Throughout April, as part of National Poetry Month, Chicago’s WBEZ featured an audio portrait of a different NWA writer each week. Today, we’re thrilled to share NWA writer Betsy Benefield’s thoughts on how writing has shaped and guided her life. Photographs of Benefields on this city’s “busy, busy avenues” (as she titled a piece in the Fall 2010 JOT, “Water on Fire”) accompany her words. With audio by Melissa Townsend and photographs by Cristina Rutter.