Big Poetry Giveaway 2018


This year to celebrate national poetry month,  I’m once again participating in the Big Poetry Giveaway! To see a list of other participants + the original post, check out this blog: The Big Poetry Giveaway 2018

To participate in this giveaway, leave a comment with your NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS–also let me know which book you’d prefer! I’ll use a random number generator to choose two winners on April 30th.


Threshing Floor (Jacar Press 2016) by Renee Emerson
I’m giving away a copy of my second book, Threshing Floor, which is a poetic retelling of the book of Ruth from the perspectives of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz, among others.

Threshing Floor is a serious book of poems in series.  These retellings of the Biblical Naomi are compelling and soulful.”

— Denise Duhamel
Threshing Floor tells the story of three women, their vulnerability and displacement; it will grip and hold women.  But, please God, may the book also be read by men—lots of men—because these poems are models of empathy in a world that sorely needs it.”

— Jeanne Murray Walker, author of Helping the Morning: New and Selected Poems



The second book I’m giving away is a chapbook by a friend and I would only EVER giveaway a copy of this because I have a second copy..


The Education of a Girl by Heather Cadenhead

You can read my full review of her book HERE, and  this is a short excerpt from the review: The Education of a Girl, Heather Cadenhead’s second chapbook of poetry, is a search for independence. Self-aware, full of yearning, the poems in this collection examine a woman’s place in society and her straining against that place. The tone of the chapbook is reminiscent of The Awakening by Kate Chopin or To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.

I still give this chapbook 5 stars!



Good luck and happy poetry month!




The Big Poetry Giveaway 2015



I am a Southerner, a poet, mom of 2 daughters (with another on the way), a wife, a believer, an English professor, the oldest of three daughters.

I believe in singing each and every day, a clean kitchen, and  the ever-sustaining powers of coffee.

I like baking things with my daughters, long walks in spring weather, the power of syntax, honest-to-goodness letters, and when it rains all day long.

I am always looking for: yardsale vintage typewriters, poets I’ve never read before, the quiet moments in busy days

My writing process is translating the beauty in the every-day



Book 1: Keeping Me Still, by Renee Emerson

Keeping Me Still FlatI am giving away a copy of my book, Keeping Me Still (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014).

Keeping Me Still is about being a wife, mother, sister, daughter in the South; the spiritual and physical wrestling with questions that are only answered in the living through them.

A sample poem:


I spend my days at the farmhouse.
Always the sound of cows;
at night, the dreams of cows.

Their paths through the grass,
the way they watch
when we walk in the yard.

The blue wildflowers break
underfoot; a first frost, winter’s ritual.

At church the other women
say I should know, by now,
my baby’s differing cries.
That I should be well-versed
in the language of need.

Among the cows, a line of geese
moves through the blank repetition
of pasture. Modest as nuns.
Finally, one rises to flare its wings.


for my second book giveaway–

Book 2:  Best New Poets 2014“Best New Poets is an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers. Each year, a guest editor selects 50 poems from nominations made by literary magazines and writing programs, as well as an open internet competition.”

I think this series is a great read, not only because of all the fresh voices included, but also to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening in poetry today.

A sample poem:

The Mackerel
by Carey Russell

They lie in parallel, a fabric
of tails and heads, each inch
iridescent like sunlight

on gasoline. Their eyes,
a frozen phalanx
of the same singular

expression, push outward,
watery prismatics in a soap
bubble. Grey shadows

tiger-stripe the scales
into radiant sections,
a lived wallpaper.

Even now they appear
to be bolting forward.
How happy they seem to be

together, a collected self,
selfless. They don’t care
they’re dead, ice-packed

in a mold-pocked crate
dripping on Canal Street.
We talk as if death were a line

to be crossed. But look at them.
Tell me where they end.




To enter to win a book, please leave your name and email address by midnight, April 30th, 2014, in the comments of this post, and I’ll draw two names from a hat the week of May 1st, 2014.

Don’t forget to check out Kelli Russell Agodon’s blog where she has the complete list of poetry blogs participating in the giveaway this year. Good luck and happy poetry month!