The Confessional

Kim Addonizio, Hera Lindsay Bird

The Confessional

Moderator: Lorna Crozier

Event Number: 65
Tickets: $20.00

The Confessional

Kim Addonizio, Hera Lindsay Bird

Friday, October 20
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St.,
3rd Floor

American Kim Addonizio has been making a living off her poetry, books, grants, prizes and readings her whole life. New Zealander Hera Lindsay Bird’s raunchy and fearless debut book of poetry has catapulted this 29-year-old graduate student to semi-cult status. Tonight the veteran and the newcomer talk about the writing life, and what happens when you share life’s most intimate moments publicly. Addonizio’s Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life is only the latest in a long string of writing about her life, filled with jaunty wit and sarcasm—and sex and drinking and drugs. Bird writes autobiographically and explicitly with icepick casualness. “Poetry has traditionally been very elitist and probably still is,” she says. But with more than 5,000 Twitter followers, she’s breaking the mold.

Event Participants:

Kim Addonizio

United States

Kim Addonizio has written poetry, poetry guides, fiction and non-fiction books. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships and was a finalist for the National Book Award. After receiving her BA and MA from San Francisco State University, she taught there and currently teaches in the MFA  program at Goddard College. She was also a founding editor of the journal Five Fingers Review. Mortal Trash, Addonizio’s new poetry collection, pulls readers into the beauty and absurdity of our time on earth.


Hera Lindsay Bird

New Zealand

​Hera Lindsay Bird has an MA in poetry and is one of the most acclaimed young poets to emerge from New Zealand. Her poetry reflects her wicked sense of humour and has been described by Sunday Magazine as “fearless.” Bird’s self-titled debut was the fastest selling book of poetry published by Victoria University Press and has “themes as varied as snow and tears.” She continues to work in a bookstore in Wellington while writing a children’s detective novel.


Hera Lindsay Bird’s appearance is made possible by Creative New Zealand.