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Eric Gansworth
Nixon Center's 2019 Artist in Residence

Eric Gansworth by Dellas Side

March 18-22, 2019   ~   Meet Eric Gansworth, the Center's new Artist in Residence for 2019. Eric Gansworth, S·ha-weñ na-sae, is an enrolled Onondaga writer and visual artist, whose works include, the young adult novels, If I Ever Get Out of Here and Give Me Some Truth. Gansworth will be in Fresno March 18 through March 22.

A catered reception to welcome the author will be held on Monday, March 18 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the University Dining Hall at Fresno State. The public is invited to the free event and Gansworth's books will be available for sale and autographing.

During his stay, Gansworth will be embedded in Fresno State English, education, and American Indian studies classes, working with students and faculty to promote the relevancy of young people's literature and provide a more personal level of learning engagement. He will also connect with the wider community, visiting local high schools and presenting for teens at the Fresno American Indian Health Project.

If I Ever Get Out of Here cover

As a recipient of the fellowship, Gansworth will receive a $10,000 stipend plus an all-paid weeklong visit to Fresno. The Arne Nixon Center Artist-in-Residence Fellowship award was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor. The awarding committee consists of professors from the Fresno State English department; early, literacy, bilingual and special education department; Chicano and Latin American studies department; women’s studies program and the Arne Nixon Center’s curator, Jennifer Crow.

Gansworth is a Professor and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College. In 2016, he was NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University. He was one of 15 writers chosen for LIT CITY, a public arts project celebrating Buffalo's Literary Legacy, and is a 2018 NYFA Artist Fellowship recipient in Fiction. His visual art is in numerous private collections and some has been selected for long-term loan to the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howe's Cave, NY.

Give Me Some Truth cover

Gansworth's books include If I Ever Get Out of Here (YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Junior Library Guild Selection), Extra Indians (American Book Award), Mending Skins (PEN Oakland Award), and A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function (NBCC Good Reads List). His most recent book, Give Me Some Truth, was selected for Best Books 2018 lists for NPR, Chicago Public Library, and School Library Journal.

Campus parking for Monday's event is recommended in Lot P27. For free parking use parking code 218912 in the permit dispensers located on campus.

For event information, including disability accommodations or access, contact Jami Helwig in the Arne Nixon Center at 559.278.8116 or email