Cranes in August

Kim Addonizio, Poet • Xin Song, Artist

About the Poet

Kim Addonizio is the author of numerous poetry and story collections, novels, and two books on writing poetry, "The Poet’s Companion" (with Dorianne Laux) and "Ordinary Genius." She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection of poems, "Tell Me." Her latest books are "Mortal Trash: Poems," and a memoir, "Bukowski in a Sundress."

Addonizio has also released two word / music CDs: "Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing" (with Susan Browne) and "My Black Angel, a companion to My Black Angel: Blues Poems & Portraits," featuring woodcuts by Charles D. Jones.

About the Artist

Born in Beijing, Xin Song creates contemporary Chinese papercuts inspired by the traditional form she learned from studying with farmers in the countryside of her youth. Using her own photography, magazines, Mylar, and rice and other papers, her often large-scale site-specific installations use draping, hanging, glass lamination, and light. In a masterwork of precision and grace, her project at Bay Parkway, a contemporary photo collage and traditional Chinese paper cut, evoke the community that surrounds the station. Her highly diverse themes range from venerable flower motifs and landscape studies to urban scenes that reflect her longtime residence in New York.

"Cranes in August" read by the Poet