In our Roundups segment, we’re looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009. We explore posts from our archives as well as other top literary magazines and websites, centered on a certain theme to help you jump-start your week. This week we bring you posts about writers and their mentors.
- Two Native American poets speak of how their friendship influenced their craft and creativity in “I Don’t Stand Alone: Poets Orlando White and Sherwin Bitsui on the Importance of Mentors”
- Thomas Lee interviews his mentor Tom Parker in “Tips and Tricks: an Interview with Tom Parker.” Parker, too, provides a rich selection of writing advice as he reflect over how he critiqued Lee’s stories.
- In “Patience and Courage: Finding the Balance between Teaching and Writing,” Jennifer De Leon highlights how she was guided by her mentor when her writing life got out of balance.
From Around the Web:
- Ever wonder who shaped Rick Moody? He shares with the Atlantic about those teachers that guided his path in “Writers and Mentors.”
- “In Memory of a Friend, Teacher and Mentor” at the New York Times is an abridgement of a eulogy Philip Roth delivered for a lifelong friend, devoted reader, and a man who would inspire a character in one of his novels.
- Maybe some of the best mentors are found amongst the dead. Jessica Rosevear makes the case at The Christian Science Monitor why writers from the past are the best mentors in “Who’s your dead mentor?”