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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. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and the essay, and was a National Book Award Finalist in poetry for her collection Tell Me. Her latest books are Now We’re Getting Somewhere: Poems (W.W. Norton) and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress (Penguin).

Kim’s poetry has been translated into several languages including Arabic, Chinese, Hungarian, Italian, and Spanish. Her books have been published in Argentina, China, Lebanon, Mexico, Spain, and the UK. Her work has been widely anthologized and published in many journals, including American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Poetry magazine, The Nation, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Yale Review, and many others.

Kim’s focus is on meeting each writer where they are, from beginning to well-published poets, balancing the demands of craft with the joys of inspiration. Kim has thirty-plus years of teaching experience in various settings, from MFA programs to community colleges to private Zoom workshops. She lives in Oakland CA. Visit her at https://www.kimaddonizio.com for information on her workshops, retreats, and conferences.

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.


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


Kim Addonizio


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