Big Poetry Giveaway 2015

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It’s back again, a wonderful way to meet poet bloggers and win cool new poetry books! Kelli Russell Agodon is hosting a book giveaway on her blog The Book of Kells, and I’m taking part (again).

If you’re new to Being Poetry, may I suggest that you look at what I posted on March 31 to learn what this blog is all about, and how you and I might walk towards a more poetry-filled life together.

This year I have three books to give away! Hooray for more poetry. All you need to do to win is leave a comment and I’ll randomly draw winners during the first week in May. Then, I just send you a new book of poetry to enjoy.

Ftravelerirst book:

My own, Pause Traveler.

Pause, Traveler is a journey through the dark heart of the American landscape, from New York City to Alaska. These poems search for redemption in the most unlikely places: Circus World Museum, an Iceworm Festival, a frozen gas station in Alaska. Traversing the difficult terrain of damaged relationships and misplaced affection, this collection finds hope in the fractured beauty of the world.

laundrySecond book:

Steam Laundry by Nicole Stellon O’Donnell (and a press-mate and friend)

Steam Laundry is a novel in poems based on the true story of Sarah Ellen Gibson, a miner’s wife during the Klondike and Alaska gold rushes. Her journey began as she followed her husband to Dawson City, Yukon Territory in 1898. She stayed there three years as the town’s boom and her marriage burned out. In 1903, she left her husband and sons to start over in Fairbanks, Alaska with another man. Based on archival research and incorporating historical documents and photographs, the poems approach the past through the ghosts of correspondence.

kooserThird book:

Delights & Shadows by Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser, who served as United States Poet Laureate (2004–2006), is a poet who works toward clarity and accessibility, so that each distinctive poem appears to be as fresh and bright and spontaneous as a good watercolor painting. He is a haiku-like imagist who imbues his poems with “tender wisdom,” and draws inspiration from the overlooked details of daily life.

Good luck, everyone!

32 Responses

  1. Lora Wilke

    Randomly pick me, please, to win a book of poetry.

  2. Padma

    I have developed an insatiable lust for poetry – but founder hopelessly not knowing much about who are the good poets, what is good poetry, how to tell a good poem when I come across one (I Sort of know because the phrases stir deep and stick to my mind like honey bees) so hoping that you would be a guide for all that through this website. These books also will be useful because you picked them

  3. Kristy

    Please send me some poetry so I won’t be tempted to watch anymore reality television. I thank you.

  4. Theresa

    Thank you so very much and Happy National Poetry Month! All the books look wonderful – and I’d be happy to be able to savor any of them.

  5. Allyson

    Happy to discover your blog this year! Please add me!

    -Allyson (

  6. Susanne Wilson

    Hi Erin!
    Since I have your book, I’d love to have one of the two others. Reading your blog inspired me to take a poetry writing class and I wrote poems for the first time in many years – thank you!

  7. Dianne Alvine

    These books sound fabulous! Please enter me in this drawing. Happy Poetry Month to all.

  8. Linda Hofke

    I am interested in either Pause, Traveler (sounds like one I’d really enjoy) or Ted Kooser’s book. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Linda Hofke

  9. Rodney Wilder

    Glad to see you participating in NaPo and the giveaway! Please add me to the drawing.

    Rodney Wilder

  10. Andrea Blythe

    Each of these looks wonderful. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

    – Andrea Blythe
    andreablythe at hotmail dot com

  11. Drew Myron

    So nice to find you, your blog, and your books.
    Please include my name in the drawing.
    Thank you!

  12. Laurie Kolp

    Please include me in your drawing.
    Laurie Kolp

  13. renee

    i read your book through interlibrary loan not too long ago–it’d be great to have my own copy =)
    Renee Emerson thisquiethour AT gmail DOT com

  14. Marianne Mersereau

    Hi Erin,
    Please enter my name in your drawing. All of these books sound wonderful! Thank you,
    Marianne Mersereau – marianne4art(at)

  15. Ann Hart

    Happy Poetry month. Win or not I am excited to find you and cannot wait to read your book.

  16. Jamy May Wagner

    I am a writer.
    I know,
    You’ve never heard my name;
    You’ve never seen my name.
    I am a writer.
    Poetry and prose
    Chronicle my life.
    Just look at these pages!
    Years and years of pages.
    Pages of love and anger.
    Pages of sensuality and sexuality.
    Pages and pages of therapy.
    Through these words,
    these pages,
    I’ve become
    a writer.

  17. Annie Peters

    Thank you for participating in this giveaway! I just love the idea behind it. And it’s such a great way to discover new poets.

  18. Dhyan

    I love the idea of “Pause, Traveler”. As I have travelled for about ten years a pause is something I can appreciate in all of its five letters.

    Thank you for being a part of BPG and thank you for considering me in it.

  19. Patricia L. Dowell

    Yes, puleeze enter me in the poetry giveaway and thanks for this opportunity.

  20. Peggy

    I love drawings, and books, so this is perfect! Have and relish yours already, the other two are new to me.

    Fingers crossed. 🙂

  21. Danna

    It would be lovely to win:

    * Pause Traveler because…well, you ~ you had me at hints of sojourn and redemption and fractured beauty and Alaska.

    * Steam Laundry – for my son, named after Mount Logan, Canada’s tallest peak. These poems would be like origin tales of the Great White North for him…a misplaced Canuck.

    * Delights & Shadows because Ted Kooser has much to teach me about poetry of place.

    Sad to see April and NPM come to an end but every month is poetry month in my world.

  22. Shawnte

    Your book sounds very interesting.
    I need to check these blogs out earlier next year!

  23. Ronald Lewis

    Please enter me into your contest! I’ll cross my fingers.