Friday, March 27, 2015

April Activities and 2 FREE Poetry Books for National Poetry Month (Leave a comment to get your name in the drawing!)

Every year around this time I feel like a CPA (not that I can crunch numbers or anything) because April is to me like I guess it must be for them: CRAZY BUSY. Only I earn no fat paycheck. My reward is way better, though. It's the satisfaction of knowing that I did everything I could as a poet to honor National Poetry Month. And it's fun, too. Here are a few things I'll participate in this year. Read to the end and learn how you can win 2 free poetry books.

1. The Found Poetry Review's PoMoSco. Each day, poems found in different ways will appear on the PoMoSco site under my name. I hope to move up to top rank by the end of April. Maybe I can fulfill my Girl Scout Laureate Scout dreams.

2. Poetic Asides Poem-a-Day (PAD) Challenge. I always love this. Guest judges will select top poems for each day, which will then be compiled into a book courtesy of Words Dance Publishing.

3. Kelli Agodon's Big Poetry Giveway. This one is new to me and I'm thrilled about it. You can read the details below this picture. You can also participate if you'd like. Go to Kelli's blog and find out how. 

So everyone who signs up is giving away 2 poetry books. I'm giving away Helen Losse's Seriously Dangerous and my complete collection of poetry, Upon the Blue Couch. No matter where you live, if you win I'll ship these books to you for free! You must leave a comment with your email address to enter.

If you are reading this post, the giveaway has begun. Again, all you have to do is leave a comment below with your name and email address. You have until midnight April 30. I will draw a winner the first week of May. If you are interested in participating in the big poetry giveaway, check out this post or this one.

A little about myself now with borrowed interview questions from Kelli and Allyson Whipple.

Welcome! As you can see from the banner, my name is Laurie Kolp. I am a wife and mother of three children. I'm the president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and am involved with the Poetry Society of Texas.

Last year I: Ran over 100 miles in 6 weeks.

I believe in UFOs and mermaids because I watched some documentaries that have me convinced!

I am always looking for chocolate.

People think I am sweet.

I recently cursed the oak trees in my yard (while bagging oak pollen) even though I LOVE them.

If I could live anywhere it would have to be tropical.

I do not do cartwheels anymore.

I am thankful for this sunny day.

I cheer for my alma mater Texas A&M... gig 'em.

To me, success is being happy with less.

My writing sometimes overpowers everything else.

I am most like a river.

Oh, yeah. In April, I'm also taking a poetry class, attending a week-long poetry retreat, speaking at a writer's meeting, attending readings, along with all the end-of-year activities for my three kids. Maybe I will feel as tired and drained as a CPA when April is over. It's so worth it, though.

What do you have planned for April?


Gail said...

It's good to be busy doing what you love.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow, your April has me exhausted just reading the list of events. However, you are young, you can totally handle it, LOL. Oh what a giveaway - all your books! Lovely, Laurie. I already have your Blue Couch book and it is wonderful. My email is

Jessica Goodfellow said...

I love National Poetry Month. Please sign me up for your giveaway. Jessica Goodfellow And please check out my giveaway

Cathy Warner said...

It's nice to discoed your blog through the big poetry giveaway. Please include me in your drawing;; and enter my drawing if you'd like:

Laurie Kolp said...

Thanks Gail, Sherry,Jessica and Cathy.

Lisa / Smallest Leaf said...

Hello friend! I was pleasantly surprised to find you on Twitter this morning thanks to NaPoWriMo following you, and now have discovered your blog, too! Great stuff, Laurie! Happy National Poetry Month. Can't wait to read what you come up with this crazy wonderful 30 days!

Anonymous said...

Nice to meet you! Looks like we did Pulitzer Remix at the same time!

Please enter me in your drawing!

-Allyson Whipple

Anonymous said...

Throw my name in the hat please!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your draw. Robin A. Sams:


Renee said...

please sign me up! Renee Emerson
thisquiethour AT gmail DOT com

Unknown said...

please sign me up for this wonderful giveaway!

drew said...

Wow, you've got a busy month ahead!

I'd love to win your book, Laurie.


Bethie said...

Looking forward to seeing you in Lake Charles at BWG.

Anonymous said...

Would love to be entered in your giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Would love to be entered in your giveaway! Email

R. Wilder Jr. said...

Glad to see you participating in NaPo and the giveaway! Please add me to the drawing.

Rodney Wilder
roquedog504[at]gmail[dot]com said...

Please enter me. Thanks! Mine is at =-)) Deborah

Andrea Blythe said...

I don't believe my first comment went through...

– Andrea Blythe
andreablythe at hotmail dot com

Brian Wong said...

Hi Laurie!

Thanks so much for doing this giveaway! I'd love to win any of the collections offered. My name is Brian Wong and my e-mail is:

Laurie Kolp said...

From Goodreads:

Hi Laurie,
Thanks for all of these inspiring ideas of ways to celebrate this special month, and thanks for entering my drawing in the Big Giveaway! In addition to participating in the Big Giveaway, my main focus is to try to finish the draft of my first full length collection, and I may donate a copy of my chapbook to the neighborhood Little Library. I would love to win the books you are giving away, especially your collection, so please enter my name in your drawing....Marianne Mersereau,

Thank you, and Happy Poetry Month!

Ian Frederick Caton said...


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are going to be super busy this month! But sounds fun. What poetry retreat are you attending? I'm very curious!

Also, please enter me in your giveaway.

- Lissa Clouser

Anonymous said...

What a great intro! Thanks for sharing the particular books you chose through the giveaway, Laurie. Please enter me in your drawing.

Jo Lightfoot – wayaclan [at]

Anonymous said...

thank you very much for participating.
I would love to sit on that blue couch.


(o13m @ yahoo . com)

Patricia Dowell said...

Puleeze enter me in your giveaway. I would be thrilled to receive a copy of either book....but the blue couch reminds me of the first couch bought when first married, oh so many years ago. Thanks for this opportunity. Patricia Dowell -

Anonymous said...

Wow! Sounds like you really are super busy in April, but with some really cool things!

Please enter me in your giveaway.

~Serena Saint-Marceaux

Shawnte Orion said...

I enjoyed your questionaire. It makes me wish I was getting in your drawing on time.