Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio’s most recent books are Mortal Trash (W. W. Norton) and a memoir-in-essays, Bukowski in a Sundress (Penguin).  She is the author of ten other books of poetry and prose, including Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within and (with Dorianne Laux) The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. Among her 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 poetry workshops privately in Oakland, CA, and online. A new collection, Rag & Echo, is forthcoming. Visit her at
  • Resumé

    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,