Sunday, March 14, 2010

Poetry Book Giveaway 2010

Poetry Book Giveaway, April 2010

For my giveaway, I'll be giving away my first collection of poems, Small Knots

And a favorite book of mine, Beth Ann Fennelly's Open House: Poems

Also, as an extra chance to win, I will also be giving away a One Year Subscription to Crab Creek Review!

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Choosing my second book was very hard for me because many of my poet friends have great books out right now--

Susan Rich's The Alchemist's Kitchen

Allen Braden's book which just came out this week: A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood (The VQR Poetry Series)

January Gill O'Neil's Underlife (New Voices)

Sandra Beasley's I Was the Jukebox: Poems

to name a few, and still there are so many other poets whose books I adore....

So I chose Beth Ann Fennelly's a poet and poetry book I have returned to many times and one that has stood the test of time for me.

Here's a favorite poem from this collection:

Poem Not to Be Read at Your Wedding

You ask me for a poem about love
in place of a wedding present, trying to save me
money. For three nights I’ve lain
under glow-in-the-dark-stars I’ve stuck to the ceiling
over my bed. I’ve listened to the songs
of the galaxy. Well, Carmen, I would rather
give you your third set of steak knives
than tell you what I know. Let me find you
some other, store-bought present. Don’t
make me warn you of stars, how they see us
from that distance as miniature and breakable
from the bride who tops the wedding cake
to the Mary on Pinto dashboards
holding her ripe, red heart in her hands.

From Open House (Zoo Press, April 2002) by Beth Ann Fennelly


If you'd like to be entered into this drawing for these 2 books of poems and the subscription to Crab Creek Review, just leave me a comment on this post and you'll be entered! If you do not have a blog, please include your email address so I can get ahold of you if you win.

I will be choosing the winners on May 1st, 2010, so leave a comment by April 30, 2010 11:59 pm PST.

I'll use the random number generator to choose a winner.

Thanks and Happy National Poetry Month 2010!


  1. Oooh, tell me it's fate! "Open House" has been waiting for me on my Amazon wish list for so long it nearly makes me cry!

    Thanks so much for your generosity to us, strangers, friends.

    amylia grace

  2. P.S. Happy Pi Day! I hope the un-exactness of such an approximate meaning results in a win!

    -amylia on 3.14

  3. Hey Kelli, I'm in. I've posted my giveaway at How fun, and thanks for getting this all started.

  4. What a super idea. I want to participate, too. Will post my giveaway soon.
    Also, please enter me in the Crab Creek subscription contest. I'm starved!

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  6. I love this idea. Thanks for starting it! Please enter me kn your giveaway.

    I'll try to get my giveaway up as soon as possible.

  7. terrific list of books! i really love this whole idea :)

  8. i posted the giveaway at The Alchemist's Kitchen, too. Wonderful idea!Happy to help get the idea started.

  9. You can enter me too,
    Victoria Chang

  10. Please enter me as well. Thanks Kelli!

  11. What a nice idea! Happy Poetry Month!

  12. What a great way to promote National Poetry Month! Thank you for the chance to win these books!

    Amy artsyrockerchick[at]aim[dot]com

  13. A fine idea; win or lose, I'm looking forward to reading both books, thanks!

  14. Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

  15. please enter me !!

  16. I'd like to be entered for this, too!

  17. I like the poem. People ask for a writer's work as if it just flows from them in a river on command. Sometimes the muse is kind and sometimes, things are sent that others do not want to hear. I would enjoy any of your prizes. Thank you.

  18. I already have Beth Ann's book, but I'd love a chance at yours or the subscription!

  19. I am so excited about this contest! I'm participating too, over at my blog Stars in my Sugar Bowl. Thanks for getting the ball rolling! :)

  20. What a great idea! I used to write a lot of poems when I was young, now I'm more into making art. Maybe I should combine the two. Glad to have stumbled on to your blog!


  21. Poetry enriches the soul! Glad to know you're sharing yours to the world! Blessings!


  22. Please count me in. Thanks.

  23. Such a wonderfully generous offer!
    Thanks for the chance to find more good poetry books.

  24. I love poetry: reading and writing poetry. Please include me in this giveaway. Many thanks.


  25. I could have sworn I left a comment entering myself in your generous contest. Maybe it ended up at another post of yours? I also mentioned this give-away on my blog even if it lessens my chances of winning anything :-).

    Anyway, thank you so much for doing this!

    valphia (at) aol dot com

  26. I would love a chance to win this giveaway! You can reach me at malleryk [at] gmail [dot] com or at my blog, I am also doing a giveaway from my own blog because I like your idea. You can find my giveaway here.

  27. Kelli! Thanks for this great idea! :-) I'd love to participate in your giveaway!

  28. What a great giveaway! I'd love to be entered.


  29. I would love to win - I'm going to be participating in a blogger poetry event this month, too -- come visit!
    Tea Leaves

    teabird17 at yahoodotcom

  30. This is a fantastic idea, count me in!

  31. The books sound like great works, thanks for the giveaway and please add my name to the pot

    sharr1226 at yahoo dot com

  32. Kelli, I would love to win either book! Thank you so much.

  33. Hi!
    I would love to enter!


    bklossada (at) gmail (dot)com

    All the best!

  34. This is such a terrific idea! I hope you do it every year. :) Please do consider me for your lovely giveaway:
    Sincerely, Theresa

  35. Hi Kelli,

    Please enter me in this fantastic giveaway. Thank you for getting us all organized.

    Deborah at 32poems dot com

  36. Hi Kelli,
    I'd like to Thanks.Pam

  37. Please enter me! As I already own your book I guess I would like the other one!!


  38. Count me in , put me in, I wanna win.Am I in yet, am I in yet, am I in yet, am I in yet,am I in yet.............

  39. Please count me in.

  40. Kelli,

    Please enter me in the drawing. For links to my poetry, reviews, and audio, and info about poetry events in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, check out my blog:

  41. Thanks, Keli

  42. This is a wonderful idea. Please enter me in the contest also, Kelli.

    Thank you!

  43. Thanks for signing me up.


  44. Hi Kelli--Congratulations on your new book! And cogratulations on this way cool contest you've organized. Take care, Kelley

    Kelley Henry

  45. I would love to be entered. Thanks for organizing a great contest!

    Penney Samuel

  46. Once again, thank you for co-ordinating this giveaway, Kelli. I hope that all poets involved get a bevy of new readers. Please consider my name when you draw the winner. Thanks!

    jemaverick [at] gmail [dot] com

  47. What a generous idea. I love it! Thanks so much.

    Kim Roberts

  48. Kelli, I hope I'm still in time to sign up!
    Gail White

  49. I just realized I forgot to enter your giveaway - shame on me! Cross my fingers that the random number generator likes the higher numbers this time. :)

    Thanks for the generosity - how exciting!
    (Lifeunity at gmail dot com)

  50. This is such an awesome giveaway - thank you so much for the opportunity!

  51. Please drop my name into the hat too! I do already have Open House (an amazing book) but would LOVE a copy of your book!

  52. thank you for your generosity!

  53. Congrats on your new book! Please add me:

  54. I almost forgot to enter for your book! Silly me...

  55. entering. thanks for this


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