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 7th Anniversary at Now That's Class

7/27 in Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Inkubator

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

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

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.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

My "Rough Cure" in the 50th Anniversary Hessler Street Fair Anthology

I'm happy to announce that my poem "Rough Cure" was selected as a finalist in the 2019 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest and will be published soon in the Fair's 50th anniversary anthology. I don't plan to compete at the final competition reading on May 11th, however (though I'll be there cheering everyone else on), because the ultimate winner has to be available to read at the Fair itself on the first weekend in June and that's when I'll be in Long Island for the Walt Whitman Bicentennial Convention. I'm happy, though, that my poem will be in the book alongside work by so many other fine folks.

More info:

Monday, April 22, 2019

Returning to CLE Urban Winery on 4/23!

Well, I didn't think I was giving another Cleveland area performance so soon, but then this happened! So pleased and honored to be returning to the CLE Urban Winery on Tuesday 4/23 to perform from the same stage as these fine folks. Thanks to host Jason Meyers for all he does and for including me in this fab event/line-up. The CLE Uncorked Performers Showcase happens every 2nd and 4th Tuesday.

Friday, April 19, 2019

So Much to See and Hear in the Next Few Weeks

Some upcoming events featuring Crisis Chronicles Press and/or our authors:

4/22 in Barberton, OH - Cat Russell author talk with music by Ed Amann at the Barberton Public Library.

4/23 in Cleveland Heights, OH - CLE Uncorked Performers Showcase featuring John Burroughs and more at CLE Urban Winery.

4/24 in Palm Springs, CA - A Night of Poetry and Art with Alex Gildzen.

4/25 in Marietta, OH - David Dodd Lee & Athens Poet Laureate: Kari Gunter-Seymour at WSCC (

4/27 in Columbus, OH - 2019 Ohioana Book Festival

4/28 in Old Brooklyn, OH - National Poetry Month Book Fair

4/30 in Worthington, OH - Rikki Santer & Jennifer Hambrick at The Light of Seven Matchsticks.

5/4 in Lakewood, OH - Vision of the Gypsy Queen featuring Nicole Hennessy's book launch.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Publishing Poetry in Northeast Ohio: Roundtable, Readings, Book Fair

Join in a lively discussion with regionally and nationally known poetry publishers on Saturday April 13th at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

12:30-2:00 Roundtable
Representatives from Bottom Dog Press, Cleveland State University Press, Crisis Chronicles Press, NightBallet Press, Poet’s Haven, and University of Akron Press will share their thoughts and insights about publishing poetry and answer questions from the audience. Moderated by Bonné de Blas, an MFA Candidate in the Northeastern Ohio Master of Fine Arts program at Kent State University.

2:00-2:15 Break
Enjoy free refreshments while you browse the book fair, talk with local publishers, and check out their publications.

2:15-3:45 Readings
Several authors published by presses in today’s roundtable will read from their work. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Readers will include Phil Metres, Ray McNiece, Rikki Santer, Holli Rainwater, Robin Mullet, Larry Smith and more.

3:45-4:30 Book Fair
Browse the book fair, talk with local publishers, and check out their publications.

Cuyahoga County Public Library
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
1876 South Green Road
South Euclid, Ohio  44121
Phone 216-382-4880

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP at

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Crisis Chronicles at the 2019 Annual Poets House​ Showcase in NYC

11/30/2018 selfie at Poets House
All of our recent (2018-2019) Crisis Chronicles Press​ titles will be featured in the 27th Annual Poets House​ Showcase in New York City from June 27th through August 17th!

Crisis Chronicles Press titles they will feature this year include:

Serving by Kari Gunter-Seymour
Where Never Was Already Is by Steven B. Smith
Citizen of Metropolis by Christine Howey
The Strength of Flowers by Steve Thomas
Dodge, Tuck, Roll by Rikki Santer
Malformed Confetti by Juliet Cook
Drinking From What I Once Wore by Chris Stroffolino
Awaiting Time by Helen Shepard
Triple Threat by John Dorsey
The Law of Almosts by Mindi Kirchner
Our house on the sand by Elaine Schleiffer
Soul Picked Clean by Cat Russell
Gypsy Queen by Nicole Hennessy
and whatever else I might get done in time.

Most of our earlier titles are also in their permanent collection.

More, More, More

Some great events either Crisis Chronicles Press, recent CCP authors, or I personally am/are involved in through the next few weeks of National Poetry Month include:

4/11 in Canton, OH - Cat Russell reads at Dorrie's Booktique (6:30pm).

4/12 in Canton OH - Cat Russell and others will compete in Writing Knights sWord Fight Showcase & Feature.

4/13 in South Euclid OH - Rikki Santer will read and Shelley Chernin will represent CCP during Publishing Poetry in Northeast Ohio (

4/13 in Massillon OH - Cat Russell will participate in Local Author Fair.

4/14 in Cleveland OH - Tongue in Groove Poetry Jam hosted by Raymond McNiece and featuring Dianne Borsenik at The Millard Fillmore Presidential Library.

4/17 in Cleveland OH - The Queer Community Read will feature me, Elaine Schleiffer and a whole lot more.

4/19 in Canton OH - Poetry and Art: Poet Cat Russell with artist Jim Meador.

4/22 in Barberton OH - Cat Russell and Ed Amann Author Talk at the Barberton Public Library.

4/24 in Palm Springs CA - A Night of Poetry and Art with Alex Gildzen.

4/27 in Columbus OH - 2019 Ohioana Book Festival.

4/28 in Old Brooklyn OH - National Poetry Month Book Fair.

I can barely keep all this and so many other great area events in my head, so I probably missed something.

Also, stay tuned for a very important announcement about a fantastic new release in May!