Big Poetry Giveaway 2015 (closed)



I hope you had a great Poetry Month. Now, it’s May, and the winners are listed here.


Yes, it’s that time again–Poetry month and another Big Poetry Giveaway. Many thanks to Kelli for starting and continuing this tradition.

Here’s how it works: Leave a comment on this post any time during the month of April, and you’ll be entered to win one of two books.

The books

My book In Both Hands.
From the back of the book: “In her collection In Both Hands, Joannie Stangeland relentlessly, relentlessly constructs a mythopoetic world that is persistently doubled. Persistently broken. And filled with a very quiet violence. It’s not that Stangeland doesn’t love our world, but its stories “crumble under surf.” Its gods and ghosts won’t go away. And its reflections, doppelgangers, palimpsests, and halves make us ask, again and again: Is this a book of healing–or is this book a rending. It is perfectly and painfully both–“The sky” she tells us” mends itself. At the seam between worlds.” — Sarah Vap

Reading Novalis in Montana, by Melissa Kwasny.

I chose this book because it both took my breath and gave it back.

From the back of the book: “Melissa Kwasny’s work serves as a brilliant tonic, reminding us of the essential gravitas of poems of distinction. Hers present a richly textured surface and a deeply thought interior, and have a compass that deftly mingles the scholarly page with beauticians’ hopes and tobacco pouches; a naturalist’s tight focus with the wide gaze of a woman of the world; a lyricist’s gifts with a philosopher’s understandings. This is the real-deal stuff.” — Albert Goldbarth

To see a list of other sites that are giving away books for the Big Poetry Giveaway, visit Kelli’s blog.

And if you want to be a giver in the Big Poetry Giveaway, check out the guidelines.

A bit about me…

I’ve been working on my current manuscript for more than four years, which is better than not working on it.

I write slowly.

I often wish I were a visual artist, but then I want to spend my time working on poems.

I have several prose projects that haven’t gotten too far (I always want to get back to poetry).

I have a secret chocolate stash.

My husband has a winery and sometimes I help him, but I haven’t written much about wine. Instead, I drink the wine.

During April, I’ll post daily writing exercises. In other years, I’ve posted daily prompts–but trying to finish a poem in one day is too fast for me.

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  1. Allyson’s avatar

    Okay, I’ve won from your drawing two years in a row. Let’s see if I can make it three!

    -Allyson Whipple

  2. Robin A. Sams’s avatar

    Hi! Please enter me in your giveaway.

    If you like, you can enter my giveaway here:

  3. Theresa’s avatar

    Thank you so much for the opportunity, and Happy National Poetry Month! Your work sounds intriguing.

  4. Theresa’s avatar

    I forgot to share my email…very sorry. theresamacnaughton(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Dianne Alvine’s avatar

    I would absolutely love to win your book! Also, the other book sounds very interesting too. I wish a Happy Poetry Month to everyone. Thank you so much.

  6. barbara’s avatar

    These are such fun. Please put my name in the hat.

  7. esther’s avatar

    love your work!!

  8. C.A. LaRue’s avatar

    Sign me up for the draw!

  9. Linda EH’s avatar

    I chose this book because it both took my breath and gave it back…

    that is a great one sentence review that peeks my interest.

    Please enter me in the drawing. I’d be happy to receive either of these books.

    Linda Hofke

  10. Rodney Wilder’s avatar

    Glad to see you participating in NaPo and the giveaway! Please add me to the drawing.

    Rodney Wilder

  11. Laurie Kolp’s avatar

    Please include me in your drawing.
    Laurie Kolp

  12. Brian Wong’s avatar

    Hi Joannie!

    Thanks for doing this! My name is Brian Wong and my e-mail is:

    Happy Poetry Month!

  13. Marianne Mersereau’s avatar

    Hi Joanne,
    I’d love to enter your drawing! Glad to read that someone else besides me writes slowly! Hey, good things take time! Good luck with your writing projects and thanks for participating in the giveaway. Keep enjoying your wine and poetry! Cheers, Marianne Mersereau –

  14. Renee’s avatar

    i’d love to win! Renee Emerson thisquiethour AT gmail DOT com

  15. Jo Lightfoot’s avatar

    Please enter me in your generous drawing, and thanks!
    Both books sound wonderful and I loved the “bit about me” part of your post.

  16. Jon Desjardins’s avatar

    I’m slow to write and slow to think but this inspires me. Next year I hope to have something to share and give away. Thanks for putting in your voice to such a big idea!

    Please add me to your queue: Jon Desjardins-

  17. Annie Peters’s avatar

    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.

  18. Dhyan’s avatar

    Does the wine goes with the book, would you give a wine recommendation to to enjoy while reading?

    As you guessed I would LOVE to be in the draw.

  19. Michael A. Wells’s avatar

    Hi Joannine: Please enter me in the Poetry Month drawing. Thanks! Michael Wells

  20. Lucinda Lawson’s avatar

    I would love to be entered in your drawing. Both of these books sound wonderful. lucindyl at hotmail dot com

  21. Patricia L. Dowell’s avatar

    Yes, please, enter my name in your poetry giveaway. Thanks for this opportunity.

  22. Alison Jennings’s avatar

    Hi, synchronicity at work here: Was your recent classmate in Emily Warn’s class at Hugo House, and am working currently with Kelli; hope to see you both tomorrow (4/30) at QABC.

    Just discovered your fantabulous blog AND your Microsoft Office How-tos on YouTube. So helpful and inspiring at the same time!

    And writing slowly is not a flaw!

    p.s. I too have several abandoned fiction projects – poetry lures me back.

  23. Lissa Clouser’s avatar

    I would love to win and read either of these! Please enter me in your giveaway.

    By the way, I love love love this: “I’ve been working on my current manuscript for more than four years, which is better than not working on it.” Truer words were never spoken. =)

  24. Serena Saint-Marceaux’s avatar

    How intriguing those books sound! (Particularly your own. . .) Please enter me for the giveaway. Thank you!

    (I am the precise opposite – I love poetry and writing it, which I do occasionally, yet prose always steals me back quickly enough.)

  25. Ronald Lewis’s avatar

    Sign me up! I’ll cross my fingers. Ron Lewis, Vermont Poetry Newsletter

  26. joannie’s avatar

    Ronald, I’m so sorry! Poetry Month is now over (for this year), and the winners have been announced. (I’ve updated the post now to make this clearer.) Happy May to you!

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