Emerging Writers' Mentor Program

 

EMERGING WRITERS' MENTOR PROGRAM

The Emerging Writers’ Mentor Program engages Black writers from diverse genres in a six-month program that promote the "writing life," hones literary craft, and supports the production of new works by the participating writers.

"One of the most brilliant groups that I have encountered."
– Ishmael Reed, National Mentoring Writer 2009

Since 2007, The Givens Foundation has offered ten emerging Minnesota-based writers the opportunity to work intensively with one National Mentor for three days and two State of Minnesota Mentors, all of whom are nationally acclaimed writers. Selected participants work for six months with the two State Mentors, and all participants and the Minnesota-based mentors give a public reading at the end of the program.

2015 Emerging Writers Fellows (left to right) and mentor
Emerging Writers' Fellow

Emerging Writers’ Mentor Program Alumni

2016
State Mentors
Lesley Nneka Arimah
Christina Ham

Emerging Writing Fellows
Fayise Abrahim, Tionenji Aiken, Kyra Crawford-Calvert, Nicole Nfofnoyim-Hara, Nneka Onwuzurike, LaDonna Azziza Redmond, Mary Rindelaub-Delorié, Marcia Sanders, Chavonn Shen, and Senah Yeboah-Sampong

2015
National Mentor
Roxane Gay

State Mentors
Mary Moore Easter
Danez Smith

Emerging Writing Fellows
Romelle Adkins, Maya Beck, Stephanie Chrismon, Cherish Gibson, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Irna Landrum, Joi Lewis, Katie Robinson, Erin Sharkey, James Short

2014
National Mentor
Kevin Young

State Mentor
Mary Moore Easter

Emerging Writing Fellows
Jeremiah Bey, Marshaunna Clark, Hassen Hussein, Rickey Mantley, Lolla Mohammed Nur, Junauda Petrus, Naima Richmond, Rachel Summers, Chaun Webster, and Tene Wells

2012-2013
National Mentor
E. Ethelbert Miller

State Mentor
David Lawrence Grant

Emerging Writing Fellows
Lesley Arimah, Lisa Brimmer, Valerie Deus, Marcus Harcus, Amoke Kubat, Wisdom K. Mawusi, Mire Regulus, Semerit Strachan, Hawona Sullivan Janzen, and Kirk Washington, Jr.

2011-2012
National Mentor

Percival Everett

State Mentor
Phil Bryant

Emerging Writing Fellows
Ramla Bile, Willie Carlton, Sherine Crooms-Onukwuwe, Wilt Hodge, Stephanie Jones, Amoke Kubat, Wisdom Mawusi, Clarence White, and Sheila Williams              

2010-2011
National Mentors
Patricia Smith

State Mentor
Alexs Pate

Emerging Writing Fellows
Cavis Adams, L’Tifa Al-Amin-Mussawir, Shirley Durr, Marjorie Grevious, Carla-Elaine Johnson, Miski Noor, Adaobi Okolue, Gregory Allen Simmons, Alicia Rose Steele, and Debra Stone

2009-2010
National Mentor
Ishmael Reed

State Mentor
Laurie Carlos

Emerging Writing Fellows
Dara Beevas, Lisa Brimmer, Karla Davis, Valerie Deus, Shannon Gibney, Colnese Hendon, Quentin "Q" Moore, Mickey Rich, and Deborah A. Torraine

2008-2009
National Mentor
Sonia Sanchez

State Mentor
Carolyn Holbrook

Emerging Writing Fellows
Beverly Cottman, Danielle Daniel, Keli Garrett, Reginald Harris, Gavin Lawrence, Don Strong, Kimberly White, Genesia Williams, Lori Young-Williams, and Paris Williams

2007-2008
National Mentor
Amiri Baraka

State Mentor
J. Otis Powell

Emerging Writing Fellows
Sha Cage, E.G. Bailey, Brenda Bell Brown, Rush Merchant, Louis Porter, Craig Hewitt, Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, Andrea Jenkins, Nneka Onyilofor, and Karla Nweje

 

Major support for The Givens Foundation activities is provided by Givens Foundation individual donors, Target, The Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation, and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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