Through a collection of personal essays, poet provocateur Kim Addonizio chronicles the joys and indignities in the life of a writer coasting through middle age. She vividly captures moments of inspiration at the writing desk (or bed) and adventures on the road - from sparsely attended readings at small Midwestern colleges to wine-fuelled one-night stands at publishing conferences. Addonizio's crackling wit and colorful prose bring unforgettable life to her words, producing is a memoir that radiates all the wit, heartbreak and sexy grittiness her fans love.
Praise for "Bukowski in a Sundress" Addonizio is brash and tender, pissed off and funny, well armored and wounded. Emotions, bravado, and empathy run high in her award-garnering poetry and novels, and she now taps into the wellsprings of her creativity in this rollicking and wrenching memoir-in-essays. . . . Always vital, clever, and seductive, Addonizio, a secular Anne Lamott, a spiritual aunt to Lena Dunham, delivers shock and awe, humor and pathos with panache. " Booklist" Filled with Addonizio s usual jaunty wit, sarcasm, and irreverence. This Emily Dickinson with a strap-on, as she calls herself, is ruthlessly honest and writes so well that whatever she's excoriating or dissing or musing about becomes immediately fascinating. . . . An unrelenting, authentic, literary midnight confession. "Kirkus Reviews" "This is Addonizio in a nutshell: funny, frank, vulgar, and just a little bit vulnerable. . . . Her writing is charmingly self-aware, at times confessional (a descriptor she likens to being tarred and feathered), but never apologetic. She wears her sexual misadventures, her drinking habits, and her anxieties over abandonment and failure like a badge, if not of honor, then of identity. "Publishers Weekly""