National Poetry Month: Big Poetry Giveaway 2014

2014 Poetry Giveaway
I’m participating in The Big Poetry Giveaway for 2014.

Poet Kelli Russell Agodon started a wonderful tradition for National Poetry Month: The Big Poetry Giveaway. Because really, who doesn’t love getting something for free? And to me, National Poetry Month is all about putting poetry into people’s hands.

So,  I’m giving away two copies of my book, Every Dress a Decision, and two of my current favorite collection, Kim-An Lieberman’s In Orbit.

Cover of In Orbit

        Every Dress a Decision cover

Here’s how to participate in the Big Poetry Giveaway

If you’d like to be entered to win In Orbit or Every Dress a Decision, please use the comments section of this post to leave:

1. Your name and email address

2. Which title you’d like to win


Do this by midnight (Hawaii time), April 30, 2014.  I’ll randomly choose FOUR lucky winners the week of May 1, 2014 and will mail a book to each winner. Remember, if you don’t leave me your email address, I won’t be able to let you know you won.

And if you have a blog, and want to participate in The Big Poetry Giveaway 2014 and send (at least) two books of poems out into the world, learn more about that here.


Kim-An Lieberman and IN ORBIT

Cover of In Orbit

People in the know (and by this I mean small-press publishers,  independent bookstore owners and devoted readers) say that poetry finds its audience one reader (or, I would add, listener) at a time. With new books, it’s mostly up to the poet to take her book from place to place, giving public readings.

One of the great pleasures of my role at KUOW 94.9 — and now as Washington’s poet laureate — is to help connect other poets’  poems to reader/listeners.

Once a month on KUOW, I present the work of a Pacific Northwest poet. This month I featured two poems by the late Kim-An Lieberman, who passed away in December 2013, a few weeks before her tremendous second collection, IN ORBIT, was published by Blue Begonia Press.

You can listen online. I hope you will. These poems resonate with each re-reading, each re-hearing.

Jack Straw will host a reading of Kim-An’s poems in Seattle on May 4, at 2p. I’ll post more information about that as it becomes available.