Friday, July 12, 2024

Back in the Saddle in July: Evansville, Insomniacathon & WV Writers

Though I've been super busy off the radar, it's hard to believe it's been nine months since I've been on tour. But I'm about to get back at it this month:
7/16 in Evansville, Indiana, I'll have the privilege of reading with Dan Sullivan and Jennifer Browne at the Bokeh Lounge (one of my favorite places to return) for Poetry Speaks: Tonight We Sail.
7/20 online, I'll present "Risking Absurdity for the Sake of the Poem," a poetry workshop sponsored by West Virginia Writers, Inc. Free for all members.
7/26-28 in Louisville, Kentucky: The final Insomniacathon (tickets and schedule available at

And then:
8/30-9/1 in Barkhamsted, CT: the Nat’l & Int’l Beat Poetry Festival 2024.
9/10 in Corning, New York (details forthcoming).
9/27-28 in Frostburg, MD: the Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival.
10/3 in Lexington, KY: Poetry at the /'tāb-əl/ (reading with Matt Hart).
10/4 in Lexington, KY: Teen Howl Poetry Series.
10/6 in Elizabethtown, KY at Flywheel Brewing.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

June 29th: M.J. Arcangelini & Friends and Ground & Sky Poetry

I'll have the pleasure of being a small part of this very special event on Saturday, June 29th, 2024 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at Mac's Backs Books on Coventry. Joe Arcangelini is a fine poet and friend.

From the press release:

Mac's will host a gathering of poets with readings by MJ Arcangelini and Joel Lesses on Saturday, June 29th at 5 p.m. The event is also a book release celebration for Journeys of Sacred Community: A Collection Anthology of Ground and Sky Poetry

MJ Arcangelini, born in Pennsylvania in 1952, has resided in northern California since 1979. He has published in many magazines, online journals & over a dozen anthologies.  He is the author of six published collections, including  Pawning My Sins publlished in 2022 by Luchador Press.

Ground and Sky Poetry is a reading series in Buffalo and Rochester, NY and was inspired by the late poet Maj Ragain from Kent. 

Joel David Lesses is a counselor and the founder of Education Training Center in Buffalo, dedicated to reframing mental health distress as a potential spiritual marker and existential opportunity. He also does the Unraveling Religion podcast which focuses on spirituality, world religion, meditation and poetry.

Other poets scheduled to read include Dianne Borsenik, Chris Franke, Russ Vidrick, Steven Smith, Kathy “Lady” Smith, John Burroughs, Shelley Chernin, Ben Gulyas, Adam Brodsky, Steve Goldberg, Steve Thomas, Scott Silsbe and  Chandra "Peggy Honeydew" Alderman.

Mac's Backs
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Sunday, June 2, 2024

New work in VOICES 2024: D.R. Wagner Memorial Issue

Grateful for the opportunity to be a contributor to this wondrous volume celebrating our friend D.R. Wagner. Thank you, Dave Boles and Cold River Press!

From the editor:

VOICES 2024 - A Memorial Issue for D.R. Wagner is ready for printing! The books should be arriving in late June. I am offering a special pre-sale through June 16th for this incredible issue. 260pp + Cover (two cover choices soft and a limited run of casebound). An added bonus of 14 never-before-published poems from D.R. 
You can order them at

Friday, April 26, 2024

May 8th: Burroughs, Jusek and Minney at Mac's Backs Books

I look forward to reading with Jeremy Jusek and Barbara Marie Minney on May 8th, 7 p.m. at Mac's Backs-Books On Coventry in Cleveland Heights.


Barbara Marie Minney is a transgender woman, award winning poet, writer, speaker, teaching artist, and quiet activist. Her poetry and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Politico, The Buckeye Flame, The Gasconade Review, Gargoyle Magazine, The Pine Cone Review, Women Speak: Women of Appalachia Project, Woman Scream: The International Poetry Anthology of Female Voices, and I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing, Ohio’s Appalachian Voices. Barbara’s poetry has also been translated into Spanish. She is the author of If There’s No Heaven, the winner of the 2020 Poetry Is Life Book Award and an Akron Beacon Journal Best Northeast Ohio Book in 2020; the "Poetic Memoir Chapbook Challenge;" "Dance Naked With God;" and "A Woman in Progress." Barbara is a retired attorney and a seventh generation Appalachian and lives in Tallmadge, Ohio, with her wife of over 42 years and a menagerie of stuffed animals. You can follow Barbara at

Jeremy is the poet laureate of Parma, Ohio. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University and chemistry/theatre degrees from Marietta College. He has authored more than a half-dozen plays and three poetry collections: We Grow Tomatoes in Tiny Towns (Unsolicited Press, 2019), The Less-Traveled Street (Maverick Duck Press, 2022), and The Details Will Be Gone Soon (ELJ Editions, 2023). He hosts the Ohio Poetry Association's podcast Poetry Spotlight, runs the West Side Poetry Workshop, teaches through Literary Cleveland, and founded the Flamingo Writers’ Guild. To learn more, please visit

Mac' Backs
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Monday, April 22, 2024

My voice appears in Fin Hall's new Gary Snyder tribute film

Honored to be a spectral voice reciting a stanza by Gary Snyder in this new film by Fin Hall. Find me around the 11.50 mark.



Sunday, March 31, 2024

April 6th in South Euclid: A Gathering of Laurels II

A Gathering of Laurels II

Ohio Poets Laureate read from their work for National Poetry Month on Saturday, April 06, 2024 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Join us as Poets Laureate from around Ohio share their work. Doc Janning, the Inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of South Euclid, will emcee the event. Books will be available for sale and signing, and we'll celebrate with light refreshments.

Featured poets:

John Burroughs, Beat Poet Laureate Emeritus of Ohio and the U.S.

Sandra Feen, Beat Poet Laureate of Ohio

Doc Janning, Inaugural Poet Laureate of South Euclid and Third Poet Laureate of Cuyahoga County

Jeremy Jusek, Poet Laureate of Parma

Jonie McIntire, Poet Laureate of Lucas County

Ray McNiece, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Cleveland Heights

Dr. Mary Weems, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Cleveland Heights

1876 S. Green Road
Writers Center Conference Room
South Euclid, Ohio 44121

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Video of The Muse's Mic: Ep 3. A conversation with John Burroughs

So grateful to hosts James Bryant and Sandra Feen and all the good people who joined in for an enjoyable conversation last night on The Muse's Mic: Ep 3. A conversation with John Burroughs. If you missed it, here's the video. 
And don't forget to tune in next time, when their guest will be Rick C. Christiansen.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Tune in on 3/27 for the The Muse's Mic, Episode 3, feat. John Burroughs

On Wednesday, March 27th at 7 p.m. Eastern, SpoFest hosts James Bryant and Ohio Beat Poet Laureate Sandra Feen will talk poetry and writing with recent U.S. National Beat Poet Laureate, John Burroughs. Includes audience Q&A.
We will also play the Fill in the Blank game, where John and a member of our audience will have a chance to win a gift card of their choice.
The Muse's Mic
Conversations with Creative Minds: Writers, Musicians, visual artists, and more.
Join us LIVE on Zoom! "Doors" open around 6:45 p.m. Register here: 

Or watch it LIVE on Facebook: (live stream begins around 7 p.m. Eastern)

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Two pieces in Night Owl Narrative (a Cajun Mutt rag) No.3

I'm pleased that two atypical pieces of mine ("Over the Rimbaud" and "Well Met") appear in volume three of Night Owl Narrative, published by Cajun Mutt Press. Other contributors to this incredible book include Ben Holland, Blu K. Boss, Scott Laudati, Jay Passer, A.L. Locke, Michael Duckwall, Ron Whitehead, Jim Murdoch, Wayne F. Burke, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Joe Szalinski, Efe Tusder, Randy Barnes, Rot Duffield, Dan Flore III, LB Sedlacek, William Teets, William David Pollard, Robert Ragan, Dan Denton, Heath Brougher, Dee Allen, Lynn White, Wendy Cartwright, Sanjeev Sethi, Daniel S. Irwin, Austin Burrows, Wolfgang Carstens, Merritt Waldon, Rob Azevedo, and Jonathan S Baker. So many thanks to editor and publisher James Dennis Casey IV.

Order your copy here:

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Three Poems in the New Issue of Tinfoildresses

I'm happy that three of my poems ("Critical Condition," "A Superior Stimulant" and "Bilateral Heart Moon Resolution") appear in the new 2024 issue of tinfoildresses, alongside work by Marissa Prada, Rosa Jamali, Steven Smith, Kathy Smith, and Adam Schmidt. So many thanks to editor Heather Ann Shepard!

Download the issue for free at