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
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!
Download & Print the LitHop 2017 Guide: Schedule | Map
Meet the LitHop 2017 Planning Committee members.
Brenda Venezia is the director of the Fresno Women’s Reading Series, which had its inception thanks to last year’s Lit Hop. She teaches at Fresno State and her work has been published in The Collagist, Puerto del Sol, Knee-Jerk Magazine, and elsewhere.
Juan Luis Guzmán is the director of LitHop 2017, and is handling all media inquiries and programming. His poetry and interviews have been published widely, including in Poet’s Quarterly, Huizache, [PANK], and Assaracus. A member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and a fellow of CantoMundo, Guzmán serves on the board at the Selma Arts Center, where he is at work establishing a community-based literary arts program. He teaches English at Fresno City College.
Christina L. Robles is very excited to embark on the planning process of LitHop 2017. She serves on the Selma Arts Council as well as performs in various shows there, including “The Crucible” and “Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play.” Christina was awarded the Smittcamp Scholarship in 2009 to attend Fresno State and further her studies in literature with an emphasis on literary interpretation. While her studies and reading have kept her amongst the classic cannon, she is thrilled to be exploring and promoting contemporary and local writing of new and unheard literary voices.
Lisa Herrick is the creative director, and handles all marketing and communications. She is also the co-founder of the LitHop literary festival.
Joseph Rios was born and raised in Clovis, CA. His first book, Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations, is forthcoming from Omnidawn. Joseph’s work has appeared in: Los Angeles Review, Huizache, Southern Humanities Review, and Hector Tobar’s blog for the Los Angeles Times. A graduate of the UC, Berkeley, he recently received the John K. Walsh residency fellowship from Notre Dame.
Questions about LitHop?
Please send an email to: LitHop17[at]gmail[dot]com