The Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State presents an afternoon with author Mark Irwin as part of the Fresno Poets’ Association reading series, hosted by Brynn Saito.Location: Henry Madden Library, 5200 N. Barton Ave., inside room 2206 (second floor, south wing). Admission is free; parking is free in recommended lots P30 or P31. Info: 559.278.1569.Irwin's 10th book, Shimmer, won the 2018 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. He teaches graduate and undergraduate poetry workshops in the Creative Writing & Literature Program at the University of Southern California, and he lives in Los Angeles and Colorado. He earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. His poetry has been described as a “descendent of William Carlos Williams and Hart Crane” and has been translated into several languages. Irwin’s nine collections of poetry include A Passion According to Green (2017), American Urn: New & Selected Poems (1987- 2014), Tall If (2009), Bright Hunger (2004), and White City (2000). His collection of essays, Monster: Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry, was published in 2017. Recognition for Irwin’s work includes four Pushcart Prizes, two Colorado Book Awards, The Nation/Discovery Award, the James Wright Poetry Award, and fellowships from the Fulbright, Lilly, NEA, and Wurlitzer foundations.All participants are welcome; if you need special accommodations please call 559.278.1569.