Rhythms of creation, love and loss will be expressed poetically during the 2022 Janzen Visiting Writers Series.

Julia Baker-Swann will read from her book of poetry, The Moon is Always Full in the McDonald Hall Atrium at Fresno Pacific University, on Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 p.m., in the McDonald Hall Atrium on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is free and mask-wearing is encouraged.

Part of the theopoetics stream of writers, Baker-Swann uses poetry to inspire a deeper level of spirituality. Fresno is one of the many places Baker-Swann calls home, and the Central Valley’s harsh and subtle beauty helped shape The Moon is Always Full, her first poetry collection, published by Cascadia/DreamSeeker Publishing House in 2020. Last spring, Julia graduated with her M.A. in Theopoetics and Writing from Bethany Theological Seminary. After a summer spent in the Grand Tetons, she is building a writing life of teaching and retreat leading.

The Jean and Louis Janzen Visiting Writers Series was established in the fall of 2007 to bring excellent writers to the Fresno Pacific University community. The series honors the service, teaching and contributions of Dr. Louis Janzen and Jean Janzen, award-winning Central Valley poet. A book-signing reception follows the reading, hosted by the School of Humanities, Religion & Social Sciences.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations