City of Fresno Poet Laureate

Marisol Baca

Active Term: 2019-2021

Marisol Baca is the City of Fresno Poet Laureate for 2019-2021.
photo: Curtis Messer (courtesy of the author)


Marisol Baca is the author of Tremor, a full-length collection of poems from Three Mile Harbor Press. Marisol’s work has been published in SPFLit Magazine, Narrative Northeast, Riverlit, Shadowed: An Anthology of Women Writers, The Acentos Review, and many others. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up around generations of family in an old adobe house. Her family later settled in Fresno, California. She graduated from Fresno State and received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Cornell University, and won the Robert Chasen poetry award for her poem, Revelato. She is an English professor at Fresno City College, and lives with her family near the foothills. She continues to write and teach, and is busy working on her second book.


“Baca’s voice is like nothing I’ve heard before, is made of the same fire and water that first sparked life into clay. Prepare yourself. These poems are ravishing in their knowing, and ravening in their truths, and “we do not know when the ants/ will come and devour everything.”  —dawn lonsinger author of Whelm


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