Monday, June 26, 2017

New Reviews of Recent Crisis Chronicles Press Publications

CC#91 - Turnstile Burlesque by John Greiner
Review by Kevin Hinman at Goodreads

CC#89 - The Black Between Stars by Elliot Nicely
Editorial review in the inaugural issue of Scryptic

CC#87 - 13 Poems from the Edge of Extinction by Adrian Manning
Review by Matthew Hall in Screaming with Brevity

CC#84 - God Save Your Mad Parade by Austen Roye
Review by Emily Cornell at Goodreads

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Reviews of my Water Works and Chance

Jennifer Polhemus reviews my Water Works (The Poet's Haven, 2017): "My first read in celebration of National Poetry Month 2017...The sensual physicality of John's poetry leaves me feeling like I've taken one too many Vicodin; pleasantly spinning with just a slight annoyance of itchiness. Only some sort of orgasm will distract from the need to scratch. Delightful read!"

Jennifer Polhemus reviews my It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change (The Poet's Haven, 2013): "My second read in celebration of National Poetry Month 2017...What a frolicking good time! In respsonse to 'Tooth Telling', pg. 16, I write: 'So leave your tooth then, / beneath one of my pillows. / I promise you a quarter / moon at dawn. / Give the silver disc / to a Hobbit / hiding in the roots / of my mountain. / He knows what is precious... / the same as you.'"

Monday, June 12, 2017

With Rucci in Buffalo, InTENse in Cleveland Heights - 14/15 June 2017

Thanks to everyone who made Saturday's reading in Sandusky so special, especially (in alphabetical order) Bottom Dog Press/ Bird Dog Publishing, Christina, Dan, Dianne, Firelands Writing Center, Jameson, John, Larry, Lorraine, Mr. Smith's Coffee House, Ruth Ann, Steve, Susanna, Theresa, and Wesley. Among my favorite happenings in quite some time!

This week, my poetry tour continues with Words on the Rocks V : Damian Rucci & John Burroughs at the Alley Cat in Buffalo and CWP Presents InTENse Poetry! (featuring 11 poets from 4 states) at Mac's Backs Books on Coventry in Cleveland Heights.

 And to see my full 2017 tour schedule click here

Friday, June 9, 2017

My "Le Ruse et le Waaa" featured 6/9 in Winedrunk Sidewalk

I am very pleased to report that my poem "Le Ruse et le Waaa" is featured today (day 141) in Winedrunk Sidewalk. Many thanks to editor John Grochalski!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Burroughs, Bayles & Borsenik: Killer Bs of Poetry Sting Sandusky

Saturday 2pm in Sandusky, Ohio, Kansas City poet Jameson Bayles and Cleveland poetry stalwarts Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs will bring their sting to Mr. Smith's Coffee House, hosted by the Firelands Writing Center and Bottom Dog Press.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Crisis Chronicles Press publishes Turnstile Burlesque by John Greiner

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Turnstile Burlesque, a stunning new collection of poems by John Greiner.

“The first thing you’ll notice when reading John Greiner is that his work changes like a spider web. The pieces in Turnstile Burlesque show a writer at the peak of his form, exploring his heart to push forward in the evolution of his own creativity.  These poems are our past and our future, they are the pulse of a city sidewalk, a love letter to Ted Berrigan’s New York and an accessible glimpse into what’s happening now and what’s happening now is John Greiner. Join him.”
          —John Dorsey, author of Appalachian Frankenstein.

Where Do You Want It?

Turnstile Burlesque by John Greiner features 25 poems on 36 pages, is 6 x 9", perfect bound, with cover image by Steven B. Smith, and is available now for $7 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

John Greiner is a poet, playwright and short fiction writer who lives in Queens, New York.   His previous publications include The Laundrymen (Wandering Head Press, 2016), Bodega Roses (Good Cop/Bad Cop Press, 2014), Modulation Age (Wandering Head Press, 2012), Shooting Side Glances (ISMs Press, 2011) and Relics From a Hell's Kitchen Pawn Shop (Ronin Press, 2010). Greiner's plays have been produced in New York City, Chicago and Gloucester, Massachusetts.  His work with photographer Carrie Crow has been shown in galleries, museums and public spaces in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Venice, Hamburg and Berlin.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

My "Joe Cur's Wild" in the inaugural issue of Diaphanous
While watching morning TV game shows with Geri at the hospital in January I wrote a silly/naughty little poem called "Joe Cur's Wild." Cool to see it in the fabulous inaugural issue of Diaphanous, just launched this week. Thank you, Diaphanous Press and editor Krysia Jopek.

Click here to read the whole issue.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Crisis Chronicles Press publishes The Black Between Stars by Elliot Nicely

Dear Readers,

I’m beyond excited to announce the release of my latest chapbook The Black Between Stars through Crisis Chronicles Press. John and I saw this collaboration as an opportunity to create a book thats writing style and design would mark a major departure from the familiar conventions that our readerships have come to expect. We set out to develop a new work that is both startling and stark, a book which invokes a sense of disquiet and discomfort. Through John’s brilliant usage of binary colors and negative space, there is no question that the chapbook’s design, like the subject matter, has a timeless quality, and that his design deepens the poems’ resonance across the arc of the book. I hope you enjoy our most recent effort and thank you for supporting my haiku habit and Crisis Chronicles Press.

Elliot Nicely
(Friday, May 12, 2017)

Where Do You Want It?

Elliot Nicely's work has received numerous accolades which include winning Lit Youngstown's Words Made Visible award and having been recently shortlisted for a Touchstone Award by the Haiku Foundation.  The Black Between Stars by Elliot Nicely is the latest release in our NineSense series of 9-poem chapbooks by writers you need to read.  It is 12 pages, perfect bound, 7" x 4.25" and available for only $4.99 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. 1st edition of 125 copies. ISBN: 978-1-940996-40-0. 

Elliot Nicely is poet and teacher from Hunts Corners, Ohio. In recent years, he relocated to Lakewood, Ohio, and released his first chapbook, Tangled Shadows: Senryu and Haiku (Rosenberry Books, 2013).  Over the last decade, his poetry also has appeared across four continents and in more than a dozen anthologies. Today, Elliot is still pursuing all of the answers to all of his questions with the hope that not all of them will be answered.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Crisis Chronicles publishes Sandpaper Lovin' by Victor Clevenger

Crisis Chronicles Press is ecstatic to announce the long awaited publication of Sandpaper Lovin' by Victor Clevenger.  This fine chapbook is now available for $6 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

"If you like your pleasure spiked with pain you'll wanna rub up against Victor Clevenger's Sandpaper Lovin'.  Even if you don't, you'll still wanna. Call him what you like, but I wager he's got the most endearing scratch and bite of any sonofabitch writing today."
     — Hon. Jugborn Airbrush, editor of Cheap and Easy Magazine

Where Do You Want It?

Sandpaper Lovin' is hand assembled and saddle stapled. It features a white card stock cover, pastel green end papers and eggshell parchmentesque pages. Cover image by Steven B. Smith. 8.5 x 5.5". 16 pp. Laser printed. Poems include "the first words of the morning," "it came easy for us," "feeding my demons," "love letters," "quill pen," "phallic & forgotten," "he'd even take one with warts like a toad," "a garden plot" and "november 10th." ISBN: 978-1-940996-42-4. Limited 1st edition of 100 copies.

Victor Clevenger’s most recent full-length poetry collection is titled Congenital Pipe Dreams (Spartan Press, 2017).  Selected pieces of his work have appeared in a variety of places online and in print.  He spends his days in a Madhouse and his nights with his second ex-wife. Together they raise six children in a small town northeast of Kansas City, Missouri. 

Meet the author on Friday 5 May 2017 at 8 pm during the Jawbone poetry festival at Last Exit Books and Coffeehouse in Kent, Ohio, and on Saturday 6 May 2017 at 7 pm during the Kansas City Pittsburgh Connection at White Whale Bookstore in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Crisis Chronicles Press publishes Scraping the Sky by Luba Gawur

Crisis Chronicles Press is happy to announce the publication of Scraping the Sky by Luba Gawur, the latest release in our NineSense series of 9-poem chapbooks by writers you need to read.
Scraping the Sky includes "In One Day in New York City," "Almost Satori in Times Square," "Suspended," "The Girls of Midtown," "Christmas in Harlem," "Nostalgia," "Poem for Sasha," "Thief," "Defying Gravity" and more. The chapbook is available beginning 15 April 2017 for only $4.99 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

Where Do You Want It?

Scraping the Sky is hand assembled and saddle stapled. It features a pale gray stock cover, sky blue end papers and eggshell faux parchment pages. Cover photo by Luba Gawur. 8.5 x 5.5". Laser printed. ISBN: 978-1-940996-41-7. Limited 1st edition of 99 copies.

About Luba Gawur: Born in Cleveland, Ohio of Ukrainian parents who immigrated to the US in 1949 as post-war refugees. Studied at Kent State University, and the University of Toronto (Canada). Has lived also in Toronto, New York, NY, Prague, and Kyiv, Ukraine. Worked as a Slavic Languages cataloguer at the New York Public Library and the Cleveland Public Library. Presently works as a translator. Writes poetry in English and Ukrainian, and translates poetry and prose into both languages. Presently lives in Kent, Ohio.