Mentorship Recipient: "Eid Mubarak"
Laura Maylene Walter
On the Revision Process for "Eid Mubarak"
by Yasmine Rukia
It took me an entire year to write “Eid Mubarak,” and a span of 6 months to work up the courage to send it out in any capacity, even to my friends. I’m a poet by nature, but a novice short story by fascination at best. It’s safe to say that I was in utter shock when I was chosen for an Editorial Mentorship and publication with the Gordon Square Review. Laura Walter is an incredible editor and ally. She nurtured the fabric of my creativity and honored my heritage throughout the entire editing process. I’ve heard many horror stories from other writers of color who worked with editors who simply didn’t get their work or pushed their interpretation onto the story. Laura did none of these things but asked important questions and suggested edits that only encouraged and emboldened the vision I was working to create, a story about women living true to themselves and together in community despite the patriarchal overreach that keeps them disconnected.