Big Poetry Giveaway 2015

I'm going to participate in the National Poetry Month hullabaloo by joining this <<<< circus, The Sixth Annual Big Poetry Giveaway, because 1) contrary to the loner/cranky poet stereotype, I like joining things 2) I like attempts to get people to read more poetry and 3) I'm curious to see how this turns out.

If you keep a blog and you're a poet and you'd like to participate, see Kelli Russell Agodon's Book of Kells post for the dirt on how to join in. If you'd like to participate in MY Big Poetry Giveaway, here's what you have to do:

Leave a comment on this post with your name and email address (you should probably use the [at] format instead of the @ format so that spam-bots won't suck up your email address and overload your account with nonsense about discount handbags and/or sexual performance enhancers). 

Hell, leave a comment on ANY of my posts during the month of April and I'll include you in the drawing. 

What am I giving away, you might ask?

WELP. I'm giving away a crapload of awesome things. This is far more than the Big Poetry Giveaway requires, but the way I figure it, I might as well GO BIG during my first and possibly only attempt at this. TWO READERS WILL WIN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING GROUPS OF BOOKS:


1) A copy of Jessica Cuello's By Fire, a chapbook of exceptional poems about a 13th century Cathar noblewoman by a talented fellow Hyacinth Girl Press author. Here's a blogger review of the book if you're interested in learning more.

2) A copy of Stephanos Papadopoulos's The Black Sea, which ALSO explores history -- albeit a very different history -- through a beautiful series of sonnets and persona poems that recreate the/a narrative of the Pontic Greek massacre. Reviews of The Black Sea by the Hudson Review's David Mason and poet A.E. Stallings can be found archived here.

3) The Gettysburg Review's Winter 2014 issue. I will have an undying loyalty to this journal because they were the first magazine to take a chance with my Fabulous Beast poems. Also, in a freak occurrence I received, like, three copies of this issue . . . so why not share the love?

and finally

4) A copy of my own chapbook, Fabulous Beast: The Sow, which received this generous and thoughtful review from Paul David Adkins in Luna Luna magazine.


1) Kelly Boyker’s Zoonosis, another gorgeous -- inside and out, -- collection of poems from Hyacinth Girl Press. You can read an in-depth, really wonderful review of the book by Carlos Matos at The Cleaver Magazine.

 2) A copy of Adam Penna's Little Songs and Lyrics to Genji, remarkably fine and heartbreaking poems from the guy I share an office with. Poet George Held wrote a lovely, generous, and spot-on review of the book which is archived here.

3) The Gettysburg Review's Winter 2014 issue! Let's get those extra copies read!

and, of course

4)  Fabulous Beast: The Sow, published by the fantastic feminist micro-press, Hyacinth Girl Press

Readers of this blog have until April 30 to make a comment on the blog. In May, I'll put all names into a hat/bowl/discarded children's easter basket and pick super lucky winners. Or something to that effect. This assumes I'll have more than one name to draw!


Would love to be entered in your giveaway. Jessica Goodfellow jagueno [at] Would love to have you enter mine as well
Tracie Morell said…
I want to be entered, please! traciemorell(at)
Thank you, Tracie and Jessica! And good luck to you both!
Anonymous said…
Add me! And I'm glad to find your blog! (I always find the best blogs during BPG!)

-Allyson (
Renee said…
sign me up! thisquiethour AT gmail DOT com
Karen Weyant said…
Please sign me up!

Karen Weyant

And please stop by my website to enter!
C.A. LaRue said…
Throw my name in the hat please!
Dianne Alvine said…
Please enter me in this giveaway! email:

Thanks for this opportunity to win some amazing books of poetry.
Anonymous said…
Please enter me in your giveaway.
Robin A. Sams at robinasams[at]

If you like, you can enter my giveaway here:
I would love an opportunity to win any of these. Thank you for participating in the Big Poetry Giveaway, and Happy National Poetry Month!

Linda H. said…
Please enter me in the giveaway. I am interested in group two.

Linda Hofke
Linda H. said…
Please enter me in the giveaway. I am interested in group two.

Linda Hofke
R. Wilder Jr. said…
What an awesome haul! Glad to see you participating in NaPo and the giveaway. Please add me to the drawing.

Rodney Wilder
Andrea Blythe said…
Wow. Giving away groups of books takes this to a whole new level. Awesome!

– Andrea Blythe
andreablythe at hotmail dot com
Laurie Kolp said…
Please include me in your drawing.
Laurie Kolp
Brian Wong said…
This is very exciting Sarah; thanks for your generosity!

I'd love to be enter to win something; my name is Brian Wong and my e-mail is:

Have a Happy Poetry Month!
I'm so excited about the prospect of winning something in your BIG giveaway, especially your chapbook!

Thanks for entering my name in the drawing!

Marianne Mersereau - marianne4art(at)
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.
Anonymous said…
Well, I do very much hope this won't be your only attempt at 'this'.

Glad you do take part!

Patricia Dowell said…
Please enter me in the poetry giveaway -
Lissa Clouser said…
My goodness, go big for sure! Both packages sound incredible. Please toss my name in the hat!
Wow, you're joining the BPG circus with a bang, aren't you? Awesome! Please add my name to whichever receptacle you wind up drawing from!
L. D. said…
I'm sorry if this posts more than onvlce. Thanks for the follow on Twitter. I'd love to get in on this. Lesliedianebohn (a) gmail [dot] com
L. D. said…
I'm sorry if this posts more than onvlce. Thanks for the follow on Twitter. I'd love to get in on this. Lesliedianebohn (a) gmail [dot] com
Shawnte Orion said…
In case I'm not too late, I would also like to enter.
Ron Lewis said…
Sign me up! I'll cross my fingers. Ron Lewis, Vermont Poetry Newsletter
Thanks everyone! I'll do the drawing tomorrow, May 2, and post the winners!

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