Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Big Poetry Giveaway

Those of you who know me, know that I write poetry as well as fiction and creative non-fiction.  Recently, three of my poems were selected for Clover: A Literary Rag, Volume 5, Spring 2013.  There will be a reading, which I will announce on my website: 

Most of the poetry I write is about my dysfunctional family, divorce, and other losses.  Also I write about my spiritual quest.  I know, this sounds depressing, but in my experience, it's writing from that "white-hot place" that has the most power.  When we dig into where the hurt lingers, even if we don't write about the hurt, we get great writing. Given that, I like reading poetry and prose that takes emotional risk.

For the Big Poetry Giveaway I'm sharing the following books:
(1) In the Convent We Become Clouds by Annette Spaulding-Convy.  I love this book and I love its origins.  Annette was part of a Roman Catholic Religious order when she was a young woman.  These poems convey experiences and ponderings drawn from that time in her life.
(2) Want by Rick Barot is filled with imagery and detail.  I'm particularly excited by the forms Barot uses in crafting poetry.  As a fiction writer, I especially love the short-short form, playing with space on the page, the numbered collage, and the alphabetical essay.  Poetry and short fiction have this in common.  I appreciate Barot's eclectic style and exploration of desire.

If you want to read more about The Big Poetry Giveaway, go to the following link:

If you are interested in poetry readings in Bellingham during Poetry Month, check out Village Books.  There'll be a number of great readings this April.

If you are interested in writing Memoir with me at Whatcom Community College this April, check out the website:  The class starts 4/25 and runs for three weeks.We will be using the short-short form to write memoir.  Abigail Thomas's book Safe Keeping is our primary example...if you haven't read her book, it's a treat.

Keep writing and see you around town at poetry readings,


katrina said...

i've love to play! thanks...! katrina
and visit me, too:

Alexandra Williams said...
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Alexandra Williams said...

Hi Nancy
Happy Poetry Month and please include me in your draw!
If you would like to check out the scribbling of my muses’s scribe, recent posts are on facebook 'Alexandra J Cornwell - Poet'. Last September I discovered the fun of 'drabbles' (100-word microfiction also on facebook at 'Byron Short Fiction 'Drabble' Writers'). I am finding inspiration in applying that format to non-fiction historical and current affairs topics. I suppose poetry it has been my way of blogging, though I’ve been inspired by looking through this great range of poetry blogs to getting my own happening (The Drabble Writer’s Table ) and also get on with getting organized to publish some of my scribbles properly. Plan to 'play it forward' next year! - Alexandra

Anonymous said...

Nice to meet you! Please enter me in the drawing!


Deborah K. Hammond said...

Thanks for the offerings! I'd love to win. : )

Michael said...

Please add my name to the drawing! Thanks!

Renee said...

add me in please!
thisquiethour at gmail dot com

Andrew said...

Thanks for doing this!

Bet said...

Oh I would love to win the Convent one!

luvbritlit at gmail dot com

Kay Kae said...

I have not had the chance to read any contemporary poetry. I don't know who or where to begin. Entering this contest seemed like a good way to start. Thank you very much for participating in this give away.


Ron Lewis said...

Nancy: Please sign me up for your book giveaway! If I happen to be lucky enough to be an honored winner this year and receive one of your two book selections, I will thank you personally and through my Vermont Poetry Newsletter (& Poetry Event Calendar), which now receives over 1M hits/year. I'd be crazy-excited to win any of the two books! I'll be crossing my fingers and hope to soon find one of your personal selections in my personal poetry library! Thank you so much for being a part of the 2013 Book Giveaway! Ron Lewis, VPN Editor (

Nandini said...

Please count me in! Thanks, Nandini

Shawnte Orion said...

Ooh, I almost didn't notice that you were giving away Annette's book. Please count me in.