by Wendy Wisner

Mentoring Matters

For poets — as for the rest of us — role models

“I don’t think I would be a writer today had I not, at some point, decided I had the right,” writes poet Kristen Prevallet. Many of the poets in Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (University of Iowa Press, $24.95) describe such moments, when the decision to write took on a sudden necessity and significance. Editors Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker, poets themselves, compiled essays by women poets born in the 1960s and ‘70s writing about their mentors, enabling us to watch these women find their voices and come of age under the knowing gaze of the generation of women poets who came before them.

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