I am a student in the Low Residency program at The Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.
The Low Rez program is amazing. I have had several kind and amazing writing teachers. I’ll go more into that in a later post.
My mentor this semester is Tommy Orange. His debut novel, There There, will come out from Alfred A. Knopf on June 5, 2018. You should pre-order it from your local independent bookstore now.
In our brief time working together, I have learned so much from Tommy. Lessons that are making my writing better.
One of his suggestions was to listen to a Podcast made by The New Yorker. I’ve listened to some great fiction on this podcast. I love being read to. Some of the most fun bits are when writers choose a story by another author, talk about it, and then you get to hear the story. The craft of writing is on the dissection table. But it’s fun.
Tommy was featured on the podcast recently. I have heard Tommy read before and he never disappoints. Tommy Orange reads “The State” from his forthcoming novel, There There.