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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  2. So excited! ! Such a generous giveaway

  3. 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!

  4. What a great giveaway! Love to win. :)

  5. What a great giveaway! Love to win. :)

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

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

  8. 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)

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. I would love to win :)

    I am also participating in the giveaway :)

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

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

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

  17. 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 @

  18. 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.

  19. 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



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

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

  23. 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

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

    kelli at pfrog dot net

  25. Great way to get more poetry out in the world!

  26. 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

  27. I love this idea! Sign me up! :)

  28. What a great way of sharing. Brilliant.


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

  30. 4 books?! And I would happy to win any of them!

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


  31. 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.


  32. Lovely, please add me to your drawing!

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

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

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

  36. Oops! Forgot to add email.


  37. Hi Kelli,

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


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

  39. Count me in!

    Would love to add these editions to my library.

    #LongLivePrint #LongLivePoetry

    Chester Hopewell at

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

  41. Marianne Mersereau8:26 PM, April 02, 2014

    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

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

    Renee Emerson
    thisquiethour at gmail dot com

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

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

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

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

  47. 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

  48. 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:

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. What a GREAT idea!

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

  53. April is quickly becoming my favorite month.
    Michelle murrish

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

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

  56. Kelli you're an angel...

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

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

    Please count me in!

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

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

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

  61. Hey Thanks!

  62. Please count me in! Thanks! Nandini (

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

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

    Lesa Medley

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

  66. Thanks for doing this.

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

  68. Best idea!


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

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

  71. Thanks for entering me in the drawing!

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

  73. Yes, please do enter me into this magnificent contest!

  74. Yes, please do enter me into this magnificent contest!

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

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


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