Thursday, March 26, 2015

POETRY BOOK Giveaway: Free Books for National Poetry Month! (Leave a comment to be included in the drawing!)

My Giveaway: Free Books for National Poetry Month! 

(Leave a comment to be included in the drawing!)

Welcome to the 6th Annual Big Poetry Book Giveaway 
on Book of Kells!


(Again, to be entered in the drawing for these 3 books, leave a comment in the comment section at the end.)

Book 1: HOURGLASS MUSEUM, by Kelli Russell Agodon

The first book I'm giving away is my book, HOURGLASS MUSEUM (White Pine Press, 2014). 

It's a book that was written from me to you, and should be read in bed or in the bath. 

It's a book about the struggle of living a creative life and seeing our lives reflected back to us in art.

Some notes about it:  

The book came out a year earlier than planned.  Because of that, there are poems in it that make me fee vulnerable.  If I had a year to think about it, they may not have appeared.

This year the poem a Runner-up for the Julie Suk Poetry Prize, so I feel honored knowing someone saw something in it they liked.



Eleanor Stanford's Bartram's Garden (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015)

The second book of poems  by Eleanor Stanford.

Physically, this book is gorgeous. And open it up and read the poems, it's gorgeous too.

Here's what Amazon says:

From Brazil’s Bay of All Saints to Philadelphia, from Florida’s brutal humidity to the drought-scorched Cape Verde Islands, Bartram’s Garden takes in the pulse and ache of the natural world: the bittern balanced in the swamp, cashew fruit’s astringent flesh. With a gardener’s eye for color and motif, and a mother’s open-hearted sensibility, these poems explore vivid landscapes both intimate and foreign.

Here's what I say: 

This books moves from motherhood to meningitis, river trail to radiology, this book pulls us into the beauty of nature and the connectedness of us all. A young mother deals with her own mother's illness. A child wants to keep a firefly as his pet. These poems are what we care for--family, earth, life, nature. 
These narrative poems pull us in through their many seasons and all have so much to say.


Book 3?!  YES! (I know I only need 2 books, but I'm an over-achiever.)


by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano

Martha Silano and I wrote The Daily Poet after spending many afternoons in coffeeshops where we brought each other writing prompts to write to.  We realized other people may find these useful as well, so we took what we had and added many more to create 366 writing prompts--one for EACH day of the year.

So this book will help you write your own poems!


An introduction:

I'm Kelli Russell Agodon, (aka Kells), the one who started this event for poets/poetry six years ago after being inspired by artists-who-blog who put together a similar giveaway in February.

Some things about me--

I am a poet, editor, and writer (in that order on my best day).

I cofounded a small-but-growing indie press with my friend Annette Spaulding-Convy called Two Sylvias Press.  

Our first project was anthology by women poets called Fire on her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry, which is now available both as a PRINT or eBook.

We also have the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize going on where you could win this trophy(Plus publication in print and eBook, $$$, and author copies... but a trophy too!)


Here are a few things about me--

Last year I: went to a photoshoot with an amazing photographer named Kat St. John and I wore a lot of eyeliner. The day was to push me out of my comfort zone...and it did. (cropped photo from the day above.)

I believe in hard work and kindness, but not in that order. 

I like snacking, key lime pie, morning glory muffins, fedoras, betta fish (I have two on my desk, Frank O'Hara & Mr. Cellophane), anything vintage.

I am always looking for: my keys, my slippers, a few minutes to write, dill pickle sunflower seeds, new poets to love, time for myself.

People think I am: an extrovert, but I am an introvert with extrovert tendencies.

I recently: totalled my van. It was a frightening experience and my first "real" car accident. It was also my first ride to the ER and it reminded me to be more mindful in life, slow down, and that we are all temporary. I now drive a Prius with heated seats. I no longer eat cranberries in the car. I'm still healing from it and am working my way back to being as flexible as I once was.

If I could live anywhere: it would be Paris right near Notre Dame and Shakespeare and Co. or in the US, anywhere with a beach for the backyard so I could paddleboard daily. 

I do not: have too many rules for myself or for others. I like letting people do what they do as long as they aren't hurting anyone. I'm not into self-sacrifice or perfection. I believe most everything is okay in moderation except for affairs and meth.

I am thankful for the kindness of strangers and well, pretty much everything in my life.

I cheer for the underdog or the Seahawks, sometimes, both.

To me, success is
 measured by being able to control my own time and schedule.

My writing process was to write daily. Now it's sort of this like spinning the wheel and hoping I make it to the Showcase Showdown.

I am most like a: slow loris.

So there we are--  3 things to win: my book, Eleanor's book, and The Daily Poet Book.

Not bad for just leaving your name and email in the comment section.

This drawing is open from now through ALL OF APRIL 2015, National Poetry Month!

If you'd like to be entered, please leave your name and email address by midnight (Hawaii time), APRIL 30th, 2015 below in the comment section of this post and I'll be randomly choosing all lucky winners the week of May 1st, 2015.

And again, if you want to giveaway 2 books of poems, learn more about that here.

Good luck and Good Reading!

~ Kells

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