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!


(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.


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.


BOOK 3?!  Yes!


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!


BOOK 4? No way!  



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!


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!


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: 


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.


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.



~ Kells
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Susan Rich said...
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TZACK said...

So excited! ! Such a generous giveaway

Susan Rich said...

What I meant to say :-)
Sign-me up! I would love to win Christopher Merrill's new book or a hard copy of "Fire" --- Of course I have the other two wonderful books!

C.A. LaRue said...

What a great giveaway! Love to win. :)

C.A. LaRue said...

What a great giveaway! Love to win. :)

vhosking said...

Love National Poetry Month. This will be my 4th year participating in NaPoWriMo.

Mona AlvaradoFrazier said...

April and more poems coming, great way to celebrate spring, new beginnings, changes. Thanks for your generous offer. said...

I'll try to post my own giveaway in the next week, but in the meantime, I need to put my name in for this drawing.

GarlicSoul316 (at)

Bet said...

I already have (and love!) The Daily Poet, but I would love to win any of the poetry books.

מבול said...
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Andrea Blythe said...

Very cool. Looks like some amazing writing here. :) said...

Thanks for this, Kelli! My email: I'd also like to host a giveaway at my blog, so I'll head over to that link next.

Jennifer said...

I would love to win :)

I am also participating in the giveaway :)

Allyson Whipple said...

Please sign me up! I have The Daily Poet, but I would love a copy of any of the other three.

Jessica Goodfellow said...

What a generous offer. I have the book of prompts but would love any of the other options, if I get so lucky. Jessica

Donna Schwender said...

Such a generous offer and a wonderful way to share poetry. Thank you so much...Donna Schwender (

Sheena Tabulyo said...

wow! sounds great! is this open also for other countries outside the U.S.? Because if it is, i would like to join. haha. Any book from you would be lovely(especially if signed)

Name: Sheena Senara
email: tabulyogang @ said...

Hi Kelli -- I was over typing my post to join when I realised I had forgotten this part. I would absolutely love to receive any of these books.

Deborah K. Hammond said...

I have your newest, of course, and the fabulous prompt book. Please enter me for FIRE or Necessities. And thanks for the generous selections! love,
dkh at olympus dot net

Teresa Narey said...

Great selection here!

Radish King said...

Throw my name in the hat!

Radish King said...



Catherine said...

I would love to go in the draw. My e-mail is cfitchett at netaccess dot co dot nz

Ruth said...

I'm so excited to be participating in this this year (post forthcoming later today). Hooray for generous poets!

Kimberley McGill said...

What a wonderful opportunity to get to know poets, even if I don't win a book exploring the blogs will be a delight.

Kimberley McGill

Mama Zen said...

I must win your new book! I adored Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room.

kelli at pfrog dot net

The Golden Papaya said...

Great way to get more poetry out in the world!

Micha said...

This is a truly wonderful idea, and is an inspiration to writers/poets/authors all around the world. Thank you! My name is Micha Sexton and my email is

reilly said...

I love this idea! Sign me up! :)

Robert Harper said...

What a great way of sharing. Brilliant.


Jeff Ray said...

Wow! What a great giveaway. All the books sound neat.
Thanks so much.

Mary Jensen said...

4 books?! And I would happy to win any of them!

And that is one awesome trophy. I agree. Poets should get trophies. :)


Molly said...

Oh yes, sign me up! I have the prompts, and I have an eBook version of Fire on Her Tongue, though I'd love a paper version.


Lexanne Leonard said...

Lovely, please add me to your drawing!

Jamie said...

I would love to be entered. This is my first year participating in NaPoWriMo! My email is pretzelsforbreakfast at gmail dot com. Thank you!

Linda H. said...

I'd loved to win a copy of Fire on her Tongue or The Daily Poet.

Linda H. said...

Count me in! I'm interested in Fire on her Tongue and The Daily Poet.

Linda H. said...

Oops! Forgot to add email.


Cati Porter said...

Hi Kelli,

I would LOVE to win any of the above books. Thanks for doing this.


David Campbell said...

My oh my, how wonderful it is to win free poetry books so easily <3 Perhaps this world hasn't gone to hell~

Chester Hopewell said...

Count me in!

Would love to add these editions to my library.

#LongLivePrint #LongLivePoetry

Chester Hopewell at

Lissa Clouser said...

Been following you via blog for awhile now and would love to win any of these books!

Marianne Mersereau said...

Please enter my name to win any of the books you are giving away. I love reading your blog, especially the confession Tuesday posts, and I look forward to reading more of your poetry.

Thanks so much,
Marianne Mersereau

Renee said...

wow, what a generous giveaway! i hope i win something!

Renee Emerson
thisquiethour at gmail dot com

Esther said...

Please enter me in the drawing and thank u for doing this.

Faith said...

Ahh okay those are all amazing books. Would love to win.

Rachel said...

I would be over the moon to win one of your books!

katrina said...

Kelli! I'd love to play! Congratulations on the new one. What a beautiful generous spread of books! Happy Spring! xo

Carol Steel said...

I already have the book of poetry prompts. It's wonderful. I'm happy to leave my email and hope to win. Thanks for the generous offer of books. Carol Steel

Brian Wong said...

I'd love the chance to win any one of these; thanks so much for doing this. My name is Brian Wong and my e-mail is:

Anonymous said...

I really needed to find this today. I would love to receive a book but feel I have already won as I now have this great list of poets, thanks for putting this together!

Deb Scott

Christine said...

My friend Michael told me about your blog--he is in Australia and I am in the U.S. Just when I thought National Poetry Month couldn't get any! What a great giveaway! :) Christine Adler

Anonymous said...

What a GREAT idea!

Lynn Pedersen said...

Hello, sign me up! I have Hourglass Museum already. Would love any of the other titles. Thanks, Lynn

Michelle said...

April is quickly becoming my favorite month.
Michelle murrish

Karen J. Weyant said...

Would love any of these titles! Thanks for organizing this event again!

BiscuitBoccardo said...

Any (not to mention ALL) of these books would love to rub shoulders with all the other books on my shelf!

Michael said...

Kelli you're an angel...

michael (dot) fitzgeraldclarke (at) gmail (dot) com

utopianfragments said...

Very happy to see the Giveaway! return.
Even if I am a bit too late to officially join it myself.

Please count me in!

Andrew said...

Please count me in! Thanks for doing this! eldritch00 at gmail dot com

William Reger said...

HI! I would love to win a book of poetry. Sign me up and thank you!

Michael Wells said...

Please Add me to the drawing! So many good books! Happy Poetry Month!

vridhi said...

Hey Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Please count me in! Thanks! Nandini (

robinasams said...

Hi! My name is Robin A. Sams, and I want to enter your giveaway. Hourglass Museum sounds really interesting. My e-mail address is

Lesa Medley said...

So exciting and very generous! I would love to witn Hourglass Museum and Fire on Her Tongue! Thank you!

Lesa Medley

Eileen D. Moeller said...

I would love to win any of the books. I buy so many, but always want more than I can afford. xoxoxo

Edna Kitchen said...

Thanks for doing this.

Deborah said...

Please add my name to you drawing. I would love to win any of the books! Thanks for your generous offerings. Deborah (

Steve LaVigne said...

Great giveaway count me in :-)

Miss Kolleen said...

Best idea!


Anonymous said...

Absolutely awesome, generous idea. I'd love to read one (or more!) of these in the balmy months to come.

MEHope said...

Okay, yes, yes, please enter me in the drawing!

Laura VP said...

Thanks for entering me in the drawing!

Lauren said...

What a lovely way to celebrate National Poetry Month! Thank you, Kelli.

Anonymous said...

Yes, please do enter me into this magnificent contest!

Annette Marie Hyder said...

Yes, please do enter me into this magnificent contest!

Joseph Harker said...

Last minute addition to the pile, if you'll have me!
Joseph Harker,

Anonymous said...

I own #2 and #3, so please put me in the running for #1. Thanks, love! - Angela/newzoopoet

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