Writing Mentorships


Our 2014 Mentees

Novelist Nan Cuba, author of the award-winning novel Body and Bread, will mentor Georgia Erck and Susan Lynch while former San Antonio Poet Laureate Dr. Carmen Tafolla will mentor Eduardo Vega and Fernando Esteban Flores. The mentees will work with their mentor for 6 months on identifying a timeline and goal for their manuscript. They will also produce three drafts of their project while receiving feedback, and close out their project with a public reading.

  “We are very excited about our mentorship program. The one-on-one attention and care the mentorship provides–linking emerging writers with incredible writers like Carmen Tafolla and Nan Cuba–often plays a critical role in helping writers make the leap to producing earth changing work. San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero was in the mentorship program and credits it with firming her resolve to write poetry that would endure.  We have incredible mentors and mentees–and look forward to the work that will emerge from bringing them all together.”
Sheila Black Executive | Artistic Director, Gemini Ink

Georgia Erck

Georgia Erck

I’m Georgia, but my dad has always called me George. In third grade, my mom read one of my school papers I brought home and said, “Someday, you’re going to be a really good writer.” I don’t know if this was a blessing or a curse, but I believed her.









Fernando Flores

Fernando Esteban Flores

Fernando Esteban Flores is a native Tejano residing in San Antonio. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A in English/Journalism, he has taught writing at various San Antonio secondary schools, is the recipient of two ExCEL awards for teaching excellence from KENS 5-TV, and has multiple publications.







Susan Lynch

Eddie Vega 

Our Mentorship Program

Gemini Ink seeks fresh voices to apply for our mentorship program. Work one on one with a nationally recognized author as you finalize your manuscript.

What to Expect

Work with your mentor for 6 months on:

  • Identifying a timeline and goals for your manuscript
  • Working through three drafts of your project while receiving feedback from your mentor
  • Closing out your project with a public reading of your work


This is your opportunity to take the next step in your writing profession

The Mentors

Nan CubaNan Cuba (fiction) is the author of Body and Bread (Engine Books, 2013), winner of the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction, one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” in O, Oprah’s Magazine, and a “Summer Books” choice from Huffington Post. She also co-edited Art at our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists (Trinity University Press, 2008), and published other work in such places as Quarterly West, Columbia, Antioch Review, Harvard Review, storySouth, and Connotation Press, LIFE, Third Coast, and D Magazine. She received an artist residency at Fundación Valparaiso in Spain and the Imagineer Award from the Mind Science Foundation. She serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of Writers, Inc., which is a fundraising arm of the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College, is the founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink and writer-in-residence at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

Dr. Carmen Tafolla, Ph.D. (poetry) is San Antonio’s first Poet Laureate. She has photo courtesy of Viktoria Valenzuelawritten over 20 books and is one of the most highly anthologized of Latina writers. Dr. Carmen Tafolla has published an impressive array of works for both children and adults, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Americas Award, presented to her at the Library of Congress in 2010, two Tomas Rivera Book Awards, two ALA Notable Books, a Charlotte Zolotow, the Art of Peace Award, Top Ten Books for Babies, and recognition by the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies for work which “gives voice to the peoples and cultures of this land.” Tafolla has been called a “world-class writer” by Roots author Alex Haley, and has long been considered one of the madrinas of Chicana Literature. She is currently at work on the adult biography of early civil rights organizer Emma Tenayuca.


May 15 Deadline to Apply
May-November Mentorship exchanges
TBA Mentee readings


$25 application fee
$600 mentorship program fee (scholarships available)


Email the following to Lisa Cortez Walden lcortezwalden@geminiink.org no later than May 15, 2014.

  • Introduction letter
  • CV or resume
  • Letters of reference
  • A sample draft (10-20 pages) of your work
  • $25 application fee

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