The following writers were participants in the 2020-21 Emerging Writers Mentorship program, which concluded in June 2021. The pilot year of this program was open only to applications from writers who attended a Collegeville Institute writing workshop in 2017, 2018, or 2019.
Catherine Hervey has an MFA in fiction from the Sewanee School of Letters. She has written for Books and Culture and The Curator and is currently a contributor for Ruminate. She attended the 2018 Collegeville Institute Writing Spirit, Writing Faith writing workshop.
Duncan Hilton is Priest-in-Charge at St John’s Episcopal Church in Walpole, New Hampshire, and lives in South Londonderry, Vermont. He attended the 2019 Collegeville workshop Mapping the Geography of Grace taught by Robert Benson in Mississippi.
J. Jioni Palmer is the founder of Thinking Good, a digital media community that helps men be their better selves. A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Palmer is a former journalist, Congressional staffer, and Obama administration appointee. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, two sons and two cats. He attended the 2019 summer workshop A Part, and Yet Apart, with Michael N. McGregor.
Dr. Lea F. Schweitz is a writer, nature educator, co-founder of Nature120, and Director of Christian Education at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church. Her vocational call is to teach folks to love the wild in the movement of the Holy Spirit and the seasons of Midwest living. She lives in Oak Park, IL with her musician/composer spouse, Kurt, and her two wildly inspiring kids. She blogs at wildsparrows.com and participated in the 2017 summer writing workshop, Writing Beyond the Academy, at the Collegeville Institute.
Michael N. McGregor was the writing mentor for the 2020-21 Emerging Writers Mentorship Program. He is the author of Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, Fordham University Press, a finalist for a Washington State Book Award and several other prizes. His essays, articles and stories have been widely published in journals and magazines, including The Seattle Review, Story Quarterly, Poetry, The South Dakota Review, The Crab Orchard Review, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Notre Dame Magazine, and The Dictionary of Literary Biography. Among his honors and awards are the Daniel Curley Award for Short Fiction, an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Grant and a Best American Essays Notable Essay selection. McGregor is an award-winning professor and former director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Portland State University.