Kim Addonizio

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Kim Addonizio was born in the Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C. She grew up in Bethesda, MD, attended Georgetown University for three weeks and American University for two years, then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a BA and MA from San Francisco State University. She is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Lucifer at the Starlite (2007). She has published two books on writing: Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within (2009) and The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (1997). Addonizio is also the author of two novels from Simon & Schuster, Little Beauties (2005) and My Dreams Out in the Street (2007), and a collection of stories, In the Box Called Pleasure (1999). A new collection, The Palace of Illusions, will be published by Counterpoint/Soft Skull in October 2014 Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, and Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and the essay. She currently divides her time between the Bay Area and New York City. She teaches private workshops and volunteers for The Hunger Project, a global organization dedicated to empowering people to end their own hunger. Website:

Written by Kim Addonizio October 2013

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