Saturday, April 2, 2011

The 2011 Big Poetry Giveaway

Thanks to Kelli Russell Agodon at The Book of Kells, poets everywhere are giving poetry books away for free!

Yep: FREE!

In this exciting campaign, meant to promote the poetry we love during National Poetry Month, participating poets are giving away a book of their own and one of a poet they admire. All you have to do is leave a comment below by midnight, April 30, with your name and contact information (at least an email address), and I will choose two winners at the end of the month to receive the free books via random number generator. That's it! I will send the book to you absolutely free, including shipping, anywhere in the world you may be.

Here are the books I'm giving away:

Shapeshifting (Spire Press, 2006)

This is my debut collection of poetry. It won the Spire Press award in 2005, and contains poems, as the title implies, that address the shifting aspects of my identity. Poems from this collection have appeared in the Iodine Poetry Journal, Tar Wolf Review, and The Powhatan Review.

The Capable Heart by Ann E. Michael (Foothills, 2011)

I pretty much owe my poetry career to Ann E. Michael, who chose Shapeshifting as the winner of the Spire contest. Imagine my delight when I discovered her to be a hauntingly beautiful poet. Since that fateful event, I have become a Michael groupie. This latest collection is a tight exploration of female identity centered on the symbolism of horses, on their--and our--"capable hearts."

Good luck, people! I will announce the winners of the giveaway on May 1. If you would like to see other poets who are participating in this event and learn more about it, please visit Agodon's blog, The Book of Kells.


  1. Yazmin Andino

  2. Ooh, enter me please :)

  3. You da best, Celia! And way more organized than I am, since I haven't yet registered with Kelli's amazing giveaway.

  4. Ma'am,
    please include me! Thanks.
    Paul David Adkins

  5. Please add me to your contest. You can contact me by posting on or entering my contest on my blog:
    You can contact me on Facebook: Opw Fredericks

  6. Please count me in. My email address Thanks!

  7. Yes, please! I'm in.

    Feel free to stop by my blog for another chance to win.

  8. Hi Celia,

    Please add me to your list for the giveaway! (I am participating, too.)


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

  10. Count me in!

  11. please enter me, i'd love to win!

  12. Ooh, always wanted a horse when I was a girl...would love to win either of these collections. Consider me entered!

  13. Please add me. Both collections sound great. You can find me at:
    or email: margoroby at

  14. Please enter my name in the drawing! Thanks!

  15. I'd love to get in on the giveaway - my name is Mary Virginia Cooley and my email address is mcooley(at)gustavus(dot)edu! Happy National Poetry Month!

  16. What a great way to celebrate National Poetry Month. Count me in, please.

    Jessica Goodfellow

  17. is my poetry and performance blog.

    I want to be a winner!

    russell.evatt (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Wow, both poetry books you are offering seem fascinating. I'd love it if you entered me; thanks for doing this giveaway.

    I have a giveaway over at my blog, also!

    valphia at aol dot com

  19. hey,
    i will be very happy to join in you draw.

    thank you very much
    (and welcome to join my bowl of possibilities)


  20. want to participate in the Poetry Giveaway- hope i win the wonderful books!

  21. I'd love to read both of those. Please enter me in your giveaway.

  22. Shapeshifting looks intriguing. Please enter me!

    Happy Poetry Month and thanks for doing this!

  23. I'd love to win either book but if I get a choice, I'll go with yours. I especially love that cover.

  24. Hi, everyone! Thank you very much for participating. The winners are now posted at


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