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 

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!

A e-book is available for £4.95 at

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

Podcast: 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.

Episode permalink:

Learn more about Poetry Spotlight, sponsored by the Ohio Poetry Association, at

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."