2011 Poetry Giveaway

In addition to an attempt to write a poem a day for National Poetry Month, I thought it would be cool to participate in this poetry giveaway being coordinated by Kelli Agodon. I’m a lurking reader of her blog, so here’s my way of coming out, “Hi, Kells!” (I feel like such a dork).

The giveaway will run through April 30th and I’ll announce the winners between May 1 (my birthday!) and May 3, and then ship to the lucky recipients. All you have to do to enter is comment on this post with your name and the title of the book you’d like to receive. Please link to your blog/website if you have one, too. If you don’t have a blog you can leave your e-mail address in the comment section (leave it in this format: myemail (at) gmail (dot) com to prevent spambots) OR just check in here from May 1-3 to see if you’ve won. I’ll assign everyone a number and use a random number generator or somehow get my cats involved in choosing.

Now for the good stuff, the books! I don’t have a book of my own yet (key word: yet!), so in the spirit of National Poetry Month I’ll give away books by my two of my favorite poets. These books will be hard to part with, but this is for the good cause of spreading poetry throughout the world: Lighthead, by Terrance Hayes and no surrender, by Ai.

For those not in the know: Lighthead won the 2010 National Book Award, y’all! I only wish I could also present Terrance Hayes to you so that he could give a reading in the privacy of your living room. He’s an amazing reader. Ok, enough gushing.

And no surrender is Ai’s (she wrote seven books and won a National Book Award, too) final book, she died in March of 2010.

For more details about the contest, visit Kells’ blog here.

Happy National Poetry Month!

56 thoughts on “2011 Poetry Giveaway”

  1. I. Want. Terrance. I was going to buy it for my Kindle, but there’s two copies left at Borders so I may wait for the poetry to be slashed even more. Heard it’s brilliant.

  2. I love Terrance! My copy has a couple of dog-eared pages, but other than that, it’s great! I’ve read it about 4 times. You’re in, Daniel.

    How’s writing/life treating you these days?

  3. Please add me to your contest. You can contact me by posting on or entering my contest on my blog, address above,or you can contact me on Facebook: Opw Fredericks.

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

  5. Hi LaToya! I’d love to get in on your contest, and be sure to stop by my blog to get in on mine. Hope all’s well and happy writing!


  6. Thanks, Cati. I will stop by tonight and enter. Writing is coming along. I’ve already had a bad start to my 30 poems a month, but I’m hoping to catch up.

  7. As I’ve only recently decided to start reading poetry and building up a collection, my poetry shelf is sadly barren. So I would be very happy to win either book. (And it’s so much better when people are going out of their way to give you a book, rather than simply recommending it off-hand.)

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