Brent spent countless hours reading and rereading the Running in Silence manuscript when we worked together for an independent study class we set up, giving me fantastic feedback and always believing in my potential. He read some of my dark, perhaps uncomfortable pieces without judgment, and in a way that allowed me to continually open up and get my thoughts out there before I exposed them to the world. There were areas I felt wary about writing and sharing, but I felt like I could take the chance with him. He helped me learn what worked and what didn’t.
Brent also allowed me to read the chapters he was writing for a comical book he hoped to publish about his cat Dexter. I laughed myself to tears reading that material, and I was in awe that he wanted me to edit his fine work!
Brent went above and beyond what anyone would expect from a professor. His dedication to helping his students and wanting them to succeed in life showed in every way, and I am so thankful to have had as much time as I did with him throughout my Aquinas College career. Sam Rinkus, I believe we established that I now hold the record with having had the most classes with Brent, capping it out at eight. ;)
Brent not only made his students feel appreciated by reminding us what “quality” people we are, but he also brought enthusiasm, comedy, and passion to his classes. There is a hole in my heart upon hearing of his passing, as he has played a huge, critical role in my writing career and gave me the confidence to pursue my publishing dreams. I can’t even imagine how many other lives he has impacted.
Brent–I am going to miss you and your humor, cat stories, and words of wisdom enormously.
The last writing feedback from the wonderful Brent Chesley for the first chapter of book #2. He taught me well, and this is the moment I really found myself applying everything I’ve learned from him.
Brent, I’m “keeping it up.”