Thursday, September 20, 2018

Getting Beat on 9/21 in Monroe, Michigan

This Friday in Monroe, Michigan (roughly midway between Detroit and Toledo), I will have the honor and pleasure of performing at International Beat Poetry Festival presented by Madhouse and Firefly. Other poets and musicians performing will include Gary L. Bond, Leo Jarret, Mackenzie Swanson, Angel Reyes, Dan Denton, Bob Phillips, Sandra Feen, Dave Caruso, Ohio Beat Poet Laureate Barry Graham, and recent U.S. Beat Poet Laureate William F. DeVault. Join us for fire and madness!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Thank you for last night!

9/18/2018 at Art on Madison
photo by Kevin Hoskinson
So grateful to Art on Madison and everyone who came out to last night's event. Love you all! If you haven't yet caught Cathie Joslyn's Luminous Threads show there, you can catch it through September 29th. Next month, October 16th, the Poetry Plus series at Art on Madison will feature Juliet Cook, whose new book, Malformed Confetti, will be released by Crisis Chronicles Press at that time. Local publishers and fine art galleries can't survive without your support. And we are most grateful for you.

Click here to see a clip of me reading "Sybil" from my latest chapbook, Loss and Foundering, last night. Thanks to Aubrey Cr for the clip!

Monday, September 17, 2018

My 52nd birthday celebration and reading 9/18 at Art on Madison

At 52 finally, does this mean I'm no longer, to borrow a phrase from Queen, "one card short of a full deck"?  Maybe that's why CoolCleveland posted this.

I hope you will join me September 18th at 7:30 p.m. for my last Cleveland-area reading of the season, which will also serve as my birthday celebration. I am pleased and honored that Art on Madison, a funky cool gallery in Lakewood, Ohio, right down the street from where Dianne and I used to host the Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza, has asked me to be the featured writer for their monthly Poetry Plus series.

We'll have cake, wine, books, and while you're there you can check out Cathie Joslyn's stunning new show, Luminous Threads, and more.  Hope to see you there!

More info:

Saturday, September 15, 2018

New collaboration with Juliet Cook debuts tonight (9/15) at Joslyn opening

At 6 pm tonight in Lakewood, one of my favorite artists, Cathie Joslyn, has an opening reception for her new solo show at Art on Madison. I have collaborated with Juliet Cook on a new poem inspired by this show, which I will debut/read tonight at the reception. Dianne Borsenik (chosen by Cleveland Scene Magazine this year as Best Cleveland Poet) has also written and will share new work inspired by Luminous Threads tonight. You won't want to miss it.

And if that's not enough. I will return to the same gallery on September 18th for Poetry Plus Featuring John Burroughs, where I will read deep into my catalog and celebrate my 52nd birthday. A second event you won't want to miss!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Lakewood, Michigan, Akron, Maryland, Kansas City, Bexley & New York Coming

For those who've asked: upcoming events where I'll be reading, performing and book fairing include

9/21 - Madhouse & Firefly present: International Beat Poetry Festival (feat. John Burroughs, Gary Bond, Leo Jarret, Barry Graham, Mackenzie Swanson, Angel Reyes, William F. DeVault, Dan Denton, Bob Phillips and musical guest Dave Caruso) at Serendipitous Vintage in Monroe, Michigan

9/28 - Poetry & Spoken Word (feat. Ray McNiece, Kisha Nicole Foster, Tony Gamblin, Maggie Duff, Jamie Keaton, Ebanee Bond and John Burroughs) at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar in Akron, Ohio 

10/12-14 - Fountainverse KC Small Press Poetry Fest in Kansas City, Missouri

10/26 - Poetry feat. Anna Soter and John Burroughs at Gramercy Books in Bexley, Ohio

11/29 - NeuroNautic Institute Presents feat. Gerd Stern, John Burroughs and more hosted by Matthew Hupert at the Red Room (KGB) in New York, New York.

And this doesn't count a handful of Crisis Chronicles Press book release readings/events that will be announced soon.

I plan to do decidedly fewer events in 2019, so hopefully I'll see you at one or more of the above.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Beat and Blessed

2 Sept 2018 at the National Beat Poetry Festival
Beekley Community Library, New Hartford, CT
[photo by Gertrude Nilsson Björklund]
I almost didn't go to the National Beat Poetry Festival over Labor Day weekend in Connecticut. I was spent from trips to Athens, Chicago, Buffalo and Erie as well as putting out two Crisis Chronicles Press books and so much more just in August. I had a lot more work to do that I am way behind on. I missed my doggy. I've been nervous about my upcoming EGD procedure (which is tomorrow). And I knew I'd have to miss the first day of three even if I did go to the festival. But I went and I am so glad I did. I saw old friends, met new ones, heard great music and a wide array of killer poetry by writers from Sweden, Dominican Republic and across the United States. There was much-needed beauty woven through it all. And though Facebook won't let me tag everyone here - and I'll surely miss someone great anyway - I wanna give special shouts out to organizers Debbie T Kilday and Colin Haskins, as well as to Tony Vacca, Donna Gentile (happy birthday!), Bengt O Björklund, Gertrude Nilsson Björklund, Jael Uribe, Chris Vannoy, William F. DeVault, Prince A McNally, Sandra Feen, Paul Richmond, Carlo Parcelli, Rosalie Gancie, Ngoma Hill, Lori Desrosiers, Viviana Duncan, Jessica Brooke Miller, Tchalla Williams, James Paul Wagner, Darlene Asmarah Fernandez, Shaw Israel Izikson, David K. Leff, John Emmons, Jon Wesick, Mike L Kilday, Rayn Roberts, Richard Wayne Horton and more (in some unnamed cases I can see your faces and hear your poems in my head but names are getting mixed up) - and to Local Gems Press for publishing the Festival's 10-year anniversary anthology (and including me in it) - and last but certainly not least to James and Dianne Borsenik for taking care of Leda while I was away. Now I have a lot of catching up to do. :) My next reading is September 18th, the day after my birthday, at Art on Madison in Lakewood, Ohio: Poetry Plus Featuring John Burroughs. Cheers and deep gratitude!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

National Beat Poetry Festival this weekend in Connecticut

I'm thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to read on days two (9/1) and three (9/2) of this year's National Beat Poetry Festival at The Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford, Connecticut 06057. I wish I could attend the day one (8/31) festivities, too, but I'll be traveling.

We will also celebrate the release of BEAT-itude: National Beat Poetry Festival 10 Year Anthology from Local Gems Press this weekend. I'm happy to be one of many writers included in that.

Just some of the featured poets on the days I'll be there (besides me) include William F DeVault, Lori Desrosiers, George Wallace, Marci Payne, Chris Vannoy, Jael Uribe, Chryssa Velissariou, James Paul Wagner, Carlo Parcelli, Daniel McTaggart, Viviana Duncan, Ngoma Hill, Paul Richmond, Annie Petrie, Ernel Grant, Krysia Jopek, Sandra Feen, Jessica Brooke, Rayn Roberts, Richard Wayne Horton, Prince A McNally, Elizabeth Fontaine, John Landry, Tchalla Williams, Derick Windrick (The Cosmic Poet), Bengt O Björklund, Barry Graham, Larry Jaffe and Evelyn Augusto. Plus, we'll be treated to featured music by Tony Vacca and Donna Gentile. Debbie Tosun Kilday and Colin Haskins will be our hosts.

Please follow the National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc. on Facebook for updates and more information about this weekend's festival and the many other events the Foundation puts on all year long:

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Athens, Chicago, Buffalo, Erie and Cleveland Heights the Next Two Weeks

This weekend, I hit the road again.

8/18 from around noon to 3 p.m. - Poets Kari Gunter-Seymour, Dianne Borsenik, Ivars Balkits, Jeffrey Hanson, Becca Lachman and I will share a stage at the Athens Community Arts & Music Festival in Athens, Ohio.  Read Expanded Athens Music Fest Gets Infusion of Art in The Athens News.

8/20 at 7 p.m. - I'll be the featured poet for this month's installment of the Waiting 4 the Bus: Weirdo Open Mic series at Uncharted Books in Chicago, Illinois.  

8/24 - I'll be featured poet during the 4th Friday series at Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe in Buffalo, New York.

8/28 - I'll be featured poet during the Poetry Night series at Calamari's Squid Row in Erie, Pennsylvania.

8/30 - I'll be back in Cleveland Heights to celebrate my friend Joe Arcangelini's new NightBallet chapbook release at Mac's Backs.

I look forward to seeing you somewhere somehow.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Crisis Chronicles Press publishes The Strength of Flowers by Steve Thomas

Crisis Chronicles Press is pleased to announce the imminent publication of Steve Thomas' new book, The Strength of Flowers. Steve has been a stalwart of the Cleveland poetry scene for many years, and now, finally this collection. It's about time! 

The Strength of Flowers is 80 pages, perfect bound, 5.5 x 8.5", featuring cover art by Danielle Stull, and available beginning 20 August 2018 for $11.99 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.  

Where Do You Want It?

ISBN: 978-1725142312. Poems include "Mapless," "When Miriam met Raymond Carver," Smoke dream, "Being moved unaware," "Contact in a contrary world," "Staring at Issa in the afternoon revisited" and many more.

Meet and hear the author on 10 October 2018, 7 pm, at Mac's Backs Books on Coventry in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Steve Thomas has had poems published in Baldwin Wallace University’s The Mill during the years of 1984 & 1985. Upon returning to Baldwin Wallace in 2005, The Mill published his poetry in 2005 and 2006. He also has contributed to Hessler Street Fair anthologies intermittently from 2007 to 2015, placing third in the competition in 2008. He also had some exposure in a literary magazine Muse sponsored by The Lit in 2009.

Cover Artist Danielle Stull majored in Art at Youngstown State University. Along with her painting and sculpting interests, Danielle has been tattooing, for the last decade, unique designs for customers. She is currently at Focused Tattoo in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, on Coventry.