Thanks to Matt Iribarne’s terrific Teaching Creative Writing course this semester, I had the privilege of mentoring two talented young Oakland writers who, at age 16, are already producing high quality work.
The main focus of CCA’s excellent ENGAGE program this year was to work one-on-one with students from the Oakland School for the Arts’ Literary Arts program, and since we MFA students and profs are ambitious/ insane/ hate the notion of free time, our weekly mentoring sessions also culminated in the production of an inaugural chapbook, illustrated by John Hersey’s outstanding Illustration students.
Many thanks to Megan Clark of the Centre for Art and Public Life, for making this collaboration possible!
As it was The OSA Stories’ first year, there were a few bumps along the road to production, but I was very happy to help navigate it through as Copyeditor. After several long hours of file management and close reading, it was a delight to hear the students read from the finished chapbooks at the Writer’s Studio on Friday, May 9th.
And now that I’m done minding everyone’s printed Ps & Qs, I’m happy to report it’s finally time to catch some zzzz’s.