Friday, March 30, 2012

GIVEAWAY! A Chance to Win 2 Books of Poems (Agodon & Austen) or a Poetry Anthology for National Poetry Month!





Welcome to the 3rd 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.

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As for me, I'm Kelli (aka Kells), the one who started this event for poets/poetry two years ago 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 Annette Spaulding-Convy called Two Sylvias Press.  Our first project was anthology by women poets called Fire on her Tongue: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry.



Annette & I also edit Seattle's 29 year old print literary journal, Crab Creek Review (we are currently hosting our annual Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest, btw.)

Here are a few things about me--



I believe in hard work and kindness.  

I work at balancing my life as a writer/mother/poet/wife/editor/artist.  It's hard, but satisfying in many ways. 

My favorite color is orange.  For a while it was plaid.

I am currently working on a third collection of poems and a few other collaborative projects with some incredible poets.






My writing process is to sit down and write daily.  I will also be writing a poem a day for National Poetry Month.


Art museums are my church.

My newest hobby is stand-up paddleboarding and I'll be competing in my first 10K race in August.  



That last statement may make me seem more athletic than I am.  I really love staying in bed to read.  I also love hammocks and napping.
I live in the Northwest & have always lived in the Northwest.

Some of my favorite blogs are:



January O'Neil's PoetMom
Susan Rich's The Alchemist's Kitchen
Martha Silano's Blue Positive
Jeannine Gailey's Jeannine Blogs
I love postal mail, keylime pie, typewriters, swing music, and anything vintage.  I sometimes think I was born in the wrong decade.


I like to giveaway things.

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2 FREE BOOKS 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)








It's a book about trying to find calmness in a chaotic world. 

Some notes about it:  The titles of the poems 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.  



It won two awards which makes me happy-- the ForeWord Book of the Year Prize in Poetry and it was also a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards.  (So your book will have 2 gold stickers on it and I'll sign it for you too - whoopee.)


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The second book of poems I'm giving away is called Every Dress a Decision written by an incredible poet and a good friend of mine, Elizabeth Austen.


Besides having one of the best book covers I've ever seen, the poems in this collection are amazing. One of my very favorite and one I love to hear Elizabeth read is called "Problem Was."  The voice in this poem is spot-on.  


Here's the opening to another one of my favorite poems "Prayer for Relief"--


Dear God
Please let me write a funny poem.
Seven days on the island and so far it's
death, death, death, death, and
grief, which is to say, death.




The whole book is full of wonderful poems like that.  You'll love this collection and if you're a poet, it will probably inspire your own writing as it definitely inspires mine.


You can learn more about Elizabeth Austen and her work here.


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And while I know we only have to give out two books of poems, I also will offer this to three winners:






Fire On Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry, edited by Kelli Russell Agodon & Annette Spaulding-Convy


It's an incredible collection of about 79 women poets who are writing today and is the very first eBook anthology of its kind!  


Poets in the collection include Jane Hirshfield, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio, Natasha Saje', Aimee Nezhukumatathil, to name a few.  But there are many many more.  Here's the full list.


It's a great anthology to help introduce you to new poets!


You do not need an eBook Reader to read it as you can read it on any laptop or computer, however, if you have one, I can send you a version that will work on your Kindle, iPad, Nook, etc.  


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So there we are!  5 winners - 2 collections of poems, one anthology! Not bad for just leaving your name and email in the comment section.




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, 2012 in the comment section of this post and I'll be randomly choosing 2 lucky winners for the books and 3 lucky winners for the anthology on the week of May 1st, 2012.


Good luck & Good Reading!

xo,
Kells




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36 comments:

Donna Vorreyer said...

Would love to win! I already have your book, but would happily pass it on to another lucky reader.

Thanks again for organizing this event!
Donna Vorreyer
djvorreyer@gmail.com

Renee said...

i would love to win these lovely books
Renee Emerson
thisquiethour AT gmail DOT com

Maureen said...

Great selections, both of which of have. Would certainly delight in winning the anthology.

Kirsten Kinnell said...

I already have your book as well, but would also be glad to pass it along and would love either of the other ones.
Kirsten Kinnell
kkinnell(at)gmail(dot)com

Iris Jamahl Dunkle said...

I'd like to be entered! Iris Dunkle iris.dunkle@gmail.com. Thanks!

Susan Rich said...
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Kelly said...

Super contest, Kelli! Sign me up to enter: kellycm@pacbell.net

Laura E. Davis said...

Count me in!

Laura Davis lauraelizabethdavis at gmail dot com

drew said...

Let the poetry flow!
Thanks, Kelli, for starting this annual event. You are a wonderful cheerleader for poetry.

Mama Zen said...

I would love to be entered!

Thanks for all of the great links to check out.

Mary said...

Mary Dockery
dockstone82@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

It would be lovely to win a book. Thank you.

Katie

Cadenza17@gmail.com

margo said...

I have been looking forward to this. I enjoyed both giving and receiving last year. Please add me to your list of hopefuls. I would love to have 'Every Dress a Decision' already having your book, and knowing my computer habits, but will be happy with just being a part of this.
margoroby[@]gmail.com

Joseph Harker said...

Jumping in! :)

Joseph Harker
linksfreude [at] gmail [dot] com

Bet said...

I can never have too many poetry books!

blarue(at)nycap (dot)rr(dot)com

Jessie Carty said...

I'd love to win!Please enter me jessie (dot) carty (at) gmail (dot) com.

I've also posted my giveaway for this year at - http://jessiecarty.com/2012/03/31/poetry-book-giveaway-2012/

Jessica Goodfellow said...

Would love to be entered in this contest. Thank you. Jessica Goodfellow http://www.jessicagoodfellow.com/

Susan Rich said...

Thank you, Kelli, Happy to be a part of your wonderful project. My two book giveaway is at
http://thealchemistskitchen.blogspot.com

carolyn said...

Juicy opportunity - one can never have too many poetry books, right?

Carolyn
sgtcrone@aol.com

jpilgrim said...

Hi Kelli: Please enter me in the contest. Always love your blog and seeing what you're doing. Missing Washington.
Best,
Another one of the Green Key Poets,
Joanne

Tara Mae Mulroy said...

Count me in!

Tara Mae Mulroy
taramaemulroy@gmail.com

A Quinlan said...

Love your work, lady Kells. --a quinlan
(alexis at abchaoslex dot com

Lisa said...

All the books you are giving away sound great, and I would love to read more poetry before I start my MFA. Thanks so much for doing this!
Lisa McMurtray
lcmcmurtray@gmail.com

Peggy said...

Thanks for hosting. These sound wonderful.

Peggy Rowland peggy.rowland AT gmail DOT com

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Happy National Poetry Month! I look forward to this each and every year. Thank you for coordinating this giveaway on your blog - I'd love a chance to win one of these books (yours, especially!). Theresa (theresamacnaughtonatgmaildotcom)

barbara said...

Please add me to the wishers
Barbara Young
briarcat@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Happy National Poetry Month!

Jin Kaps
jbkaps01(at)gmail(dot)com

Molly said...

I'd love to win either of the print books! I already downloaded the eBook when I found out my friend Betsy Aoki is in it.

Best,
Molly
www.mollysuttonkiefer.com
www.mapsandpoetry.blogspot.com
molly (dot) sutton (dot) kiefer (at) gmail (the rest)

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I'd love to win one of these books. I like your idea so much I'm giving away a couple of books myself. Cheers.

Cati Porter said...

Please throw my name into the hat, too!

And over my blog I am giving away three chapbooks I love:

http://www.catiporter.com/tidbits

email: Cati_Porter (at) Yahoo (dot) com

Andrew said...

Thanks for doing this!

Andrew Albert J. Ty
eldritch00-at-gmail-dot-com

Lissa Clouser said...

Thank you for doing this give away! I love any chance to be introduced to new poets.

Lissa Clouser
lissa.clouser@gmail.com

Nandini said...

Kelli,please count me in! Thanks so much!
Nandini

Anonymous said...

Please throw my name in the hat. Thank you.

lachatonne[at]gmail[dot]com

Shawnte Orion said...

I already bought a copy of your book, but if I happened to win another, I know a friend who would love it.

Anonymous said...

Happy Poetry Month!

Justin Carter
justinryancarter@gmail.com

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