The Crafty Poet II Named a Best Book for Writers by Poets & Writers
"A follow-up to Diane Lockward’s 2013 book, The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, this second volume guides poets seeking to transform their practice through practical steps such as revising the creative process; selecting and refining diction, syntax, and sound; and completing final revisions. Each of the ten sections thoroughly explores and discusses craft tips provided by an experienced poet (Ellen Bass, Ada Limon, Dean Young, and others) and includes illuminating sample poems and related writing prompts."
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Companion volume to the original The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop. Works as a follow-up and continuation of the first book, or stands alone. Perfect for use in the classroom and in workshops. Also works as an at-home tutorial for those learning the craft of poetry independently.


Model poems with prompts, writing tips, and interviews contributed by 65 of our nation's finest poets, including 15 former and current state Poets Laureate:

Kelli Russell Agodon   Dick Allen    Nin Andrews   David Barber    Judith Barrington
Ellen Bass    Mary Biddinger    George Bilgere    Chana Bloch    Laure-Anne Bosselaar
David Bottoms    Fleda Brown    Kathryn Stripling Byer    Lauren Camp    Martha Collins
Mary Cornish    Oliver de la Paz    Carl Dennis    Toi Derricotte    Natalie Diaz
Camille Dungy    Jill Alexander Essbaum    Alice B. Fogel    Alice Friman    Karin Gottshall
Tami Haaland    Barbara Hamby    Ava Leavell Haymon    Tom Hennen    David Hernandez
Tony Hoagland    Karla Huston    Laura Kasischke    Meg Kearney    David Kirby
Lance Larsen    Sydney Lea    Ada Limon    Timothy Liu    Diane Lockward     
Alessandra Lynch    Davis McCombs    Susan Laughter Meyers    Deborah Miranda
D. Nurkse    Priscilla Orr    Paisley Rekdal    Susan Rich    Alberto Rios    Lee Ann Roripaugh
Sheryl St. Germaine    Martha Silano    Ron Smith    A. E. Stringer    KC Trommer
William Trowbridge    Lee Upton    Sidney Wade    Charles Harper Webb    Hilde Weisert
Marjory Wentworth    Terence Winch    Robert Wrigley    Dean Young    Michael T. Young

 An additional 47 accomplished poets contributed sample poems 
inspired by the prompts in this book:  
Gloria Amescua    Bob Bradshaw    Constance Brewer    Betsey Cullen    Jessica de Koninck
Gail Fishman Gerwin    Deborah Gerrish    Patricia Goodman    Jeanie Greensfelder
Susan Gundlach    Barbara Hagerty    Tracy Hart    Penny Harter    Karen Holmes
Akua Lezli Hope    Jenny Hubbard    Jen Karetnick    Tina Kelley    Adele Kenny
Kim Klugh    Denise Low    Kathy Macdonald    Charlotte Mandel     Joan Mazza
Jane Miller    Maren Mitchell    Camille Norvaisas    Ellie O’Leary    Judith Quaempts
Wanda Praisner    Anjela Villarreal Ratliff    Kim Roberts    Jennifer Saunders
Paula Schulz    Martha Silano    Linda Simone   Kate Sontag    Carole Stone
Marilyn L. Taylor    Lisken Van Pelt Dus    Pramila Venkateswaren    Angela Vogel
Jeanne Wagner    Jane West    Scott Wiggerman    Lori Wilson


Mom Egg Review
by Grace Gardiner

Washington Independent Review of Books
by Grace Cavalieri

Blog Mentions

Life on the Periphery
by Constance Brewer

The Release of The Crafty Poet II
by Susan Laughter Meyers

Colleges,  Universities, and Schools Using The Crafty Poet II 

Bellevue College (Washington)

Bunker Hill Community College (Massachusetts)

Colorado State University

Montclair Kimberly Academy (New Jersey)

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