Poetry, music and art offer a “Tree for the World” at Fresno Pacific University

Original poetry, music and visual will celebrate 77 years of creativity at Fresno Pacific University during the “Tree for the World” event March 24.

An original poem from Jean Janzen, Valley poet and longtime instructor at FPU will highlight the event, along with a musical composition by EJ Hinojosa. There will also be an “art walk” displaying works by current students and the announcement of a new visual and performing arts scholarship.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the McDonald Hall Atrium on the main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno, where the program begins at 7:00 p.m. The art is open for view both before and after the poetry and music and refreshments will be provided. Ron Herms, Ph.D., dean of the School of Humanities, Religion & Socials Sciences, is the master of ceremonies. Admission is free.

Jean Janzen and EJ Hinojosa are both graduates of Fresno Pacific:

  • Janzen (BA ’86) earned an M.A. in Creative Writing and Poetry from California State University Fresno. Her books include Snake in the Parsonage, Paper House and Piano in the Vineyard and she has contributed to a variety of literary journals as well as Christian magazines such as the Christian LeaderChristian Century and Christianity and Literature Journal. The Jeanne and Louis Janzen Visiting Writers Series honors Jean and her late husband, Louis.
  • EJ Hinojosa (BA ’16) is a music educator and composer based in Fresno, where he lives with his wife Erin and their two daughters. EJ and Erin are expecting their third baby in July 2022. 


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations