My Big Poetry Giveaway


As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts this month, I’m thrilled to be hosting the Big Poetry Giveaway this year! Thanks again to Kelli Russell Agodon for letting me take over.

Yesterday’s post was all about the guidelines for participants. Today’s post is to tell you about the books I’m giving away this year.

But first, a little about me. I know I’ll see some familiar faces at the blog in the coming weeks, but Big Poetry Giveaway always brings me new friends, so I find it helpful to introduce myself.

Credit: Tova Charles Photography

In my poetry life, I’m the author of two chapbooks. The first, We’re Smaller Than We Think We Are, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013. The second, Come Into the World Like That, is forthcoming from Five Oaks Press. I also serve as co-editor of the Texas Poetry Calendar and occasionally teach poetry workshops around Texas and online.

By day, I teach business and technical communications and ESL at Austin Community College. When I’m not teaching, I’m a student, pursuing an MFA through the University of Texas at El Paso.

Beyond teaching and writing, I love practicing yoga, baking bread, and walking my dog. I’m one of those perpetually busy people. It’s just so hard to say no to things!

Now that I’ve introduced myself, here are the books I plan to give away:


One of my favorite things about having a chapbook is being able to send it to people as part of Big Poetry Giveaway! This is my first published book, and I’m happy to send a signed copy to whoever wins!


The second book I plan to give away is Jean Valentine’s new collection, Shirt in Heaven. Valentine is one of my all-time favorite poets, and this book does not disappoint. I look forward to being able to send this wonderful book to a winner!

To enter my giveaway, please comment with your name and email address by 11:59 p.m. Central on April 30th. I look forward to hearing from you and sending out some great poetry!

9 thoughts on “My Big Poetry Giveaway

  1. I liked Jean Valentine’s “Lucy” very much; an intriguing topic handled as delicately as the ancient bones. Good luck to all your entrants in this contest!

  2. I feel horrible about not being able to put together my own giveaway this year! I don’t even think I was able to update my blog even once in April. It’s been way too busy this year.
    But I would still love to get in under the deadline for a chance to win one of your giveaways, since you were awesome enough to host it!
    But I really wish I could go see your book launch in person.

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