In this episode it is my pleasure to introduce you to two members of our Writerly Love Community, Jennifer Robinson and Candace Webb, and bring you into our book club conversation. We’ve been doing our close craft-book readings for a couple of years now. So, I love bringing you, dear listeners who are not members of the Writerly Love community—yet, into this conversation! (You can always learn more about the community and sign up at

If you want a round-up of all we read before the book we’ll discuss today, check out our super-sized episode #62 when our community facilitator and my co-producer for the podcast, Meli Walker, and I go through seventeen craft books!

Our focus in this conversation is an oldie-but-a-goodie book, The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux.

Listen to learn about how the book changed the way two writers who were newer to poetry even read poems now after reading. I came to writing via poetry and my love of verse, so it’s exciting for me to hear how these writers who started primarily in fiction and creative nonfiction were inspired to delve more into poetry.

Listen for our assessment of who this book is for and what you, dear luminous writer, can glean from it. Our aim is to give you enough of an overview that you will know if it’s a craft guide you want on your own bookshelf.

Resources from the Episode