Thursday, March 24, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Win 2 Books of Poetry (Agodon & Pagh) in the Big Poetry Book Giveaway:

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Big Poetry Book Giveaway!

If you have a blog and would like to participate by giving away 2 favorite poetry books on your blog, click here for more details.

As for me, I'm Kelli (aka Kells), the one who started this event for poets/poetry last year after being inspired by artists-who-blog who put together a similar giveaway in February.

Some things about me--

I am a poet, writer, & editor (in that order).

I recently founded an indie press with my friend (& co-editor of Crab Creek Review), Annette Spaulding-Convy called Two Sylvias Press.  Our first project, an anthology by women poets called Fire on her Tongue, is currently underway.

My personal motto is "Be the Crystallized Ginger"

I work at balancing my life as a writer/artist/mother/poet/wife/editor

My favorite color is orange.

My current projects include:  a creative non-fiction book (memoirish work on leaving the chaotic world to live a retreat lifestyle, then trying to transition back in), a 3rd book of poems, a writing exercise project, & my work as an editor with the literary journal Crab Creek Review & the anthology for Two Sylvias Press.

My dislikes?  Mean People.  Cold showers.  And cheesecake.

I am an avid mountain biker (I have only been seriously injured once & it was actually on the road *after* a 13 mile mountain bike ride.)

I live in the Northwest & have always lived in the Northwest.

On a good day, I see the world with ruby-colored glasses, with birdsong & beetle music.  On a bad day, I sleep in.

I like to giveaway things.



Book 1:

The first book I'm giving away is my book, Letters From the Emily Dickinson Room (White Pine Press Poetry Prize Series, 2010)

A book about trying to find calmness in a chaotic world.

Some notes about it:  It's titles are in alphabetical order, the second section has letters to Vincent van Gogh, Walt Whitman & a past life, and there are two poems made up of anagrams inside.

Book 2:

As for book two to give away, I'll be honest, I have *so* many favorite books of poems, that it was hard to pick just one.  But I choose a collection by a good friend who recently opened her guest room up to me when I went on my 3-city book tour, Ms. Nancy Pagh!

Nancy Pagh wrote No Sweeter Fat.

which is one of my all-time favorite books of poems.  Nancy's ability to mix humor with music, music with poignancy, poignancy with halibut, is incredible.

So speaking of halibut, here's a poem by Nancy from her book, so you can see for yourself how incredible she writes--

Among the Vegetarians
(apologies to WW)

Sometimes I would like to turn and live
among the vegetarians --
they are so placid, and so self contained.

They understand the eggplant's secret
firmness, the tabula rasa the bean curd is.

I contemplate them long and long.
Death does not linger on their breath.
The darker crevices
of their cutting boards are safe.

They exist without asking another
animal to kneel and spill itself.

The gentle eyes of the vegetarian
flash liquid revelations
to me and I accept them.

Theirs is an appetite to know and be filled
with the scallop the coho the razor
clam's dignity apart.

My hunger takes
the cream-white flesh of the halibut
the migrating eye of the halibut
the scythe-mouthed strike of the halibut
the graveled bed of the halibut
the cold gray sea of the halibut
in every bite.

It is incised, protean, unassuaged
by toast.

My hunger wants more than the halibut
and finds it in the halibut.

Believe me sometimes
I think if you were as much of this world
as the halibut
I would have to eat you too.

--Nancy Pagh
from No Sweeter Fat (Pittsburgh, PA: Autumn House Press, 2007)

This drawing is open from now through ALL OF APRIL, National Poetry Month!

If you'd like to be entered, please leave your name and email address by midnight, APRIL 30th, 2011 in the comment section of this post and I'll be randomly choosing 2 lucky winners on May 1st.

Good luck & Good Reading!



  1. I want to participate as a blog giveaway person. I have two books to give away!

  2. Thank you for the poem by Nancy Pagh. She's wonderful!

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  4. lovely poem, i'd love to win!
    thisquiethour at gmail dot com

  5. This is absolutely wonderful Idea.
    I love it.

    (put me into the hat)

    Thank you,

  6. Put my name in. I love the poem by Nancy Pagh! I, of course, have yours :)

  7. This was great fun last year! I'm glad you're doing it again.

  8. Count me in. Name: Mary. Email:

  9. Count me in, too, Kelli. Nancy's poem is wonderful; now I want to read her whole book. (I have your book already, of course, but would pass it on to another reader.)

    I plan to give books away too, just have to get a post up on my site about it.

    Thanks for this great tradition!

  10. What a poem. Loved it. Put me down to win. ;-)

    I think I will participate too. What a wonderful idea. Thanks for doing this.

  11. Love Nancy's poem (and your book). Please throw my name in the hat:

    jamesmargaret3rd (at) yahoo (dot) com.

    So glad you're doing the Giveaway again this year. I'd like to participate (will send you the link to my Giveaway post later).

    Thanks, Kells. ♥

  12. Kelli! What a happy shock! Thank you for posting my poem to share with readers. And here it is late March--I'm waiting for halibut season to open and offer my first taste of the firm & creamy halibut any day now.... XX

  13. interesting blog! just ran into it and now following.. i hope you can do the same! i'm a designer from NY, i just started my blog and i would really appreciate the support :-) thank you so much!

  14. I'd love to win!

  15. Ah, I do have a blog, but realized you might not connect my previous entry with my blog. :) My email is also heathercadenheadATgmailDOTcom. :)

  16. I'd love to win those two books! I adore poetry.


  17. I'm so intrigued by the title from your new book -"Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room"! I'd love to win it!

  18. Please consider me as entered as well.

    Also, I'll be joining the fray on April 1.

  19. Please consider me for the drawing: Don Illich,

  20. Ren Powell sent me over from Facebook, have read her Mercy Island poetry book just out, after a long hiatus from such reading - so thought why not continue, especially good if could win a book or two...thanks?! ;o)sharoninavolvo at ymail dot com

  21. Please consider me in the hat as well. Thanks, once again for hosting this great event.

  22. Every morning when I get to my office I open your blog to learn something new, be inspired to write, hear about the other side of the country from where I live (Virginia). Thank you for hosting this event. I'm in!

  23. I like your vegetarian poem. Put me in the hat. Thanks. Thanks to Jessie Carty for telling me about you.

  24. So excited to find this. Sharing it on my blog ...and I would love to win either of these.

    ecarian at yahoo dot com

  25. I am a writer from Staffordshire, UK. I have just discovered your blog whilst searching for inspiration. I would love to be in with a chance to enter the draw.

    Thanks. x

  26. hmmm, correction to last post... I'm a poet, not so much of a writter at the moment (maybe in the future).

  27. Crossing my fingers...would love to win either.

  28. Sounds wonderful, I'd love to participate!
    It's interesting as within the space of 2 days I have won 2 different poetry books, so will see what happens with this! I have also just started writing again, which is great.
    Happy Spring

  29. This is Kelli posting a comment for Lorna Dee Cervantes who asked me to enter her name in the drawing. So, LDC, you are entered to win! Goodluck!

  30. Hey! I'm a vegetarian! I must win! Celia (

  31. Count me in! I would love to win! (Look at me rhyme!)

  32. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!
    evfhanna at gmail

  33. Thanks for doing this. Please count me in! (eldritch1313 AT yahoo)

  34. I could have sworn I posted here, but I can't find it now.
    Please add me to your contest. You can contact me by posting on or entering my contest on my blog:
    You can contact me on Facebook: Opw Fredericks

  35. I'd love to win these! Thanks for the chance!

  36. Please include me in the lottery and thank you!

    Sherry Chandler

  37. Pick me! I'd love to snatch up these two books.

    maxiesteer @

  38. I would love the chance to win one of these books.


  39. Goodness, I suppose I should actually get around to saying I'd like to be entered in your drawing, shouldn't I? :)

    Joseph Harker
    linksfreude (at) gmail (dot) com

  40. Kelli, please count me in! Thanks so much for organizing this!

  41. Directed by Kathleen, thrilled by the drawing. Marylinn Kelly, Thank you.

  42. Thank you for starting such a nice tradition!

  43. I'd love to get in on the giveaway - my name is Mary Virginia Cooley and my email address is mcooley(at)! Happy National Poetry Month!

  44. Happy Poetry Month! I'd love to be entered. Thank you very much. Theresa (theresamacnaughtonatgmaildotcom)

  45. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to be included. chryselled at gmail dot com.


  46. Add me to the hat! Thanks!

  47. Thanks for doing this again! I had fun entering all the giveaways last year and finding some new-to-me blogs and poets, in addition to those I was already familiar with. Getting started late on making the rounds this year, though!

    I already have your book but if I win it I can just give it away :-). Love the poem by Nancy Paugh.

    valphia at aol dot com

  48. What a great idea, I'd be interested in being entered for your book " Letters From the Emily Dickinson Room"!

    savvyverseandwit at gmail

    I'm going to add this link to my blog tour post for national poetry month and to my sidebar of giveaways.

  49. I'd like to be considered for one of the books. I am giving two books away but I missed the deadline to do so.

  50. Choose me! russell.evatt at

  51. Count me in too! Risaden at gmail dot com

  52. want to participate in the Poetry Giveaway- hope i win the wonderful books!

  53. Sophie; herron.sophia at


  54. Would love either...thanks for doing this! :)

    bklossada (at) gmail (dot) com


  55. excellent articles, useful for me. keep writing and happy blogging.

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  56. Free books are always a great thing. I need to read more poetry and this is a great way to read stuff that I'd likely never encounter otherwise.

  57. Count me in.

  58. I thought I already put my name in, but apparently not.

    So now it is done.

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  60. Trying this again. I'd like a book--great sample poem.
    Thanks for doing this.

  61. Thanks for doing this!

  62. Can't remember if I signed on so here I am at the 11th hour, Kelli. You rock for doing this!!

  63. Me too! Me too! Pick me! Pick me!

  64. Nothing likepushing the deadline :)

    Please add my name! Thanks Kelli

  65. Sounds like a great giveaway

    Beki Reese

  66. Please add my name to the giveaway list! And thanks for the great halibut poem. Makes me hungry.

  67. Throwing my hat into the ring, too! Thanks, Kelli, for making all of this happen.


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