Freeing the Angel (Poetry)

with Kim Addonizio & Susan Browne  


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


Come to La Romita and be inspired—by the landscape, the food, the history, and the poets who have come before, including 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 as we experience the delights only Italy can provide.  We’ll read all sorts of poems, do writing prompts, and talk about both craft and process. We’ll study some of the strategies of great poets and explore how to use them in our own work.

A typical day at La Romita: at the monastery, you’ll have time to write and relax most of the day. Before dinner we might discuss a poem by Cesar Pavese or a sonnet by A. E. Stallings before sharing our work. The following day might include a trip to a surrounding hill town, a beach, a Tarot garden, a museum, or some ancient ruins. We’ll visit the Keats-Shelley house in Rome, where Keats spent the last months of his life. We’ll do some shopping. We’ll swoon over sublime paintings and sculptures and architecture. We’ll do a performance/reading with local Italian poets.

This will be my third, and Susan’s second, opportunity to teach at La Romita. We are so excited to be returning to share our knowledge of poetry and continue learning the culture and history of this lush and magical country. Oh, and have we mentioned the incredible, and incredibly fresh, meals, prepared by the wonderful cooks?  The wine? The way, once you arrive in Rome, our hosts will take care of literally everything, so that all you have to do is enjoy your time and write? You may find the words “I’m so happy right now” frequently on your lips.

From a little spark may burst a flame.


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About Kim Addonizio

As a teacher, I try to meet you where you are right now, whether you’re a beginner or widely published. My goalKim Addonizio photo 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, difficult, rewarding art. I know how hard it is to keep going and fight the demons of self-doubt and rejection. I believe in community; we’re all in this together, to commiserate, celebrate, and feel our lives more deeply.

Bio: Kim Addonizio is an internationally known writer, author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on poetry:  The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (coauthored with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within, both from W.W. Norton. Her new collection, Mortal Trash, was recently published by Norton and won the Paterson Poetry Prize. Her memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin Books) has been called “unflinching and hilarious” (Boston Globe) and “addictively compelling” (Chicago Tribune). Her collection Tell Me was a National Book Award Finalist. Kim’s work has been translated into several languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Croatian, Italian, and Hungarian. A New & Selected, Wild Nights, was published by the UK’s Bloodaxe Books.
Kim’s awards include two fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and other honors. She is also an occasional presenter for BBC radio. She has a word/music CD, Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, and Kissing, with Susan Browne. Another word/music collaboration, My Black Angel, features blues poems from a book of the same title with accompanying woodcuts by artist Charles D. Jones. Kim has taught in the MFA Program at Goddard College and at several colleges and universities, and makes her living teaching private workshops and from appearances at colleges, conferences, and festivals around the world.


About Susan Browne

My tsusan browne photoeaching philosophy: I try to help students recognize the strengths in their writing and to build on those strengths while developing the skills that will bring out their unique voice and vision. My goal is to encourage students to experiment with the art, to surprise themselves and keep moving into new territories of sound and sense.

Bio: Susan Browne’s poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies, such as Ploughshares, The Sun, Subtropics, The Southern Review, Linebreak, Superstition Review, American Life in Poetry, Writer’s Almanac, and 180 More, Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. Her first book of poetry, Buddha’s Dogs (Four Way Books), was awarded the Intro Prize by Edward Hirsch, president of the Guggenheim Foundation. Her second book of poetry, Zephyr (Steel Toe Books), won the Editor’s Prize. Other awards include prizes from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, the National Writer’s Union, the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, and the River Styx International Poetry Contest. She received a fellowship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and her work was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She also has a word/music CD with Kim Addonizio, Swearing, Smoking, Drinking,& Kissing. Susan taught at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, for thirty years. She recently retired and teaches one or two classes each semester in poetry and fiction.

Workshop At-A-Glance

Kim Addonizio & Susan Browne
Jun 4 - Jun 18
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