Since my birthday falls on Thanksgiving this year I thought I would do a post on gratitude. I have had so many breakthroughs in the last year and none of them would’ve been possible without mentors, family, and friends.
Rigoberto Gonzalez — Not only has Rigoberto been an amazing workshop instructor and thesis advisor, he’s been a great mentor and friend. I don’t just throw around the word “mentor” either. Rigoberto is one of the busiest writers I know and he finds the time to teach me about every aspect of the writer’s life.
Jayne Anne Phillips — It would take an entire post to list everything Jayne Anne has done to support my development as an emerging writer, but I will simply say that she has changed my life as a writer.
Carol Sweet-Jones — My mother has never asked me to explain or justify my commitment to poetry. She’s simply trusted & encouraged me to keep going. She flew up to New York just to see me read at KGB Bar. During the reading, I couldn’t even look at her for fear that I would get teary-eyed. Thank you so much, Mama.
I really do need to get back in the kitchen and help Mama cook. So, here’s a shout out to other people I am thankful for:
Tayari Jones, Tom Healy, David Groff, DeLana Dameron, Tara Betts, Rich Villar, Alex Dimitrov, Zachary Pace, Diego Baez, Patricia Smith, Rachel Hadas, Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Ryan Henneberry, Jaime Karnes, Chidi Asoluka, Essence Caleb, Maria Luna, Zahra Darby, Bassey Ikpi…
Who has helped you write your way into this world?