards, Ernie Garcia, Eddie Gomez, Jean Carroll, Alyssa Hoffa, Curtis Messer, Jennifer M. Dean, Bryan Keith, Mike Cole, Gloria Pompa-Beal, Kinborough Murray

Special Thanks

Devoya Mayo for providing music assistance with the headliner event featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

Donald Munro, The Fresno Bee

Michael Medrano, Host of KFCF‘s “Pakatelas”

Lilia Gonzalez-Chavez, Executive Director of Fresno Arts Council

Tim Z. Hernandez, Co-Host of KTEP’s “Words on a Wire”

The next generation of readers and writers

. . . AND YOU!

Thank you for making this a magical day-and-night filled with community, connection, and celebration for the literary arts.

We loved meeting you all at LitHop 2016!


LitHop is a Fresno Poet Laureate initiative founded by Lee Herrick, and is a fundraiser for the Fresno Arts Council. To learn more about the Fresno Poet Laureate, visit 

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The Fresno Arts Council (FAC) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to “enrich peoples lives through the arts.” To learn how you can foster the arts in Fresno, visit: