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!

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Two poems published in Steel Jackdaw

So happy to have two of my poems ("If You Need a God, Make It Earth" and "Faithwalking") published in the beautiful January issue of the U.K.-based magazine Steel Jackdaw. So many thanks to Editor-in-Chief Jason Conway!

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

February 15th on Zoom: I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing

My first appearance of 2024 will be on February 15th when the Spoken & Heard series, hosted by the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, will present a reading by twenty contributors to the award-winning anthology I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing: Ohio's Appalachian Voices (edited by Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour and published by Sheila-Na-Gig). We hope you'll tune in.

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Other places my poems have appeared in 2023

Every time a poem of mine is published, I try to post something about it here at this blog. But when I get busy, on the road, et cetera, sometimes things slip through the cracks and I forget I never did it. Here are five 2023 publications that I (almost certainly) posted about on Facebook but somehow neglected to share here. (Oops.)

I must say, though, that I am very happy that my work appears in these volumes alongside work by some of my favorite folk.

New Generation Beats
National Beat Poetry Foundation 2023 anthology [New Generation Beat Publications]

...includes my poem "Bearing Her"

Pudding Magazine: The Journal of Applied Poetry

...includes my poems "A More Honest Gospel According to John" and "So Much for Saving"

The Country Fried Panda Fest Poetry Anthology
[Green Panda Press] 

...includes my poem "Redux Isn't Pronounced Ray Do, But That Hasn't Stopped Me"

Common Threads 2023
[Ohio Poetry Association]

...includes my poem "Unwinding"

Anonymous Ally: Pride
[Heyman! Productions]

...includes my poems "Allen Ginsberg Wants You" and "Orlovsky"


Friday, December 22, 2023

Poetry Spotlight presents The Poet Laureate Report (7 April 2023)

I realized that I never shared here the Poetry Spotlight podcast episode where Jeremy Jusek featured several poets laureate from Ohio, including me, back in April. So here you go. I'm on for about ten minutes beginning around the 11-minute mark. The other poets who appear, in addition to Jeremy himself, are Jonie McIntire, Ray McNiece, Kari Gunter-Seymour, Doc Janning, Wendy McVicker, and Sandra Feen.

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Friday, December 1, 2023

Video: WPLS Celebrating Justin Hamm's Poet Baseball Card Series (18 Oct 2023)

On October 18th, Dustin Brookshire's Wild and Precious Life Series presented a Zoom reading by several poets who've been featured in Justin Hamm's Poet Baseball Cards. Here is video of that event:

I had the honor of being one of the readers, along with Traci Brimhall, Mary Biddinger, Sandra Marchetti, Curtis Crisler, Rick Campbell, Tony Brewer, Michael Meyerhofer, Jack Bedell, Alexis Sears, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Francine Witte, and Marcus Wicker. Around the 25:30 mark, I read two poems: "So Much for Saving" and "Tenacity."

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Important Announcement from Crisis Chronicles Press

Crisis Chronicles Press
has made the difficult decision to cease considering new manuscripts and publishing new titles through at least 2024. Please forgive us for failing to make the time to respond to any unsolicited queries or submissions during this time, no matter how much we love your work.
As Crisis Chronicles' founding editor and publisher, I have been fortunate to work with excellent poets from around the world for the past fifteen and a half years. I plan to keep most of our in-print titles available indefinitely and to continue getting them into the hands of new readers. But now that I am mostly caught up with my publishing commitments, I want and need to redirect much of my energies and focus away from publishing to other priorities.
I say "mostly" because there are still two authors I revere for whom I promised years ago to publish collections, though I have so far been unable to obtain all of the desired poems for these projects. I hope to fulfill these promises if and when I can. Also, I would like to eventually publish a volume two of Cheap and Easy Magazine and a volume three of Oct Tongue. But neither of those is likely to happen in 2024.
Please accept my deepest gratitude for your all interest and support over the years. 
Peace, love and poetry,

John B. Burroughs
9 November 2023
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Saturday, November 4, 2023

Video: Crafty Crows featuring John Burroughs, Karlostheunhappy and open mic on 11/1/2023

In case you missed it, here's the video of Wednesday's reading for the Gloustershire Poetry Society. I begin around the 35-minute mark, UK Beat Poet Laureate Karlostheunhappy begins around the 1-hour mark, and the rest of the time you'll find a wonderful array of other poets to hear. So many thanks to the Gloustershire Poetry Society, host Kate Jenkinson, director Jason Conway, co-feature Karlos, and all the other fine and talented people who contributed.


My setlist: “Odd Missive,” “Out and In Audible,” “I Hear Change,” “Bloodshot,” “Revolutionary Sentiments,” “Unwinding,” “Dog Day,” “Dog Day Too,” and “Redux Isn't Pronounced Ray Do, But That Hasn't Stopped Me." The first four poems come from Rattle and Numb and the rest come from The Wrest of the Worthwhile.

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Monday, October 30, 2023

Crafty Crows Open Mic featuring John Burroughs, Nick Degg & Karlostheunhappy: November 1st on Zoom

My final reading of the year is on Zoom!

I very much look forward to the Crafty Crows online poetry event on November 1st. I will have the distinct pleasure of being featured along with Nick Degg and England Beat Poet Laureate Karlostheunhappy. This event will also include an open mic. So many thanks to the The Gloucestershire Poetry Society for hosting. Broadcast on Zoom at 3 p.m. Eastern in the U.S. or 7 p.m. GMT in the UK. 

Friday, October 27, 2023

Meet the authors of the Poem for Cleveland Anthology, 10/28 in South Euclid

I'm thrilled to be part of this on Saturday. From our friends at the CCPL:

Meet the authors of the Poem for Cleveland Anthology

Saturday, October 28

2:00pm - 4:00pm
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
Cuyahoga County Public Library
1876 South Green Road, South Euclid, Ohio 44121

Meeting Room A+B+C (120)

Join us to celebrate the publication of Poem for Cleveland, a new anthology written by over 100 youth and elder poets. Poets will be reading their poems from this second edition of the book.

The Poem for Cleveland project was a year-long series of workshops led by Ray McNiece, former Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate and Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award winner. The project culminated in the publication of the anthology by local publisher, Red Giant Press. Poem for Cleveland was made possible by the Academy of American Poets with funds from the Mellon Foundation.

McNiece worked with youth poets to present writing workshops for elder poets at various community venues, including the William N. Skirball Writers’ Center at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch. Each workshop included poetry prompts about Cleveland, including favorite places, people, family memories, and growing up a Clevelander.

Poets reading include John Burroughs, Mary Weems, Bonnie Jacobson, Adrian Schnall, Doc Janning, Barbara Hill-Newby, Bill Newby, Bob Coughlin, Charlene Fix, David Adams, Diane Vogel Ferri, Dianne Borsenik, Jennifer Browne, John Burroughs, Sandra Johnson, Shelley Chernin, Timothy Richards, and Phil Metres.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.