The Normal School is a bi-annual print and online journal featuring nonfiction, fiction, poetry, criticism, journalism, author interviews, and multi-media texts. We are nestled happily into the California State University at Fresno like a comfy spore in a benign and mighty lung. We dig quirky, boundary-challenging, energetic prose and poetry with innovations in content, form, and focus, which isn’t actually as high-falutin’ as it sounds. We’re just sort of the lit mag equivalent of the kid who always has bottle caps, cat’s eye marbles, dead animal skulls, little blue men and other treasures in his pockets. We also actively seek to publish and promote work by historically under-represented and marginalized voices. 



The Normals

Founding Editors
Sophie Beck, Steven Church, and Matt Roberts

Managing Editor
Sophie Beck

Assistant Managing Print Editor
Matthew Kenerly

Senior Associate Editors
Arthur Morales (Creative NonFiction), Mary Pickett (Fiction), Paul Sánchez (Poetry)

Assistant Editors
Hira Amin, Krystal Cantú, Roseanne Galaviz, Jessica Turney

Editorial Interns
Elizabeth Bolaños, Megan Bronson, Esmeralda Gamez, Aaliyah Green, Bethany Hazen, Bonita Hele, Mellissa Jessen-Hiser, Christina Legler, Javier Lopez, Kirk Lua, Manivone Sayasone

Graduate Assistants
Bonita Hele, Kirk Lua, Manivone Sayasone

Service Learning Coordinators


Guest Fiction Editor
Ru Freeman

Poetry Editor
Corrine Clegg-Hales

Nonfiction Editor
Steven Church

Editor At Large
Adam Braver

Joe Bonomo (Music), Ru Freeman (Politics), Ann Hood (True Crime)

Web Design Editors
Krystal Cantú, Jessica Turney

Managing Web Editors
Krystal Cantú, Jessica Turney

Online Genre Editors
Hira Amin (Fiction), Arthur Morales (Nonfiction), Jessica Turney (Poetry)

Social Media Coordinator
Matthew Kenerly

Contributing Editors
Steve Almond, Tom Bissell, Joe Bonomo, Adam Braver, Abraham Brennan, Lillian Faderman, Beth Ann Fennelly, John Hales, Jacob Kelly, Jacqueline Lyons, Duncan Murrell, Laura Pritchett, Farooz Rather, Tim Skeen, Brian Turner, Andre Yang, Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough, Steve Yarbrough

Abraham Brennan and Dr. Petra Meyer Frazier

Art Direction
Joan English Wood

Normal Support
Colossal thanks to California State University, Fresno, especially:

President, Dr. Joseph I. Castro

Dr. Saul Jiménez-Sandoval, Dean, College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Honora Chapman, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Dennis Nef, Vice Provost, Chair of the IRA Committee

Dr. Lisa Weston, Chair, Department of English

Gail Freeman, Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Humanities

Jefferson Beavers, Communications Specialist, Department of English

The College of Arts and Humanities

The Division of Research and Graduate Studies

The Department of English

Instructionally Related Activities