Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Big Poetry Month Giveaway

In honor of National Poetry Month, I am participating in the Big Poetry Giveaway project that was started by Kelli Russell Agodon over on her blog, Book Of Kells.

Each participant must offer up two poetry collections for a random drawing on their own blog. One can be their own and the other should be from one of their favorite poets.

As for me, my only small press chapbook (published by Red Booth Review) is out of print. So I will be giving away a copy of a chapbook that I made up for some of my readings. The packaging is handmade... I mean "limited edition" but a decent amount of the poetry inside was previously published in journals like Red Rock Review, The Peralta Press, Georgetown Review, etc.

I will also be giving away a copy of Beth Ann Fennelly's Open House.
She is one of my favorite poets and this was her first collection. She might have better individual poems in later collections, but as a whole, I am always charmed by this debut.

Some of her standout poems that you should look forward to reading, include:

"Mother Sends My Poem To Her Sister With Post-Its"
"The Cup Which My Father Hath Given Me"
"Poem Not To Be Read At Your Wedding"
"Madame L Describes The Siege Of Paris"
"Asked For A Happy Memory Of Her Father, She Recalls Wrigley Field"
"The Impossibility Of Language"
"I Would Like To Go Back As I Am, Now, To You As You Were, Then-"

If you would like to be entered in my drawings for each of these, just leave a comment here by the end of April, with an email or blog that I can contact you with. I will post the winners on May 1st.

And you can check out the other participating bloggers to enter their drawings over at the Book Of Kells.


  1. Shawnte - So glad you are doing this! I'd love to have your very limited edition collection (Sure, I'd like Beth Ann Fennelly's book, but I'd rather have yours).


  2. Well, thank you. I doubt Beth Ann will feel too slighted. Ha.
    At least "Open House" would be quite a consolation prize.

  3. Please count me in! Thanks! Nandini

  4. count me in!

  5. Consider yourself counted...and you've got to like your odds, so far.

  6. Nice to meet you, Shawnte. Happy National Poetry Month. I would love to win a copy of your work. Thanks for the opportunity. Theresa (theresamacnaughton at gmaildotcom)

  7. Ooh, I would love to be entered as well ! : )

    jo.tee35 AT gmail DOT com

  8. Would love to be entered as well.

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

  10. Excellent. It looks like there will be enough names in the drawing to warrant an actual hat. I can happily put that thimble back on the shelf.

  11. Just remember that we are all winners
    in the eyes of a loser.

  12. handmade book sounds so great (and one day will be a fortune anyway ;) )

    Please count me in and feel free to drop by and join my draw


  13. Please add me to your contest. You can contact me through the provided email address or by posting on or entering my contest on my blog (address above). And thank you for participating in the contest and spreading the words of poetry.

    O.P.W. Fredericks

  14. I'm just about to the end of the 63 official participants and yours is the first hand made chapbook I've encountered. I'd very much like a chance to win either of the prizes you're offering.

  15. Just to provide some closure on this thread:

    winners were Renee (chapbook) and Jessica Goodfellow (Open House).

    Jessica: just let me know if you already have a copy of that Beth Ann Fennelly book. I could always send you some other (equally fabulous book that you don't already have), if that's the case.

    Thanks to everyone who entered!
    Hopefully, some of you won other drawings.