Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Giveaway: Free Books for National Poetry Month! (Leave a comment to be included in the drawing!)




Welcome to the 5th Annual Big Poetry Book Giveaway 

on Book of Kells!


MY BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY!

(Leave a comment at the bottom of this post if you'd like to be in the drawing for any of these books...)


Book 1: HOURGLASS MUSEUM, by Kelli Russell Agodon

The first book I'm giving away is my book, HOURGLASS MUSEUM (White Pine Press, 2014). 

It's a book that was written from me to you, and should be read in bed or in the bath. 








It's a book about the struggle of living a creative life and seeing our lives reflected back to us in art.

Some notes about it:  


The book came out a year earlier than planned.  Because of that, there are poems in it that make me feel self-conscious and a little vulnerable.  If I had a year to think about it, they may not have appeared.

A lot of poems focus on Frida Kahlo and on the way to a writing residency, I found this canvas of her which inspired a few poems.


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BOOK TWO: NECESSITIES by Christopher Merrill







The second book of poems is a White Pine Press book by Christopher Merrill.

"Christopher Merrill is one of the few genuine men of letters left on our literary scene. He excels at everything--history, memoir, translation, poetry, and now Necessities."


This is his fourth collection of poems and he really explores narrative through the prose poem.

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BOOK 3?!  Yes!

FIRE ON HER TONGUE: AN ANTHOLOGY 
OF CONTEMPORARY WOMEN'S POETRY

And while I know we only have to give out two books of poems, I also will offer this as it JUST came out in PRINT form (it's over 400 pages of amazing poems by women writing today!) :




Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry, edited by Kelli Russell Agodon and 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.  

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

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BOOK 4? No way!  

Way. 

THE DAILY POET: DAY-BY-DAY PROMPTS 
FOR YOUR WRITING PRACTICE 

by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano







Martha Silano and I wrote The Daily Poet after spending many afternoons in coffeeshops where we brought each other writing prompts to write to.  We realized other people may find these useful as well, so we took what we had and added many more to create 366 writing prompts--one for EACH day of the year.

So this book will help you write your own poems!


ADDITIONAL SURPRISE BOOK! (#5!!)

Jeffery Morgon: Crying Shame --





Jeffery has been kind enough to offer up his book as a special giveaway just because it's National Poetry Month.

This has truly become one of my favorite books to read lately, so it's a good one to own!



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An introduction:



Me at Dick's Drive In last week (chocolate shakes are my favorite)


I'm Kelli Russell Agodon, (aka Kells), the one who started this event for poets/poetry five 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, and editor (in that order on my best day).

I cofounded 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 Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry, which is now available both as a PRINT or eBook.

Since then Two Sylvias Press has published these print and eBooks:

The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice  (both print/eBook)
She Returns to the Floating World (Second Edition) by Jeannine Hall Gailey (both print/eBook)
Dear Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Diary and Poems by Esther Altshul Helfgott 
Hourglass Museum by me (just the eBook edition only - the print version is available by White Pine Press)



We also have the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize going on where you could win this trophy! (Plus publication in print and eBook, $$$, and author copies... but a trophy too!)


poets should get trophies!


Two Sylvias Press also has this cool Kickstarter campaign (which was just FUNDED!) 
for poetry tarot cards if you want some good karma 
and to be a good literary citizen and support us: 
 

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Here are a few things about me--


I believe in hard work and kindness, but not in that order.

I like coffee, dessert, museums, sunflower seeds in the shell, stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, hiking, golden retrievers, To Do lists, the color orange, artists, winning things, and bubble water.

I am always looking for: ways to do things better, new artists, birds, how I can achieve balance, simplicity, a small house on the water, pens, my slippers, an escape route.



I just published Hourglass Museum this year through White Pine Press and am slowly beginning my 4th manuscript. I like writing poems better than anything else, but I also write essays, creative nonfiction, some short fiction, blog posts, and emails.

I know I'm too busy if there are no fresh flowers in my house.  And much of this year, I've been too busy.  I look forward to doing less in the future.

To me, success is how much downtime I get, how many days I can do nothing.  



My writing process is to sit down and write daily.  Usually in the morning before anyone gets up. 
I will also be writing a poem every-other day for National Poetry Month.


Some of my favorite blogs are:

Susan Rich's The Alchemist's Kitchen
Martha Silano's Blue Positive
Jeannine Gailey's Jeannine Blogs

January O'Neil's PoetMom

I love postal mail, typewriters, inkwells, keylime pie, swing music, fedoras, and anything vintage.  
I sometimes think I was born in the wrong decade.

I like to giveaway things.

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So there we are--  5 ways to win!   2 collections of poems, one anthology, and one book of writing prompts! 


Not bad for just leaving your name and email in the comment section.


This drawing is open from now through ALL OF APRIL 2014, National Poetry Month!

If you'd like to be entered, please leave your name and email address by midnight (Hawaii time), APRIL 30th, 2014 below in the comment section of this post and I'll be randomly choosing all lucky winners the week of May 1st, 2014.


And again, if you want to giveaway 2 books of poems, learn more about that here.


Good luck and Good Reading!


OH and here's a list of all the other poets participating.  Click on the links to enter their drawings as well.

GOOD LUCK, READERS!!

xo,
Kells


~ Kells
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