Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Busy Be thru April

The next 12 days will be a WHIRLWIND. Friday April 13th is Burroughs and Borsenik Foaming at the Mouth in St. Louis. Saturday the 14th is our FountainVerse Poetry Reading in Overland Park, Kansas. The 15th we'll be in Oklahoma. The 16th is Brews-Zing Poetry with Burroughs, Borsenik, Baldinger & Dorsey in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 18th is Latitudes Poetry Night feat. Dianne Borsenik in Akron, Ohio. Then comes #KleftCrisis2018, our 3-venue poetry fest featuring authors from across the country: Kleft Crisis 2018 - Cleveland (20th), Kleft Crisis 2018 - Mansfield (21st at 2pm) and Kleft Crisis 2018 - Cleveland Heights (21st at 7pm). Finally, on the 22nd will be the Tongue-in-Groove Poetry Jam featuring Steven Smith at The Millard Fillmore Presidential Library in Cleveland. And as if that's not enough, after that I'll find my way to Athens Poet Laureate: Just When You Think You Know Her... in Athens, Ohio on the 26th and the Poetry Forum featuring John Burroughs on the 30th in Columbus. But believe it or not, my May might be even busier.

My full 2018 poetry event schedule is here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Crisis Chronicles Press publishes Where Never Was Already Is by Smith

I am so very excited to announce the publication of underground art legend Steven B. Smith's magnum opus, Where Never Was Already Is, a collection of decades worth of his best poetry combined with a liberal array of his renowned collage art.

If not for discovering Smith and his work, I might never have attended a live poetry event or become a publisher. I cannot overstate his importance and influence, but not just on me. He is a master of language and rhythm and distilling innumerable harmonious essences from disparate parts. His humor is delightful and biting. His sensitivity and insight are unsurpassed. And no one is better at wordplay. Mix in love, lust, brain dust, the news, the blues and a lifetime of experiences that would make one hell of a series of movies and out comes Where Never Was Already Is, the must-have book of 2018.

Where Do You Want It?

Where Never Was Already Is by Steven B. Smith is perfect bound, 6" x 9", featuring 27 collages and roughly 250 poems on 324 pages. Cover collage and author photo also by Smith. ISBN: 978-1-940996-49-3. Available for $15 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

Meet and hear Smith at these special upcoming events:
4/21 at 7pm during the Kleft Crisis 2018 poetry festival at Mac's Backs in Cleveland Heights.
4/22 at 6pm during the Tongue-in-Groove Poetry Jam at the Millard Fillmore Presidential Library in Cleveland.

Smith: poet 55 years, artist 54 years. His books include Zen Over Zero - Selected Poems 1964-2008 on City Poetry Press; Unruly on Crisis Chronicles Press; Hip Cat Femur Whack Give a Doc a Bone on NightBallet Press; and his memoir Stations of the Lost & Found, a True Tale of Armed Robbery, Stolen Cars, Outsider Art, Mutant Poetry, Underground Publishing, Robbing the Cradle, and Leaving the Country by Smith & Lady on City Poetry Press.

See his art and poetry on agentofchaos.com, Smith & Lady's blogs on walkingthinice.com, and his songs on reverbnation.com/mutantsmith where he sort of sings his words with music by Peter Ball and Billy Clarksville.

Smith says his greatest achievement is finding and marrying Lady K. 13 years ago and their selling his place to live for 31 months in 10 countries on 3 continents.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Noise Update

Jessie Herzfeld, John Burroughs & Shelley Chernin
perform "Speaking in Lungs" 4/8/2018 at Mahall's
[photo by Rob Galo]
After my last few readings (Nervous Dog, Ekphrastacy and the NightBallet book release) were so serious (the subject matter of my new book lends itself to that) I decided to just have fun yesterday at Noise Lunch and be a bit of a goof. Fortunately I had amazing collaborators in Jessie Herzfeld and Shelley Chernin. Thanks to Lisa Miralia and Margo Emm for pulling together such an unforgettable happening. After three great poetic events in the past four days and spending every spare moment this week trying to get Smith's book to the printer on deadline (a mission accomplished early this morning), I'm glad to have a down half-day to start catching up on a bunch of neglected miscellany that I'd like to get done before I go out of town Thursday. Maybe I'll even find an hour to read the news and take Leda for a walk. Stay tuned for a blog post about Smith's magnum opus, Where Never Was Already Is, the biggest book Crisis Chronicles Press has ever published. It's not only massive, but masterful. Lucky me!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Performing at Sound Poetry: A Noise Lunch Reading 4/8 in Lakewood

Shelley Chernin, Jessie Herzfeld and I will perform a unique collaborative set Sunday 4/8/2018 during Sound Poetry: A Noise Lunch Reading (curated by Margo Emm) at Mahall's in Lakewood.

Other acts performing include
Andrew Auten + Rob Rosin
Catherine Butler
Frass Accolades
Grace Harper + Catherine Butler + Lisa Miralia
M; Margo
Maggie Duff + Alexa Mal
Robin Guiler + Ian Cummins
Xan Schwartz

The whole shebang runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Hope to see you there.

Mahall's 20 Lanes
13200 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Reading new work at Heights Arts in Cleveland Heights tonight!

art by John Carlson, Dana Oldfather,
Suzanne Head & Tony Ingrisano
Tonight, Thursday 5 April, at Heights Arts! Poets Mwatabu S. Okantah, Mary E. Weems, Christine Howey and I will read new work inspired by the exhibition Drawn Together: Emotional Intelligence and the Vernacular of the Heart. We'll also hear a talk from curator Josh Werling, as well as exhibition artists Suzanne Head, Tony Ingrisano, and Dana Oldfather. More info.

Heights Arts
2175 Lee Road
Cleveland, OH 44118

Monday, April 2, 2018

Public Debut of Loss and Foundering

photo by Dianne Borsenik
My new book, Loss and Foundering, makes its public debut today in the window of Appletree Books. Thank you so much to everyone who has pre-ordered! I will meet with publisher Dianne Borsenik/NightBallet Press on Wednesday to sign and package books and broadsides and then they will be on their way. If you're in northern Ohio, I hope you will come meet us on Friday April 6th for the Poetry Reading and Reception for NightBallet Press at Appletree. Fab central Ohio poets Chuck Salmons, Rikki Santer and Steve Abbott will read. And if you can't make it and still haven't had a chance to order my book but would like to, you can still do so here

See more at www.nightballet.com.

Appletree Books
12419 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106


Sunday, April 1, 2018