Friday, November 21, 2014

My Primacy in the Vending Machine

My new poem "Primacy" appears in the book Vending Machine: Poetry for Change Volume 5, to be released Saturday 11/22/2014 by the Poet's Haven. To get a free copy, take a food donation to the launch event at at Karma Cafe in Canton, Ohio, at 6 p.m.  Featured performers will be Akeem-Jamal Rollins, Mark Sebastian Jordan, Nikann Charney and Nikie Decay.  For more details, see the  Facebook event page.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Big Bang, Oh-my-wow - Bree's New Book Published by Crisis Chronicles Press

We are thrilled to publish a new chapbook-length poem by the inimitable Bree!  It's a big bang, multiverse, oh-my-wow of a work that blew me away. I bet it will you, too. 

Get I Don't for $7 US from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, Ohio 44111 USA.

Out 15 November 2014, 20+ pages, hand assembled, recycled paper, black end papers, saddle staple card stock bound, featuring cover art by Smith.

ISBN: 978-1-940996-12-7. 1st ed. 59 copies.

Bree vibes at the Lix & Kix Poetry Extravaganza
(photo by JC)
Bree's work has been published by Arthur Magazine, ArtCrimes, Big Bridge, Big Hammer, Bottle of Smoke, Bottom Dog, Cleveland State University, Deep Cleveland, Ecstatic Peace, Iniquity, Jawbone, Kirpan, Miser, Muse, Ronin Press, Split Whiskey, Temple, The City, The Literary Underground and countless precious mags. She is the author of Some Hiatus: Tucky Poems (2014); A Leg to Stand On (2013); The Rainbow Sweater & My Mother (2012); Let Cupid Know (Ronin Press 2012); Laying Pans (Ecstatic Peace 2009), Sleeping with the Sun In His Eyes with Akol Madut, the story of one Lost Boy of Sudan, and how he found his home in Cleveland, OH; (2009); was chicken trax amid sparrows tread (Temple 2009); Awol culinary poems (Ptrint /P2Begin, Cleveland 2009); and many titles thru her Green Panda Press, began in 2001, which puts out anthies, collections and ephemera, produces poetry fests and events assembling the small press community, getting poets who face each other on pages in the same room for a bit of company.

Monday, November 17, 2014


I was quoted in reference to my student loan travails in this recent issue of the Lorain County Community College Collegian:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My next three poetry performances

Friday 11/28 (2 to 6 pm) - Amherst, Ohio
Cemetery Arts Productions presents: poetry and music by Ryan Sagert, Ruben Escandon, Jeremy Ryzhevski, John Burroughs and more TBA at the Arabica Coffee Bistro, 254 Park Avenue, Amherst.

Friday 12/5 (8 to 10 pm) - Erie, Pensylvania
Friday Night Writes featuring John Burroughs at Poet's Hall. Evening includes an open mic. Poets' Hall, 1136 E. Lake Rd. in Erie.

Friday 12/12 (7 to 10 pm) - Canton, Ohio
Writing Knights Apocalypse featuring John Burroughs, styles83, Andi Line and Zach.  $5 cover, catered event, proceeds go to the artists. Open mic included. Journey Art Gallery, 431 4th Street NW, Canton.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Crisis Chronicles Press releases brilliant new Elise Geither chapbook November 3rd during Monday at Mahall's featuring Writer's Root

cover photo by Steven B. Smith

Poet/playwright Elise Geither is one of my favorite Ohio writers, and has been for years. So I'm excited to announce the release of her new Crisis Chronicles Press chapbook, HOLDING STORIES in YOUR HANDS. This book is 25 pages, loving handbound with ivory cardstock cover and black endpapers.  Highlights include "The End of Once Upon," "How to Fold a Woman" and "Into the Woods We Go."

Get yours for $7 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, Ohio 44111 USA.

ISBN 978-1-940996-11-0.  1st edition: 100 copies. 
Join us for the official release and meet Elise at 7:30 pm on 3 November 2014 during Monday at Mahall's featuring Writer's Root, 13200 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio.  

Elise Geither at the Lava Lounge in Cleveland, 2014 - photo by JB

Saturday, November 1, 2014

My "Smoker" in the new Pressure Press anthology

My "Smoker" appears in this mighty fine book edited by Ron Androla of Pressure Press

Click here to get your copy while it's hot off the presses!

Contributors include Adrian C. Louis, Patrick Mckinnon, Cheryl Townsend, Bree, Jeff Weddle, John Korn, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Bart Solarcyzk, Dave Roskos, Tom Blessing, John Burroughs, Greg Brown, Jeremiah Walton, Joyce Chelmo, Liz Minette, Marisa Moks-Unger, Coleen Shin, Carter Monroe, Sheila Murphy, Peggy Eldridge-Love, Didi Menendez, Barbara Moore, Mike Boyle, Bud Backen, Joan Papalia-Eisert, Jim Chandler, Belinda Subraman, Andy Darlington, C.F. Roberts, Chuck Joy, Mark Hartenbach, Cee Williams, Matt Shaw, Danny Baker, Mike Castro and Jeff Filipski.