Imagine being a young poet, nurturing your craft without the benefit of established mentors. Imagine having never been in a class taught by a woman poet or not having a bookshelf filled with books written by living women poets. Luckily, young women poets today don't have to. Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker's ""Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections"" collects both personal essays and representative poems by women born after 1960 whose careers were influenced - directly or indirectly - by the women who preceded them.The poets in this collection describe a new kind of influence, one less hierarchical, less patriarchal, and less anxious than forms of mentorship in the past. Vivid and intelligent, these twenty-four essays explore the complicated nature of the mentoring relationship, with all its joys and difficulties, and show how this new sense of writing out of female experience and within a community of writers has fundamentally changed women's poetry.It includes: Jenny Factor on Marilyn Hacker; Beth Ann Fennelly on Denise Duhamel; Miranda Field on Fanny Howe; Katie Ford on Jorie Graham; Joy Katz on Sharon Olds; Valerie Martinez on Joy Harjo; Erika Meitner on Rita Dove; Aimee Nezhukumatathil on Naomi Shihab Nye; Eleni Sikelianos on Alice Notley; Tracy K. Smith on Lucie Brock-Broido; Crystal Williams on Lucille Clifton; and Rebecca Wolff on Molly Peacock.
Arielle Greenberg is an assistant professor in the poetry programs at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches in the Department of English and is assistant director of poetry programs. She is the author of two poetry collections, My Kafka Century and Given, and the editor of Youth Subcultures: Exploring Underground America. She lives with her family in Evanston, Illinois. Rachel Zucker is the author of Eating in the Underworld, The Last Clear Narrative, and The Bad Wife Handbook. She was recently the poet-in-residence at Fordham University. She lives with her family in New York City.