The Big Poetry Giveaway 2011

This year, I’m celebrating the Big Poetry Giveaway 2011 organized by the lovely and talented Kelli Russell Agodon.  Instead of two books, I will be giving away three!  All you have to do is leave a comment to let me know that you want your name thrown in a hat (or in a random number generator — I have to figure out how to use that!).  Make sure that you leave contact information, if you don’t have a blog!

Book Number One: The Forest of Sure Things (Tupelo Press 2010) by Megan Snyder-Camp.  Winner of the Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse Award, Megan Snyder-Camp’s surreal story of a new family settling into a remote village on the Northwest Coast.  Not a straight narrative of the past, this book is layered with contemporary looks at what it means to be a wife and mother in today’s world.  A great read!

Book Number Two: Find the Girl (Coffee House Press 2010) by Lightsey Darst.  If you are a fan of Temper by Beth Bachmann or I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl by Karyna McGlynn, Find the Girl may be for you! And besides, Darst’s book is one of the few poetry books to actually make the pages of Entertainment Weekly — can you believe that?!!!

Book Number Three: How the Crimes Happened (Cavankerry Press) by Dawn Potter.  Potter’s work was new to me, and I was glad I picked up her newest book, which is a great collection of works that explore loss and love in their complicated and often, frustrating forms.

Again, please leave a comment if you would liked to be entered!



  1. Always happy to be thrown in a hat (or a random number generator)! So glad you are participating!

  2. margo roby Said:

    Kathleen looks lonely in that hat. Toss me in too, please.

  3. Wow! All three of those look great. Thanks for doing this, Karen! Please put my name in the drawing.

  4. Erin Said:

    Okay I want to be entered only because I LOVE The Forest of Sure Things sooooo much that I completely trust the other two books you’ve chosen will blow me away!

  5. E Stelling Said:

    I would love to be in on one of these books! I like what Kelli is doing. I am also going to check out your blog, and read your poetry…thanks for this!

  6. Desiree. Said:

    Please add me!

  7. Gale Said:

    These sound so interesting. I’d love to win!

  8. Please enter my name into the drawing. And I’m about to announce the books I’ll be giving away too.

  9. Renee Said:

    i’m not familiar with any of those authors, but i’d love to give them a try!

  10. Would love to be in your drawing. Thank you.


  11. Danka Said:

    Those all look great. Good choices. Put me in.

  12. Jo Said:

    I’d love to be entered into the draw. Count me in ! 🙂


  13. I’m more than happy with either book, as they sound lush. Count me in for the draw please. Thank you so much, and Happy Spring. xx

  14. Laura Said:

    Count me in!

    Thanks 🙂

  15. Justin Evans Said:

    I’m game, too. Please put me into the mix

  16. Dhyan Said:

    O, Interesting selection,
    they all seem to stir something in my belly.

    I will be happy to be a part of your draw.


  17. Count me in! Please!!!

    Feel free to stop by my place for a chance at more books.

  18. Ev Said:

    Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!
    evfhanna at gmail

  19. renkath Said:

    Please add my name to your list for the giveaway. (I am giving away, too)…

  20. All of those do look good, especially Lightsey Darst, who does great work. Please count me in, and thanks for doing this.

  21. Would love to be a part of this drawing! I’ve got a giveaway going at my blog, too!

  22. deborah Said:

    Please add my name to the hat. Thanks!

  23. Hi Karen! Happy Spring. Please enter me in your drawing.

  24. nandinidh Said:

    Please count me in! Thanks!

  25. Mary Virginia Cooley Said:

    I’d love to get in on the giveaway – my name is Mary Virginia Cooley and my email address is mcooley(at)! Happy National Poetry Month!

  26. Angela Said:

    I’d like to enter, please. Thanks! 🙂

  27. catiporter Said:

    Count me in as well! Thanks much.

  28. I love Dawn Potter, my fellow Mainer, but I’d love to win any of these. Please enter my name…many thanks.

  29. Tess Duncan Said:

    Good book selections. Count me in. Thank you!

    I have a 365 poetry project in progress, just reached the halfway mark at


  30. dryadart Said:

    I hope you haven’t picked a winner yet! Please enter me too! BTW did you know Dave Bonta is doing a fab collaboration with Jen Schlick, an amazing photographer? I can’t wait for her upcoming exhibit!

  31. Barry Napier Said:

    Please enter me as well.

    Also, feel free to throw your name in my hat over at my blog where I am also participating!

  32. Valerie Said:

    I’d love to be entered in this give away! is pretty easy to use 🙂 .

    I just put a giveaway up over at my blog also, if you want to check it out.

  33. Carol Said:

    Hi Karen
    Please count me in!
    thanks Carol

  34. David Walsh Said:

    Thanks for your generosity, Karen! Count me in.

    David Walsh

  35. is my poetry and performance blog.

    I want to be a winner!

    russell.evatt (at) gmail (dot) com

  36. ace mulvahil Said:

    iwant to participate in the Poetry Giveaway

    and love your work

  37. Please include me.

    And please click over to my place and sign up for my giveaway.

  38. jama Said:

    *diving into the hat*

    Thanks for doing this!

    Happy Poetry Month!

  39. Elizabeth Austen Said:

    Hi, Karen–Please add my name to the list. I already have the other two books, so would love to be in the running for Dawn Potter’s book. (Thanks for signing up for my giveaway!)
    Elizabeth Austen

  40. Now, to the untrained eye it may appear that signing up for your drawing on the very last day of National Poetry Month is the ultimate in procrastination, but if you’ll squint very hard, you’ll see something too blurry to decisively qualify as procrastination. 🙂

    Do I need to explicitly ask to enter the drawing? I suppose I should, just to be safe. Please enter me in the drawings. I’d love to receive any of these books.

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