Fresno Poet Laurate and FPU grad S. Bryan Medina brought more than literature to his reading at FPU.

“You can change your stars,” he told about two dozen students, faculty and administrators February 7 in Hiebert Library on the main campus. “It takes hard work, tenacity and the love of giving back.”

Medina (BA ’14) has been giving back through his art for the last two decades. Founder of Fresno’s Inner Ear Poetry Jam and the Inner Ear presents: The Beat Down Competitive Poetry Slam, he also produces poetry events such as Opera Remix: Music & Verse I & II, One Night Stanzas, Inner Ear vs The Rogue Performers, Hip-Hop & Oxygen and Food for Thought Open Mic Reading. For his work and talent, the Fresno Arts Council appointed Medina to a two-year term as poet laureate in 2017, and the city of Fresno has given him two commendations. His work has been published in Poetry; Flies, Cockroaches and Poets; The San Joaquin Review; Jubilee; and Invisible Memoirs.

More on Medina at his website and in The Fresno Bee


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations