Marisol Baca begins a two-year term as Fresno’s poet laureate Thursday.

Baca, an English instructor at Fresno City College and prize-winning poet, is the first woman to become the city’s literary ambassador.

Baca Debuted ‘Tremor’ in 2018

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Fresno State in 2003 and a master’s degree in creative writing from Cornell University in 2007.

Her 2018 debut poetry collection, “Tremor,”  won  Three Mile Harbor Press First Book Prize and received high praise from Juan Felipe Herrera, the U.S. poet laureate 2015-2017

The Fresno Arts Council will celebrate Baca’s inauguration at 5 o’clock Thursday with an Art Hop reception at its downtown headquarters, 1245 Van Ness.

Tremor book cover

James Tyner, a librarian for the Fresno County Public Library, was named the first Fresno poet laureate in 2013. He was followed by Lee Herrick and Bryan Medina.

The first three Fresno poet laureates reviewed this year’s nominations for the position and made their recommendation to Fresno Mayor Lee Brand.

Learn More About Baca

You can learn more about Baca’s upbringing, writing, and community service in this story by Jefferson Beavers at

You can access Baca’s website at this link.


One Response

  1. Ronald E Bock

    Notice how all of the teachers and professors always reward their own. They wouldn’t dare acknowledge there are non-academics who write poetry worthy of reward. The system feeds it’s own.


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