Saturday, July 13, 2019

Now Curating Poetry+ in Lakewood

I am happy to announce that I am now curating the monthly Poetry+ reading series at Art on Madison in Lakewood, Ohio. I'd like to thank previous longtime curator Timothy Gaewsky for the marvelous job he has done creating and maintaining the series and consistently bringing in excellent writers, and I wish him all the best as moves forward. I'm also grateful to Ivan Kende, Vanessza Wright and Art on Madison for being supportive of the local literary community and affording me this opportunity to take the baton and run with it.

Poetry+ has traditionally aimed to shine "the spotlight on a single writer, providing that writer with the platform and time necessary to present a body of their work and to connect with their audience." I plan to maintain that spirit, but expand a bit to feature two writers each month, ideally one great out-of-town writer paired with one great local/Ohio writer. I want to experiment with including a tight but inclusive open mic as well.

Usually Poetry+ takes place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, though for September 2019 ONLY we will hold it on the 2nd Tuesday. We have some fantastic featured poets coming up, and I hope you'll come out and show your support! 

July 16: Poetry Plus Presents Jeremy Jusek

August 20: Poetry+ featuring Philip Terman & Sandra Feen

September 10: Poetry+ featuring Jeanette Powers & Dianne Borsenik

October 15: Poetry+ featuring Matt Hart & Nicole Hennessy

November 19: Poetry+ featuring Steve Abbott & Leonard Kress

For more information, please visit our website:

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Bringing the Noise to Cleveland x 7

On July 7th 2019, I'll perform something strange during the Noise Lunch 7 Year Anniversary Cookout/Potluck Throwdown! at Now That's Class in Cleveland.

Curated by Lisa Miralia + Brian Neaville, the theme for this event is The Number 7.

3 - 5:30pm - Cookout/Potluck out back on the deck and parking lot.
Bring a dish to share and/or something for the grill!
/// Outdoor performances by:
Fear Rod (Jacob Bonhert)
Pokey Karol

5:45 - 8pm - Noise Lunch, Cake, and surprises inside.
/// Main Stage room performances by:
Concave Onion (Tyler Jasterbowski-Caleb Lutz-Bunk)
Contamination Diet (Kevin Terrorsick-Brian Neaville)
Dissilient + Murderous Vision (Chris Bilecki-Paul Markus-Stephan Petrus)
Elephant Pill (PA – Alex Wilson)
Ohio Beat Poet Laureate John Burroughs
Serrated Slump (Pete Bach-Maggie Duff)

Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Kate Fox Interviews John Burroughs & Paul Richmond, Recaps Whitman 200

One cool thing that happened during the recent Walt Whitman Bicentennial Convention was meeting Kate Fox and being interviewed for her show. That episode in now online. Our chat begins around the 5:15 mark. Then around the 9:20 mark I read my poem "Disciples" from the recent National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc.'s 10-year anthology. Many thanks to The Kate Fox Show! Along the way you'll also see a great interview with incoming US Beat Poet Laureate Paul Richmond as well as readings by other groovy people including Colin Haskins, Debbie Tosun Kilday, James Paul Wagner and Kate herself.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

From June through August: Prime Events, New Book

After a whirlwind past couple of years of zipping around the country, I only have six events scheduled for between now and August, and I'm extremely excited about them all. Seeking more prime gigs for after my new hardcover poetry book is released by Venetian Spider Press in August! 

5/31 - 6/2 in Hauppauge, NY: Walt Whitman Bicentennial Convention.

6/13 in Athens, OH: Spoken & Heard: Poetry of Departure & Relevance.

6/15 in Columbus, OH: OPA Poetry Publishing & Bookmaking Workshops

7/7 in Cleveland, OH: Noise Lunch 7 Year Anniversary Throwdown

7/27 in Cleveland, OH: 2019 Cleveland Inkubator

8/1 in Columbus, OH: OPA's Ohio Poetry Showcase at the Ohio State Fair

8/16 in Cleveland, Ohio: SAYMO Poetry featuring Burroughs and Borsenik

8/30 - 9/1 in New Hartford, CT: National Beat Poetry Festival and Awards Weekend

The new book is titled Rattle and Numb and will feature cover art by Cleveland's own Emma Anderson. Super grateful to Venetian Spider and their editor/publisher William F. DeVault!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ryan Sagert's interview of me on LCCC's Boom Radio, 11/13/2018

Back in November, Ryan Sagert interviewed me about poetry and more for Lorain County Community College's Boom Radio. I remember being geeked out on coffee at the time. Ha! Now the interview is archived on my MixCloud page and available for eternal listening. Thank you again, Ryan!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Featured on the CCPL's Writers Reading Podcast

In December, the Cuyahoga County Public Library recorded me reading 7 poems for their monthly Writers Reading podcast, and today I learned that my installment is online. Many thanks to Laurie Kincer and the best library system in the United States!

Listen here:

Monday, May 6, 2019

From Here (to Denver to Long Island) to Eternity

My Maine reading this month is being rescheduled. But there are still lots of events featuring Crisis Chronicles Press authors and friends coming up this month. Just off the top of my head:

5/10 in Toledo, OH - Naked Toes Couch Concert at Glass City Roasters.

5/11 in Norwalk, OH - Grey Skies & Blue Hearts: A Poetry Workshop (with Nicole Hennessy, Dianne Borsenik, Claire McMahon & more).

5/12 in South Euclid, OH - Second Sunday Poets at the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

5/14 in Cleveland Heights, OH - CLE Uncorked: Voices and Vines on Lee featuring Sara Minges and more.

5/18 in Kent, OH - Concrete Wink Poetry Reading (Rikki Santer, Sandra Feen & Chuck Salmons)

5/19 in Cleveland, OH - Tongue in Groove Poetry Jam featuring Nicole Hennessy at The Millard Fillmore Presidential Library.

5/21 in Lakewood, OH - Poetry Plus Featuring Kari Gunter-Seymour at Art on Madison.

5/24 in Denver, CO - A very burger weekend: night one hosted by Cheeseburger Nebula Galactic Press at BookBar.

5/25 in Denver, CO - A very burger weekend: night two at Hooked on Colfax.

5/31 thru 6/2 in Long Island, NY - the Walt Whitman Bicentennial Convention (

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Vision of the Gypsy Queen, launch May 4th at Good Goat

Flier art by Lauren Dulay
Join Cleveland writer and journalist Nicole Hennessy as she celebrates the release of her new book, Gypsy Queen, via Crisis Chronicles Press.

The opening is on Saturday, May 4th from 6pm-10pm, with book signing and poetry reading at 8pm. Sarah Cuturic will also be joining us for the opening to perform original songs from her band, Napsack.

To accompany Nicole's book release there will be a three week long poetry/art event, curated by Nicole with several poems written by women that have been illustrated by women in a variety of media. A section of the show will also include Rocky River High School girls from a writing club called Driftwood. The art show will run for 3 weeks, through May 25th. Hours: Wed. through Sat. 1-6 p.m. Also open by appointment.

More details at

The Good Goat Gallery
17012 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

Crisis Chronicles Press publishes Gypsy Queen by Nicole Hennessy

Crisis Chronicles Press is overjoyed to announce the publication of Gypsy Queen, a stunning new poetry collection by Cleveland's own Nicole Hennessy.
Gypsy Queen is 60 pages, perfect bound, 5.5 x 8.5". ISBN: 978-1-64092-945-6. Front cover art by Lauren Dulay. Available 4 May 2019, but you can pre-order now for only $10 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. 

Your location?

Read a selection from Gypsy Queen on the Cuyahoga County Public Library website.

photo of Nicole Hennessy by Chad Cochran
Nicole Hennessy is a poet and journalist from Cleveland, Ohio. Gypsy Queen is her debut poetry collection, though she has been chasing poetry for more than twenty years. Her previous publications include Black Rabbit, a nonfiction profile of poet and artist Tom Kryss. Nicole also co-founded the underground art and literary bimonthly, Miser Magazine; and she will eventually launch her art and outreach effort, Universal Eccentrics, with some incredible, like-minded weirdoes. Her work has appeared in local and regional publications, and she was recently recognized as a Wild Wmn by the LA-based women’s artistic and wellness collective of the same name. Nicole is also mom to a spirited four-year-old boy. She’s probably cuddled up at home watching cartoons. You can stalk her on Instagram @nicohenness.

Read an interview with Nicole Hennessy: "Local Writer and Journalist Nicole Hennessy Releases Debut Poetry Book ‘Gypsy Queen’" at Cool Cleveland.
Meet the author at these special upcoming events:
5/4 - Vision of the Gypsy Queen book launch party and reading by Nicole Hennessy at the Good Goat Gallery, 17012 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio. (The accompanying art show runs through May 25th.)

5/11 - Grey Skies & Blue Hearts at Sheri's Coffee House, 27 Whittlesey Avenue in Norwalk, Ohio.

5/19 - Tongue in Groove Poetry Jam featuring Nicole Hennessy at the Millard Fillmore Presidential Library, 15617 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio.

11/23 - Crisis Chronicles and NightBallet Presses present readings by their Class of 2019 authors at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1876 S. Green Road in South Euclid, Ohio.