Creative Writing Mentorship Program


Creative Writing Mentors are a cohort of energized and experienced student volunteers who are registered Creative Writing PhD candidates in advanced years of study. Creative Writing (CW) Mentors provide advice, support, friendship, and information to help acclimate a Creative Writing graduate student during their initial years of study.

Program Benefits

  • The opportunity to help a fellow creative writing graduate student
  • Professional development and additional experience on CV
  • Supervisor reference based on performance
  • Foster community and solidarity among creative thinkers

Program Commitment

  • One academic year, September - May
  • One group orientation
  • One meeting per semester
  • Average one to two hours per week for advising
  • Participation in occasional meetups and brief meetings with mentee(s) as needed

Program Eligibility

  • Binghamton University graduate Creative Writing PhD students who have completed two years of academic study.
  • Successful participation in the Creative Writing PhD program for which Binghamton recognizes strong academic performance
  • Availability for occasional meetings with mentee(s)
  • Accessibility over email and phone with mentee(s)
  • Willingness to be matched with a minimum of one mentee

Program Objectives

  • Engage in thoughtful information sharing among peers
  • Facilitate communication and accountability
  • Build community within the program
  • Create leadership opportunities for mentors
  • Offer learning opportunities for mentees

Program Responsibilities

(Responsibilities may vary based on cohort size)

  • Be familiar with general Creative Writing PhD resources, guidelines, and deadlines  
  • Guide students with regard to questions about the Creative Writing program, campus life, classes, and other questions associated with academic advancement
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding information and shared data
  • Effective communication with Creative Writing staff with questions or matters that arise during the advising experience
  • Respond to mentee inquiries received via email, phone, and during advising hours
  • Initiate communication with mentee at least three times a semester
  • Promote the Creative Writing program through conversation, social media, and outreach where appropriate
  • Submit photos and pertinent updates for Creative Writing website and other media
  • Submit a brief assessment of mentor experience at the end of the one year commitment.

Meet Our Inaugural Creative Writing Mentors

Our inaugural mentors are advanced-year students dedicated to helping their peers succeed in the program. Learn about each mentor below.

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Cole Depuy is the winner of the Academy of American Poets University Prize (Binghamton University) & the Negative Capability Press Spring 2020 Poetry Contest. His poetry has appeared in The Summerset Review, I-70 Review, The Tipton Poetry Journal, The Offing & elsewhere. He's Poetry Editor for Harpur Palate & Co-Director of the Binghamton Poetry Project.

"I love to help people get rolling in new environments and writer's need community!"

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Macaulay Glynn is a recipient of Epiphany Lit Journal's 2020 Breakout 8 Prize for poetry and the Academy of American Poets University Prize (2020). Macaulay is poetry co-editor of Harpur Palate and reading series curator for New York Quarterly. Macaulay was the 2019-2020 director of the Binghamton Poetry Project, a service program that offers free poetry workshops to adults and children in the greater Binghamton area, and formerly directed the Literati Reading Series in downtown Binghamton in partnership with the Broome County Arts Council. 

"The guidance of senior cohorts was invaluable to my transition to graduate school. I would be very happy to offer those same resources, knowledge, and friendship to students in their initial years of study. I am invested in the ongoing success of student-led initiatives (such as the Binghamton Poetry Project) and would love to help incoming students become involved while balancing coursework and exams."

Jamey McDermott

Jamey McDermott is a fiction writer & Ph.D. student at Binghamton University. He grew up in the metro Atlanta area & received his M.F.A. from Georgia State University. In his spare time, he loves low-budget horror movies & comic books. He misses having the time & space to play drums. He would have had a much harder time navigating his first year as a Ph.D. student without the guidance and camaraderie of more experienced classmates, and he chose to become a Creative Writing mentor in the hope that he could offer the same to incoming grad students.

Amy Parker

Amy Suzanne Parker is the recipient of the Marion Clayton Link Fellowship for creative writing at Binghamton University, where she specializes in writing creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in DIAGRAM, Hobart, Entropy, Pithead Chapel, Witch Craft Magazine, Oregon East, Burrow Press Review, and elsewhere. She is also the creative nonfiction co-editor for Harpur Palate.

"I chose to become a mentor to help other students in the program manage the stress of graduate school and to guide them with writing and publishing their work."


Shin Watanabe was born in Gainesville, Florida and has lived in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Nevada. He studied philosophy at the University of Minnesota and received an MFA in poetry at the University of Las Vegas. Shin is currently a PhD candidate in English with a creative dissertation in poetry at Binghamton University.

"I’m excited to get to know our incoming students and help them learn from my struggles and joys!"


Please email any Creative Writing Mentorship questions to Lecturer and Associate Director of Creative Writing María Isabel Álvarez at