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!




  1. Would love to win! I already have your book, but would happily pass it on to another lucky reader.

    Thanks again for organizing this event!
    Donna Vorreyer

  2. i would love to win these lovely books
    Renee Emerson
    thisquiethour AT gmail DOT com

  3. Great selections, both of which of have. Would certainly delight in winning the anthology.

  4. I already have your book as well, but would also be glad to pass it along and would love either of the other ones.
    Kirsten Kinnell

  5. I'd like to be entered! Iris Dunkle Thanks!

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  7. Super contest, Kelli! Sign me up to enter:

  8. Count me in!

    Laura Davis lauraelizabethdavis at gmail dot com

  9. Let the poetry flow!
    Thanks, Kelli, for starting this annual event. You are a wonderful cheerleader for poetry.

  10. I would love to be entered!

    Thanks for all of the great links to check out.

  11. Mary Dockery

  12. It would be lovely to win a book. Thank you.


  13. I have been looking forward to this. I enjoyed both giving and receiving last year. Please add me to your list of hopefuls. I would love to have 'Every Dress a Decision' already having your book, and knowing my computer habits, but will be happy with just being a part of this.

  14. Jumping in! :)

    Joseph Harker
    linksfreude [at] gmail [dot] com

  15. I can never have too many poetry books!

    blarue(at)nycap (dot)rr(dot)com

  16. I'd love to win!Please enter me jessie (dot) carty (at) gmail (dot) com.

    I've also posted my giveaway for this year at -

  17. Would love to be entered in this contest. Thank you. Jessica Goodfellow

  18. Thank you, Kelli, Happy to be a part of your wonderful project. My two book giveaway is at

  19. Juicy opportunity - one can never have too many poetry books, right?


  20. Hi Kelli: Please enter me in the contest. Always love your blog and seeing what you're doing. Missing Washington.
    Another one of the Green Key Poets,

  21. Count me in!

    Tara Mae Mulroy

  22. Love your work, lady Kells. --a quinlan
    (alexis at abchaoslex dot com

  23. All the books you are giving away sound great, and I would love to read more poetry before I start my MFA. Thanks so much for doing this!
    Lisa McMurtray

  24. Thanks for hosting. These sound wonderful.

    Peggy Rowland peggy.rowland AT gmail DOT com

  25. Happy National Poetry Month! I look forward to this each and every year. Thank you for coordinating this giveaway on your blog - I'd love a chance to win one of these books (yours, especially!). Theresa (theresamacnaughtonatgmaildotcom)

  26. Please add me to the wishers
    Barbara Young

  27. Happy National Poetry Month!

    Jin Kaps

  28. I'd love to win either of the print books! I already downloaded the eBook when I found out my friend Betsy Aoki is in it.

    molly (dot) sutton (dot) kiefer (at) gmail (the rest)

  29. I'd love to win one of these books. I like your idea so much I'm giving away a couple of books myself. Cheers.

  30. Please throw my name into the hat, too!

    And over my blog I am giving away three chapbooks I love:

    email: Cati_Porter (at) Yahoo (dot) com

  31. Thanks for doing this!

    Andrew Albert J. Ty

  32. Thank you for doing this give away! I love any chance to be introduced to new poets.

    Lissa Clouser

  33. Kelli,please count me in! Thanks so much!

  34. Please throw my name in the hat. Thank you.


  35. I already bought a copy of your book, but if I happened to win another, I know a friend who would love it.

  36. Happy Poetry Month!

    Justin Carter


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