The John K. Walsh Mentorship Essays is a collaboration with Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies that supports emerging U.S. Latino/a letters.
Since 2008, the Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship has been an annual distinction bestowed upon a writer working on a first book. The Fellow spends the month of July in residence at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN.
In 2014, the Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship was re-named—thanks to the generosity of a private donor—to honor the late, distinguished hispanista, John K. Walsh, who graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1961. Letras Latinas is amplifying this gesture by creating a space in which writers reflect upon, explore, and highlight the mentor/mentee relationship.
Poet Francisco Aragón inaugurated the online series with his essay, “Etched in Glass: Remembering Jack Walsh” in October. In 2015, we will begin quarterly publication of commissioned pieces by Latino/a writers. The first cohort of invited authors are: Fred Arroyo, Joy Castro, Maria Kelson, Ruben Quesada, and John Phillip Santos. More will follow—all thanks to the generosity of the aforementioned donor, Billy Thompson.