Saturday, March 16, 2019

Reviews of recent Crisis Chronicles books in Pudding

Many thanks to Pudding Magazine: The Journal of Applied Poetry and editor Connie Everett for recommending two recent Crisis Chronicles Press books in their latest issue. Subscribe to Pudding at

About Rikki Santer's Dodge, Tuck, Roll, they say:

"There is plenty of heft and whimsy in the poems of Rikki Santer. Besides her obvious love of language and its play, she ruminates over failed relationships, environmental peril, internet addiction, health scares, and death. But there is also a well-balanced celebration of music, art, and nature to appreciate. Betty Boop is reconsidered as only a feminist might. A food and art mashup with appearances by Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Stephen Hawking and abstractions of culinary possibilities leave the reader dizzy. Reading Santer's poems is an experience of synesthesia as she navigates the 'thin membrane between apocalypse & carnival.' Dodge, Tuck, Roll is a book to be savored."

About Kari Gunter-Seymour's Serving, they say: 

"After decades of war, many of us don't know any who have served or their families. Gunter-Seymour gives an emotionally honest portrayal of what service and sacrifice look like for military families. A sense of home, of place, offer context for what we protect and why. A book of heartbreak, but most of all, love."

Order Rikki's and Kari's books together and save!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Clarion Thursday, Columbus Sunday

Between having so many events this month, so much work to do before I head to Denver next week, and also an out-of-town guest at my house, I know I'm way behind on messages. I promise I will get back to everyone the first chance I get. I'm doing as much as I can every spare moment I have. Thank you for your patience.

Meanwhile, I hope to see you at one of these fab events: 

3/13: Sara Minges & Juliet Cook at Mac's Backs
3/14: Tobeco Open Mic and Ohio Beat Poet Laureate John Burroughs in Clarion, PA
3/17: John Burroughs / Peripatetic Poets in Columbus, Ohio!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

CLE Uncorked on 3/12 at CLE Urban Winery

Very much looking forward to sharing poetry from the same stage as Sara Minges, all the way from Kansas City, and a bevy of bad-ass musical talent this Tuesday, 3/12, at CLE Uncorked: Voices and Vines on Lee, hosted by Jason Patrick Meyers at CLE Urban Winery. It's gonna be smokin' hot in the Heights!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Sunday, March 3, 2019

John Burroughs - Ohio Beat Poet Laureate 2019-2021

Wow! I'm as close to speechless as I can be about this — extremely honored that the National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc. has selected me as their Beat Poet Laureate for the State of Ohio, 2019-2021. I'm still a bit incredulous! Many thanks to the Foundation and executive directors Debbie Tosun Kilday and Colin Haskins for their relentless advocacy on behalf of Beat poetry. And hearty congratulations to the newly named Beat Poets Laureate from other states/regions. I look forward to seeing and hearing as many of you as possible this August in Connecticut.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Crisis Chronicles Press to publish Soul Picked Clean by Cat Russell

Crisis Chronicles Press is pleased to announce the publication of Soul Picked Clean, the debut poetry collection by Ohio writer Cat Russell.

"In Soul Picked Clean Cat Russell provides a thoughtful and hopeful collection of sharp-edged, personal poems that balance themes of “cosmic coincidence” (“Dice”) with close observations of daily life and family. Knitting together comfort and struggle, Russell’s poems build a sense of alienation filled with tense urgency. In poems like “Serial Killer at the Laundromat” she brings to focus measured risks, remaining “acutely conscious of / how alone I am” and “Balloon,” which imagines the growth and deflation of memory and life through “the events / that would shape and fill me.” If “Children see the things adults turn away from” ("2 a.m."), they are also evident in the honest insights of Russell’s debut collection."
E F Schraeder, author of Chapter Eleven

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Soul Picked Clean is around 100 pages, perfect bound, 5.5 x 8.5". ISBN: 978-1-64092-978-4. Front cover photo by Chandra Alderman. Available in March 2019 for only $12 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. 

Meet the author at these special events:

3/30 (7pm) - Book launch party at Mac's Backs, 1820 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118. Cat Russell and Pittsburgh-area poets Jason Irwin and Jen Ashburn will read.

4/12 - Aztilude - sWord Fight Tournament in Canton, Ohio. More details forthcoming.

4/13 (11am-2pm) - Local Author Fair at
Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, Ohio 44646.

Cat Russell shares her life with her high school sweetheart, their son, and other ferocious creatures in the wilds of Ohio while composing poetry, writing short stories, and learning more about the craft every day. Her work has been published in Flash Me magazine, Metro Fiction, Beyond Centauri, and the Best of Friday Flash – Volume One and -Volume Two anthologies, as well as Poetry Quarterly and Three Line Poetry. More of her writing can be found on her blog at 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A Pair in Pudding

Honored to have two poems in the newest issue of Pudding Magazine (#67)!

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UPDATE: Upon reading further, I see that there are also mini reviews of two recent Crisis Chronicles Press titles (Serving by Kari Gunter-Seymour and Dodge, Tuck, Roll by Rikki Santer) in this issue!)

Friday, February 22, 2019

Insanely Busy Through March

Insanely busy this month and next. But excited! Here's a list of just my own readings in March:

3/10 - Second Sunday Poets, Inaugural event in South Euclid, OH
3/12 - CLE Uncorked: Performers Showcase in Cleveland Heights, OH
3/14 - Open Mic & John Burroughs in Clarion, PA
3/17 - Peripatetic Poets in Columbus, OH
3/22 - Kruhaus: A Quarterly Gathering in Denver, CO
3/29 - Poets Mindi Kirchner (The Law of Almosts) and John Burroughs in Lancaster, PA

And that's not counting a number of other readings by Crisis Chronicles Press authors and friends. An incomplete list includes:

3/3 - Allen Clevenger Dorsey Jakiela Powers at White Whale in Pittsburgh, PA
3/7 - Dreaming Big and Small book launch in Shaker Heights, OH
3/11 - 2 Chefs and a Beat, Too Many Cooks, Poetic Justice Edition in Cleveland, OH
3/13 - Sara Minges & Juliet Cook at Mac's Backs in Cleveland Heights, OH
3/22 - Poetry Reading: Diane Ferri / Gail Bellamy / Steve Thomas in Cleveland, OH
3/30 - Jen Ashburn, Jason Irwin and Cat Russell (book release party!) in Cleveland Heights, OH

Plus Crisis Chronicles Press is putting out several new books between now and April! And I could go on and on....

Friday, February 15, 2019

Crisis Chronicles Press publishes Our House on the Sand by Elaine Schleiffer

Crisis Chronicles Press is honored to publish Our house on the sand, a powerful, poignant, categorization defying sequence of work by Elaine Schleiffer.

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Our house on the sand is 44 pages, perfect bound, 5.5 x 8.5". ISBN: 978-1-64092-977-7. Front cover photo by Chandra Alderman. Available in February 2019 for only $10 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. 

Elaine Schleiffer is a writer, organizer, and creative who focuses on abortion access, bisexual visibility, and queer rights. Her writing can be found in Rebelle Society, Santa Fe Literary Review, Pudding Magazine, et cetera and her activism can be found in Cleveland, Ohio.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Second Sunday Poets to launch, feature John Burroughs on 3/10 in South Euclid

My next reading is March 10th at 3 p.m., where I'll have the honor of being the first featured poet for a new monthly series curated by M. A. "Doc" Janning, Poet Laureate of South Euclid, OH, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library's South Euclid-Lyndhurst branch. I hope you'll join me in supporting Doc in this new endeavor and bring something to share at the open mic.

William N. Skirball Writers' Center
Cuyahoga County Public Library
1876 South Green Road
South Euclid, Ohio 44121