The FRESNO POETS’ ASSOCIATION and Fresno State’s MFA PROGRAM IN CREATIVE WRITING present their Fall Reading Series with:
Thursday, November 3, 2011, 7 p.m.
Reading, book signing, and reception at: Fresno State Madden Library, Auditorium Room 2206 (2nd floor, South Wing)
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER: FISHING, SWIMMING, AND DREAMING ON THE SAN JOAQUIN
Edited by Joell Hallowell and Coke Hallowell
Stories of life along the San Joaquin River
For ten years, Coke Hallowell and her daughter Joell asked people with deep connections to the San Joaquin, “What was your life like along the river?” With candor and enthusiasm, people responded. Fishermen, miners, immigrants, Native Americans, hunters, farmers, and environmentalists all clamored to be heard. The result is TAKE ME TO THE RIVER–a collection of thirty-three deeply personal accounts of life along the San Joaquin.
These are stories that capture rare snapshots of river history: childhoods spent swimming in the river’s ice-cold waters, rafting downstream in a rickety boat with friends, spearing fifty-pound Chinook salmon year after year, eating fresh figs picked right from a huge tree on the river-bank, dredging for gold during the Depression, building a coalition to restore the river’s health, sharing the very last meal before Friant Dam was built and the salmon runs stopped, and many, many fish stories.
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER recounts the many trials–damming, overpopulation, climate change–and triumphs that a river undergoes in our times. Each story calls us to discover our own relationships with the natural world and, as a whole, TAKE ME TO THE RIVER propels us toward a brighter future–one that holds the promise of restoring the health and vigor of the San Joaquin.
COKE HALLOWELL is active in many community organizations, most notably as a founding member and board president of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust. She was elected to the SCCCD Board of Trustees in 1975 and served two terms. Coke also served on the SCCC Foundation Board and is now a member of the Honored Board. In June 2005, Coke received the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Public Service. She is married to James Hallowell and they have two daughters and two grandsons.
Book signing and reception to follow. This event is FREE and open to the public. Limited seating.
Free parking passes are available from the volunteers standing near the parking kiosks. Look for their poetry-reading signs as you enter the south side of the campus.
For more information about this event, contact Cindy Wathen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please mail a check made payable to Fresno State Foundation to: