Monday, March 18, 2013

The Big Poetry Giveaway

April is National Poetry Month. As a part of that celebration, I am participating in The Big Poetry Giveaway, curated this year by Susan Rich, a wonderful Northwest poet. I will give away two books of poetry at the end of the month to two of the readers (one book each) of Gillnet Dreams who leave comments saying they're interested. the first book is my own chapbook: Swimming with Fish and Other Animals, first published in 2004. It is divided into two sections - 'Fish': poems, essays and a short memoir on the commercial fishing life, and 'Other Animals': poems about family, growing up and more.

The second book is Craving Water, by Mary Lou Sanelli, a collection of "Poems of ordinary life in a northwest village."

For those readers who are interested in life in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, either of these should both satisfy their curiosity and pique their interest to know more. I will be selecting (at random) the winners and contacting you by email the week of May 1st.

For those of you who are visiting Gillnet Dreams for the first time, welcome!  Thanks for stopping by. A retired educator, I moved to Alaska in 1975 where I taught for 23 years. I commercial fished for salmon on Cook Inlet from 1977-1997. My writings and photography have been published by The Smithsonian, Oregon CoastCirque Literary JournalThe Oberon Poetry Magazine, The Waterman’s Gazette, and Pacific Fishing magazine, among others. Now living in Olympia, Washington, I read my poetry, essays and memoirs and exhibits his photographs throughout the Pacific Northwest. I have performed at The Fisherpoets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon each year since 1999, and curate their website, and created and manage the archive of Fisherpoets' work at

If you are a blogger and want to give away two poetry volumes yourself, you can join in! If you are not a blogger, you can sign up for drawings on participating blogs as often as you'd like. Susan has guidelines for participating and a running list of blogs that are involved on her site HERE. Thanks to Susan for all her work on this!


Kali Orkin said...

Yay poetry!
I am a blogger but my blog is about sustainability... wonder if I can twist that in there somewhere.
I think yes. Poetry needs to be sustained, right?

Renee said...

thanks for doing a giveaway! i'd love to win-
thisquiethour at gmail dot com

Amber Decker said...

Patrick, thank you for doing a giveaway! Please add my name to the hat!

Anonymous said...

Please add my name, Patrick and thank you. My name is a couple below yours on Susan's sidebar, so come visit my giveaway.


martin malone said...

patrick, thanks for doing this. i love the tactile, the solidity of your poems. especially liked Overboard.
please include me in the giveaway.

Rodney Wilder Jr. said...

Please include me in the contest. I'm having a ball with this giveaway.

Allyson said...

I'd love to win either of these!

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David Ance said...

Please add my name to the hat!

Rena Bunder Rossner said...

Hi there!

Count me in!

Excited to be a part of this.

- Rena

Tawnysha Greene said...

Count me in!

I'm also doing a giveaway at my blog:

Tawnysha Greene

Akshat said...

I'd love to be considered for the giveaway. I would love it if you considered the following questions: Do you read out your poems to the sea, or does She read out hers to you? Does she write in Purl-ish? I am at k.akshat at gmail dot com

Deb Wain said...

Please count me in!

Dixonphoto said...

Welcome aboard, Deb! Thanks for stopping by.

Dixonphoto said...

I will attempt to answer these unanswerable questions in an upcoming post. Thanks, and welcome!

Joseph Harker said...

Would like to jump in if it's not too late. :)
linksfreude at gmail

Andrew said...

I'm interested. Thanks for doing this!

- Andrew
eldritch00 at gmail dot com

Ronald Lewis said...

Patrick: Please sign me up for your book giveaway! If I happen to be lucky
enough to be an honored winner this year, 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 (

Nandini Dhar said...

Thanks! Please count me in!