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--



  1. Hi Kelli --

    Here is my information

    Karen J Weyant
    Website: Fussings from A Rust Belt Writer

    This should be the direct link to my giveaway

    Let me know if there is a problem.

  2. Here you go Kelli:

    Erin Coughlin Hollowell
    Blog: Being Poetry at

    Hooray hooray hooray!

  3. Hi, Kelli. I'm in!

    Donna Vorreyer
    Put Words Together; Make Meaning - direct link to post here:

  4. Hi Kelli. Here you go.

    My blog:
    My name:
    Rebecca Loudon
    My Giveaway Post:

    So excited to participate this year!

  5. I am so in!!

    Jennifer LaVoie

    Website is Roomthily

    thank you!

  6. Woo! So excited! Here's the info:

    Allyson Whipple
    Blog Title: Poet, and...
    Blog URL:

    Direct link to giveaway:

  7. Hi Kelli,

    Margo Roby
    Margo Roby: Wordgathering

  8. I'm IN for the Great Poetry Giveaway:
    Diane Kendig
    "Home Again"

  9. I'm in.
    Catherine Fitchett
    Still Standing on her Head

  10. Hi, Kelli--I'm in.

    Ruth Foley
    Blog: Five Things

  11. And this next group of wonderful poets has just been added! Thank you all for being part of this!

  12. Kelli,
    Thanks so much for your five fantastic years of poetry service. So happy your are hosting again this year.

    Please count me in as a writer-blogger participant:

    Drew Myron
    Off the Page

  13. Kelli,
    Thanks so much for hosting the Giveaway again this year. I'd like to participate:

    Drew Myron
    Off the Page

  14. Hi Kelli - great idea!
    Have posted the link on my blog:

    Hope it goes from strength to strength. Go n-eirí leat!
    Karen McDonnell

  15. Hi Kelli. I'd love to participate:

    Andrea Beltran
    Poet Tree


  16. I'm in again.

    Jessie Carty
    58 Inches

    Thanks for hosting again!

  17. What a great opportunity/giveaway! I'm down.

    (Name) Mark Jay Brewin Jr.
    (Website) Mark Jay Brewin Jr.: Livin' the Dream

    Let me know if you need anything else from me! Thanks!

  18. Happy to do this again!

    Blog title: Washington Poet Laureate
    Elizabeth Austen

  19. I'd love to enter the giveaway.

    Kara Swisher


  20. Yay for the Big Poetry Giveaway!

    Blog title: Joannie Stangeland (Poe-query)
    Joannie Stangeland

  21. Ada and I would love to jump in - David Mecklenburg

    Blog Title: The Hagengard
    Ada Ludenow

    Posting URL:

  22. What fun! I am giving away two books!

    Lexanne Leonard

    Blog Title: To Create...

    Posting shortlink:

    Blog link:

  23. What fun! Count me in!

    Lexanne Leonard

    Blog Title: To Create...

    Blog address:

    Giveaway Link:

  24. Hi Kelli, would love to participate.

    Jenn Solivais
    Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

  25. Last year I caught on to the Big Giveaway too late - I'm excited to participate this year!

    Blog: Our Lady of the Spiral Notebook

    Kory Wells

    Thank you for all your work to coordinate us!

  26. Marianne Mersereau5:25 PM, April 01, 2014

    Hi Kelli,
    I would love to participate in the Big Giveaway!

    Here is my information:


    Here is the link to my post about the giveaway:

    Thank you for organizing this!

    Marianne Mersereau

  27. Very glad to be participating in this great contest again!

    My information:
    1) Blog Name: I, Mosaic
    2) Full Name: Rodney Wilder
    3) Link:

  28. Hi Kelly:

    Molly Sutton Kiefer (Nestuary)
    maps + poetry

    Thanks! xo

  29. I am, once more, in, if you'll have me...!

    Joseph Harker
    Naming Constellations (

  30. Here is my info. what fun!

    Blog Name: To Create....

    My name: Lexanne Leonard

    Link to Giveaway:

  31. Hi Kelli,

    Great project! Please include me in the draw!

    I am also participating in the Book Giveaway though my blog: Here is the link to the post:


    Name: Stella Pierides
    Many thanks,

  32. I would like to participate in the Big Poetry Giveaway again this year.

    My name is:
    dani harris

    My blog name is:
    my heart's love songs

    The link to my blog post about the giveaway is:

    Congratulations on reaching the fifth year of such a fun way to participate in National Poetry Month!

  33. Wonderful! You are all entered!

    Feel free to check your links, there are a lot of you, WONDERFUL POETS! thank you!

  34. Hi Kelli,

    It doesn't appear that my comment yesterday went through, but I am excited to participate in the Big Poetry Giveaway! Such a wonderful way to spread our passion for poetry.

    Chester Hopewell

    We Must Fight to Run Away -

    Direct link to my giveaway post -

    Thank you for organizing this great concept.

    Happy National Poetry Month!


  35. Sorry I'm a little late to the party. Here's my info:

    Collin Kelley: Modern Confessional
    Collin Kelley

  36. Thanks so much, Kelley!

    The Cave, The Hive
    Lesley Wheeler

  37. Hi Kelli,
    Thanks for doing this. Here is my info:


    My Name: Carol Berg

    Name of my Blog: Ophelia Unraveling

  38. Excited to be part of the big poetry giveaway again!

    Blog Name: This Quiet Hour

    My Name: Renee Emerson


  39. Hi again, Kelli -

    I am participating in the poetry book giveaway through the blog I write for the local newspaper, link below. Thanks!

  40. Hi Kelly,

    Count me in, too!

    City Girl, Country Girl
    Meg Cowen

  41. Hi Kelli - joining the givers this year...

    Blog Name: Stickpoet Super Hero

    Michael A. Wells

    The post is at:

  42. Michelle Regalado Deatrick9:12 PM, April 02, 2014

    Hi Kelli, I'm delighted to be participating in the Big Poetry Giveaway for the first time...Thank you for organizing this!

    Blog Name: Word Garden

    Poet's Name: Michelle Regalado Deatrick


  43. Marly Youmans
    The Palace at 2:00 a.m.

    Thanks for your hard work arranging this, Kelli!

  44. I'm in!

    Blog Name: ThisFrenzy
    Elliott batTzedek

  45. Hello Kelli,

    Here is my info:

    Lynn Pedersen
    Blog: Lynn Pedersen


  46. I think I still have time to get in.

    I am

    Sherry Chandler

  47. Hope I'm not too late! Thank you!

    The Stone and the Star
    Clarissa Aykroyd

  48. If this makes the deadline:

    Battered Hive

    Shawnte Orion

  49. CU Poetry
    Steve LaVigne

    What a great idea!

  50. My blog is Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View and here's my link to the giveaway.

    Thanks for keeping this going, Kelli. Happy Poetry Month 2014

  51. I promised to try to have my giveaway by Martin Espada signed by him when he read in Kent, OH this month, and so after his reading, I approached him at the book signing with Troubled Ball.

    MS: What's your name?

    Me: Diane, but it's not for me. Will you make it out to "The Big Poetry Giveaway Winner?"

    MS: What is the "Big Poetry Giveaway."

    Me: Explainexplainblahblah

    MS: That's wonderful!! We should give more poetry away all month!"

    Thanks for your work on this, Kelli!



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