Jessie Belle Rittenhouse (1869-1948) was a literary critic and poet. In 1930, she was awarded the first Robert Frost (a Zen Pencils favourite) Medal for lifetime achievement in poetry. It’s nice to feature another female author, I haven’t done nearly enough. Let me know if you have any other great quotes by inspiring women.

Thanks to Phil for submitting this wonderful poem. There’s not much I can add, the poem speaks for itself – I just hope I did it justice. Would love to hear if you interpreted it differently or if you agree/disagree with the message.

- On a side note, here’s another interview I did, this time with Indian youth website The Viewspaper.