Previous Writer to Writer Mentees

AWP celebrates the writers who have participated as mentees in past sessions of Writer to Writer. Thinking of applying? We interviewed some of our past participants; read on to hear how they felt the program was meaningful to them.

Session Mentee Mentor

Fall 2019

Diana Babineau

Diana Babineau

Shikha Malaviya

 

Erin Bach

Erin Bach

Michelle Menting

 

Nathaniel Blaesing

Nathaniel Blaesing

Phil Klay

 

Judy Bolton-Fasman

Judy Bolton-Fasman

Jessica Handler

 

Rachel Borup

Rachel Borup

Alison Hammer

 

Cori Bratby-Rudd

Cori Bratby-Rudd

Marlena Chertock

 

Luisa Caycedo-Kimura

Luisa Caycedo-Kimura

Dean Rader

 

Eileen Cronin

Eileen Cronin

James Tate Hill

 

Angèle Devant

Angèle Devant

Chinelo Okparanta

 

Kianna Eberle

Kianna Eberle

Erica Trabold

 

Lynne Ellis

Lynne Ellis

M.A. Vizsolyi

 

Jenny Sue Gamboa

Jenny Sue Gamboa

Kate Ristau

 

Ivy Ge

Ivy Ge

Jennifer Steil

 

Lucy Griffith

Lucy Griffith

Athena Kildegaard

 

Shahnaz Habib

Shahnaz Habib

Kisha Schlegel

 

Amy Widmoyer Hanson

Amy Widmoyer Hanson

Chris Cander

 

Trish Hopkinson

Trish Hopkinson

Sandy Coomer

 

Anna K. Jacobson

Anna K. Jacobson

Janée Baugher

 

Kimberly Kaye

Kimberly Kaye

Emily Maloney

 

Cybele Garcia Kohel

Cybele Garcia Kohel

Atar Hadari

 

Alex Sujong Laughlin

Alex Sujong Laughlin

Marie Myung-Ok Lee

 

Amy Lerman

Amy Lerman

Michael Meyerhofer

 

Masha Lisak

Masha Lisak

David Eye

 

Sakae Manning

Sakae Manning

Jenny Lee Ferguson

 

Maureen McGuirk

Maureen McGuirk

Matt Bell

 

Brian Michael Murphy

Brian Michael Murphy

Dawn Raffel

 

Johnny Neill

Johnny Neill

Pat Willard

 

Bruce Parker

Lynn Pattison

J. Kates

 

Rachael Philipps-Shapiro

Rachael Philipps-Shapiro

Sarah Carson

 

A. Poythress

A. Poythress

Rose Andersen

 

Casey Reiland

Casey Reiland

Rachel Swearingen

 

Kimberly Ross

Kimberly Ross

Kim Chinquee

 

Tonesha Russell

Tonesha Russell

Joshunda Sanders

 

Daniel Fergus Tamulonis

Daniel Fergus Tamulonis

Mark Jude Poirier

 

Leah Tieger

Leah Tieger

Allison Davis

 

Michael Todd

Michael Todd

Lara Lillibridge

 

Raksha Vasudevan

Raksha Vasudevan

Sayantani Dasgupta

 

Terri Wise

Terri Wise

Anne Leigh Parrish

 

Mimi Wong

Mimi Wong

Angie Kim

 

Hannah Yerington

Hannah Yerington

Rebecca Morgan Frank

 

Julie Zigoris

Julie Zigoris

Meg Eden

 

Kelsey Zimmerman

Kelsey Zimmerman

Keith Kopka
Session Mentee Mentor

Spring 2019

Talea Anderson

Talea Anderson

Sandra Gail Lambert

 

Nicole Barden

Nicole Barden

Allen Braden

 

Evana Bodiker

Evana Bodiker

Athena Kildegaard

 

William Ward Butler

William Ward Butler

Richard Terrill

 

Gillian Esquivia-Cohen

Gillian Esquivia-Cohen

Natalia Treviño

 

Michael Freed-Thall

Michael Freed-Thall

Lex Williford

 

Annelyse Gelman

Annelyse Gelman

Michael Meyerhofer

 

Stephanie George

Stephanie George

Danielle Hanson

 

Amy Huang

Amy Huang

Jenny Sadre-Orafai

 

Patrycja Humienik

Patrycja Humienik

Jehanne Dubrow

 

Emily Alice Katz

Emily Alice Katz

Amy Gottlieb

 

Abbie Kiefer

Abbie Kiefer

Christina Olson

 

Burcu Koray

Burcu Koray

Emily Fridlund

 

Brandi Lee Metzger

Brandi Lee Metzger

Joe Milazzo

 

Amalia Melis

Amalia Melis

Xu Xi

 

Liz Paley

Liz Paley

Benjamin Ludwig

 

Mary Pan

Mary Pan

Emily Maloney

 

Emma Pattee

Emma Pattee

Pamela Erens

 

Alexandra Peetz

Alexandra Peetz

Katie Rose Guest Pryal

 

Ken Post

Ken Post

Evan Morgan Williams

 

Tammie Rice

Tammie Rice

Alex Lemon

 

Whitney Rio-Ross

Whitney Rio-Ross

Jay Sheets

 

Rashi Rohatgi

Rashi Rohatgi

Faiqa Mansab

 

Angela M. Sanchez

Angela M. Sanchez

Fran Wilde

 

Rowan Sharp

Rowan Sharp

Anne Sanow

 

Phylise Smith

Phylise Smith

Kristi Maxwell

 

Donna Tallent

Donna Tallent

Suzanne Farrell Smith

 

Laurie Thomas

Laurie Thomas

Renee Simms

 

Faerl Marie Torres

Faerl Marie Torres

Tif Marcelo

 

Jesse Weiner

Jesse Weiner

Phoebe Kitanidis
Session Mentee Mentor

Fall 2018

Helen Armstrong

Helen Armstrong

Sarah Leamy

 

Amy Blakemore

Amy Blakemore

Keena Roberts

 

Lauren K. Carlson

Lauren K. Carlson

Allen Braden

 

Regina Chiuminatto

Regina Chiuminatto

Jason Gray

 

Sarah Dalton

Sarah Dalton

Alex Lemon

 

Lauren Dostal

Lauren Dostal

Steph Post

 

Elyse Durham

Elyse Durham

Zeke Jarvis

 

Ann Feldman

Ann Feldman

David Rocklin

 

Tahirah Alexander Green

Tahirah Alexander Green

Sassafras Lowrey

 

China Hill-LoBue

China Hill-LoBue

Mira T. Lee

 

Romana Iorga

Romana Iorga

Erin Hoover

 

Jarika Johnson

Jarika Johnson

Tom Stern

 

Olivia Katrandjian

Olivia Katrandjian

Jennifer Steil

 

Laura Laing

Laura Laing

Erica Trabold

 

Christine Madsen

Christine Madsen

Hilary Zaid

 

Mel McCuin

Mel McCuin

Geffrey Davis

 

Ainsley McWha

Ainsley McWha

Chris Dombrowski

 

Nelle Mills

Nelle Mills

Jessica Wilbanks

 

Brenda Joyce Patterson

Brenda Joyce Patterson

Callista Buchen

 

Natalia Reyes

Natalia Reyes

Norma Cantú

 

Clare Sanders

Clare Sanders

Allegra Hyde

 

Joyce Schmid

Joyce Schmid

J. Kates

 

Laura Steadham Smith

Laura Steadham Smith

Chris Cander

 

Monica Villavicencio

Monica Villavicencio

Lilliam Rivera

 

Jennifer Wholey

Jennifer Wholey

Chris Tonelli

 

Annette Wong

Annette Wong

Neil Aitken
Session Mentee Mentor

Spring 2018

Allison Albino

Allison Albino

Neil Aitken

 

Ona Anosike

Ona Anosike

Stephanie Powell Watts

 

Noah Bogdonoff

Noah Bogdonoff

David Ebershoff

 

Arun Chittur

Arun Chittur

Anjali Enjeti

 

Dayna Cobarrubias

Dayna Cobarrubias

Shanthi Sekaran

 

Christina Consolino

Christina Consolino

Anne Valente

 

Molia Dumbleton

Molia Dumbleton

Pamela Erens

 

Ruth Ebenstein

Ruth Ebenstein

Amy Gottlieb

 

Lupita Eyde-Tucker

Lupita Eyde-Tucker

Maggie Smith

 

Emily Goff

Emily Goff

Jenny Yang Cropp

 

Kirin Khan

Kirin Khan

Laura Ellen Joyce

 

Gabriela Halas

Gabriela Halas

Ken Waldman

 

B.C. Krygowski

B.C. Krygowski

Benjamin Ludwig

 

Megan Lahman

Megan Lahman

Natalie Giarratano

 

Sarah Leamy

Sarah Leamy

Alex DiFrancesco

 

Aurora Masum-Javed

Aurora Masum-Javed

Callista Buchen

 

David L. Mintzer

David L. Mintzer

Joseph Schuster

 

Kelsey Myers

Kelsey Myers

Sandra Gail Lambert

 

Kelley Nebosky

Kelley Nebosky

Keith Kopka

 

Amy Nastase

Amy Nastase

Claire Messud

 

Alex Niemi

Alex Niemi

Kristi Maxwell

 

Jennifer O’Grady

Jennifer O’Grady

Barbara Lindsay

 

Adeeba Rana

Adeeba Rana

Sandy Spencer Coomer

 

Saba Sebhatu

Saba Sebhatu

Kao Kalia Yang

 

Rese Schille

Rese Schille

Grant Souders

 

Sheree Shatsky

Sheree Shatsky

Doug Sutton-Ramspeck

 

Kira Sutherland

Kira Sutherland

Tyler Dilts

 

Carolyne Van Der Meer

Carolyne Van Der Meer

Caroline Bock

 

Kendra Vanderlip

Kendra Vanderlip

Jill Talbot

 

Mariette Williams

Mariette Williams

Elizabeth Isadora Gold
Session Mentee Mentor

Fall 2017

Chelsea Catherine

Chelsea Catherine

Sassafras Lowrey

 

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura

Matthew Thorburn

 

Lydia Cooper

Lydia Cooper

Lucy Ferriss

 

Suzie Eckl

Suzie Eckl

David Rocklin

 

Jena Favinger

Jena Favinger

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

 

Kate Gaskin

Kate Gaskin

Christina Olson

 

Lucas Jacob

Lucas Jacob

J. Kates

 

Rachel Kurasz

Rachel Kurasz

Laura Creedle

 

Autumn McClintock

Autumn McClintock

Adam Clay

 

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

Kathryn Aalto

 

Emma Neslund

Emma Neslund

Tasha Cotter

 

Tiffany Palumbo

Tiffany Palumbo

Roxane Gay

 

Preeti Parikh

Preeti Parikh

Shikha Malaviya

 

Alixen Pham

Alixen Pham

Paul Pedroza

 

Zora Mai Quỳnh

Zora Mai Quỳnh

Spencer Wise

 

Melanie Redler

Melanie Redler

Benjamin Ludwig

 

Nettie Reynolds

Nettie Reynolds

Jean Klein

 

Camila Santos

Camila Santos

Reyna Grande

 

Amy Savage

Amy Savage

Allegra Hyde

 

Moe Shalabi

Moe Shalabi

Neil Connelly

 

Annie Syed

Annie Syed

Gail Hosking

 

Lisa Whalen

Lisa Whalen

Gail Folkins

 

Elizabeth Zertuche

Elizabeth Zertuche

Jenny Ferguson
Session Mentee Mentor

Spring 2017

Annette C. Boehm

Annette C. Boehm

Sidney Wade

 

Alice Christy

Alice Christy

Sandy Coomer

 

Yesenia Diaz

Yesenia Diaz

Jaquira Díaz

 

Judith Gelt

Judith Gelt

Jill Talbot

 

Margaret Grant

Margaret Grant

Virginia Pye

 

Emily Huso

Emily Huso

Chauna Craig

 

Katarzyna Jakubiak

Katarzyna Jakubiak

Soniah Kamal

 

Deborah Jang

Deborah Jang

Kimberly L. Becker

 

Kristine Jepsen

Kristine Jepsen

Jeannine Ouellette

 

Laura Joyce

Laura Joyce

Xu Xi

 

Rebecca Tyng Kantor

Rebecca Tyng Kantor

Elizabeth L. Silver

 

Rachel Luria

Rachel Luria

Margaret Lazarus Dean

 

Cynthia Marie

Cynthia Marie

Jenny Ferguson

 

Michelle Cerulli McAdams

Michelle Cerulli McAdams

Margaret Malone

 

Ellen Birkett Morris

Ellen Birkett Morris

Masha Hamilton

 

Benedict Nguyen

Benedict Nguyen

Dan Calhoun

 

Ann Plicque

Ann Plicque

Doug Ramspeck

 

Diana Powell

Diana Powell

Laura Valeri

 

Erin Robertson

Erin Robertson

JD Schraffenberger

 

Shelley Senai

Shelley Senai

Zeke Jarvis

 

Annah Sidigu

Annah Sidigu

Brendan Walsh

 

Leeanna T. Torres

Leeanna T. Torres

Chelsea Biondolillo

 

Rashaad Thomas

Rashaad Thomas

Danez Smith

 

Michael Allyn Wells

Michael Allyn Wells

Ken Waldman

 

Seema Yasmin

Seema Yasmin

Jehanne Dubrow
Session Mentee Mentor

Fall 2016

Amna Ahmad

Amna Ahmad

Chaitali Sen
Adwoa Akhu

Adwoa Akhu

Julia Boyd
J. Sebastian Alberdi

J. Sebastian Alberdi

Michael Broder
Rebecca Baroma

Rebecca Baroma

Jeannine Ouellette
Laura Braverman

Laura Braverman

Hélène Cardona
Stephanie Burnham

Stephanie Burnham

Rachel Howzell Hall
Thatcher Carter

Thatcher Carter

Sharon Millar
Penny Gilchrist

Penny Gilchrist

Tracy DeBrincat
Senna Heyatawin

Senna Heyatawin

Marilyn McCabe
Tiffany Kassab

Tiffany Kassab

Lisa Nikolidakis
Benin Lemus

Benin Lemus

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee
Jon Levenson

Jon Levenson

Dan Calhoun
Lara Lewis

Lara Lewis

Zach Powers
Caroline Plasket

Caroline Plasket

Leslie Harrison
Barbara Ristine

Barbara Ristine

Jodi Paloni
Muhammad Umar

Muhammad Umar

Shikha Malaviya
Renee Simms

Renee Simms

Amina Gautier
LP Sutton

LP Sutton

Katie Rose Guest Pryal
Shubha Venugopal

Shubha Venugopal

Lori Ostlund
Nancy Geibe Wasson

Nancy Geibe Wasson

Joe Milazzo
Mika Yamamoto

Mika Yamamoto

Kelly Luce
Session Mentee Mentor

Spring 2016

Rachel Ansong

Rachel Ansong

Barbara Helfgott Hyett

 

Ann DeVilbiss

Ann DeVilbiss

Emilia Phillips

 

Shelley Evans

Shelley Evans

Eliot Treichel

 

Mari Hailu

Mari Hailu

dawn lonsinger

 

Irene Hoge Smith

Irene Hoge Smith

Claude Clayton Smith

 

Cynthia Huijgens

Cynthia Huijgens

Najiyah Maxfield

 

Catherine Keefe

Catherine Keefe

Traci Brimhall

 

Meg Kinghorn

Meg Kinghorn

Brandi Granett

 

Ananda Lima

Ananda Lima

Fred Arroyo

 

Colette Lunday

Colette Lunday

Benjamin Ludwig

 

R.L. Maizes

R.L. Maizes

Jon Papernick

 

Mariah Mottley

Mariah Mottley

Sharon Estill Taylor

 

Amanda Niehaus

Amanda Niehaus

Alice Sebold

 

Lara Palmquist

Lara Palmquist

Katharine Beutner

 

Robin Patten

Robin Patten

Gail Folkins

 

Erin Elkins Radcliffe

Erin Elkins Radcliffe

Allen Braden

 

Stephanie Ratanas

Stephanie Ratanas

Jeannine Ouellette

 

Manisha Sharma

Manisha Sharma

Shikha Malaviya

 

Naomi Ulsted

Naomi Ulsted

Ken Waldman
Session Mentee Mentor

Fall 2015

Cairo Amani

Cairo Amani

Jennifer Morales
Ashanti Anderson

Ashanti Anderson

Verónica Reyes
Alan Bell

Alan Bell

J.E. Robinson
Elisa Bernick

Elisa Bernick

Leslie Schwartz
Elizabeth Cone

Elizabeth Cone

Chauna Craig
Rachel Custer

Rachel Custer

Kerrin McCadden
T.K. Dalton

T.K. Dalton

Eileen Cronin
Kelly Jo Eldredge

Kelly Jo Eldredge

Dale Griffiths Stamos
Sharon Ferguson

Sharon Ferguson

Susan Wingate
Ryane Granados

Ryane Granados

Robert Hellenga
Nicole Homer

Nicole Homer

Jenny Sadre-Orafai
P.D. Keenen

P.D. Keenen

Minal Hajratwala
Karin Killian

Karin Killian

Jessica Treadway
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Weyshawn Douglas Koons

Earl Swift
Jessica Lawrence

Jessica Lawrence

Seth Tucker
Mira T. Lee

Mira T. Lee

Brando Skyhorse
Melani Martinez

Melani Martinez

Norma Cantú
Journey McAndrews

Journey McAndrews

Michael Broder
Alyssa McClure

Alyssa McClure

Rachel Howzell Hall
Hadley Moore

Hadley Moore

Christine Sneed
Pedro Poitevin

Pedro Poitevin

Lori Desrosiers
Aaron Samuels

Aaron Samuels

Edwin Torres
Sea Stachura

Sea Stachura

Kristiana Kahakauwila
Silvana Straw

Silvana Straw

Michael Steinberg
Genevieve Williams

Genevieve Williams

Molly Sutton-Kiefer
Session Mentee Mentor

Spring 2015

Kenzie Allen

Sara-Kate Astrove

"My mentor was an absolute dream come true! She was encouraging, inspirational, and helpful every step of the way. Through her insightful feedback, I was able to develop my manuscript and take it in a new direction. We also became great friends in the process, which was especially beneficial when tackling the personal material in my memoir."

Deb Olin Unferth
Andrew Bourelle

Andrew Bourelle

"It's been great to have such a talented writer to talk to about craft and publishing."

Evan Morgan Williams
Jennifer Bullis

Jennifer Bullis

"I truly value the relationship my mentor and I developed through our sustained conversation about writing, at both macro and micro levels."

Allen Braden
Monika Cassel

Monika Cassel

"As we worked together, my mentor also emphasized that she saw the relationship as more equal than the mentor/mentee labels might imply."

Rachel Mennies
Alisha Churbe

Alisha Churbe

"My mentor was enthusiastic about my work and suggested readings, techniques, and advice that I'll never forget."

Paul Pedroza
Catherine Cryan

Catherine Cryan

 

Jennifer Perrine
Judy Hall

Judy Hall

“Writing is hard, but figuring out what to do with your writing once you've written it seems like the hardest part of all. I am always looking for help in figuring out where to send my shorter work and how to find the right home for my novel and memoir-in-progress.”

Jeffrey Stayton
Mary Harpin

Mary Harpin

"I am looking forward to having an ongoing friendship with my mentor, mutually cheering one another on and continuing to progress."

Robin Scofield
Sophia Kouidou-Giles

Sophia Kouidou-Giles

"W2W was a rewarding experience that was encouraging and content-filled."

Renee D’Aoust
Lisa Henner

Lisa Henner

"I would describe the match with my mentor as alchemical. I was amazed and delighted that my mentor and I had so much in common as writers and readers."

Mike Harvkey
Khara House

Khara House

"It was like discovering my inner voice in the form of another person."

Lisa C. Taylor
Billy Kilgore

Billy Kilgore

"The Writer to Writer program is a gift. It enriched my writing life and provided much needed direction."

Brian Oliu
Julia Laxer

Julia Laxer

"Stay open to possibility while honoring your intuition and process. And don't be afraid to break the rules. Never be afraid to break the rules. Experiment."

Elline Lipkin
Minadora Macheret

Minadora Macheret

"The Writer to Writer program gave me more than a mentor; it gave me a friend for life and the support to be fearless in my writing."

Lisha Garcia
Freesia McKee

Freesia McKee

"I recommend this program, whether an MFA is in your future or you’ve decided that you do not need one."

Michael Klein
Caryn Mohr

Caryn Mohr

"Memoir is such a vulnerable endeavor, and there were a few times during the course of the program when fear or self-doubt got the better of me. My mentor encouraged me to continue on the track I was on, writing where I was pulled, trusting in my right and ability to tell my story."

Candy Schulman
Lisa L. Moore

Lisa L. Moore

"The program has given me a role model for how to continue to live a life in poetry—my mentor is about twenty years older than me and it was great to talk to her about how her career has changed and evolved."

Laurel Blossom
Shauna Osborn

Shauna Osborn

“We have similarities in the ways we work—multiple creative interests and devising large, hybrid projects that cover the gamut of creative work. Finding another person who gets that process and the connections necessary to complete this sort of multifaceted work is rare.”

Allison Hedge Coke
Molly Rideout

Molly Rideout

"Fully recognize the real gift that your mentor is giving you of their time and don’t squander it. Be as giving in return as you can."

Luke Rolfes
Whitney Curry Wimbish

Whitney Curry Wimbish

"I have never learned so much from one person in such a condensed period of time."

Lori Ostlund
Session Mentee Mentor

Fall 2014

Kenzie Allen

Kenzie Allen

"I think the biggest benefit of this program is the relationship it fosters."

Ernestine Hayes
Mona Alvarado Frazier

Mona Alvarado Frazier

"Get ready to push yourself, expand your writing skills, dig deeper, and go further. "

Fred Arroyo
Kendra Atkins-Boyce

Kendra Atkins-Boyce

"I decided what I wanted and worked with my mentor to be sure I got what I needed."

Chauna Craig
Priscilla Cash

Priscilla Cash

Jeff Hess
Allison Coffelt

Allison Coffelt

"In the Writer to Writer mentorship program, I was reminded of the wider web of writers."

Jen Hirt
Grace Jahng Lee

Grace Jahng Lee

"I look forward to continuing my relationship with my mentor and learning from her experiences as an accomplished author."

Renee D’Aoust
Olga Livshin

Olga Livshin

"I Ioved the experience and the energies I feel it's bringing to my work."

Janet Sylvester
Taylor Lauren Ross

Taylor Lauren Ross

"Know that your mentor can learn from you, too."

Brandi Granett
Jennifer Savran Kelly

Jennifer Savran Kelly

"[I]f I am willing to go even deeper into the work and remain open to the process, my writing will go further than I imagined it could."

Amy Wallen
Kira Taylor

Kira Taylor

"I learned more profoundly the power of inspiration."

Lori Desrosiers
Previous Participants

See a list of previous Writer to Writer participants.