Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Rattle & Numb: Selected & New Poems, 1992-2019 (OUT NOW!)

Cover painting by Emma Anderson
I am beyond excited to see that my new book—Rattle & Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019—is now available. This is by far my biggest book yet, and my first hardcover. It features all my best poems from the past three decades, including a healthy helping of new, previously unpublished work. I absolutely love the cover art by Cleveland's own Emma Anderson. I am so grateful to her and to Venetian Spider Press editor William F. DeVault. I feel incredibly honored to join the VSP family.

Rattle & Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019 is now available from many of your favorite independent bookstores, as well as from Barnes and Noble and other online outlets.

You may also procure a signed copy of Rattle & Numb directly from me on my book tour, which so far features appearances in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Michigan, Missouri, and a bunch of venues across Ohio.

I'm always interested in adding more events. So if you're interested in having me read/talk/hang out at your university, bookstore, library, festival or literary happening, please contact me at

Read a review by Pamela R. Anderson-Bartholet in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, by Heidi Blakeslee at GAS: Poetry, Art & Music, and by many others at Goodreads.

Artist Emma Anderson and me
[photo by Marty Snyder]
"In Rattle and Numb...John Burroughs has chosen some very strong pieces that propel the reader through a life-arc, while artfully revealing the person behind the poetry. His trademark wordplay is evident throughout, as in Ataraxis be bloom/be lilt/be boom/be wilt and Out (Not Fade Away) But in spite of it I wrote on/rode on/right on/wry dawn/rite yawn. Classic Burroughs poems—John Cage Uncaged and Engaged, Low Kay Shun, Lens—anchor the narrative, while new and newer poems create fresh mythologies, tackle the facelessness of Facebook, brood over the flow of rivers into Lake Erie, promise flaming postcards/from the conflagration. Rattle and Numb is both, and neither; it is a confessional collection that promises and delivers to whomever it may concern."
—Dianne Borsenik, author of Raga for What Comes Next, publisher at NightBallet Press


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Hoot feat. Robert Carr & John Burroughs, 9/4 in Portsmouth NH

Robert Carr
Next week, following the National Beat Poetry Festival in Connecticut, I'm also thrilled to be returning to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on September 4th for a reading with Robert Carr.

Join us at 7 p.m.
Café Espresso
800 Islington Street,
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Portsmouth is at the center of one of my favorite poetry regions in the country and I'm so happy to be returning!

For more about Robert Carr
, not to be confused with the 1st Earl of Somerset, please visit

Sunday, August 25, 2019

2019 National Beat Poetry Festival - 8/30 thru 9/1 in Connecticut

*Copied from the National Beat & International Beat Poetry Festival Bulletin Board*

The National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc. will host their annual 3 day, National Beat Poetry Festival, one of the largest gatherings in the US, of Beat Poets from the US and worldwide.

Master of Ceremonies: Darlene Fernandez.

Locations & Times:

Friday, August 30, 2019, Noelke Gallery, 15 Water Street, Torrington, CT, starting at 7:00pm. Readings and spoken word. Music by Podunk Throwbacks. Plus an open mic.

Saturday August 31, 2019, The Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library, 10 Center Street, New Hartford, CT, 2:00pm-6:00pm. Ten new Beat Poets Laureate will be named and honored at a special awards ceremony for their dedication and contributions to their respective communities for their love of writing, poetry, spoken word and the arts.
Music by Tony Vacca. Plus an open mic.

Sunday September 1, 2019, Farm River Cafe, 526 Main Street, New Hartford, CT from 2:00pm to 5:00. Readings, spoken word, and musicians should plan on coming to share their talents. Plus an open mic.

All aficionados of Poetry, Music, & the Arts are cordially invited to attend this cultural enriching three day event.

Books and merchandise from many different artists will be available for purchase all three days and at all three event venues.

Poets will be reading their poetry all three days from our newest poetry anthology called, We Are Beat from Local Gems Press [pre-order here].

This years award recipients are:

Paul Richmond: National Beat Poet Laureate USA (2019-2020)

Donna Anne Allard - International Beat Poet Laureate, Canada (2019-2020)

Dr. Chryssa Velissariou: Greece Beat Poet Laureate - (2019-Lifetime) from Larisa, Greece

John Burroughs - State of Ohio Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2021)

BLW (Babs) McGrory - State of Delaware Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2021)

Ron Whitehead - State of Kentucky Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2021)

Richard Wayne Horton - State of Massachusetts Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2021)

William David Sovern - State of Indiana Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2021)

Kate Lamberg - State of New York, Long Island Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2021)

Nordette N. Adams - State of Louisiana Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2021)

I would like to express my gratitude to Debbie Tosun Kilday and Colin Haskins of the National Beat Poetry Foundation. You may contact them with any questions about this and/or future events at: NBPF15@GMAIL.COM.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

A Poetic Farewell to Vertigo Xi'an Xavier, Friday 8/23 in Akron

Please join us tomorrow (Friday 8/23) in Akron to celebrate the life and legacy of our dear friend Vertigo Xi'an Xavier
5:30 to 8:30 pm at Polymer City Records, 730 Portage Trail Extension W, Akron, OH 44313.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Next appearances: 8/16 in Cleveland and 8/17 in Monroe, Michigan

8/16 in Cleveland, Ohio
The Power of Word featuring Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs at SAYMO Collective + Gallery, 16205 Lorain Avenue, hosted by Georgia Reash.

8/17 in Monroe, Michigan
Madhouse & Firefly present: HEAT featuring William F. DeVault, John Burroughs Leo Todd Jarret, Dan Denton, Michelle Williams, Melvin Douglas Johnson, Damon Aker, AE Audamatic Harris, Leo Jarret, Gwen Jerris, Rebel Jones, Chris Curan, Jesse Eagle, live painting by Erik Steiger and musical guest Lucian Townes at Serendipitous Vintage, 403 E. Front Street.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Next Performance: CLE Uncorked 8/13/2019 at CLE Urban Winery

Tuesday 13 August 2019, CLE Uncorked, Voices and Vines on Lee will happen again, hosted by Jason Patrick Meyers. I will again have the honor of being one of their featured performers, this time along with Kansas City poet Sara Minges and musical acts Sam Hooper, Cameron Schnell, Brian Alan Hager, Simon Kenneally, Erica Wise and Bridget Davis.

CLE Uncorked happens the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at CLE Urban Winery, 2180 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118.

Find more information at and

Sunday, August 4, 2019

moCa, CLE Urban, SAYMO and Serendipitous in the next two weeks

People have asked where else I'll be poeticizing in the next couple of weeks, but I usually don't have my calendar with me and can't remember the exact dates to tell them. So while I have it with me, here they are.

8/13 at CLE Urban Winery with Sara Minges and others, part of CLE Uncorked: Performers Showcase, hosted by Jason Meyers.

I'll be doing totally different stuff at each of these events. So come to them all!