Thursday, November 17, 2022

Porcelains and Poetry in South Euclid: Rescheduled for Spring 2023

[UPDATE: due to unforeseen circumstances, this event will be be rescheduled for Spring 2023.]

On December 10th at 6:30 p.m., I'll have the privilege of being one of twelve area poets reading brand new ekphrastic work to raise funds for a very good cause. Porcelains & Poetry will be hosted by South Euclid Poet Laureate Doc Janning and One South Euclid at the Museum of American Porcelain Art.

From the press release:

"Enjoy readings by a dozen prominent local poets created in response to art at the American Museum of Porcelain Art with musical interludes by a string quartet from Charles F. Brush High School. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Proceeds from the fundraising event will support a One South Euclid program that helps senior residents age in place."

Buy your ticket at

Participating poets:

Doc Janning
Raja Belle Freeman
John Burroughs
Ray McNiece
Shelley Chernin
Amy Kesegich
Jeremy Jusek
Cat Russell
Russ Vidrick
Barbara Marie Minney
Mimi Plevin-Foust
Abdul Ghani

Museum of American Porcelain Art
4645 Mayfield Road
South Euclid, Ohio 44121

Monday, November 14, 2022

Poets Against Racism: December 10th in Youngstown

Saturday 10 December from 1 to 3 p.m., I will participate in a special Poets Against Racism event hosted by Debbie Allen and Quartez Harris at Common Goods Studio, 2000 Canfield Rd Top, Floor Unit C, Youngstown, OH 44511.

"A diverse array of poets will share works addressing the social injustices of racism, bigotry, intolerance, and hate. We hope you’ll attend!"

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Video: My 11/1/2023 SpoFest reading, with Gregory Seth Harris & Shelli Jankowski-Smith

I had the privilege of being SpoFest's guest author on November 1st, and here is the video. Many thanks to James Bryant, Rick C. Christiansen and Judy Turek, as well as the featured poets and everyone who attended and shared in the open mic. And congratulations to Freddy Fonseca, who won a copy of my book, Rattle and Numb.

Follow SpoFest Poetry and Prose on Facebook for more events.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Join us November 12th at the Avon Lake Public Library!

This Saturday, November 12th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Avon Lake Public Library, Crisis Chronicles Press and I will be sharing a table with Parma Poet Laureate Jeremy Jusek and the Ohio Poetry Association to promote Ohio poets at Read Write Local: Local and Regional Author Event. Hope to see you there!

Avon Lake Public Library
32649 Electric Boulevard
Avon Lake, Ohio 44012

Monday, November 7, 2022

See you 11/10 at Loganberry Books!

This Thursday, November 10th at 7pm, I'll have the honor of returning to Loganberry Books to be the featured poet for their monthly Broadsides and Ephemera reading series. Hope you'll come and bring something for the open mic.

Many thanks to Julie Beckers, who originally invited me, and to Elijah Perseus Blumov, the current host.
Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44120

Monday, October 31, 2022

Join us November 5th for the release of Kan Zaman by Judith Mansour

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the imminent publication of Kan Zaman, a memoir in poetry and prose by Judith Mansour. ISBN: 979-8-88596-994-9. Pre-order now for $15 and receive free shipping. Or meet the author at our book release event on November 5th at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights.

"Judith Mansour’s Kan Zaman is an irresistible evocation of the Lebanese household she grew up in. This magical book is both a love poem to her family and an invitation for all of us to revisit our childhood, that paradise to which we can only return through memory. Mansour’s writing, by turns both sensual and hauntingly lyrical, is as welcoming as a warm kitchen on a winter night."
George Bilgere

You may also pre-order Kan Zaman from our friends at Mac's Backs Books on Coventry in Cleveland Heights.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Video of my Covid interview and 11/1 I'll be the guest author for SpoFest on Zoom

From their press release:

November 1st, 6pm CST [7pm Eastern], the next must-watch SpoFest!

It features Martina McGowan, Gregory Seth Harris and Shelli Jankowski-Smith. Our guest author is US National Beat Poet Laureate, John Burroughs.
Sign up to read in our open mic, and enter your name in our book raffle for a chance to win a signed copy of John's book [Rattle and Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019]!

More info on the Facebook event page:

Click here to watch our exclusive interview with John Burroughs [I was still sick and a little brain-foggy when it was recorded]:

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

A Wreath of Golden Laurels: An Anthology of Poetry by 100 Poets Laureate

I feel greatly honored that my poem "I Am Not Ready to Die," written not long after the murder of George Floyd, appears in this new anthology published by Local Gems Press, alongside the work of so many fine poets.

A Wreath of Golden Laurels: An Anthology of Poetry by 100 Poets Laureate

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Lit Youngstown Fall Literary Festival: October 20th through 22nd

Lit Youngstown's 6th annual Fall Literary Festival will be centered around the theme “The Places That Make Us,” a conversation about writing, publishing, teaching, community outreach, and inclusion.

Supported by Ohio Humanities, the conference aims to sustain and enhance discussion on real and imagined literary places that shape our memory, experience and identity.

This year’s featured presenters are film scholar & screenwriter Laura Beadling, fiction writer Kelly Fordon, filmmaker Karla Murthy, children’s author Candace Fleming & poet Joy Priest.

My Crisis Chronicles Press will be part of the festival's book fair.

For more information, to register, and to view the full schedule, click here.