Jefferson Beavers is a multimedia storyteller with more than 25 years experience in journalism, strategic communication, and teaching. He works as a Communication Specialist in the Department of English at Fresno State, where he primarily serves the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing as its administrative support staff. His job includes promoting The Normal School literary magazine, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, the Fresno Poets’ Association reading series, and many other exciting literary projects and events.
In the community, Jefferson serves on the advisory board of the all-volunteer cultural arts nonprofit Fresno Filmworks. Since 2007, he has served the organization in multiple roles, including: president, development director, communication director, sponsorships coordinator, advertising coordinator, and volunteer.
Jefferson has taught courses in writing, journalism, and film studies. He has worked as a freelance producer for KQED, NPR, and other public radio outlets. And he has worked as a newspaper journalist for The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee, and other publications. Jefferson earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction and his bachelor’s degree in print journalism, both from Fresno State. A native of Dinuba, California, in the heart of Tulare County raisin country, he has lived in Fresno since 2001.
His wife, Dr. Tracy E. Stuntz, works as an instructional designer at Clovis Community College. They’ve been together for more than 15 years, and they married in October 2008.