February 24, 2018

And the Winners Are…

Ooh! It is May! May 4th, soon to be May 5th, and I’ve been dallying around in the real world when I should have been online, drawing a winner for the Big Poetry Giveaway! I do have good excuses, including:

  • the fine, fine weather here in Tennessee,
  • the delicious bloom of the honey locust,
  • an early morning trip to Nashville to hear one of my writing idols, Wendell Berry, who I now adore even more, after seeing him in person
  • being unable to put down one of the World Book Night selections a friend gave me, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple (I finished it in a marathon session in the porch swing this afternoon)

But – you don’t want excuses – you want to know who won should be watching their mailboxes for poetry.

So, I determined a winner by numbering the comments, then using a random number generator, and here’s what happened:

The winner of our grand prize – the Lisa Coffman book, plus chapbooks by Sandy Coomer and myself –  is #23, Michael A. Wells. Yes, a guy with my own last name. And with my husband’s first name. Yes, dear readers, I know this looks fishy, but I took it to be providential.

And then I thought we should have another winner or two, because, as I always say, why not spread that poetry love? Those winners are:

#4 Rebecca Loudon and #7 Allyson Whipple. Rebecca and Allyson, you’ll be receiving a copy of my chapbook and CD.

It’s been so nice to have people from all around the country – and the world – visit and express an interest in poetry. For you fellow writers, I look forward to keeping a watch out for your writing and blogs. Thanks again to Kelli Russell Agodon for curating this year’s contest!



  1. HURRAY!!!
    And thank you.

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