Writing Mentorships


Announcing our 2017-2018 Poetry Mentees

We’re thrilled to announce that our 2017 Poetry Mentor Barbara Ras has chosen her two mentees for the 2017-2018 year. Congratulations to Lisbeth White and Zoë Fay-Stindt for being selected. Thank you to all the poets who submitted their wonderful poetry manuscripts. It was such a talented pool of applicants this year, and we appreciate your giving us a chance to consider your work.

Take the next step in your writing life

Apply for the Gemini Ink Mentorship Program.

Work one-on-one with a nationally recognized author on a manuscript project.


Apply to the Gemini Ink 2017 Mentorship Program and be one of two writers chosen to work one-on-one with a nationally recognized poet or prose writer.  The 2017 Mentorship will be dedicated to poetry, and the mentor will be poet Barbara Ras.

The 2017 Gemini Ink Mentorship Program is open to poets from Texas and from all 50 States.

Here’s what recent mentees have said about their experience with the Gemini Ink Mentorship Program:


Working with Connie Voisine at this particular time in my personal & professional life has been a godsend. She is, without question, one of the best readers I’ve ever encountered & the smallest suggestions from months ago continue to act as a compass even now. I am grateful for her generosity & her commitment to curiosity, for her camaraderie & her ability to see the poet as a whole person. I’m lucky to still be learning from her in so many ways.

Meg Day, 2016 mentee

The Mentoring experience has been a spark plug in my creative life. Connie [Voisine]’s direction has led me to rediscover areas of poetry I’d forgotten. She put my work in contexts I hadn’t considered and forced me to maneuver myself into new imaginative space.

Rodney Gomez, 2016 mentee

What to Expect

Work with your mentor to:

  • Establish a timeline and goals for your poetry manuscript project.
  • Exchange three (3) project packets and receive detailed feedback at regular intervals.
  • Close out your project with a public reading of your work at our annual summer writers conference, introduced by your mentor. (While the mentorship includes free admission to the conference, please note that travel costs to the conference are not covered by Gemini Ink).

The 2017 Poetry Mentor

Barbara RasBarbara Ras is the author of three poetry collections: Bite Every Sorrow, which won the Walt Whitman Award and was also awarded the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; One Hidden Stuff (Penguin, 2006); and The Last Skin (Penguin, 2010), winner of the Award for Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. Ras has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Her poems have appeared in the New YorkerTin House, Granta, Five Points, American Scholar, Massachusetts Review, and Orion, among other magazines and journals. She is the editor of a collection of short fiction in translation, Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion. Ras has taught in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson and at workshops nationally and internationally. She lives in San Antonio and is the founding director emerita of Trinity University Press.


11/15/17        Deadline to Apply (by 11:59PM PST)
1/12/17        Poetry Mentees Accepted
July 2018    Final celebration & Reading at the Gemini Ink Writers Conference


$25 application fee


You will be asked to provide the following:

  • $25 application fee acceptable via submittable or by check (paid to Gemini Ink).
  • A single PDF or WORD file containing the following:
    • A short letter of intent (maximum one page) with your full name on this page and a current email.
    • A 10-page manuscript of your work, no more than one poem per page, with your name on each page.
    • A short CV or resumé, listing two references.

Further Information

Gemini Ink (210) 734-9673

Alexandra van de Kamp (avandekamp@geminiink.org)


Thank you to Lee Robinson and Dr. Jerry Winakur for sponsoring this mentorship. 

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