Sunday, March 30, 2014

14 Poets & Blogs Participating in the Big Poetry Giveaway: Win Free Poetry Books


Here's the updated list of blogs participating in the Big Poetry Giveaway.

If you want to learn about these poet bloggers and/or win the books they are giving away, click on the link and leave them a comment on their giveaway post to be entered.

If you want to giveaway 2 books of poems (one of yours and a favorite poet's book), 


~ Kells
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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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Big Poetry Giveaway! 2014: (Celebrating Year 5!)

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 FIFTH annual National Poetry Month BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY. 
And it's simple-- anyone with a blog can giveaway 2 books of poems.  
Anyone can enter any or all of the giveaways.  Yes, poetry is that easy!


Bloggers give away 2 books of poems-- 

the first can be your own 

and 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, 2014 (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 SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2014--

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 below 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, 2014, 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...)

**** NOTE: 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 (or don't have a book of poems), 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 or comments below with your blog name, your full name & a link to your blog giveaway MUST be emailed or posted below to me by midnight PST, April 5, 2014, 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, 2014 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.

So if you're interested in participating, make a blog post with the 2 books you're giving away, link it back to this post, and leave me a comment below with your FULL NAME, BLOG NAME, and a LINK TO YOUR POST.  

Got it?

You can see my post here (as an example of how to do this) -- and feel free to leave a comment to enter the drawing if you like.

Any questions, email me at  kelli (at)

~ Kells
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Here are the blogs giving away books in the BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY as of April 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM--


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