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.


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.


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...


    1. Glad to see you are doing this again this year!

      Jessie Carty
      blog: Jessie Carty
      post for my giveaway:

    2. and I hope you'll be doing a giveaway yourself!

    3. Kelli, this is an awesome idea! Thank you!

      Christine Klocek-Lim
      blog: November Sky Poetry
      post for my giveaway:

    4. Yay! I had such fun with this last year. Here's the link to my giveaway post: Can't wait to see who else joins in.

      take care,

    5. Danica Grunert

      my giveaway post:
      my blog:
      my e-mail:

      Thanks for organizing this. It's wonderful!

    6. at Utopian Fragments

    7. I am in Kelli!

      Here is my URL for the giveaway:

      A book of shorts by me,
      And "Departures", by the most
      excellent Linda Bennington.
      I keep Linda's work nearby
      on my 'take instruction from'

    8. Wait! I Have a Blog?!: Kathleen Kirk

    9. This comment has been removed by the author.

    10. I want to participate, too. My name is LaToya Jordan

      My blog is Latoyalikestowrite and the link to my post is:

    11. Kelli - my post is up at

      Collin Kelley: Modern Confessional

    12. Kelli,

      Thank you once more for this fine idea. I am participating again, and the information has been posted at "One Poet's Notes":

      Best wishes,

    13. Let me know if I missed anyone or got anyone's name or blog misspelled!

      Thanks for participating!

    14. Ren Powell: Tribe of Mad Orphans

      Url for post:

    15. Carol Berg: Ophelia Unraveling

      url for post:

      Thanks Kelli!

    16. Hi Kelli,

      I found your contest via my poetry blogging friend, Karen Weyant. I am so excited to participate this year!

      Katie Cappello
      Drowning the Field

    17. okay, why not? I'm in!

      John Hartness

    18. Please count me in. My name is Iris Jamahl Dunkle. My blog is called Poet 2.0. And my post is:

    19. Hi, Kelli! Thanks for organizing this again. Here's my post:

    20. How FUN! My blog is Art Happens 365. My blog post is

      My Post

    21. Hi, my name is Stephen Mills and my blog is Joe's Jacket. Here is a link to my post about the giveaway:

    22. Hey, there! We'll be giving away books by Steve Kronen and Debra Kang Dean at Red Lion Square:

      We're a free, weekly poetry podcast--like an audio magazine.

    23. Definitely in, thank you, Kelli!

      Marie Gauthier, A View from the Potholes

    24. Hi Kelli, I'm joining!

      Luisa A. Igloria
      I blog at
      The Lizard Meanders

      And here is my blog post announcing the poetry giveaway:

    25. Fredericks' Reflections

      O.P.W. Fredericks

    26. Thanks for doing this again this year!

      My Poetry Book Giveaway post:

      Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup

      Happy Poetry Month, Kelli!

    27. I left a comment yesterday and noticed I haven't been added to the list yet, but most people after me have. I just wanted to make sure I did it right.

      Hi, my name is Stephen Mills and my blog is Joe's Jacket. Here is a link to my post about the giveaway:

    28. Stephen,

      Thanks for writing! Yes, you were perfect, I was the one who was off. Somehow I missed you! Sorry about that.

      You're linked up now! Thanks for the note!

    29. Kelli,
      I love this project! Here's the info:

      Notes from the Gefilte Review

      Jehanne Dubrow

      I'm so glad to be participating!

    30. Count me in!

      Dear Outer Space

      Laura E. Davis

    31. Count me in!

      Dear Outer Space

      Laura E. Davis

    32. I've been looking forward to this giveaway for a while now. Thanks for coordinating it!
      My blog is:

      Habit of Poetry

      Rita Mae Reese

      The two books I'm giving away are The Alphabet Conspiracy and Night Work.
      Thanks again!

    33. Sorry, I didn't read quite closely enough and sent you an email but forgot to tell you my blog name...

      I'd like to giveaway The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry and my own handwritten chapbook in a nice journal (if that counts, if not i'll find another poetry book to give!)

      Cindy Bell
      The Graphic Haibuneer

      The Graphic Haibuneer

    34. Hi Kelli! Thanks for doing this again. Happy to participate.

      My blog is Desire Seven Small Delicious Fruit. Here is a link:

      Also! I am hosting another giveaway through Poemeleon: The Blog. Here is the link for that as well:

      Cati Porter

    35. This is so much fun! Count me in:

      Celia Lisset Alvarez at Writing with Celia,

    36. Hi there,

      Please count me/us in on this!

      Deborah A-g-e-r
      32 Poems Blog

    37. Great idea, Kelli! I'm in:

      Rocket Kids
      Rachel Dacus

    38. Tawnysha Greene

    39. I'm in. Name's Brian Spears. Blog is, umm, Brian Spears.Here's my link:

    40. Great project--I'm in.

      Proof of Blog
      Luke Johnson

    41. Hi Kelli! Nice of you to do this again this year.

      Cheryl Snell
      Shiva's Arms

    42. Hi, I'd like to giveaway two poetry books as well. I've chosen to give away Carrie Fountain's "Burn Lake" and M. G. Martin's "One for None." My blog is The Monster's Flashlight, and my name is Nancy Lili.

    43. Hi Kelli,

      How fun! Thank you for organizing this. I've chosen to give away my book, "Steady, My Gaze," and "The Rookery," by Traci Brimhall.

      My blog's name is Frontal Junkyard and here's the link to the post:

      Marie-Elizabeth Mali

    44. Greetings Kelli,

      I saw this idea of the giveaway posted on Lorna Dee Cervantes' blog and would love to participate. I will be giving away one of my poetry books, "Migratory Birds: New and Noted Poems by Odilia Galvan Rodriguez (that's me), and one of Joy Harjo's poetry books.

      Here is my url for the giveaway:

      Happy Spring!

    45. Hi Kelli--thanks for getting this going

      Pokey Mama
      Amy Dryansky

    46. After entering so many of these contests, I figured I had better participate!

      Universe of Sound
      Mary Virginia Cooley

    47. Hi, Kelli. A terrific idea...

      Blog: The Perpetual BIrd
      Name: Joseph Hutchison


    48. Love the idea and I'm more of a follower than a leader, so...

      Shawnte Orion

      Besides, I look forward to sending Beth Ann Fennelly's first book out to some lucky reader.

    49. This is such a great idea! Thanks.

      a) Natural Parents Network
      b) Lauren Wayne

      I might have to do a different one on my personal blog as well!

    50. Hi, Kelli! Please count me in:

      Elizabeth Austen

      Thanks so much for doing this!

    51. Hi Kelli,
      I'm glad to see that one doesn't have to be a poet to participate, so I'm in!

      Here is the link to my giveaway at Life is a Patchwork Quilt:

    52. Always late to the party!

      Linda Dove: Selvage

    53. All right, as promised, a second giveaway at my other site — and at the last minute:

      a) Hobo Mama
      b) Lauren Wayne

      This time I'm giving away Poetry of a Hobo Mama and Mother Love, by Rita Dove.

    54. a)Between Stations by Pearl Pirie
      b) Never More There by Stephen Rowe