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QUESTIONS OF TRAVEL: A POETRY ADVENTURE – with Kim Addonizio and Tracey Knapp

May 6, 2025 - May 16, 2025

Early Registration $3070

Should we have stayed at home and thought of here?

Elizabeth Bishop

The answer, of course, is an emphatic, No! Carpe diem—seize the day—as the Roman poet Horace declared. Come to La Romita and join poets Kim Addonizio and Tracey Knapp 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 find poetic inspiration and share work in an intimate setting, and experience the delights only Italy can provide.

You will read all sorts of poems, have writing sessions, and talk about craft and process, revision, and whatever else comes to mind.

On a typical day, there will be time to write and enjoy the serenity of La Romita. On several evenings before dinner, the group will meet to share and critique new work. Other days will feature trips to surrounding hill towns, a beach, a Tarot garden, a museum, or some ancient ruins, with a prompt or a couple of poems in mind to help inspire your own work. The workshop finale will be a performance/reading/party. Expect magic!

From a little spark may burst a flame.

Dante

Register before August 1st, 2024 for early registration pricing.
(price thereafter: $3300)

Testimonials from Past Students

Melinda Clemmons

La Romita is a magical place. I loved every minute of my time there. Kim Addonizio and Tracey Knapp are phenomenal poets as well as incredibly wise and generous teachers. The session they’re co-teaching in 2025 will be extraordinary!

Susan Landgraf

I’ve been to La Romita only twice, but I feel like it’s home. Edmund and everyone at La Romita make you feel that way. The view is wonderful, the courtyard, the church that’s cool even in the hot afternoon sun, and the food, as well as the day forays into small towns and even Rome. Kim is an amazing teacher; the workshops always open up new ideas for poems and how to make poems better. There’s time to share meals and conversation, to travel, and to have space to moodle and write. I’ve loved my times at La  Romita. I want to go back.

Elizabeth Agans

Both of my experiences at La Romita were truly transcendent. Lightly fried, fresh zucchini flowers for dinner; swaying cypresses, a grove of olive trees, and wild asparagus throughout the grounds; carefully curated outings to small hill towns or the Mediterranean with a printed map in one hand a packet of poems in the other; each day was not only full of adventure and culture and post-card-worthy moments, but it was creatively fruitful, as well. It was certainly a retreat, to say the least. Staying in a former monastery with such thoughtful hospitality from all of the staff, and the chance to work with a poet I so admire, forging life-long friendships with other poets—I am a better version of myself as a writer and as a person after the gift of my time at La Romita.

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.

About Tracey

Tracey Knapp’s first full-length collection of poems, Mouth, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award and was published in 2015. Tracey has received awards and scholarships from La Romita School of Art in Terni, Italy, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fund. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, The Pinch, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Rattle, Five Points, New Ohio Review and elsewhere. ​She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Tracey holds a Masters degree in creative writing from Boston University, a Masters degree in English from Ohio University, and a BFA in studio arts from Syracuse University. While at Syracuse, Tracey collaborated with bookmaker Michael Russem and artist Kurt Gohde to create a limited edition book of seven poems with corresponding “smoke drawings”, Match in a Bottle. The book sold out immediately and earned critical acclaim across the niche art book community. It’s currently archived in many private and public library collections around the world.

 

Details

Start:
May 6, 2025
End:
May 16, 2025
Cost:
Early Registration $3070
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Venue

La Romita School of Art
Terni, Italy
Phone
855-476-6482

Instructor

Kim Addonizio

Other

Important Information about Registering
http://laromita.org/important-information
Frequently Asked Questions
http://laromita.org/faq

As La Romita School caters to multiple levels of instruction and various forms of the arts, prices will vary by session, season, instructor, and offerings.

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