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Women Poets on Mentorship

Readings from Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (University of Iowa Press, 2008), edited by Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker.

Hosted by Rachel Zucker.

Rachel Zucker is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, The Bad Wife Handbook. Her fourth book, Museum of Accidents, will be published by Wave in 2009. For more information please visit her website: www.rachelzucker.net  

"I know of no other book like this one. It sheds light not on one woman poet or one facet of 'women's poetry,' but on the many ways the poetic tradition is handed down from one writer to another. The multiplicity of voices in this book along with the wide variety of aesthetics and backgrounds of the contributors make it unique in the field. It is a significant and needed contribution."—Kevin Prufer, editor, Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing

"Much has been written by and about women poets and women's poetry, but this is the first that addresses the topic of mentorship in a way that expands what we mean by 'tradition.' No other book looks at the question of how tradition moves from one generation to the next, from the younger generation's point of view. My own poetry students have talked about the need for exactly such a book. Women Poets on Mentorship will be important to today's (and tomorrow's) poetry community, as well as to women's studies."—Alicia Ostriker, author, Writing Like a Woman and Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women's Poetry in America