The BIG Poetry Giveaway 2013

1 Apr

If you don’t know it already, April is National Poetry Month!  To celebrate NPM, I will be blogging about all things poetry such as ideas for students, NaPoWriMo (God help me), favorite poetry books, and more!  You can read The NPM FAQs from the Academy of American Poets website here.

To kickoff National Poetry Month 2013, I’m following the lovely poet Bernadette Geyer’s lead and participating in the Big Poetry Giveaway!


Let the BIG Poetry Giveaway 2013 begin!

Let the BIG Poetry Giveaway 2013 begin!


Details: The Big Poetry Giveaway is a giveaway of free poetry books, one of our own and one of our favorite poetry books.  More details and how to participate can be found on the poet Susan Rich’s blog here.

I’ll be giving away one signed copy of my newest book, The Wishing Tomb, which was awarded the 2012 Perugia Press Award.  Patricia Smith of this book, “in these textured, deftly-crafted stanzas, Amanda Auchter romances the grit, the rampant spice, the twang, the mystery, the brick, the swelter, and the insistent hallelujah conjured by the Crescent City. This sparkling, defiant love story pays tribute to NOLA on the upswing, while remembering how often it has teetered on the edge of descent.”



I will also give away a copy of one of my favorite books of poetry of all time, Katie Ford’s first collection, Deposition.   Jorie Graham writes that, “Here is a poetry of witnessing—theological, emotional, intellectual—a private end to a century’s horrors, a reminder that not all things begin again, and that from some reaches of experience instruction shines far less than the beauty of the survivor’s report.”  This book was a great inspiration in the writing of my first book, The Glass Crib, and is something I return to again and again.


Graywolf Press, 2002

Graywolf Press, 2002


To Enter:  leave your name in the COMMENT section of this post and I’ll choose a winner for each book on May 1st or 2nd.  In your comment, please include your first name and email (or some way to get in touch with you).  The giveaway ends April 30th, 2013 at midnight.  Happy Poetry Month!

21 Responses to “The BIG Poetry Giveaway 2013”

  1. Lynn Alexander April 1, 2013 at 4:36 PM #

    Great idea, fingers crossed. Maybe I will be lucky!! Lynn Alexander,

  2. Kendra Tanacea April 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM #

    I would love to win a signed copy!

  3. Susan Rich April 1, 2013 at 8:09 PM #

    Thanks for joining us; I would love be honored to win!

  4. Amanda Auchter April 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM #

    Thanks for the enthusiasm! Keep it coming! & spread the word! 🙂

  5. J. April 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM #

    Exciting! Justin Carter (

  6. carol berg April 4, 2013 at 6:11 AM #

    I’d love those books! Please enter my name…

  7. alexandrajcornwell April 6, 2013 at 12:44 AM #

    Hello Amanda
    What an excellent idea! Happy Poetry Month from the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia!
    Please count me in for your giveaway. I have scribbled for my poetry muse for YEARS, most recently posting on facebook ‘Alexandra J Cornwell – Poet’. Last September I discovered the fun of ‘drabbles’ (100-word microfiction ‘Byron Short Fiction ‘Drabble’ Writers’), although I am finding much inspiration in the non-fiction areas. I suppose it has been my way of blogging, though am thinking now that I’ll have to get my blogsite organized and get published.
    I finally got around to joining my local Bangalow Writer’s Group last week and went to my first readers & writers festival in Bellingen 2 weeks ago (seeing as it was over a 3 hour drive I also attended and entered my first Poetry Slam event while I was there). Wow – that was mind-blowing! It is all about getting it out there – and in this particular Slam, being able to recite one’s work (even eschew the microphone and SHOUT it from the front of the stage) was one way that the eventual winner stood out!
    Alexandra (

  8. Diane Kendig April 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM #

    I’d love either book, so throw my name into the drawing, and thanks for throwing your books up here!

  9. Jeannine Hall Gailey April 7, 2013 at 2:57 AM #

    I’d like to enter! Thanks!

  10. Allyson April 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM #

    I’m in!


  11. wendycall April 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM #

    Hi Amanda, fellow Bennington alum! Please add my name to your drawing. And congrats on BOTH your lovely books and their many accolades!

  12. Andrew Albert J. Ty April 16, 2013 at 12:30 AM #

    Happy Poetry Month, and thanks for doing this!

  13. Anne Higgins April 17, 2013 at 9:43 AM #

    Thank you! Please sign me up!

    Anne Higgins

  14. Ron Lewis April 18, 2013 at 9:21 PM #

    Amanda: Please sign me up for your book giveaway! If I happen to be lucky enough to be an honored winner, I will write a review and promote your book through the Vermont Poetry Newsletter (& Poetry Event Calendar), which now receives over 1M hits/year. I’ll be crossing my fingers and hope to soon find your book in my personal poetry library! Ron Lewis, VPN Editor (

  15. Clare L. Martin April 28, 2013 at 1:35 PM #

    YES! This is fabulous. 🙂

  16. danielaolszewska April 28, 2013 at 1:55 PM #

    Daniela Olszewska. XO.

  17. helenl April 28, 2013 at 2:12 PM #

    Put me in your drawing, please.

  18. katrina roberts April 30, 2013 at 11:58 PM #

    I’d love to play!! Thanks!


  1. Poetry Month: Voices Seasonal Reading Series | Books & Baubles - April 15, 2013

    […] If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you!  I will also be signing/selling copies of my book at the event.  If you can’t make it, you can get a copy of The Wishing Tomb here or a copy of The Glass Crib here.  Also: don’t forget to enter The Big Poetry Giveaway for National Poetry Month — I’m giving away a signed copy of The Wishing Tomb as well as a copy of Katie Ford’s Deposition.  Details here. […]

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