Kim addonizio

Kim Addonizio. Courtesy Plougshares.

Kim Addonizio
Born July 31, 1954 (1954-07-31) (age 66)
Citizenship United States American
Education Georgetown University, San Francisco State University]
Occupation poet, novelist

Kim Addonizio (born July 31, 1954) is an award-winning American poet and novelist.


Addonizio was born Kim Addie in Bethesda, Maryland, the daughter of tennis champion Pauline Betz and sports writer Bob Addie.

She briefly attended Georgetown University, before dropping out, and returning to school at American University two years later. Two and a half years after attending American, Addonizio again dropped out.[1] She ended up moving to San Francisco and receiving a B.A. and M.F.A. from San Francisco State University.

She has taught at San Francisco State University, as well as Goddard College.[2]

She has a daughter, Aya Cash, and lives in Oakland, California.




  • The Philosopher's Club (with introduction by Gerald Stern). Brockport, NY: BOA Editions, 1994.
  • Three West Coast Women (by Kim Addonizio, Laurie Duesing, and Dorianne Laux). Five Fingers Poetry, 1987.
  • Jimmy and Rita: Poems (verse novel). Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 2007.
  • Tell Me: Poems. Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 2000.
  • What is This Thing Called Love. New York: Norton, 2004.
  • Lucifer at the Starlight: Poems. New York: Norton, 2009.


  • Little Beauties: A novel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.
  • My Dreams Out in the Street. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Short FictionEdit

  • Crimes of Passion. Berkeley, CA: Exempli Gratia Press (e.g. #13), 1984.
  • In the Box Called Pleasure: Stories. Normal, IL: Fiction Collective 2, 1999.



  • Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on writers, writers on tattoos (edited with Cheryl Dumesnil). New York: Warner, 2002.
  • Best New Poets, 2009: 50 poems from emerging writers (edited with Jeb Livingood). Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2009.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Poetry Foundation.[3]

Kim Addonizio - First Poem for You

Kim Addonizio - First Poem for You

"What Do Women Want?" by Kim Addonizio

"What Do Women Want?" by Kim Addonizio

Audio / videoEdit

  • Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, and Kissing: Poems and music (with Susan Browne; CD). Speakeasy Literary Audio, 2003.
  • The Poet's Companion: A guide to the pleasures of writing poetry (with Dorianne Lux; CD). Princeton, NJ: Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2009.

Except where noted, discographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. Addonizio, Kim (2009). Ordinary genius : a guide for the poet within (1st ed. ed.). New York: W.W. Norton. pp. 55-56. ISBN 9780393334166. 
  2. "Kim Addonizio,, Academy of American Poets. Web, Dec. 28, 2011.
  3. Kim Addonizio b. 1954, Poetry Foundation. Web, Mar. 13, 2014.
  4. Search results = au:Kim Addonizio + audiobook, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Aug. 21, 2015.

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