5th Annual Big Poetry Book Giveaway

29 Mar

big poetry giveaway 2014

And you thought nothing could make April better. It’s that time: The Big Poetry Giveaway (which you will never see me call the same thing twice). Started by Kelli Russell Agodon, the Giveaway has steadily grown to about 50 or so bloggers who each give away 2 books [or more] to their readers. Some bloggers give away subscriptions to poetry journals. As Kelli says, The goal is to share our favourite poets with others as well as to visit different blogs and see who others are reading.  For more, visit Kelli’s site Book of Kells and sign up for her books.

For readers who are visiting because they are on the Big Poetry Giveaway trail, welcome. Briefly, I am a writer who thoroughly enjoys keeping a blog because of the wonderful people I meet. The blog has three purposes: on Tuesday I present an exercise which, hopefully, results in a poem; on Thursday I provide links and some editorial comment on various things poetic; and on Fridays I give a roundup of the week’s poetry prompt sites.

The rest of my time is spent writing poetry, submitting poetry, having poetry accepted and rejected, and working towards a chapbook.

The official start of the Big Poetry Giveaway is now and will last through April 30, 2014.

Leave a comment, in this post, saying you would like to win a book and your email [so I can get in touch with you if you are one of the winners of the draw], anytime before the end of April, and at the end of the month, I will randomly choose three winners and mail them out the books. I shall put reminders in upcoming posts.

Make sure you enter your email when you leave a comment and note which book you would be interested in winning if you do win [you can leave it up to me, but if you already have one of the books you might want to let me know]. I will pick three winners on May 1st.

I have a diverse collection for you: A volume of the Found Poetry Review because I like found poetry and I have a couple of poems in this volume; A Brittle Thing, a lovely volume of poems by Alice Owen Duggan; and my favourite book this year, I Am the Maker of all sweetened possum: poetry found in Scarlet Sister Mary, a book of erasures and blackouts set within visual contexts, by james w. moore.

Sound good? Well, put your name in the hat.

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85 responses to “5th Annual Big Poetry Book Giveaway

  1. sonjajohanson10

    29/03/2014 at 10:07 am

    Hey Margo! I just got a copy of “Possum” – to all your readers, you want this chapbook! It’s incredible! James does it all, the poetry, the artwork, and his intro is such a fantastic look into process. If you don’t win Margo’s give away, just go buy it!

    • margo roby

      29/03/2014 at 10:25 am

      Hey back! It is fabulous, isn’t it? I treasure my copy.

      What Sonja says, everyone.

  2. anumshafique

    29/03/2014 at 10:14 am

    I would love to win a book 🙂
    my email address is
    Anum Shafique

    • margo roby

      29/03/2014 at 10:24 am

      You’re the lead-off, Anum 🙂

  3. georgeplace2013

    29/03/2014 at 11:01 am

    I would love any of them. Debi…

  4. Pamela

    29/03/2014 at 11:37 am

    Hi Margo, count me in, please. How are you my sweet lady? I hope well. I will be following you this April to read your lovely poems. I will be writing, but probably not posting every day, but there be some sort of mished mashed draft in my journal. Some I will post and others will remain hidden.

    ( I have been writing in my “new” journal every since that fateful day in January.) It surely has been quite the journey.

    Pamela ox

    • margo roby

      29/03/2014 at 12:17 pm

      Hello dear friend. So glad to see you out and about.

      I am not sure I’m even going to want to claim what I write this April! Wait ’til you see the prompts. It’s good to know you will be there with me.


  5. julespaige

    29/03/2014 at 12:45 pm

    Okey Dokey… any one, your choice.

    One of these days I’m gonna have to actually put a chap book together (other than stapling some pages between clear report covers). I keep looking for an agent, but well you know they don’t want to be found or only want high profile famous folks.

    • margo roby

      29/03/2014 at 12:46 pm

      Hey! You’re high profile in my book.

      Okay, you’re on the list.

  6. whimsygizmo

    29/03/2014 at 12:46 pm

    I don’t like hats. May I put my name in a sock?
    If so, Brittle or Found or Possum (per endorsement above) for me, please. 😉

    • margo roby

      29/03/2014 at 12:47 pm

      Of course. I have several nifty ones to choose from. I shall choose a sock and there your name will be.

  7. Allyson

    29/03/2014 at 2:08 pm

    Happy Poetry Month! I’d be thrilled to win any of these.

  8. Laura E. Davis

    29/03/2014 at 5:33 pm

    yay! this is so much fun. great choices! happy poetry month!

    email is: lauraelizabethdavis+bpg [at] gmail [dot] com

    • margo roby

      29/03/2014 at 7:10 pm

      It is fun, isn’t it! Happy Poetry Month to you, too.

  9. rloudon

    29/03/2014 at 6:59 pm

    Hi ho! I’d like to play.

  10. Deborah Hammond

    29/03/2014 at 10:18 pm

    Hulloooooo! Please do enter me in your drawing. Thanks so much for playing. Hope there’s something on my site that interests you too. Best, deb

    • margo roby

      30/03/2014 at 5:34 am

      Helloooooo back! Your name is in and I will visit when I reach the west coast. Today is travel day!

  11. teklaluchenski

    30/03/2014 at 2:41 am

    Hi! I`d love to be in on this! Thanks!

  12. markwindham

    30/03/2014 at 11:45 am

    well, of course I would like a book. 🙂 Now if I could just find time to write some of my own…been quite the drought of a month. Maybe today…

    • margo roby

      30/03/2014 at 7:51 pm

      I should think so! I’ve had a drought of, well, never mind. But, yes, maybe today 😉

  13. Jessica Goodfellow

    30/03/2014 at 6:03 pm

    I’m really interested in erasures and found poetry. Thanks for your generosity.

    • margo roby

      30/03/2014 at 7:54 pm

      Do check out the Found Poetry Review, if you don’t know it.

  14. Kimberley McGill

    30/03/2014 at 6:31 pm

    love this give-a-way and discovering poet’s blogs! I’m in!

    • margo roby

      30/03/2014 at 7:49 pm

      I do too! Your name is in the hat.

  15. andreakbeltran

    31/03/2014 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway, Margo. Have a great week! Andrea Beltran –

    • margo roby

      31/03/2014 at 12:09 pm

      My pleasure. Good to see you, Andrea!

  16. jeff.

    01/04/2014 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks for making the giveaway possible.

  17. Linda Hofke

    02/04/2014 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Margo! I’d like the copy of The Found Poetry Review or “Possum”.


  18. Kory Wells

    02/04/2014 at 11:13 pm

    Some interesting-sounding choices, Margo. I’d be happy with any of them! I also invite you to my giveaway at

  19. ianchandler

    03/04/2014 at 2:38 pm

    I would very much like a book!

  20. TintedRose

    03/04/2014 at 9:13 pm

    These are all awesome! Would love any of them

  21. rachelthomson24

    04/04/2014 at 7:53 am

  22. ellenrobertsyoung

    04/04/2014 at 10:55 am

    Very interesting books. And I’m pleased to discover your interesting website.

  23. Carole Mertz

    04/04/2014 at 11:25 am

    Would love to win a poetry book or subscription. Thanks.

  24. katrina roberts

    04/04/2014 at 1:42 pm

    What great selections!! I’d love to play! xo

  25. Carol Steel

    04/04/2014 at 2:52 pm

    I’d love to win.

  26. Marianne Mersereau

    05/04/2014 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Margo! Happy Poetry Month to you! I look forward to exploring your site and learning from you and definitely wish to have my name added to the drawing for the fabulous books you describe. Thank you! Marianne Mersereau –

    • margo roby

      05/04/2014 at 7:36 pm

      Marianne, you are added. Welcome to my place!


  27. thebripod27

    06/04/2014 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Margo, I would love to win the found poetry volume. Thanks so much for doing this. My name is Brian Wong and my e-mail is: Happy Poetry Month!

    • margo roby

      06/04/2014 at 9:56 pm

      You’re in, Brian. Good luck. Happy Poetry Month to you!

  28. Michelle Murrish

    09/04/2014 at 2:37 pm

    Glad I found your blog.

  29. lynnpedersenpoetry

    09/04/2014 at 3:13 pm

    Sign me up, and feel free to enter my giveaway as well!

    Like your blog idea!

    • margo roby

      09/04/2014 at 3:17 pm

      You’re signed, Lynn.

      Thanks for the invite. I’m behind getting myself on lists this year.

  30. Dhyan

    12/04/2014 at 4:48 am

    here is something unique r. Found.
    Yes. Please!
    Count me in

    (also, I was too late to officially join but am taking an outsider part in the giveaway so you are welcome to check if you see something fitting)

    • margo roby

      12/04/2014 at 11:37 am

      You are counted.

      I’m heading your way.

  31. stimmyabby

    12/04/2014 at 6:34 pm

    I’m Abby. My email is
    This is so awesome! 😀

    • margo roby

      12/04/2014 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Abby. Welcome. It is fun, isn’t it!

  32. Priyanci Srivastava

    13/04/2014 at 4:26 am

    I’d really love to win any of these books. Thanks a lot, sir 🙂

  33. Priyanci Srivastava

    13/04/2014 at 4:48 am

    I’m so sorry for the mistake, ma’am. Please, forgive me! 😦

    • margo roby

      13/04/2014 at 10:25 am

      No problem, Priya. I have your name down. 🙂

  34. Priyanci Srivastava

    13/04/2014 at 11:44 am


  35. feywriter

    14/04/2014 at 12:33 pm

    I love poetry month! Would love to win a volume of the Found Poetry Review.

  36. Michael Wells

    16/04/2014 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Margo, they all sound great. Please add me to the list. Thanks!

  37. Lissa Clouser

    20/04/2014 at 9:40 pm

    Loving the giveaways! Please toss my name in. =)

    Lissa Clouser

  38. robinasams

    22/04/2014 at 10:45 pm

    Please enter me in the giveaway! My name is Robin A. Sams and e-mail is

  39. jennifer

    24/04/2014 at 10:12 pm

    Hello. I would love to participate in your blog giveaway. 🙂
    thank you

    • margo roby

      25/04/2014 at 7:12 am

      Hi, Jennifer. I have you down 🙂

  40. Andrew Albert J. Ty

    26/04/2014 at 6:04 am

    Please count me in, and thank you for doing this. I was going to say I’d prefer the Moore, but all of these sound good.

  41. Kelli Russell Agodon

    30/04/2014 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for participating, Margo! Do add me to the drawing! thank you!

    • margo roby

      30/04/2014 at 11:22 am

      Always my pleasure, Kelli. I didn’t think anyone would be later than I, signing up! I went around yesterday.

  42. Joseph Harker

    30/04/2014 at 3:11 pm

    Making the last minute rounds to throw my name in, now that the month’s drafting is done…!

    • margo roby

      30/04/2014 at 3:14 pm

      I know what you mean, Joseph. I only felt relaxed enough to do that, yesterday. You anchor the group at number 40!


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