Mirrors & Windows

Mirrors and Windows Fellowship

With its debut in 2018, the Loft is proud to provide a program dedicated to mentoring Indigenous writers and writers of color to write picture books, middle grade, and young adult literature, Mirrors and Windows. The name is inspired by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s crucial essay, “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” (1990).

While books for young readers is a thriving sector in publishing, those that are by or about Indigenous people and people of color are significantly underrepresented.

The Loft will offer six-month mentorships to ten to twelve emerging/early-career Minnesota Indigenous writers and writers of color who are interested in creating children’s and/or young adult (CYA) books. The group will be mentored by diverse published authors of books for children and young readers.

The Mirrors and Windows Mentorship is supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation and by Loft members.

Congratulations 2018-2019 Fellows

The 2018-2019 cohort are: Saymoukda Vongsay, Vong Bidania, Tlahtoki Xochimeh, Taiyon Coleman, Venessa Fuentes, Shalini Gupta, Piyali Dalal, Marcelle Richards, Michael Torres, Zarlasht Niaz, Soojin Pate, and Maya Beck.

Honorable mentions are: Boonmee Yang, Vanessa Ramos, Regina Santiago, Mai Neng Moua, Lydia Negussie, and Jessica Kieran.