Kim Addonizio

Addonizio Kim

Kim Addonizio’s most recent books of poetry are Lucifer at the Starlite (W. W. Norton, 2009) and the just-reissued Jimmy & Rita (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2012). Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within was released by Norton in 2oo9. With Dorianne Laux, Addonizio co-authored The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (1997). Among her awards and honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Commonwealth Club Poetry Medal. Addonizio teaches privately in Oakland, and online at

  • Resume

    Families shame you;
  • Sullen Art

    Someone will write a poem called Charlottesville,
  • Cigar Box Banjo

    Blind Willie Johnson could coax
  • Over the Bright and Darkened Lands | Out in the Tranquil Bay

    I sit in one of the dives.
  • The Easy Way to Stop Drinking

    We are as flies in a pitcher plant,