The Big Poetry Give Away 2013

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Oh yay! It’s that time of year again, the eve of National Poetry Month and the Big Poetry Giveaway! Susan Rich is hosting this year and you can read all about it and see all the participants on her blog The Alchemist’s Kitchen.

The contest ends on April 30th. At that time, I’ll be drawing two names from the comments on this post and sending each a book.

But first, let me tell you a few things about where you’ve landed:

  • This is Being Poetry, a blog where I contemplate how you can “live your poem.” In other words, we talk about poetry and apply the techniques of writing poetry to both our writing and our lives.
  • My name is Erin Coughlin Hollowell. I’m a poet, and you can learn more about me on my web page
  • My first book of poetry Pause, Traveler officially releases on June 1st, but you can order it now from Red Hen Press.
  • I live in Alaska at the end of the road where it’s beautiful and strange in equal measures.
  • If I could only eat one type of cuisine for the rest of my life it would be Thai.
  • My life never stops surprising me (and neither should yours).

Here’s how to enter – post a comment on this blog and make sure that it includes (or is linked to) your email address. Any comment will do, but it has to be on this post.

You could win a copy of my new book Pause, Traveler.

PausetravelerCATrgb_150webPause, 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.

Pause, Traveler is published by Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press.



Or you could win a copy of the amazing poet Peggy Shumaker’s brand new book Toucan Nest: Poems of Costa Rica.

toucan_lgWhat happens when we enter unfamiliar realms, when we open ourselves to the unknown? Sometimes that not-knowing makes art possible. In Toucan Nest, the eighth book by Alaska State Writer Laureate Peggy Shumaker, her first vivid encounters with the rainforests of Costa Rica–with its basilisk lizards, bats, and bromeliads, its crocodiles, sloths, and strangler figs–refresh and renew our world in a work of startlingly beautiful mindfulness and imagination.

Toucan Nest: Poems of Costa Rica is published by Red Hen Press.

Good luck, and I hope you’ll stick around for awhile and check out more on this blog.

63 Responses

  1. Doireann

    Count me in. Would love to win some poetry!

  2. knowledgeknut

    I have not had the chance to read any contemporary poetry. I don’t know who or where to begin. Entering this contest seemed like a good way to start. Thank you very much for participating in this give away.


  3. Shawnte

    My friend always says good things about Red Hen Press, so I would like a chance to win and check out either of those. Thanks for playing along.

  4. Ron Lewis

    Erin: Please sign me up for your book giveaway! If I happen to be lucky enough to be an honored winner this year, I will write a review and promote your book through the Vermont Poetry Newsletter (& Poetry Event Calendar), which now receives over 1M hits/year. I’ll be crossing my fingers and hope to soon find your book in my personal poetry library! Ron Lewis, VPN Editor (

  5. Angela

    Congrats on your new book! I’d love to be considered for the drawing. Thank you.

  6. Nandini Dhar

    Thanks for doing this! Please count me in!
    Nandini Dhar

  7. Shelley Peters

    Thanks for giving away such great books. I have visited Costa Rica and would love to visit Alaska. Maybe I can do so through poetry until I have an opportunity to travel again.

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