Mentoring / Editorial Consultation

Gerry's attentive ear, his vibrant engagement with word and sound, his detailed and expansive discussion of both the mechanics of the work and its larger motivating forces--together these sensitive qualities mean that Gerry's mentorship is one I cherish and continue to reflect on years later. Gerry's teachings allowed me to core into my poetry and my poetic practice more voraciously, finding at once joy and diligence, play and rigour. He is an inspiring wordsmith, performer, and teacher and I will always be grateful for the time I spent as his student.

Brecken Hancock,

Author of the acclaimed debut collection Broom Broom (Coach House, 2014)


Editorial Consultation and Mentoring
plus Custom Personal Tour of Garcia Lorca's Granada
March through May + October /November

Gerry Shikatani was an indispensable editor with whom I worked to complete and polish my latest book of poetry.
Gerry’s precision and care for detail, as well as his obsession with sound, served to infuse my manuscript and edits with an eye to sparse and precise beauty and
rhythmic awareness, respectively. What was most important, though, was Gerry’s gentle but firm reminders that I (or any poet) need to speak the truth and bring the
reader to a new level of awareness and seeing.

Stephanie McKenzie, author of Saviours in This Little Space for Now: Poems for Emily Carr and Vincent van Gogh.
(Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2013)

Gerry Shikatani has recently worked as mentor, editor or coach for poet Ruth Roach Pierson , Pushcart nominee, fiction writer Jocelyn Cullity and poets Guy Ewing and Rachel Zolf.


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