Thursday, October 28, 2021

Appearing at the Avon Lake Public Library's Read Write Local on 11/6

I only have three more events scheduled for this year, and here's the next one:

I will have the honor of participating in Read Write Local, an annual event at the Avon Lake Public Library, on November 6th 2021, where over 30 Northeast Ohio authors will be up and down the library's indoor "Avenue" to meet you, sell books, and sign them. There will be two sessions, each featuring different authors. The morning session will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon and the afternoon session (where I'm scheduled) will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Questions? Contact Gerry Vogel at

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Tongue-in-Groove Poetry Jam featuring John Burroughs, Sunday 10/24

Next up! It's always fun to see Ray McNiece and the band perform (both by themselves and with other writers). And this month I get the honor of being their featured poet. Hope to see you there this Sunday! Please bring something (maybe spooky) to share during the open mic. Sunday 10/24/2021 at 6 p.m. Eastern.

From the press release:

Tongue-in-Groove Poetry Jam is back live at the Fillmore. Heights Poet Laureate Ray McNiece will host, with Al Moses on guitar, Nick Marino on bass, Michelle Clark on percussion and Tim Lachina on harmonica. Ohio Beat Poet Laureate John Burroughs will be our featured poet. Bring a poem to share (backed by the band if you wish) during the open mic.

Burroughs serves as the State of Ohio Beat Poet Laureate (2019-21). A nationally touring writer, his most recent books include Rattle & Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019 [2019, Venetian Spider Press] and Loss and Foundering [2018, NightBallet Press]. John recently curated the Poetry+ reading series in Lakewood, Ohio, and since 2008 has served as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press.
[Photo of John at the Fillmore taken in 2019 by Sandra Feen.]
For more info on the Tongue-in-Groove Poetry Jam, contact Ray at
Millard Fillmore Presidential Library
15619 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44110

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Video of Last Night's SpoFest Event

If you missed last night's SpoFest Poetry and Prose reading, here's the video. Many thanks to James Bryant, Jose Faus, Rick C. Christiansen and featured poets Su Flatt, Judy Turek and Polly Alice McCann. All three of your readings were phenomenal. It was an honor and pleasure reading with you.

The poems I read all come from my book Rattle and Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019, published by Venetian Spider Press. I had been avoiding reading "Lens" and "Unfounded" for the past two years until this event. My entire set list:

Round 1:

Round 2:
A Wrinkle in Time

Round 3:
Slipping Backwards into Blue Eden
Rough Cure

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Audio of tonight's Ketchupedia Poetry Radio show

Tonight I had the pleasure of talking with Polly Alice McCann and Richard Parrilla on Ketchupedia Poetry Radio. I may sound sleep-deprived and overcaffeinated, but I had a great time. If you missed it live, the show's already available for listening online. Thank you Flying Ketchup Press and One Kansas City Radio!

Listen at

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Will be on Ketchupedia Poetry Radio this Sunday!

I'll have the honor of being on Ketchupedia Poetry Radio, broadcast on One Kansas City Radio (KONN-LP 100.1 FM) this Sunday, October 17th at 7 p.m. Eastern. Listen at


From the press release:

Sunday, listen to a live interview with Ohio Beat Poet Laureate John Burroughs with Polly Alice McCann and Richard Parrilla.

JOHN BURROUGHS serves as Ohio's Beat Poet Laureate (2019-21). A nationally touring writer, his most recent books include Rattle & Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019 [2019, Venetian Spider Press] and Loss and Foundering [2018, NightBallet Press]. John has hosted numerous reading series in the Greater Cleveland area and currently moderates the Cleveland Poetics blog and online Northeast Ohio Literary Calendar. Since 2008 he has served as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press, publishing over 100 books by esteemed poets from around the world.

Flying Ketchup Press® was founded in 2018 to champion new and diverse voices in short fiction and poetry. Our dream, to share worlds of wonder and delight.

Ketchupedia is an outreach we began in 2020, a grassroots network to connect KC & regional writers podcast, live poetry radio, and events--making room poetry, personal narrative that empowers, heals, and unites diverse audiences.

RICHARD PARRILLA, is the voice of 100.1 FM Radio, sound tech, producer, and sometime poet--formerly hailing from San Antonio by way of Atlanta--now Kansas City.

POLLY ALICE MCCANN, poet, artist, speaker, writing professor, founder, and managing editor of Flying Ketchup Press. Find her books at

ONE KANSAS CITY RADIO unites the multicultural voices in the Kansas City Urban Core through programming and community services that entertain, educate, inform and inspire. Our vision to provide a platform where people of all ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds feel welcomed and respected...we seek to unite all its listeners and followers through music, programming, and events that reflect the beauty of diversity. One Kansas City Radio KONN-LP 100.1 FM.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Poetry Bonanza with Brewer, Baldinger, Plummer & Friends: 10/17 at Visible Voice

I'm happy to be joining these out of town poets for a reading on Sunday, October 17th, 1 p.m., at Visible Voice Books in Cleveland.

From the press release:

Join Brooke Nicole Plummer, Tony Brewer, Jason Baldinger, John Burroughs, Jeremy Proehl, Tom Raithe and more for a Sunday afternoon poetry bonanza. Open mic to follow!

Tony Brewer is a poet, live sound effects artist, and event producer. He is executive director of the spoken word stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival and president of the National Audio Theatre Festival. His books include: The Great American Scapegoat, Little Glove in a Big Hand, Hot Type Cold Read, Homunculus, and The History of Projectiles. Tony has been offering Poetry On Demand at coffeehouses, museums, cemeteries, churches, bars, and art and music festivals for over a decade, and he is one-third of the poetry performance group Reservoir Dogwoods.
Jason Baldinger is from Pittsburgh and looks forward to roaming the country writing poems again. His newest books are A Threadbare Universe (Kung Fu Treachery Press) and The Afterlife is a Hangover (Stubborn Mule Press). A History of Backroads Misplaced: Selected Poems 2010-2020 (Kung Fu Treachery) is forthcoming later this year. His work has been published widely across print journals and online. You can hear him read his work on Bandcamp and on lp’s by The Gotobeds and Theremonster.

Brooke Nicole Plummer is a poet from the Midwest. Here are some items listed in a newly developed faceted classification scheme that you may borrow from her “library”: (3D Printing Pen: +H1 :T1 =A1), (Camera: +H2 :T2 /O1), (Gardening Kit: +H3 =A2 /O2), (Green Screen: +H4 :T3), (Hiking Gear: +H5 =A3 /O3), & (Laptops with Hotspots: +H6 :T4). She is the author of Flyover, Compiled Nothings, Shaggy Frog, and Ceremonious, which was opportunistically released early while on a reading tour in Ohio (10/16-17 — many thanks to Tony Brewer & Tim Heerdink).
Visible Voice Books
2258 Professor Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Thursday, October 14, 2021

My email is (hopefully) working correctly again

I've been using GoDaddy for email since 2007 (and loved it at first), but in the past year or more it's had more and more reliability problems. Now teamed up with Microsoft 365, GoDaddy today retired their old email platform and switched me to Outlook. Though this is a bit of an adjustment for me and I'm still learning to navigate, I'm optimistic that my issues with lost and never received emails will now be behind me. Oh, and my email addresses haven't changed, just my server and platform. If you've sent me an email in the past few months and I never responded, I probably never received it. But if you resend it now, I probably will. Fingers crossed.

P.S. No, Crisis Chronicles Press is not accepting submissions currently. But if that changes, I will update our submissions page at

Sunday, October 10, 2021

SpoFest 10/19 to feature Burroughs, Turek, Flatt and McCann (online)

My next reading is October 19th via Zoom for SpoFest Poetry and Prose. I'm thrilled to be sharing a mic with fab writers Judy Turek, Su Flatt and Polly Alice McCann. Hosted by James Bryant with special co-host Jose Faus. Begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Watch live at or on Zoom.

For more information, click here.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Crisis Chronicles Press publishes Afterlife Karaoke by John Dorsey

Crisis Chronicles Press is back (and catching up)! From May 2019 through September 2021 we only published 3 titles. But now we have at least three titles coming out between now and the end of 2021. Here's the first:

Crisis Chronicles Press is very happy to announce the publication of John Dorsey's new poetry chapbook, Afterlife Karaoke. Dorsey is widely esteemed as one of the best poets in America and his work is unique and essential. He has dedicated this book to the late, great Jack Hirschman.
Afterlife Karaoke is 32 pages, perfect bound, 6" x 6". Contents include "A Dry County," "Easy on the Eyes," "A Chicken Strip in the Shape of a Seahorse," "Walt Disney and Richard Branson Will Meet Again at Freedom Mausoleum," "For Scott Wannberg, Gone 10 Years" and so much more. ISBN: 978-1-64092-951-7. Front cover art by Steven B. Smith. 150 copies in print.
Afterlife Karaoke is available for only $10 (includes postage) from Crisis Chronicles Press, 535 Parkside Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44143 USA. 
Join us for the Afterlife Karaoke release party on October 16th, 4 p.m. at The Attic, 1791 Adams Street in Toledo, Ohio, where John Dorsey will also be joined in reading by esteemed poets from around the country.
U.S. or Elsewhere
John Dorsey lived for several years in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw's Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Tombstone Factory (Epic Rites Press, 2013), Appalachian Frankenstein (GTK Press, 2015), Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016), Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Poetry, 2017), Your Daughter's Country (Blue Horse Press, 2019), and Which Way to the River: Selected Poems 2016-2020 (OAC Books, 2020). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize. He was the winner of the 2019 Terri Award given out at the Poetry Rendezvous. He may be reached at
[Author photo by Dianne Borsenik.]

Friday, October 8, 2021

Video: I read two poems at Visible Voice Books on 10/6

Many thanks to Charles Cicirella for capturing this footage of me reading on the patio of Crust Pizza and Visible Voice Books during the M.J. Arcangelini and Friends event on October 6th. In it I read two poems, "Judas Priest" and "Odd Missive" from my book Rattle and Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019 [Venetian Spider Press]. You may notice that I used as many Judas Priest album titles as possible in the first poem. It was a privilege and pleasure to read alongside so many poets whose work I respect and admire.

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You may also view my poor photos of this wonderful event on Facebook.

Monday, October 4, 2021

M.J. Arcangelini and Friends at Visible Voice Books on 10/6

I'm thrilled that poet and friend M.J. Arcangelini is returning to Ohio this week and reading at Visible Voice Books (which now has a patio!) on October 6th at 7 p.m.. He will be joined by poet friends Steve Thomas, John Burroughs, Shelley Chernin, Marc Mannheimer, Adam Brodsky, Terry Provost, Russell Vidrick, Charles Cicirella, Ben Gulyas, Smith & Lady, Steve Goldberg, and Christopher Franke.

M.J. Arcangelini (b.1952) was born in western Pennsylvania, grew up there & in Cleveland, Ohio. He has resided in northern California since 1979. His work has been published in print magazines, online journals, (including The James White Review, Rusty Truck, The Ekphrastic Review, The Gasconade Review, As It Ought To Be, Live Nude Poems, North of Oxford, Rye Whisky Review) & over a dozen anthologies. The most recent of his five collections are: What the Night Keeps (2019, Stubborn Mule Press) and A Quiet Ghost (2020, Luchador Press). 
Visible Voice Books
2258 Professor Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113