Saturday, March 31, 2012

Big Poetry Giveaway Participants So Far & Hello Nat'l Poetry Month! #NPM #NaPoWriMo

Tomorrow is both April Fool's Day and the first day of National Poetry Month.

I am corresponding with a poetry buddy by email, and he and I have committed to writing a poem a day.  I usually don't share these first drafts, but if I do, you may find one here for a few hours before it's swept away.

Right now, here are the 12 bloggers/poets I have participating in the Big Poetry Giveaway.  Click on the link to enter to win free books of poems.  How cool is that?



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.

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.



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.)


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.


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.  


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!



The Big Poetry Giveaway: HAS BEGUN! Be part of it!

So it's that time again-- National Poetry Month is around the corner and for those of us who love poetry, poets, and their books, it's time for us to share our favorite books (and our own books) with you.

This is our third annual National Poetry Month BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY.  Anyone with a blog can giveaway 2 books of poems.  Anyone can enter any or all of the giveaways.  Yes, poetry is that easy!

What is the BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY-- Bloggers give away 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.

I'll keep a list of all the blogs participating on this post and to the left side of my blog.

If you're interested in participating here are the GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES--

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 10, 2012--

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, feel free to share a few other blogs you read and if you'd like, something about your writing process, where you write, or what you're working on.)  

Somewhere in your blog post, you can 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 name
c)  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 sometime in the week of  May 1st, 2012, 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 anywhere in the world 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 enter 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 10, 2012, 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, 2012 at midnight (PST or Hawaii-time, not sooner).

The winners will be chosen the week of May 1st, 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.


Updated April 9, 2012, 10:34 am PST--



Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thankful Thursday - The Universe (and its Kind Humans)

So a couple days ago I received this card in the mail--

There was no return address, but two hand-drawn yellow suns on the envelope.

Inside was this magical note (I had to hold back tears reading it-- I mean it was absolutely surprising to receive and incredibly sweet of someone to do).  Here it is:

Dear Kelli:

You asked for it.  You got it!

Not just one, but five.  You deserve it -- for your honesty and willingness to confess that things are not perfect.

Love, the Universe

P.S.  Keep asking.
P.P.S.  I'm working on that patron thing.

This card/note refers to this Confession Tuesday post where I basically asked the Universe for a trophy, um, and a patron too--what can I say, I was low on cash. . . 

When I received this card in a mix of new bills and advertisements for things I didn't want, I could not believe it.  It was exciting to open and even better to read.

I am absolutely thankful there is this kind of love and caring in the world and that someone would mail me this.

Thank you!

I have a couple ideas who this is from, but I'm not 100% sure.  But what I do know is how absolutely touched I am that someone would take the time to mail me this.

This warms my heart and I hope it warms yours a little bit.  How fantastic to know the Universe responds if we just put things out there.

Thank you, Universe!  And thank you even more to the Kind-Person-the-Universe-Went-Through-- for sending this to me and taking time out of your day to make my day/week/month a little brighter.  You did that for me and I am truly grateful for your kindness and compassion.  Wherever you are--you are brilliant and I want you to know how much this meant to me.

much love and thanks,
~ Kells


The Big Poetry Giveaway Starts Tomorrow (Friday, March 30) at 8 am PST

Just a note to let you know the BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY will officially begin tomorrow at 8 am PST.

I will have a post with all the details about what to do to be included and will start the list of bloggers participating so you can find the giveaways to enter.

You'll be able to post your giveaway of two books of poems from tomorrow until April 10th.

Anyway, just wanted to give you the heads up that tomorrow we'll begin.

I'll also have my giveaway post ready if you need an example of how to do one yourself.

Happy (early) National Poetry Month!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Confession Tuesday

Dear Reader,

It's been one week and one art of rejection since my last confession.  I am still without chocolate during Lent and I am missing my chocolate. My serotonin levels are missing chocolate.

Not much to confess today but let's see what comes up.

To the confessional--

I confess it was great to hear everyone's comments on my post about rejection.  I know it's part of the game with the writing life but it can be tough/annoying/one-big-downer to be rejected.  Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and I'm happy many of you were able to laugh with me (being rejected by a teenage boy...) I know, that sounds so wrong.


I confess I tend not to have a lot of rules for myself or anyone else.  I kind of like it when people lead the life they need to lead without asking permission from anyone.

I confess I gave up asking permission a long time ago.


I confess last week I went to dinner with a friend and our dinner turned into a poem.  I love it when that happens.  Our conversation became art.  It's kind of magical how an evening can lead to something more.  It reminds me to pay attention to the details, even the garlic prawns.  There's poetry everywhere.


I confess I'm currently writing an essay for Dear Teen Me, and I'm deciding if I'm going to stay on the surface or jump a little deeper into my teenage world. I'm leaning towards jumping a little deeper, even though what I write about it is still a little painful, I think it might be good to write about.


I confess if I write about this tougher time in my teen years and don't get comments, I might feel weird and want the essay deleted.  This is the issue with sharing, I need to know it helped someone otherwise I end up feeling vulnerable.  I so dislike feeling vulnerable.


When I hear the world "vulnerable," I mostly think about that Eddie Murphy movie (The Klumps) where he dressed as a woman and saidOh, I feel so vulnerable.  And then I laugh.  I remind myself that life is not permanent and I need to settle down, relax, let things happen.  


I confess I've been listening to Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now and I get annoyed when he says "In the NOW there are no problems..."  I'm not sure what "now" he's in, but I see problems all over the place.  Mostly, I try to be grateful as I'm not good living in the now because I tend to like the future a little more.  Eckhart says I'm escaping, but honestly, I just like a little bit of headlights to see where I'm going.


I confess that when things get rough, I say in my best Eddie Murphy voice, "I feel so vulnerable..." and then laugh.  There is nothing better than laughter to let the world know it can't kill you with its insanity.  If you can laugh at something, you win.  

This is what the French side of my family have always thought--I know the French aren't seen as funny, but my family finds humor in the oddest places.  I have laughed terribly hard at funerals and in church.  I have known I shouldn't be laughing and not been able to stop.  Maybe it's a way of coping.  I'm not sure.  It has nothing to do with red wine, except when it does.  If we can laugh, we can save ourselves from pain.  Maybe that's it.  I'm so vulnerable... No one can take my smile away.



Monday, March 26, 2012

The Art of Being Rejected...

Says the man with more money than me...

So, I'm going through a spell of rejections.

Notice how I say "spell" as if the rejectors are some sort of witch clan sending me a bit of negative karma. Or maybe I mean "spell" because spells are temporary, spells are something that happens to you, but ultimately, every spell will break eventually.  Even my beloved Red Sox's curse went away.

But I am.  Being rejected that is.

From a young editor from a tiny publication who wrote to me and said, "Please send us your poems, we would love to publish you and it would help our journal," who upon seeing my poems wrote, "They were good, just not right for our publication."

While I am being rejected, friends are having major successes.  A third book deal (congrats Ms. Jeannine Hall Gailey), 2 acceptances to fantastic journals (congrats to Ms. Susan Rich), a new book and Poet Laureateship (congrats to Ms. Kathleen Flenniken), not too mention all the other good news that have flown by me like clouds in the last three months.  (Insert cheesy 80's song: ..What about me? It isn't fair, I've had enough, now I want my share...)

I heard a now-very-rich-and-famous fiction writer read who said during his reading, "When my friends get published and I don't, a part of me dies..." - he was joking (um, kind of), but sometimes it feels as if everyone is holding a trophy and you have your "thanks for trying" ribbon, you can feel a little left out.

After writing, submitting, and publishing for over 10 years, I find it interesting how my emotions still fall back on the need for outside validation.  That Sally Field acceptance speech, "You like me, you really like me!"  Is that all we want?  Isn't there a deeper fulfillment?

When my friends are being named pageant queens and receiving tiaras on a daily basis, I remind myself The Artist's Way good karma message, "Success occurs in clusters."  If they're winning awards, receiving publications, and all good things, then I'm next... right?

Oh the negative-critic voice speaks up, "Nope, your time is over."  (Thank you, Ms. Inner Doubtfulness.)

But there's also humor to this phase of rejections.

For example, an editor whom I know personally from a very prestigious journal wrote me this painfully funny rejection:

"I liked 'PoemX' quite a lot, but I felt that you gave up the poetry in the last stanza and settled for a brief speech instead."

Actually, good advice, but I've been amused with that "brief speech" comment for the last week.  I sometimes think I end all my conversations with a brief speech (think Julia Sugarbaker from Designing Women), so the fact I included that in my poetry made me laugh a little.


Now, cut to my kitchen the other morning with my husband and daughter.  My daughter had overheard me telling a friend that I was rejected by this male editor who was about nineteen and his start-up journal, which he asked me to submit poems to.

We're having breakfast and my husband asks me how things were going?

And I say, "You know, it's been a tough couple of weeks."

"Why?" he asks like a good caring husband.

And before I am able to say anything my daughter adds, "Oh, mom was rejected by a teenage boy."


My husband: Really? Is there something I should know here?

Yes, not only am I being rejected, but my rejections have me looking like Mrs. Robinson to my family--Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?



I've been eight days since I started writing this Art of Rejection blog post and to be honest, all of blah-blahs that can sometimes come with rejections has worn off.

What I realize is we can't possibly be accepted all the time and if we did, being accepted would lose its magic and fun.

I also realize, my joy is in the writing.  As much as I can sometimes tie my happiness onto a publication agreement, my kite is the ultimately the act of writing.  Publication and where my poems go after I send them out into the world are the clouds passing by and stars circling.

Dark days come and dark days go.

We are all in this together and rejection happens to everyone.  Everyone.

Try not to let it bring you to the "what about me?" 80's song place and if you go to the 80's song place, try to end up in Howard Jone's song "Things Can Only Get Better..."  Thank you, Howard Jones.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday-- Time To Write... (and software that helps you do it)

Another writer recently brought this to my attention recently and so I thought I'd share it with you.

It's a $10 software program called Freedom.  What it is?  It kicks you off the internet for blocks of time.  You can request 15 minutes or 6 hours.

I'm currently using a trial version and it's embarrassingly helpful.  I hadn't realized how much I check email during my writing time.  I'm like Pavlov's dog, getting a shot of endorphins every time an email arrives...  Hear the bell, get a treat...

Anyway, if you want to try it for free, you can get 5 time free trial.

Now honestly, I could stand up and turn off the internet or disconnect my wi-fi, but oddly, there was something satisfying of having a program do it for me.  Maybe it feels more official.  But if you're having trouble staying offline when you should be writing, this might be helpful to you.


Also as I reread that post it sounded like an advertisement for them, so I want you to know--

For new readers, or readers in general-- just so you know, my recommendations are my recommendations--they aren't sponsored or paid for and/or I'm not getting any kind of kickback from this company (I actually just learned about them last Thursday from another writer who was talking about how she makes her writing time.)

Anyway, if anyone gives me a product and asks me to write/review it, I will make sure that is clear in my post and I will only review books/products I like.  (I have a pile of books in my office that I won't be reviewing because I only want to promote people and things I love...)

So, if I've ever talking about how much I love something-- Trader Joe's Mini Brie cheeses, the BusyBody Book, Aqua Notes (waterproof paper for the shower), etc. -- please know these are all my favorite things and I'm sharing them because I love them and find them useful, not because I'm being paid in any way.

If I'm ever asked to endorse something--say a new Trek mountain bike or a 2- week vacation to Europe with my family--I will let you know.  (If anyone has any of these things to offer, I would be honored to review them...) ;-)


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Big Poetry Giveaway Begins March 31, 2012: UPDATE! #poets

Dear Poets and Poetry Lovers with Blogs--

The Big Poetry Giveaway will begin March 31st.  

On that day or the day before, I'll have a blog post with all the instructions on what to do if you'd like to participate--

But basically if you're interested in participating in this, you'll create a blog post that announces the two poetry books you are giving away (one can be yours, but the other must be a favorite poetry book that isn't by you).

The contest will run from March 31- April 30, all through National Poetry Month.  People can go to your blog and leave a comment to enter them in your giveaway contest.

(NOTE:  I will take participants with blog links for the Big Poetry Giveaway through Tuesday, April 10th, so you have from March 31-April 10th to send me a link if you want to participate.  But again, next week I'll have more on that).

In your post, use the above Big Poetry Giveaway 2012 badge and say something about yourself, something we don't know about your book, your creative process, blogs you read, and/or your writing life.  This is a way for readers to learn about you and for you to meet new readers.


Kristin Berkey-Abbott had a great idea about maybe having a few links to your favorite poet bloggers on your giveaway post.  I think that's a great idea!

Celia Alvarez suggested a Facebook page and I agree, another great idea.  So here you go-- >
(you can go to the Facebook page and hit LIKE to stay connected...)

We'll see how the Facebook page can be best utilized, but I'll try to also keep it updated with everyone's blog links if I can.


The only other thing I want to mention right now is that if you participate in the Big Poetry Giveaway, then you have to be willing to mail the books to *anywhere* in the world.  This is an international poetry book giveaway.  Readers do not just have to live in the US.  And you can't charge them anything (this is a giveaway... not a pay-to-read contest.)

So if you'd like to participate, you need to give away 2 new books of poems (or very very very slightly used--so slightly we'd think it was new), keep your post up all through April (National Poetry Month) and be willing to choose a winner the first week of May and mail it to them no matter where they live.

If you're still confused on what is happening, go to this page with FAQ from last year's Big Poetry Giveaway.  Or drop me a note in the comment section.

And I'll refer to why this has become an annual National Poetry Month event--

Why do you do the Big Poetry Giveaway 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.

Also, I'll add-- I think there's good karma in giving away books.

So there's the update, Friends.  If you haven't figured out what books you're giving away, start thinking about it.  It should be fun!

And if you want to see what a giveaway post looks like, here's mine from last year.


What I Am Reading -- Book Recommendations for Spring:

When things feel hard in my life, I turn to books.

Here's a list of all the books that have been keeping me company and why I like them.  All of these books come with my recommendation, and maybe one with a warning.

So this is what I've been reading and a few thoughts--

Spring Reading Recommendations--

The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavich (memoir):  Susan Rich loaned me this book and I have not been able to put it down.   I fully recommend this book, but with a warning if you do not like books that deal with everything and tells it as she says-- "straight with no chaser."  Lidia does not hold back in this memoir--it deals with sexuality, stillbirth, childhood, drug and alcohol abuse, family issues, the writing life, bisexuality, love, rage, and each section is ultimately connected to the other in voice and the theme of water.

What I appreciate about it?  Her writing style, it's poetic.  She's honest to point of being raw and coming across as damaged and out of control.  Parts of it are painfully beautiful.  Other parts are too much information and yet, I haven't stopped reading.  She does not paint herself as the hero, but as a disaster and that was refreshing to me.  I appreciated a woman not being afraid to tell the truth, no matter how ugly it may appear to others.  Some may say "sensationalized," but I will say "sensational."

I still have a few more sections yet and I look forward to each day when I can pick up the book and disappear into someone else's drama.

Listening Against the Stone by Brenda Miller (selected essays/ creative nonfiction):  What I love about Brenda's book is how she links spirituality into her life and writing.  Brenda's creative nonfiction essays are different than Lidia's in that they reflect on everyday, ordinary life.  Brenda's gift is that she can find deeper meaning in a story of a cherry tree being taken down or a new dog.

She does not write to shock, but to connect.  Her style invites the reader in and where I'd compare Lidia's writing to a shot of vodka, Brenda's essays remind me of flowers on the table, a full moon held up by constellations, and herbal tea.  All essays are beautiful written and writers who want to learn how to write an essay well should read her book just to understand the crafting of work as her essays are exquisitely crafted.

The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle (nonfiction/self help/spirituality):  You have probably already read this poem a dozen times, but I am just finding now.  After my doctor gave it to me as a prescription for "feeling a little anxious," so I bought the audio book and I am appreciating this idea of staying in the now.

I am terrible at it and realize I will probably need to listen to this book about 5 more times to really get in the habit of now, but hearing the author's voice with these little savasana gong sounds between chapters helps ground and center me when my mind is racing to an unknown finish line.

The Frugal Book Promoter: SECOND EDITION: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher (nonfiction) by Carolyn Howard-Johnson:  I've mentioned this book before, but is has so much information I am reading through it and finding interesting tips, ideas, and thoughts from Carolyn.  One things that this book has done for me that other marketing books have not, is to make "branding" not sound as terrible to make it out to be in my head.  I appreciate how she looks at marketing, as she's strong and smart, but also has a light touch, which is something missing in the voice of many books on marketing.  And she really does stick to the *frugal* element, which I was thankful for.

Note:  If you do get this book, make sure to get the SECOND Edition.  I've linked it up (by the way, Amazon had some excellent reviews on it as well), but it sounds if the second editions covers a lot more than the first!

For poetry books, my two favorite new release's are--

Kathleen Flenniken's (our new Washington State Poet Laureate) PLUME: which deals with her childhood of growing up in Richland, Washington and working at the Hanford Nuclear Site.  The poems are not all memoir, but researched as well and deal with the lives and history of that area.  Martha Collins writes about the book:  Moving deftly between haunting lyric and disturbing documentary, Kathleen Flenniken packages recent history in a wide variety of poetic forms and styles. Plume raises the bar for documentary poetry, moving us with its timely and important subject matter as well as the meticulous craft of its poems.

Molly Tenenbaum's The Cupboard Artist-- Molly is an incredible craftsman with words and this book is a delight for anyone who enjoys music in their poetry.


On my TOO READ List this Spring:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

IMAGINE: How Creativity Words by Jonah Lehrer

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