Kiese Laymon visits Big Class's in-school project at G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy

We are so excited to have the brilliant essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon as the lead mentor for our personal histories book project with G. W. Carver Collegiate Academy.

Kiese spent several hours today working with students on writing with specificity, connecting with memory, and using writing as a way to slow down and understand.
Going forward he'll be working closely with students as they complete multiple drafts.

He'll also mentor the Student Editorial Board and write the forward to their book, which will be out at the beginning of summer.

We're grateful to Kiese for being such an inspiring part of this project, and approaching it with generosity, candor, and humor. If you haven't read his amazing work, we urge you to check it out at