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Kim Addonizio and Lesbian author Rebecca Brown to read at Hugo House
Kim Addonizio and Lesbian author Rebecca Brown to read at Hugo House
Richard Hugo House is thrilled to present poet, novelist and National Book Award finalist Kim Addonizio and one of Seattle's favorite authors, Rebecca Brown, for a reading on Saturday, July 28 at 5 p.m. Kim Addonizio's latest book, "My Dreams Out in the Street"-a novel-hit bookstores this month and she will be giving a reading and teaching a workshop at Hugo House on her way to the Port Townsend Blues Festival.

Kim Addonizio-whose book of poetry, "Tell Me," was nominated for the National Book Award-will read from her new novel, but she has also promised to read some of her (and our) favorite poems.

Addonizio's work draws from a wide variety of experiences. Her previous occupations include waitress, fry cook, tennis instructor, Kelly Girl, attendant for the disabled and auto parts store bookkeeper, among others. She loves music; she's raised a daughter and she can't stop spending too much money on eating out. Her poems range from first love to lost love, and touch on everything in between-raising a child, losing a parent, recovering from a hangover-to name just a few. Her first novel, "Little Beauties," featured a neurotic 30-something divorcée, a teen-aged single mother and a newborn with a definite point of view. In addition to the novels and seven collections of poetry, Addonizio has also edited an anthology on a topic dear to her heart: tattoos.

Rebecca Brown-a former Hugo House writer-in-residence and now a favorite and frequent guest-will open the night for Kim Addonizio. Like Kim, Rebecca's work covers a range of territory. She is the author of 10 books, including "The Last Time I Saw You," "The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary" and "The Terrible Girls." She has also collaborated with painter Nancy Keifer for "Woman in Ill Fitting Wig" and has written a libretto for The Onion Twins. She joined Hugo House in October of 2006 and delivered bright new writing on false recollections and shared her love of music (and her collection of Beatle's memorabilia) in a panel discussion led by L.A. Times pop columnist, Ann Powers. At Hugo House, Rebecca most recently taught a 10-week master class for writers who are working to complete book projects.

"I am thrilled that I get to be her opening act," Rebecca said of Kim. The women go a long way back, having been professional colleagues as well as drinking pals.

"Kim Addonizzio is a real writer-intelligent, passionate, daring-an artist of words," Rebecca said. "She's also a dynamite performer so prepare to get your socks blown off."

Richard Hugo House is a home for writers and readers. Our mission is to provide writers of all ages and backgrounds with the resources they need, connect audiences with the world of writing, foster the creation of new work and promote the literary arts as a vital part of our culture. Hugo House is located at 1634 11th Ave., Seattle.

A Hugo House press release

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