by Jefferson Beavers
From: Fresno State MFA Blog
When did you attend the Fresno State MFA program, and what genre did you study?
I attended Fresno State from 2010-2013 to study fiction.
What were your first thoughts when you learned that your poetry chapbook, Concrete Paradise, would be published?
Surprise and disbelief, because I’d only sent my manuscript out to four or five publishers in the six months since I began the submissions process. Plus, I thought it was ironic that my first book was a book of poems, considering I always wrote fiction and dreamed of publishing novels, and for most of my life had avoided poetry altogether.