Friday, April 1, 2011

Big Poetry Giveaway and Other Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Happy National Poetry Month! Yes, April is busy, and yes, I'd prefer we have National Poetry Month in January, but since the month now has momentum of its own, we'll celebrate!


Kelli Russell Agodon has launched her wonderful Big Poetry Giveaway for 2011. Go here for complete details. You've got lots of chances to win books; go here for the updated list of who's participating; Kelli's even taken the time to link to the blogs. Basically, all you have to do to be entered is to leave a comment, and if you're commenting as Anonymous, you'll need to leave a way to get in touch with you. On May 2 or 3, I'll put all the names in a bread bowl, and I'll draw out some winners. I'm also likely to have some surprise winners, more than 2, for books yet to be announced, so stay tuned! One book that I've really been enjoying this month has been my friend Shefali Choksi's new book, Frontier Literature. She writes amazing poetry, the kind that makes me shake my head in wonder at the connections she makes. If you're the kind of person who loves allusions to fairy tales and mythology, she's the poet for you. Plus, she uses both western fairy tales/mythology and fairy tales/mythology from her native India. She's remarkable, and I'm happy to share her work with you.

The second book that I will give away is a copy of my first chapbook, pictured below.

What else am I planning for National Poetry Month? I need to work on promoting my forthcoming chapbook, I Stand Here Shredding Documents. The amount of copies sold in this prepublication period determines how many copies overall will be printed, so I need to work on generating sales (go here to order; I'll be happy to sign it for you later, and I'll pay for the postage it will take to get you that signature). I'm also going to read a book of poems a week along with Dave Bonta and others, and participate in a phone interview with each poet and Dave that will later be available as a podcast. For the schedule, go here. And for those of you writing a poem each day, here's Kelli's list of all new prompts, and here's my list of prompts that I created last year. Happy National Poetry Month everyone--may you enjoy poems, either those that you write or those that you read. May your month be filled with happy surprises and wonder.

23 comments:

Shefali Shah Choksi said...

Thank you, Kristin! I don't know what to say.

Karen J. Weyant said...

Please enter my name! Thanks!

Kathleen said...

I'd love to have this chance to win your book!

Sounds like you will have a good National Poetry Month indeed!

Sandy Longhorn said...

Yay, Poetry!

Count me in.

Anyone interested can visit my blog for another chance to win.
http://sandylonghorn.blogspot.com/2011/03/big-poetry-giveaway-sign-up-here.html

Evelyn said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks! evfhanna at gmail

opwfredericks said...

Please add me to your contest. You can contact me by posting on or entering my contest on my blog:
http://www.opwfredericks.com/archives/172
-or-
You can contact me on Facebook: Opw Fredericks

Nandini said...

Please count me in. My email is:nandinidhar2112@gmail.com. Thanks!

renkath said...

Please add me to your list for the giveaway! (I am participating, too.)

Andrew said...

Please count me in, and thank you for doing this! (eldritch1313 at yahoo dot com)

Tawnysha Greene said...

Would love to be a part of this drawing! I've got a giveaway going at my blog, too!

http://tawnyshagreene.blogspot.com/2011/04/big-poetry-giveaway.html

risaden said...

Enter me please!

risaden at gmail dot com

Renee said...

please enter me, i'd love to win!
thisquiethourATgmailDOTcom

margoroby said...

I would love to be part of the bread bowl. I love the titles of your chapbooks. They make me want to get into my bookstore now. But I'll wait. You can find me at: http://margoroby.wordpress.com where I am also participating if you would like to sign up.
email: margoroby at gmail.com

Mary Virginia Cooley said...

I'd love to get in on the giveaway - my name is Mary Virginia Cooley and my email address is mcooley(at)gustavus(dot)edu! Happy National Poetry Month!

Paul David Adkins said...

Ma'am,
please include me in the drawing. Thank you.
Paul David Adkins

koenigsburg14@aol.com

Jessica Goodfellow said...

Please put my name in your bread bowl too!

Jessica
www.jessicagoodfellow.blogspot.com

Big Nine 7 said...

http://russellevatt.blogspot.com/ is my poetry and performance blog.

I want to be a winner!

russell.evatt (at) gmail (dot) com

Valerie said...

Thanks for being part of the poetry giveaway! The poetry you are willing to share both seem wonderful. Maybe I'll win :-).

I have a giveaway over at my blog, too if you are interested!

utopianfragments said...

please put my name in your bowl

(and you are welcome to drop in my giveaway as well)

blessings,
D!

rumplestilskin said...

want to participate in the Poetry Giveaway- hope i win the wonderful books!
Alan

luckywow1@yahoo.com

Danica said...

Please enter me too. Thanks!
danicagrunertATyahooDOTca

tess duncan said...

Please count me in. Thanks for participating!

http://onehundredforks.blogspot.com/

theresaduncan101 at gmail dot com

Samuel Sargent said...

Oh man, as much as I'd love to win a free book, I think I'd be content with eating the bread bowl afterward.

gaardyn@live.com