Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2nd Annual White Elephant Contemporary Poetry Gift Exchange

'Tis the season for our 2nd Annual White Elephant Contemporary Poetry Gift Exchange/open mic reading at Glendale Community College on Wednesday December 12th (Student Union room 104).

People can bring one of their favorite poetry collections and share one or two of its poems with the crowd, before exchanging it for one of the books on my table, or one of the "in play" books that someone else in the crowd is holding.

There will also be giveaways to random members of the audience who just came to listen, throughout the evening. So you have a chance to walk away with some great new poetry, even if you just come to listen.
These are a few of the books we gave away last year, 
on behalf of GCC (especially Johnnie Clemens May), and myself: 
In addition, NYQBooks liked the idea of this event enough to donate 
a few extra books:

Grace Zabriskie    Poems
Monique Ferrell    Unsteady
Amanda J. Bradley    Hints and Allegations

Cathy Cappozoli heard about what we were doing, so she sent her latest chapbook Solstice Windows
& her husband Sherman Souther's  Surgical Bru-Ez to include in our exchange.

I'm still deciding on some of the books and poets for this year's exchange, but I insist that everyone will encounter some great poetry and maybe even a new favorite poet. Or at least a little exposure to some worthwhile poetry and presses that Barnes & Noble would know nothing about.

Glendale Community College (Student Union Room 104)
6000 West Olive Avenue
Glendale Arizona 85302

Free and open to the public


  1. Because of your post last year, the Big Rock Reading Series now gives away 10 books at each reading (3 per semester). We plant "golden tickets" in our programs and the 10 recipients get to select from our stack of books. It's been a huge hit. Thanks so much for the idea!


  2. Fantastic! That warms my little grinch heart.

    You pretty much made my day.

  3. This is a great idea. And I like Sandy's, too. Everyone loves a giveaway!

  4. I wanted to show people that poetry can be perfectly acceptable as a unique gift and I realized that the best way to prove that was to give some away.