Big Poetry Giveaway! 2014

April 3, 2014 — 32 Comments

big poetry giveaway 2014

I am giving away two books through the Big Poetry Giveaway 2014, part of April National Poetry Month and started by Kelli Russell Agodon (more information on Kelli and a link to her blog with details about participating bloggers).


–Anyone with a blog can giveaway 2 books of poems. (The first can be the blogger’s own poetry book. The second must be a book by a favorite poet.)
–Anyone can enter any or all of the giveaways.

Books will be mailed (at no cost to you) anywhere in the world, so leave a comment on my blog to enter (link is at the top of the page under the blog entry title). Also, visit Kelli’s blog for a list of all bloggers participating. You can enter each blogger’s giveaway!

The goal is to share our favorite poets with others as well as to visit different blogs and see who others are reading.

The giveaway runs through April 30th, 2014. The week of May 1, I will choose 2 winners through a random number generator and email you to let you know you have won.

**If you want to participate with your own blog, see Kelli’s site for information on how to sign up by Saturday, April 5, 2014!


I am giving away a copy of my chapbook, Theories of Rain.

Theories of Rain

Theories of Rain

From the book cover:

Lynn Pedersen is fascinated with science, and she often uses the images, facts and language of science as a vocabulary with which to explore other things, the nature of grief, parenthood, communication, the concept of distance. Here one finds Darwin, lunar impact craters, constellations, and poems about language, miscarriage, Michelangelo and Turner, middle age. There’s an incredible vitality in these poems and an abiding intelligence–of ther heart as well as the mind–that makes Theories of Rain a rich and complex collection. ~ Nancy Eimers



The second book is by Arlene Kim, What have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes? (Milkweed Editions)

I heard Arlene read at AWP 2013 in Boston. Her book takes the language of fairy tales and myths and weaves poems that address immigration, the family, the self, and the narratives we tell ourselves. A computer created the last poem in the book by taking the vocabulary of Arlene’s poems and reworking her language for a computer-generated poem that mimics the author’s syntax, grammar, and diction.


From Amazon:

In her stunning debut poetry collection, What have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes?, Arlene Kim confronts the ways in which language mythologizes memory and, thus, exiles us from our own true histories. Juxtaposing formal choices and dreamlike details, Kim explores the entangled myths that accompany the experience of immigration—the abandoned country known only through stories, the new country into which the immigrant family must wander ever deeper, and the numerous points where these narratives intertwine.

Sharing ground with Randall Jarrell’s later poems, and drawing on a dizzying array of sources—including Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Korean folklore, Turkish proverbs, Paul Celan, Anna Akhmatova, Antonin Dvorak’s letters, and the numerous fictions we script across the inscrutabilities of the natural world—Kim reveals how a homesickness for the self is universal. It is this persistent and incurable longing that drives us as we make our way through the dark woods of our lives, following what might or might not be a trail of breadcrumbs, discovering, finally, that “we are the only path.”


Happy poetry month!


32 responses to Big Poetry Giveaway! 2014


    Signing up!


    sign me up!

    andreakbeltran April 7, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Lynn, I loved your Theories of Rain. Many of the poems helped me with my own grief on a long journey with infertility. Thank you for your writing.

    I’d love to participate in your blog giveaway. Thanks for this opportunity. – Andrea Beltran,


    Thanks for coming by, Lynn–what a fun thing to do!


    Happy Poetry Month! Please add me to your giveaway.


    I’m here! Thanks for reminding me there are lists to get on.


    Oh, I would love to have your chapbook!


    Would love a copy of either collection!


    I love rain and would love to have your theories about it too.

    thank you

    (also, I was all too late to join the Giveaway! officially but decided to pirate it and will be giving away few books. Feel welcomed to drop by and see if there is something in there for you)


    These both sound great. Count me in!


    Andrea Blythe – andreablythe at hotmail dot com

    *crosses fingers*


    I’d love the chance to win either one of these, thanks for doing this! My name is Brian Wong and my e-mail is:


    Hi, please enter me in your drawing – hope to see you at mine too. : )


    Lynn, I am late getting to your party, but it was worth the journey. Although the deadline is past, the Amtrak grants sound fascinating!! Thanks so much and sign me on for the rest of this ride!


      Hi Diane, I read recently that the Amtrak grants have an ongoing deadline for this next year, until end of March 2015. Not too late to sign up! Look up Amtrak Residencies on Google. I entered you in the giveaway. Thanks for stopping by. -Lynn


    Throw my name in the hat please. Thank you!


    Hi Lynn,
    I hope I am a winner of your chapbook, “Theories of Rain!” That sounds awesome. I would relish winning either book you are giving away. Thank you so much! Marianne Mersereau,


    These both sound fantastic! I hope to win one! Please toss my name into the drawing as well.


    Please count me in – I have strong math/science leanings, so your book sounds especially interesting!


    Please count me in, and thanks for doing this!


    Last minute entry here. Hope I didn’t miss the cutoff. Would love to win any of these.

    Mary W. Jensen


    Add me in! Thank you for participating!!


    Please toss my name in the hat! ~ thanks, Rachel.


    In at the last second! Please consider me for your giveaway. Please and thank you ^_^

    Rodney Wilder

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