Writers Sing Praises of Their Mentors

The March issue of The Writer has a long, generous review of Mentors, Muses & Monsters. There's no link directly to the review, but it examines contributions by John Casey, Alexander Chee, Michael Cunningham and Anita Shreve, and concludes by describing 3Ms as "a unique collection of essays about the infinite varieties of literary mentoring. To this reviewer's knowledge, [Benedict's] is the first book to do so - and it does it very well." Thank you to reviewer Chuck Leddy, who is a contributing editor at The Writer.


A Night of Mentors, Muses, Teachers & Students

Mentors, Muses and Monsters visited Upstate New York on Wednesday, February 3. Contributors Robert Boyers and Alexander Chee joined me at East Line Books in Clifton Park, NY, about halfway between Albany and Saratoga Springs, for a reading and discussion. The audience was full of our students - from Skidmore, where Robert teaches, Amherst, where Alex teachers, and the Albany area, where I taught several years ago at the NY State Writers Institute at SUNY-Albany. In fact, Robyn Ringler, owner of the store, was in that class. Thanks to Robyn for the invitation and to everyone who braved the cold to come see us.

Photos by Peg Boyers