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The Big Poetry Giveaway

It's National Poetry Month, and time for the Big Poetry Giveaway.

Initiated three years ago by Kelli Russell Agodon, this annual event celebrates poems, blogs, and the love of books.

How it works: Participating bloggers host a drawing in which they give away two poetry books — one of their own, and one by their favorite poet.

How to win: Simply post your name and email in the Comments area below. The contest runs April 1 - 30, 2012. Two names will be randomly drawn, and winners will be announced on May 1, 2012.

After entering my book giveaway, hop over to Book of Kells to discover the full roster of book drawings. Last year, the list featured more than 50 giveaways! The more blogs you visit, the better your chances to discover — and win — great poetry books.

Enter now, to win these books:

by Naomi Shihab Nye

Of the handful of poets I strive to emulate, Naomi Shihab Nye tops the list. Author and editor of more than 20 volumes of poetry, her work pulses with a calm urgency in which she "lends a fresh perspective to ordinary events, people, and objects." Fuel, published in 1998, is her most acclaimed collection.


Sweet Grief
by Drew Myron and Senitila McKinley

Two friends and a dying husband are at the heart of a powerful collaboration of paintings and poems exploring love and loss.

The collaboration is the work of Senitila McKinley and Drew Myron (that's me!), two women who share a tenderness for children in need. At Seashore Family Literacy, the nonprofit organization Senitila created and runs, Drew serves as writing instructor.

In 2011, Senitila's husband of 33 years was diagnosed with cancer, and died just a few months later. As a means to express the sense of individual and collective loss, over a period of six months Drew and Senitila created Sweet Grief, an art exhibition and accompanying book featuring 12 paintings and poems offering a range of darkness and light, from the heavy weight of loss to the bright glow of gratitude.

These books could be yours — for free!
To enter the book drawing, just add your name and email in the Comments section below. The contest runs April 1 - 30, 2012. Two names will be randomly drawn, and winners will be announced on May 1, 2012.


Reader Comments (37)

Lovely to see you participating in the giveaway.

April 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Wonderful choices! Count me in!

April 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Longhorn

I'd love to participate! Wonderful! ~ katrina

April 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatrina roberts

Hi Drew, Would love to be entered!
Jessica Goodfellow

April 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Of course I'm entering. :) And I really love the books you picked.

Allyson Whipple

April 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson

yay for poetry!

April 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Count me in!

Tara Mae Mulroy

April 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara Mae Mulroy

April is my favorite month! I'm in:)

April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTanya R

Well, National Poetry Month is off to a splendid start!

Nice to see some new 'faces' and happy to see some familiar ones, too.

Thanks so much for stopping by & dropping in.

April 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterDrew Myron

Sounds fun! I am a co-mentor for a Salt Lake Community College wrting group - DiverseCity with an annual publication of all genres, including poetry, Sine Cera. That means "without wax."

April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Lockard

Thanks Drew, what great way to help me with poetry-the hardest of all the languages.

April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFred

It's great to meet you, Drew. Happy National Poetry Month! I'd love to be entered in your generous giveaway. Sincerely, Theresa (theresamacnaughtonatgmaildotcom)

April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

I was looking forward to seeing what you would offer, this year.
Count me in!

April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShawnte

Would love to enter! I am having a free giveaway at my blog as well!


April 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTawnysha

Please enter me, dear Drew!

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Please count me in! I'm also offering three collections at Inns Are Not Residences.

April 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShara

pick me. :)

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I want to win these books!


April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinnea Harper

Drew: Please sign me in for a chance of winning one of your books through this year’s Big Poetry Giveaway. If I’m lucky enough to win your and Ms. McKinley’s book, I will promise you I’ll read and review it for my popular, monthly online newsletter, which is read by many of this state’s serious poets.

Thank you!

Ronald Lewis
Vermont Poetry Newsletter
& Poetry Event Calendar

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRonald Lewis

Hi -- I would love to be entered in your draw.

Margo Roby: margoroby[at]gmail[dot]com

For my own giveaway, visit: http://margoroby.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/your-serendipity-thursday-thoughts/

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargo Roby

Drew, you have given me so much I decided not to be piggy and try for more...
But then you quoted Naomi Shihab Nye's lovely poem. It caught me and dragged me right in..........sp

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershirl

another computer glitch -- I hope you got the message from the previous two tries

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershirl

Your message came through. You aren't piggy at all; Everyone needs a bit of Naomi in their life. : )

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

Please include me, Deb Scott, in your basket/hat!


April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

Um. gMail. :-)

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

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