Our Story


In the summer of 2015, we had a crazy idea: What if?

What if we got together with our community of creators, artists, writers, community organizers, teachers, students, and parents to organize a literary festival for our community — designed and driven by our own literary community?

The result: over 140 writers arrived in Fresno’s historic Tower District (across all ages and literary genres), 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. THOUSANDS of people showed up to discover their literary tribes, and we built a community together. It was amazing.

Best of all: it was 100% FREE!

If you didn’t get a chance to experience LitHop 2016 yourself, take a peek at last year’s program and walking map below.

View/Print: LitHop 2016 Poster | Walking Map | Full Schedule

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LitHop is a Fresno Poet Laureate initiative founded by Lee Herrick, and is a fundraiser for the Fresno Arts Council. All events are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome during LitHop events to help support poetry programs from the Fresno Arts Council. 


Small is Mighty: Team LitHop 2017

LitHop is powered by parents, teachers, media makers, writers, and neighbors who believe that it’s  important to celebrate Fresno’s rich literary legacy. If you would be interested in volunteering for next year’s festival, please contact us today!

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Download & Print the LitHop 2017 Guide: Schedule | Map

Meet the LitHop 2017 Planning Committee members.

Questions about LitHop?

Please send an email to: LitHop17[at]gmail[dot]com