Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Sheila Bender & Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief

Today I am giving thanks for a friend of mine, Sheila Bender, who was also my teacher many years ago when I was a freshman in college. I remember taking her class and being introduced to poetry in a way I hadn't before--she made it so fun and exciting.  Nothing like the poetry classes I had in high school.

Her class changed me for the better, it gave me a glimpse of poetic life, but still not sure what I was doing and with life continuing on, I lost my way a bit, went hiking into the corporate world for about 5 years, while she continued her passion for writing.

Fast-forward ten years--I've quit my corporate job & returned to a writing life. Somewhere along the writer's path, I bump into Sheila at a local reading, I reintroduce myself and thank her for her inspiration she gave me as a young writer.  We hug, she is gracious and giving and just as I remember her.

Life continues on.  I continue with my own writing and more and more, I hear about Sheila in the writing community.  We are on similar, but unique paths until our lives come together when her close friend and my mentor, Paula Jones Gardiner, passes away in 2008 and Sheila & I along with many wonderful donors, work together to create the Paula Jones Gardiner Poetry Prize for Floating Bridge Press.

For me, I definitely turn to poetry in a time of grief and Sheila has used her gift as a writer and poet to help us all.  So today, I give thanks to Sheila, her words, and her book that can help us all during difficult times.  Here's a description--

 A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief Poet and essayist Sheila Bender tells the story of her family and the family of her son's fiancée coming together, understanding that 25-year-old Seth Bender would be taken off life support. She writes about the months they faced together before the upcoming day that would have been his wedding day, and she tells the story of using poetry to write her way out of grief and find a way of carrying her son's life in her own, a way of understanding mortality and immortality. A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief is accessible, absorbing, and a bringer of peace to those who mourn.




A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief. This book about how poetry helps us understand what is most important to understand: our love, our mortality, our immortality.

Also, what's really wonderful is I learned you can order directly from the author and receive an autographed copy. $20 includes an $8 dollar donation to the Seth Bender Memorial Summer Camps Scholarship Fund, plus shipping and handling.


And if you're interested in what authors have said and/or purchasing the book, you can click here 


Sheila has a lot of great books from journalling, to writing essays, to writing poetry from personal experiences, even writing an essay to apply to college.


I think there are some people who were put here on their earth to inspire others, Sheila is this person for me.  Generous, loving, and so caring about her students, I am thankful to have her words in all our lives.  



Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NaPoWriMo: 30 NEW Writing Prompts for National Poetry Month 2011



If you love poetry exercises, you may want to check this out--

Poetry writing prompts for EVERY day of the year (including Leap Year), check out
The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano.

388 pages, 366 poetry prompts.

The Daily Poet is available in both PRINT

Or in eBook format.



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NOW to 30 writing prompts for National Poetry Month.  Enjoy!!

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Since many of you do a poem a day (See this website: NaPoWriMo) for National Poetry Month (and I am planning on doing this too, but not on my blog-- with a friend by email), I've got 30 NEW never-been-seen before poetry writing exercises for National Poetry Month.  One for each day...

Enjoy and happy NaPoWriMo!




30 NEW Writing Prompts for National Poetry Month 2011

1. Grab the closest book. Go to page 29. Write down 10 words that catch your eye. Use 7 of words in a poem. For extra credit, have 4 of them appear at the end of a line.

2. Write about a poem about a superhero coming to your house and confronting you about something. Somewhere in the poem, you have to state what your superpower is.

3. Write a poem that is really a love letter to an old flame. To make sure it’s doesn’t slip into sappy make sure one or more of these words is in the poem: dung beetle, politician, nuclear, exoskeleton, oceanography, pompadour, toilet.

4. Make a list of seven words that have the same vowel sounds (like bee, treat, pepperoni, eagle) and use them in a repetitive way throughout a poem.

5. Write a poem about a weird fact or facts that you know.

6. Write a poem in two sections about two completely different things. Have the title link both items today in a surprising way.

7. Find a favorite recipe. Now write a poem inspired or in the style of that recipe about a family secret, yours or someone else’s.

8. Turn your paper so that it’s in the landscape position. Write a poem about God or the universe or the horizon of the ocean with longer lines and see what happens.

9. Write a poem to your favorite letter of the alphabet.

10. Write a poem about the one of all of the 7 sins that only contains seven words lines.

11. Write a poem that begins with the last thing you can remember someone saying to you today or yesterday. See if you can use that line two or three times.

12. Turn on the radio to any channel. Write a poem inspired by the first thing you hear (lyrics to a song, a commercial, etc.)

13. Run around your house and grab 5 items that all begin with the same letter. Write a poem as an ode to one of these items or that includes these items.

14. Think of the nicest thing someone ever said to you. Write a poem about a rainy day and something flooding. End the poem with the good thing someone said.

15. Write a poem that describes the wallpaper on your computer or the image on the last postcard you received.

16. Make a list of ten images of things you have seen in the last 24 hours. Use all of them in a poem.

17. Write a poem that includes these words: bamboozled, bloodlust, bibliography. Have the title include one of these words: contradiction, constellation, cranberry.

18. Write a poem about something small that is only 5 lines long.

19. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. If the sounds are peaceful, write a poem with a violent word as the title. If the sounds are loud, write a poem with a kind word as the title.

20. Remove your shoes. Write a poem that celebrates your feet.

21. Write a poem with the opposite hand that you write with or if you type your poems on the computer, use only one hand to type.

22. Write a poem that only had five syllables in each line. Give the poem a long title.

23. Write a poem where the last word of the first line begins with the first letter of your name, and the last word of the second line begins with the second letter of your name until you have spelled out your first and/or your last name.

24. Write a poem that has the word “love” hidden in it somewhere. But you cannot use the word “love” by itself, it must be hidden (such as in the word “glove” or in two words like “halo venom”).

25. Write a poem where a literary figure shows up and tells you something and gives you something.

26. Write a poem to your future self, but do not say it is to your future self, address the poem to a president or rockstar.

27. Write a poem made of ten metaphors.

28. Make a list of your favorite words today. Write a poem that uses 90% of the words you wrote down.

29. Write a poem about a skyscraper. Now, rewrite the poem with the last line being your first.

30. Write a poem giving thanks to a poet or to writing a poem a day. Use a line from one of the poems you wrote this month to either begin or end it.

Updated List of Blogs Giving Away FREE Poetry Books for National Poetry Month!

Here's the updated list as of March 30 at 8:42 am PST of the bloggers participating in the BIG poetry giveaway for April 2011.


If I missed anyone, please leave me a comment here.  OR if you'd like participate by being one of the bloggers giving away 2 poetry books, go here for guidelines.


If you want to win free poetry books, click on the blog links below.  And yes, there are links there, they just look as if there aren't for some reason.

Enjoy & Good luck!

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY! -- List of Blogs Participating...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Confession Tuesday- The Superwoman Edition

Trying for Supergirl



Dear Reader,

It's been one week of Spring Break, Waiting for Superman (the documentary), an incredible reading in Redmond, WA for RASP (Redmond Association for Spoken Word), dinner with Jeannine & her husband, a Young Writer's Conference, a doctor's appointment and well, let me confess, I am so thankful that April is less busy than March!


To the confessional--

I confess Waiting for Superman is currently my favorite movie this year.  It's about America's public school/education system.  This movie will be with me for a long time, and I like movies like that.

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I confess, speaking of education, I may be taking on a few more editing/manuscript consulting/critiquing/mentoring jobs next fall for what I am calling my "Fund-a-Future-Poet" project (aka my daughter).

Let me just say, I will be needing to make a little bit more than I do to help her with her dreams, so I will be working with more writers this fall.  If you're interested, let me know and I'll add you to my calendar.  I'm still limiting it to a small group so I don't overstretch myself and also maintain time for my own writing, but still more than normal.


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I confess when I read Bernadette Geyer's comment that her pet peeve is when her friends say they don't have time to write and she can see them posting on Facebook, I thought, "That is my pet peeve too!"

It's also my pet peeve for myself.  If I'm wasting time in Facebookland instead of writing. This is why I came up with Facebook Fridays for myself.  Though I confess, I have been terrible at this for the last couple weeks and especially since I made my new page.  Had I given this up for Lent, there might be a lightning bolt with my name on it.

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I confess I visited the dermatologist to ask about the small bald spot on my head and yes, it's alopecia areata, and caused by stress.  I said, "But I've just been busy & happy, not stressed."  She said, "Even good stress is stress."

I think that is my life lesson this year.

I confess I am not someone who *likes* to busy.  I am most happy sitting on my deck with a glass of lemon-lime selzer water, some homemade granola, sunshine, a few birds, and a book.  I am most happiest sitting at the beach.  I am most happiest doing a jigsaw puzzle with my family.  I am most happiest writing. I am most happiest with unplanned days ahead of me.

I do not get a kick out of being busy for the sake of being busy and I do not think it makes me more important, more successful, more interesting, more more more.

To be quite honest, I like to do nothing.  I like hammocks and reading. I like vacations where I'm not required to do physical activity except walk and look at artwork, walk and have a meal, sit and watch people.

So I'm not surprised my body flipped out when it saw I had 3 reading (and one in Canada) scheduled in row.  It probably thought, WTF?  She never does this?  Where's our hammock gal?

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I confess I need these reminders to slow me down.  Health (emotional & physical) is so important to me.  I've had a few weird health scares over the years.  I'm not Superwoman, but sometimes I try to play her in real life.  And well, it seems that never works out so well.

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I confess at the RASP reading in Redmond, someone asked me about being a mother/wife/writer/editor and how I do it.  I gave my answer about making sure I take time for myself and she said, "So, you balance it all."  And I said, "Wait, I didn't say that!"  There was laughter.  I think because we all recognize, even the people who look like they have it together, don't.

I confess, I want people to know the whole story, not just a false persona of what might look like a perfect life.

I think I do my best to *balance* my life then look to see that I've completely forgotten to water the houseplant and it's dead.  Or realize, "I haven't been in my writing studio for over a month."  Or "I haven't written a poem."  Or "I haven't watched a sunset."  Or "I haven't given thanks." Or "I haven't had dinner home in days."  Or "I haven't talked to my mom in weeks."

And then I rebalance.

I confess, some of the best advice I've ever received came from a good friend/mentor who know longer on this earth with us told me once:  "Kelli, humans hardly ever have their lives in balance, but when you feel overwhelmed, tired, or angry, these are signals to look at your life and reprioritize.  You will do this for the rest of your life and it's okay."

So I do.  And have.

If I've been too busy, I downsize events.  If life's been too hectic, I checkout and into my safe space of home.  If I feel disconnected from the world, I go to museum, read (or listen) to books, take a hike or go mountain biking.

It's a dance.  When I feel my life dancing me over a cliff of I-said-yes-to-that!?, I waltz it back to the sofa.  If it salsas me into a busy calendar, I tango it passionately back to my writing.

I know, it's never perfect.  But it's livable, doable, and good enough, baby. I'm not trying to be Superwoman, but maybe Supergirl.  Or maybe Goodenoughwoman, she may be my superhero of choice.


Amen.


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Sunday, March 27, 2011

12 Ways of Getting Free Poetry Books (click on the links below)

Here's our current list (updated today) of bloggers participating in giving away free Poetry Books to celebrate National Poetry Month.  Click on the links below to get to the blogs, then leave a comment to be in their drawings!





BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY! -- List of Blogs Participating...

Blog Request: The Difference Between Facebook & Twitter for the Writer's Life


Facebook & Twitter: The Warning Label--

After one a PoetParty, a reader of this blog asked me if I could explain the differences of Twitter & Facebook for her and the benefit of both in the writer's life.

First, let me tell you what the benefit isn't-- Helping getting your writing done.

If there were two websites I would advise you to stay away from (and would even add the cliche' "like the plague!" to that statement just to emphasize how much I mean this) it would be both of these website.

So before we begin, let me get that out of way--

When you plan on writing, stay OFF of Facebook & Twitter.  COMPLETELY!

While I do think these websites both have huge benefits to writers, they are also two huge time-sucks in the world that you can avoid by choice.

And here's the toughlove version on that-- If you go onto Twitter & Facebook and are complaining that you get/have enough time to write, then I need to be honest with you:  it's *your* fault.

Facebook & Twitter are both a choice.  They are not something you *have* to do because your family & friends expect to see you there.  They are not something you *have* to read in the morning or check into in the morning or even have to open in the morning.  These are all your choices you are making with your time.

I know, I sound mean, strict & tough, but darling, it's for your own good.

If you want to have time for writing, you need to say NO to the things that take away your writing.  I know from personal experience that both of these things do this.

So that was the opening warning, before I tell you how Facebook & Twitter are good and can be used for good in your writing life.

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First, Brief definitions of each of these:

Twitter:  140 characters where you can tell the world something.  Or read other 140 character thoughts.   One continuous stream of what's on people's minds & what they are interested in at that moment.

Facebook: A non-stop cocktail party of friends, family, and vacation photos.  It's the place where you think you know where everything is and then they remodel it again.  And it can be awkward, your writing life, professional career life, family members, friends from high school and new friends all in the same room (to keep them out of the same room, there's a handy feature called "privacy settings").


Some good things about Twitter--

1) If you like Status Reports on Facebook, you'll love Twitter.  It's one status report after another.

2) Many Tweets share info that is very interesting and useful to writers.

3) You choose who you will follow based on what you are interested in.

4) You can have discussions such as the PoetParty that Deb Ager & Collin Kelley host on Sunday nights at 6 pm PST (9 EST)

****One note about Twitter:  It can be confusing.  When I started there, I didn't get it. I didn't get how to respond to someone (um, press "Reply") and who would see it (um, everyone.)

I didn't understand what "Retweeting" was (it's when you send someone else's interesting "Tweet" to all of your Followers (people who choose to follow your Tweets).

I didn't get Hashtags (that is this mark # and if you put it in front of a word, such as #poetparty, you can follow all the Tweets on that topic - this is what we do on Sunday nights).

But honestly, it took me about 4 months to get comfortable and to truly understand Twitter.  Some people freak out when Twitter goes down, to be honest again, I sometimes forget it's there and to check it.  But I do think it fits some personality better than Facebook, especially because of its immediacy.




Some good things about Facebook:

1)  If you have good news, you have your friends to share it with!

2)  You can learn about and "Like" different poetry journals (such as Crab Creek Review - hint, hint).

3)  Meet interesting people, poets, and writers.  And because there are photos (and if you are someone like me who is very bad with names without a photo), you connect better to these folks.

4)  If you like looking at photos of poet's families & lives, you can be the voyeur (if their privacy settings are off).


So, how can these two network social sites, as they are called, help a writer.

1.  They can connect you with others who have the same interests & see what others are doing in the world.

****This has been probably my favorite thing about Facebook (even more than Twitter).  It's connected me to so many writers across the US and international that I would have never met otherwise.  I've learned of new literary journals, new projects, all of it.


2.  They both can help you find your readers.

****If you're a writer with something published, both of these sites are a great place for sharing your work.  If you get published in an online journal, link it up to either of these sites and share your work.  Or announce your new book.


3.  They can both help you find others to read.

****This is similar to #1, but more specifically, I have discovered new poets through Facebook and Twitter, especially during the Sunday night (6 PST) #poetparty on Twitter.


4.  On Facebook, you can have your own "Page" for your book or as an Author Page.

****I recently did this for myself  You can find it here.  (and yes, please feel free to "Like" it.)  .

And I'll admit, I was pretty much apologizing it to my friends for doing it, because honestly, it felt *so* weird to do.  It was the "Who am I to have an author page?"

But I did for two reasons (and I'll be honest, now that it's done & up, I'm glad I did it), but reason one was:

1)  Someone started me a "fan page" -which I thought was very sweet - but my concerns were that I couldn't control the info on that page and people were starting to "like" that page.  So I thought if I started my own, I could control the content, plus add my events to the page & make sure it was updated.

2)  I am getting too many friend requests and I can't keep up.  While I love meeting new people on Facebook, adding friends is time-consuming.  I currently have 50 unaccepted friend requests in my inbox and it's not because these are scary creepy people, I just hate going through and friending people because it's time-consuming.

Mostly because I have privacy settings if I don't know someone well enough, so they can't get into my personal family photos, which are still on my Facebook page from when I first began it thinking it would just be for close friends and family.

But yes, creating a page felt like a big deal for me because an actual "Page" feel big and weird and a little wrong.  It's the modest ego in me saying, "Who do you think you are?" Or maybe that's the critics voice, the voice of the adult saying, "Really?  You?"

But now that's it's up on Facebook, I'm actually relieved because I feel it helps me separate my writing life a little more.  I like to compartmentalize.  I like writing to be over here.  And family photos to be over there.

And it's also nice to see who "liked" me.  These are the people who I will help first, who I will support because they put their name under mine and supported to me when I was nervous about doing this.  Or just "liked" me because they liked me.  And that means a lot, so know, you're on my good list, Likers.  And thank you.

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So there we are. Two Social Networking Sites and their pros & cons to the writer.  They are not essential, but useful.  And the both can be a lot of fun.

But only if you're getting your real work done!  Just don't forget, writing and art come first.

All best,
Kells

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thankful Thursday - New Favorite Blog *Insulted by Authors* by Bill Ryan



I learned about this blog through this article in LA Times.

The blog *Insulted by Authors* is by Bill Ryan, who began asking authors to inscribe insults to him when they sign their book for him.

His blog is arranged in a way where it's a little hard just to scroll through and sample, but it's worth the digging around just to find Amy Sedaris' insult to him, which is just as funny and clever as she is (and contains a 4-letter word that I know many hate, but the way she uses it is classic Sedaris.)

I think projects like these are sparks of brilliance in the world.  (Oh, do I see a book deal in the works?? I'd bet on it!)

And I was amused to see some authors wouldn't play along (serious authors...)  And you think they would, what great request at a booksigning than to have someone ask you to write something specific, it makes the signing so much more interesting and so much easier!

And no, he hasn't asked me, but I'd be happy to insult him.

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.

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2 FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY--


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.

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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)

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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!

xo,
Kells

The Big Poetry Giveaway! 2011






After participating in the One World, One HeArt giveaway last year, I thought for National Poetry Month we could do a poetry book giveaway where bloggers giveaway 2 books of poems-- the first can be your own & the second book must be of another favorite poet of yours.

The goal is to share our favorite poets with others as well as to visit different blogs and see who others are reading. There is also a benefit for those who participate as it will bring people to your blog and share your work and/or the work of a favorite poet with them.



GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES--


The Poetry Book Giveaway is officially started and the giveaway will run through April 30th (all of National Poetry Month).


If you want to have your blog be part of this giveaway, here's what you need to do by APRIL 15, 2011--


1)  Create a blog post that includes the above image (so we know you're participating) that announces the two poetry books you are giving away.  You are welcome to include a little note about yourself, your own book you're giving away (if you have one) and the poetry book(s) you choose and why you love them.


Also, make sure to include a link to this page, in case others have questions or want to participate.  I will keep a running list on the side of my blog as well as on this post (note: the side list will be the most up-to-date, I'll update this list every few days).


2)  Once you have your blog post up, leave me a comment below with --


a)  the name of your blog 
b)  your full namec)  a link to your giveaway blog post


I will be keeping a complete list of bloggers who will be giving away poetry books for National Poetry Month and will add you to it.  (I'll update this page every few days with the complete list.)




Then on May 1st, 2011 (or 2nd or 3rd if you can't make the 1st), choose 2 winners for your giveaway.


--You can do this buy putting everyone's name who commented on the giveaway in a bowl and choosing one. Or you can use the random number generator and then count down the comments until you get to the winner. (Make sure to email them so they know they won...)

**** If you are participating in this giveaway, you must be willing to mail 2 separate books of poems to ANYWHERE in the world. You pay for the postage, the winner DOES NOT.

Questions you still may have about the giveaway--


1) Can I enter the drawing if I don't participate in the giveaway?
Yes, the drawings are open to anyone.

2) Can I enter the drawings if I am a blogger giving away two books?
Yes, again, the drawings are open to anyone.

3) Can the two books I give away both by written by me?
No. One book in your giveaway must be by another poet, specifically one of your favorite poets.

4) Can I give away two books that I wrote and one book from someone else?
Yes! You can give away as many of your own books as you like as long as you make sure to give away a book by someone else. You are also welcome to give away a subscription to a favorite literary journal as an extra prize if you like, but again, you cover the cost.
5) I'm not a blogger, but can I participate?
No & Yes.  You cannot participate in giving away 2 books of poems, but you can enter to win books in the giveaways.
6) Do the books I give away have to be new?
No. But only give away gently-used books. They should look newish (and smell newish).

7) I'm not a poet, but I love poetry can I participate in the giveaway?
Yes! Just give away books by two of your favorite poets.

8) I'm a poet, but only have a chapbook, does that count as a book?
Yes! Chapbooks are books! Feel free to give away your chapbook and then another collection by a favorite poet.

9) I don't want to pay postage if someone wins. Can I still participate?
No. You must be willing to mail the books to the winner at your cost. That's what makes it a giveaway (not a pay-me-for-postage-to-send-you-your-winning-book-away.)

10) Do I need to have a blog to sign up for the drawings?
This is completely up to the blogger who hosts the drawing you sign up for. When I did it for last year, I allowed readers without blogs to sign up but only if they include their email so I could get ahold of them if they won.

11)  If I don't have a blog and I sign up for a drawing, how will the blogger contact me?
Make sure to leave your name and email address!

12)  How long will you be accepting posts/links for the giveaway?
All emails with your blog name, your full name & a link to your blog giveaway MUST be emailed to me by midnight PST, April 15, 2010, if you want to participate. 

13) What are the exact dates of this giveaway?
The giveaway begins immediately.  And you can enter someone's contest as SOON as a blogger posts their giveaway. 

The giveaway ends April 30th, 2011 at midnight (PST or Hawaii-time, not sooner).

The winners will be chosen on May 1st, 2nd or 3rd, depending on the blogger's schedule.  

14)  How will I know if I've won?  
A blogger will contact you probably by email to let you know and will then ask for your mailing address to mail the book out to you.

15) Where's THE LIST of all the blogs giving away books of poems?
On the left side of this blog.

16)  This is becoming an annual thing, why do you do this each year?

Because I want to introduce people to poets they may not have heard of.
Because I want more people to read poetry.
Because I love the idea of poetry books being mailed off to new readers.  
Because I like learning about new blogs and bloggers.
Because it's National Poetry Month and I want to bring more attention to poets and poetry.

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FINAL LIST As of April 17, 2011 (at 8:37 am) here's the current list of blog participating:


BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY! -- List of Blogs Participating...

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