Kim Addonizio

KIM ADDONIZIO is the author of several acclaimed poetry collections including The Philosopher’s Club, Jimmy & Rita, and Tell Me, a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award, and What Is This Thing Called Love . She is also the author of two novels published by Simon & Schuster: Little Beauties, and most recently My Dreams Out in the Street, which Andre Dubus III hailed as “one of the finest American novels I’ve read in some time, a night-blooming flower you will not be able to put down…” She also has a story collection, In the Box Called Pleasure. With Dorianne Laux she co-wrote The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, which has been widely used in writing groups, colleges and universities. With Cheryl Dumesnil she co-edited Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos (Warner Books). A word/music CD with Susan Browne, is called “Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing,” is available from

2008 Festival book signing
with Thomas Lux, 2008

Addonizio’s awards include two NEA fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Commonwealth Club Poetry Medal, and the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award. She is online at