I am kicking things of this year by announcing that my blog is participating in the Big Poetry Giveaway started by Kelli Russell Agodon. Check out her blog, Book of Kells, for more information and to get a list of all the blogs participating.
Here is how it works: On May 1st I will be giving away two books by drawing two names at random. To enter you just have to make a comment on this post. Your comment should include your name and an email address I can reach you at if you do in fact win. You have until 11:59 PM EST on April 30th to enter. On May 1st, I will put the names into a hat and pick two winners. I will then mail you the book that you won. I will ship anywhere in the world. This is a great way to promote poetry and get more people reading both poetry and poetry blogs.
I am calling my giveaway "the Big GAY Poetry Giveaway" because I have selected two gay titles to give out. The original idea is that you, the blogger, give out your own book and a favorite book. Since I do not have my own book, I am going to giveaway a copy of the first issue of the gay poetry magazine Assaracus. This was published on January 1st and includes a series by me titled "Confessions of an Open Relationship." It also includes work by many other fine gay poets. I will also be giving away a copy of James L. White's The Salt Ecstasies, which is one of my favorite poetry books I have read in the last few months.
I'm excited to participate this year and hope many will enter. Again, just make a comment on this post and I will announce the winners on May 1st!
-Stephen (You get a poetry book, and you get a poetry book, and you get a poetry book)