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FREEING THE ANGEL – with Kim Addonizio

June 10, 2022 - June 20, 2022


I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.


Join acclaimed poet Kim Addonizio in Italy for a workshop inspired by the landscape, the food, the history, and the poets who have come before – Montale, Catullus, Petrarch, Gregory Corso, John Keats, Jorie Graham, and so many others. This is an opportunity for poets at all levels to write and share work in an intimate setting and experience the delights only Italy can provide.

The group will read all sorts of poems, do writing prompts, and talk about both craft and process. You’ll study some of the strategies of great poets and explore how to use them in your own work.

On a typical day, there will be time to write and relax. Before dinner the group might discuss a poem by Cesar Pavese or a sonnet by A. E. Stallings before you each share your work. The following day might include a trip to a surrounding hill town, a beach, a Tarot garden, a museum, or some ancient ruins. You’ll visit the Keats-Shelley house in Rome, where Keats spent the last months of his life. You’ll do some shopping – and swoon over sublime paintings and sculptures and architecture.

The workshop finale will be a performance/reading with local Italian poets and a musician or two!​

From a little spark may burst a flame.


About Kim

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 China, 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 memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin), and new book of poems, Now We’re Getting Somewhere W.W. Norton (March 2021).

Kim previously taught in the MFA Program at Goddard College and at several colleges and universities, and now makes her living teaching private workshops and from appearances at colleges, conferences, and festivals around the world.

My teaching philosophy is simple. I try to meet you where you are right now, whether you’re a beginner or well-published. My goal is to help you learn the craft that will enable you to express your own vision, to respect you as a writer, and to encourage you to keep exploring this beautiful, challenging, and rewarding art.



Several moments in these poems suggest a universal despair and loneliness that feels in keeping with the present moment, but Addonizio’s incredible comedic timing and brilliance at subverting the reader’s expectations ensures the mood is never too dark for long. These poems are brilliant reflections from the high priestess of the confessional.




June 10, 2022
June 20, 2022
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La Romita School of Art
Terni, Italy


Kim Addonizio


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