LiTFUSE UNiTE 2022 Poetry Workshop is back and will be live and in person September 23-25. ​Enjoy the artistic and scenic surroundings of Tieton, Washington, as poets take over the little town for readings, workshops, craft talks, and master classes. Registration is open and master classes, this year with Kim Addonizio and Brook Matson, fill up fast.

Monday reading

April 2, 2021

Tune in Monday, April 5, 2021, at 6:00pm, for a livestream reading and book launch with Kate Lebo and Kim Addonizio. Presented by Third Place Books (Seattle), Village Books (Bellingham), Browser’s Bookshop (Olympia), and Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane) the event celebrates Lebo’s latest, The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly and Addonizio’s brand-new collection, Now We’re Getting Somewhere: Poems.

The event is free on Zoom with registration.

Workshops with powerful poets

December 16, 2020

We’ve mentioned Kahini many times before and are happy to report that the Kahini community continues to thrive in many places around the planet. There’s already much on the January calendar, including online writing seminars in both poetry and prose.

In particular, we note the following:

These workshops promise to set your poetry on a lively course for 2021. Follow the links to find more information and to register.


September 25, 2019

Kahini has a tantalizing list of year-round offerings, including writing retreats on the island of Kaua’i in January, April, July, October, and November, and the 2020 April Poetry Symposium with Kim Addonizio. And there’s more: the Kolkata Writers’ Retreat, in April, and the Kampala Writers’ Retreat, in October. These programs have limited enrollment and fill quickly, so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate.

on poetry

July 31, 2019

“Maybe you’re one of those people who writes poems, but rarely reads them. Let me put this as delicately as I can: If you don’t read, your writing is going to suck.”
Kim Addonizio
(b. July 31, 1954)
. . . . .
quote: Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within
photo: Tan Lin


This is the Aina Nalu villas, two blocks from Front Street, in Lahaina, Maui. In January, 2018, you could be there, enjoying a week of “play and messing around, and at the same time about following some given rules and restrictions” with Kim Addonizio. The Kahini 2018 Maui Writers’ Retreat will fill up quickly. If you’re even slightly interested, visit Kahini and learn more soon!

picturing poetry

November 9, 2016

Kim Addonizio-by-B.A. Van Sise

Today might be a good day to look at pictures. Here are two suggestions:

On PBS NewsHour, view a selection of photographs of poets by B.A. Van Sise. The photographer, who is a descendant of Walt Whitman, has created a series of portraits, Whitman’s Descendants, each based on a poem by the individual portrayed. The collection is apparently slated for publication.

At the University of Arizona Poetry Center, the LaVerne Harrell Clark Photographic Collection now offers more than a thousand previously unpublished photographs of poets, taken between 1960 and 2007. Clark was a photographer and the original director of the Poetry Center. After her death, her collection of some 12,000 negatives and prints of poet portraits were donated to the Poetry Center.

. . . . .
Kim Addonizio appears in a portrait based on her poem “First Poem for You.” Photo by B.A. Van Sise.
Read “First Poem for You”

Paul Nelson - American Sentences

Allen Ginsberg envisioned an “American haiku,” a 17-syllable poem that he called the American Sentence. In her section on American Sentences in Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within, Kim Addonizio says, “What interests me is how a short sentence can have all the qualities of a poem — a quick, perfectly executed brushstroke that surprises and delights, that’s full of mystery and meaning, and set to a rhythm that sings.” She adds, “What’s key here is the moment sharply observed, a brief ‘aha!’ of pleasure or recognition or awareness.”

Paul Nelson, best known on these pages as the instigator and chief wrangler of the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August Poetry Postcard Fest, experienced his own “aha!” when he read Ginsberg’s book Cosmopolitan Greetings. On January 1, 2001, he initiated a practice of writing an American Sentence every day. Choosing the best from the resulting collection of more than five thousand, Apprentice House Press has now published a book by Paul Nelson, American Sentences.

Nelson will debut the collection at a reading on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 7:00pm, at Andaluz in Columbia City (Seattle). You’re invited.

on poetry…

July 31, 2014

Kim Addonizio
“This is your genius: your own profound desire to write. Your love of words and language, your attempt to get to what poet Donald Hall called ‘the unsayable said.’”
Kim Addonizio
(b. July 31, 1954)
. . . . .
photo by Elizabeth Sanderson

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