Sunday, July 3, 2022

I'm participating in Tupelo Press' 30/30 this month

I am participating in Tupelo Press' 30/30 this month to raise money for their vital work and to give me an extra incentive to write daily. My first three days' poem/drafts are now online, along with those by the other participants. Many thanks to the friends who have donated so far to sponsor me in this poem-a-thon. 

Anyone who donates at least $25 through my link will receive a complimentary copy of my next book when it's out as a token of my appreciation. Of course I will revise and refine these pieces later. I was tentatively planning to christen this series "30 Days in the Hole" (after Humble Pie) until I remembered that there are 31 days in July.

My goal is to raise $500 for Tupelo Press (as well as 31 poems for myself).

Friday, July 1, 2022

Athens Poet Laureate Chalks My "Half Write"


Many thanks to Athens Poet Laureate Wendy McVicker! I've been enjoying her sidewalk poem posts on Facebook and feel incredibly honored that she chose one of mine this time.

This poem appears in my book Rattle and Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019, published by Venetian Spider Press.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

I've been selected to serve as the 2022-2023 U.S. Beat Poet Laureate

OMG. I have been pretty much speechless since hearing the news earlier today. There are so many worthy candidates across our nation and I'm a bit incredulous that I've been selected. But I promise I will do everything I can to be worthy. Poetry saves lives. Someone asked me if I really believe that and I do. It saved mine.

Immense gratitude to the National Beat Poetry Foundation and everyone who has supported me over the years and has helped me evolve and continue evolving as a poet and person.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Performing June 21st in Evansville, Indiana!

I'm looking forward to performing at the Bokeh Lounge in Evansville this Tuesday at 7 p.m Central. This event is part of the Poetry Speaks: Readings and Performances series hosted by "Hoosier Bill" Sovern, the recent Indiana Beat Poet Laureate. It will be my first reading in that state since 2017. Looking forward to seeing area poet friends and hearing new voices!

Bokeh Lounge
1007 Parrett Street
Evansville, IN 47713.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

NFSPS Convention in Columbus Next Week!


You now have until June 19th to register for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Convention that is happening in central Ohio on June 23rd through 26th, hosted by the Ohio Poetry Association

Hanif Abdurraqib will be their convention Keynote speaker. If you can't attend in person, there is also an option to attend virtually.

More info:

I'll be participating in two events there:

A reading by contributors to I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing: Ohio's Appalachian Voices on 6/23 at 8 p.m. and a Poets Laureate panel on The Power of Literary Citizenship on 6/24 at 1 p.m.

Hope to see you!

Monday, June 6, 2022

June 11th online: I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing anthology reading

On June 11th, the Cuyahoga County Public Library will host a reading by contributors to the new I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing: Ohio's Appalachian Voices anthology (edited by Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour and published by Sheila-Na-Gig). This reading will take place online and we'd love for you to tune in. 

Registered participants will also have the option of attending in-person at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch to watch the event on a large screen.

Please register here to attend.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

June 2nd: Pauletta Hansel, Jonie McIntire and John Burroughs at Visible Voice

I will have the distinct honor and privilege of reading with two of Ohio's finest poets, Pauletta Hansel and Jonie McIntire, on Thursday June 2nd, 7 p.m., at Visible Voice Books in Cleveland.

Jonie McIntire, John Burroughs and Pauletta Hansel

Pauletta Hansel’s nine poetry collections include Heartbreak Tree, a poetic exploration of the intersection of gender and place in Appalachia, published in 2022 by Madville Publishing, and Friend, Coal Town Photographand Palindrome, winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award for best Appalachian poetry, all from Dos Madres Press. She is 2022 Writer-in-Residence for The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Her writing has been featured in Oxford American, Rattle, Appalachian Journal, The Anthology of Appalachian Writers, American Life in Poetry, Verse Daily and Poetry Daily, among others. She recently served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Cincinnati.

Jonie McIntire, Poet Laureate of Lucas County, Ohio, is the poetry editor at Of Rust and Glass and Membership Chair with Ohio Poetry Association. Her most recent chapbook, Semidomesticated (Red Flag Poetry, 2021) won Red Flag Poetry’s 2020 chapbook contest and is being re-released by Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. Her prior chapbooks are Beyond the Sidewalk (Nightballet Press, 2017) and Not All Who Are Lost Wander (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Her poems, published in print journals, anthologies, online and even into cement, have been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prize. McIntire hosts a monthly reading series called Uncloistered Poetry from Toledo, Ohio.

Visible Voice Books
2258 Professor Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Video: the jojo show featuring John Burroughs

It was fun to talk with John Compton for over an hour (and also read some poems) on May 9th's episode of the jojo show. John has been talking with a different poet every day (and broadcasting these conversations live) since January. 

Permalink to my episode:

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

May 14th in Toledo: I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing anthology reading

On May 14th, Uncloistered Poetry and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library will host a reading by contributors to the recently published I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing anthology (edited by Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour and published by Sheila-Na-Gig). We'd love to see you there!

2 p.m.

325 N. Michigan Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

May 9th online: John Burroughs on the jojo show

I'm looking forward to being John Compton's guest on the jojo show this coming Monday, May 9th at 2 p.m. Eastern, streaming live. For some months now, he's been talking with a different poet every day. Here's who he has scheduled for the next eight:

5 - Jeannie E. Roberts (noon central)
6 - Aakriti Kuntal (4 a.m. central)
7 - Jackie Chou (noon central)
8 - William Jr. Taylor (1 p.m. central)
9 - John Burroughs (1 p.m. central)
10 - Kelliane Parker (1 p.m. central)
11 - John James (noon central)
12 - Charlotte Pence (noon central)
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