The Loft Literary Center received 277 entries to the 2014-2015 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose, from which the preliminary judges had the difficult task of choosing 20 finalists per genre. We received 99 entries in nonfiction; 90 poetry applications; and 87 fiction submissions.
Nonfiction mentors Kao Kalia Yang and Dani Shapiro selected Annette Schiebout, Jenny Krueger, Molly Cooney, and Kinzy Janssen for the program.
Poetry mentors Matt Rasmussen and Patricia Smith selected poets Timothy Otte, Rhea Davison-Edwards, April Gibson, and Kate Lucas.
Fiction mentors Diego Vázquez, Jr. and Ru Freeman selected Karlyn Coleman, Rebecca Diaz, Susan A. Wolter, and Mary Stein.