Kim Addonizio

California, United States

Member Since: 12/02/2011

Kim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award. She also has two word/music CDS: Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing (with Susan Browne) and My Black Angel, the companion to My Black Angel: Blues Poems and Portraits, a collaboration with woodcut artist Charles D. Jones.   Her poetry has been translated into several languages including Spanish, Arabic, Italian, and Hungarian. Collections have been published in Spain, Mexico, Lebanon, and the UK. Addonizio’s awards include two fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim, two Pushcart Prizes, and other honors. Her latest books are a poetry collection, Mortal Trash (W.W. Norton), and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin). Her lates book of poems is Now We’re Getting Somewhere.


Twitter Username: @kim_addonizio


  • Now We're Getting Somewhere (poems) , W.W. Norton (March 21)
  • Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life , Penguin (2016)
  • Mortal Trash (poems) , W.W. Norton (2016)
  • The Palace of Illusions (stories) , Counterpoint/Soft Skull (September 2014)
  • My Black Angel: Blues Poems & Portraits , Stephen F. Austin State University Press (2014)
  • Lucifer at the Starlite (poems) , W.W. Norton (2009)
  • Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within , W.W. Norton (2009)
  • Jimmy & Rita (verse novel) (reissue) , Stephen F. Austin State University Press (2013)
  • What is This Thing Called Love (poems) , W.W. Norton (2005)
  • Tell Me (poems) , BOA Editions (2000)
  • Little Beauties (novel) , Simon & Schuster (2005)
  • My Dreams Out in the Street (novel) , Simon & Schuster (2007)


  • Paterson Poetry Prize(2017)
  • Finalist, Poet's Prize(2011)
  • Finalist, Northern CA Book Awards(2011)
  • "Notable Essay" citation, Best Am Essays(2010)
  • Pushcart Prize (essay)(2010)
  • Guggenheim Fellowship(2005)
  • Mississippi Review Fiction Prize
  • John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award
  • National Book Award Finalist

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry