Meet Richard Gilbert, professor, writer, soon-to-be memoir author. Here he is on the “about” page of his blog called Draft No. 4.
Richard has become a friend of my life journey by commenting frequently on this blog and by offering tasty memoir morsels on his own blog. He has also been my teacher. His MFA in creative nonfiction, and his years of teaching memoir in the classroom, have given him resources to share that I devour whenever possible.
Yesterday he posted a review of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. The picture of the review below will get you started, but what I really want you to do is visit Richard’s blog. Not just to finish reading this review, but to explore an encyclopedia of memoir wisdom. If you love language, the memoir genre, farming, and spiritual insight, you will want to subscribe to get his new posts every week. I’ve been challenged and stretched for three years by doing the same.
Finish reading the review here.
Dewitt Henry, a very fine writer himself, says of Richard’s work, “This blog, its urgency, steady fervor and insight into the art has earned you readers.”
Urgency, steady fervor, and insight. Those are rare gifts in a noisy age. When Richard’s own book Shepherd: A Memoir comes out on May 1, I will be among the first in line for it. Not just because I have come to care about Richard as a friend but because I know this book will feed me and make me a better writer and a better person. Next week Richard’s blog will feature his questions to me about Blush. You won’t be surprised to know that they are unusual, deep, questions. Where do you go for urgency, steady fervor, and insight?