Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Big GAY Poetry Giveaway 2011!

Tomorrow is April 1st, which means it is the beginning of National Poetry Month. This is one of my favorite months on my blog because I try even harder to devote posts to promoting poetry and discussing various issues in the poetry world. I typically write more posts this month than any other.

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!

Good luck!

-Stephen (You get a poetry book, and you get a poetry book, and you get a poetry book)


  1. We are one.
    Chiara Ojeda

  2. It's nice to see you including the re-release of White's "The Salt Ecstasies." I have the original edition on my shelf, and have read it more than once. Someone will be very happy to get that book, I predict.

    Best wishes.
    Art Durkee

  3. I'm excited!

    Count me in.

  4. Yay! I'm in.

    Anyone interested can visit my blog for another chance to win.

  5. Please add me to your contest. You can contact me by posting on or entering my contest on my blog:
    You can contact me on Facebook: Opw Fredericks

  6. Please count me in, and thank you for doing this! (eldritch1313 at yahoo dot com)

  7. It is long time now that I wanted t read assasracus.

    will be happy to be in your list

    (you can stop by my place. I guess you can call mine The WomenGiveaway ;) )

  8. Thanks for the entries! Keep them coming and spread the word.

  9. I'd love to be considered. As a gay poet living in Montana, it's nice to see something like this happening. Free, gay, and poetry.

    Thanks again, Stephen!


  10. Hi, Stephen. It's Amy Watkins. I stumbled upon your blog while posting my own poetry book giveaway on Kelli's blog. Yours was the comment right above mine!

    We're giving away books by Debra Kang Dean and Steve Kronen at Red Lion Square:

  11. Amy,

    How strange is that? Well, I'm glad you found it. I will have to check out your site.

  12. I'd love to get in on the giveaway - my name is Mary Virginia Cooley and my email address is mcooley(at)gustavus(dot)edu! Happy National Poetry Month!

  13. Though I'm well aware that it's unnecessary, I decided to write a haiku as part of my entry.

    Poetry is gay
    Joe's Jacket Blog is gay too
    That's why we love you

    -Ricky Howell-

  14. Please add me to your draw.

  15. is my poetry and performance blog.

    I want to be a winner!

    russell.evatt (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. want to participate in the Poetry Giveaway- hope i win the wonderful books!
    Alan K

  17. I always enjoy reading your blog, Stephen, and learning about your perspectives on an interesting array of topics. Keep it up!

    Brian Crimmins

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