Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest
Kim Addonizio, Hera Lindsay Bird
Moderator: Lorna Crozier
American Kim Addonizio has been making a living from 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 thousands of Twitter followers, she’s breaking the mould.
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