Porterville College

Fresno’s First Poet Laureate to Speak at Porterville College

Poet and librarian James Tyner poses for a photo.

Event will take place July 31 at PC


PORTERVILLE – (July 19, 2018) – Poet and librarian James Tyner, who was the city of Fresno’s first poet laureate, will give a presentation titled “Of Dust and Words: Story of a Central Valley Poet Laureate” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 in the Porterville College theater.

In his presentation, Tyner will talk about how stories, storytelling, poems and other creative endeavors can help individuals, families and communities thrive. The event is free and open to the public.

Tyner’s poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including “Transcendence,” “Avatar Review,” “The Working Poet,” “The Autumn House Anthology of Best Contemporary American Poetry” and others. A California State University, Fresno graduate, he teaches free poetry classes and workshops at several libraries in Fresno County.

“James Tyner has built an impressive record of accomplishments, both through his work as a poet and his efforts to promote community awareness of literary arts and making poetry accessible to a wide range of audiences,” former Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearingen said when Tyner was named the city’s first poet laureate in 2013.


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