Monday, June 4

Posted by Laurel Garver on Monday, June 04, 2012 16 comments
For the past 18 months, I have been part of a clandestine group called Poetry Pact (or PoPa, as Lydia Kang dubbed us), a group of thirty-plus writers from all over the world who meet regularly online to share poems in process and critique each other's work. We live in Australia, Cyprus, Great Britain, Greece, India, South Africa and the United States and came together thanks to Jessica Bell. Some in the group posted poems almost daily, others of us less frequently. But the main goal has been to spur us all to write more poems.

I am delighted to announce that we have just published an anthology, Poetry Pact volume I.

I think it's safe to say this collection has something for everyone, from lyric and lovely to provocative and edgy. Best of all, the proceeds will be going to charity: Direct Relief International, a group that provides healthcare in areas ravaged by poverty, natural disaster and war.

I have five pieces in the anthology, including one about my worst kiss. If that doesn't sell you, consider my talented co-authors: Angela Felsted, Jessica Bell, Jim Murdoch, Lydia Kang, Madeline Sharples, Richard Merrill, Kerala Varma, Glynis Smy, Alaine Benard, Artemis Grey, Roslyn Ross, Angie Ledbetter, Caleb Mannan, Emily Kruse, February Grace, Janice Williams and J.R. McRae.

I will be giving away a copy to one lucky commenter.  Extra entries will be given as follows:
Current follower +1
New follower +2
Tweet it +2
Facebook link +2
Link on your blog +2
Tally your entries +1

To enter, simply leave a comment to this post that lists your number of entries (notice the extra entry for doing the math!) I'm using an honor system on your tweeting, etc.

If I get more than twenty contestants, I will give away two copies.

Contest closes Sunday, June 10, noon eastern daylight time.


  1. omg! I know like seven of these poets--and I'm super excited! That's a gorgeous cover, btw. How exciting! I'll be getting mine~ :o) <3

  2. This blog is absolutely your laurel and I love your description of our "clandestine" pact of comrades-in-words living all over in this world wide web of verse kisses and worst kisses.

  3. Woo hoo! I love that you put up this post mere hours after learning the anthology was available. I am pleased as punch. :D

  4. This is great. I'm going to copy you in a week or so. Thanks for being our inspiration, Laurel. :)

  5. Fabulous! Obviously, don't enter me in the draw :) xx

  6. Oh this is so fabulous! Congratulations Laurel!

  7. How cool! I love the "clandestine" part. :)

  8. Congratulations!

    *gives the secret poetry handshake*

  9. Congrats! How fun to get together with other writers and come up with a poetry anthology. :)

  10. I'm glad you posted this, Laurel! I'm super excited to get my copy!

  11. How cool that you do this! And so many amazing writers on that list. I am not going to enter this contest because I'll be off-line for the next little bit. I'll just have to get my own copy. :)

  12. So awesome! I love seeing this kind of publishing! :) Congrats!

  13. Congrats! I love hearing about other critique groups that span the world! Isn't the internet an amazing thing? :)

    My tally: following (+1), tweet (+2), facebook link (+2) and I tallied it! (+1) A whopping +6 for me. :)

    Good luck with this!

  14. This is great!!! I'll add a link to my post right now!