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 www.erincoughlinhollowell.com
- 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.
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.
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.
What 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.