The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature has announced its newest artist in residence for Spring 2019, Eric Gansworth.

Eric Gansworth Welcome Reception and Presentation
  • Monday, March 18 in the University Dining Hall
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • This catered event is free and open to the public. Parking is recommended in Lot P27 with free parking code 218912. See campus map.

During his stay, Gansworth will also be embedded in Fresno State English, American Indian studies, and Education courses. He will also address high school students at SOUL (School of Unlimited Learning) and give a presentation for the Fresno County Public Library.

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Eric Gansworth (Photo by Dellas)

Eric Gansworth, Sˑha-weñ na-saeˀ, is an enrolled Onondaga writer and visual artist, raised at the Tuscarora Nation.  He is a Professor and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College. In 2016, he was NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University. He was one of 15 writers chosen for LIT CITY, a public arts project celebrating Buffalo’s Literary Legacy, and is a 2018 NYFA Artist Fellowship recipient in Fiction. His visual art is in numerous private collections and some has been selected for long-term loan to the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howe’s Cave, NY.

His books include If I Ever Get Out of Here (YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Junior Library Guild Selection), Extra Indians (American Book Award), Mending Skins (PEN Oakland Award), and A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function (NBCC Good Reads List). His most recent book, Give Me Some Truth, was selected for Best Books 2018 lists for NPR, Chicago Public Library, and School Library Journal.

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature Artist in Residence Fellowship brings highly acclaimed authors and illustrators to Fresno State to engage with students in subject related courses. The week-long program connects students with professional artists in the field to provide a more personal level of learning engagement and to promote the relevancy of literature for young people. Interacting with the wider community, the chosen artist also delivers presentations to public school students and community based organizations.

Award recipients of the fellowship receive a $10,000 stipend plus paid travel expenses during the week’s stay in Fresno, California. The Arne Nixon Center Artist in Residence Fellowship award was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor. The awarding committee consists of professors from the Fresno State English department; Early, Literacy, Bilingual and Special Education (LEBSE) department; Chicano and Latin American studies department; women’s studies program and the Arne Nixon Center’s curator, Jennifer Crow.

With a mission to promote the best books and research in children’s literature, through its extensive collection and innovative programs, the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature is a unit within the Special Collections Division of the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State.

For event information, including disability accommodations or access, contact Jami Helwig in the Arne Nixon Center at 559.278.8116 or email