Kim Addonizio

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Kim Addonizio is the author of six poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry, The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me. Her latest books are Mortal Trash: Poems (W.W. Norton) and a memoir-in-essays, Bukowski in a Sundress (Penguin). She recently collaborated on a chapbook, The Night Could Go in Either Direction (Slapering Hol Press) with poet Brittany Perham. Addonizio also has two word/music CDs:  Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing (with Susan Browne) and My Black Angel, a companion to My Black Angel: Blues Poems & Portraits, featuring woodcuts by Charles D. Jones. She teaches and performs internationally

Addonizio is a master of compressed intensity who always nails the emotional image.
— San Francisco Chronicle
A poet of prodigiously racy talent.
Her poems are always accessible, sexy, sarcastic, and, at their core, deeply emotional and moving.
— Lilith
Addonizio relishes bringing together moments of pleasure and pain, love and disaster.
— American Poet
One of our nation’s most provocative and edgy poets.
— Steve Kowit, San Diego Union Tribune
Over the course of her three-decade-long writing career, Kim Addonizio’s work has been consistently funny, formally inventive, sexually positive, philosophically complex, and lyrically tight.
— The Stranger