Thursday, March 31, 2022

Crisis Chronicles Press publishes 47 Poems by Victor Clevenger

Crisis Chronicles Press is very happy to announce the publication of Victor Clevenger's latest book, 47 Poems, on April 7th 2022. We are offering this volume in two formats: perfect bound paperback and (while supplies last) a limited edition (47 copies) signed and numbered case bound hardcover. This excellent collection takes inspiration from Richard Brautigan's seminal novel Trout Fishing in America and features a foreword by John Dorsey.

47 Poems is 50 pages, 6x6". Front cover collage by Victor Clevenger. Available from Crisis Chronicles Press, 535 Parkside Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44143 USA. 200 total copies in print. UPDATE: The limited edition hardcover is now sold out, but you can still order the paperback.

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A special book release event occurred on April 7th 2022, 6 pm Eastern, at the B Side Lounge in Cleveland Heights. This event featured readings by Victor Clevenger, John Dorsey, Nicole Hennessy, Russell Vidrick and John Burroughs.

Victor Clevenger spends his days in a Madhouse and his nights writing. Selected pieces of his work have appeared in print magazines and journals around the world; they have also been nominated for the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. He is the author of several collections of poetry including Sandpaper Lovin’ (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2017), A Finger in the Hornets’ Nest (Red Flag Poetry, 2018), Corned Beef Hash by Candlelight (Luchador Press, 2019), A Wildflower in Blood (Roaring Junior Press, 2020), and Scratching to Get By (Between Shadows Press, 2021). He and American poet John Dorsey run River Dog. You can reach him at



Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Video of the National Beat Poetry Foundation's reading commemorating Jack Kerouac's 100th birthday

On March 12th, the National Beat Poetry Foundation celebrated Jack Kerouac's 100th birthday with a reading by poets from around the world and I was privileged to be one of them. Many thanks to Debbie Tosun Kilday, Paul Richmond and Chryssa Velissariou for all they did to make this happen. Video of the event appears in four parts on the NBPF's YouTube channel:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3 
Part 4

I appear in Part 2 reading two poems, "The Frontier Index" and "Let's Not and Say We Did," from my new chapbook You Can't Trust It to Remain, which will be published by Between Shadows Press on April 1st (no joke).

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

April 7th: Poets John Dorsey, Victor Clevenger, Nicole Hennessy, Russell Vidrick & John Burroughs read at the B Side Lounge

I am very much looking forward to reading with poets John Dorsey, Victor Clevenger, Nicole Hennessy and Russell Vidrick on April 7th at 6 p.m. Eastern at the B Side Lounge in Cleveland Heights. Crisis Chronicles Press will debut Victor Clevenger's new book, 47 Poems (inspired by Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America), at this event.

Many thanks to Suzanne DeGaetano of Mac's Backs Books on Coventry, who helped make this event happen and who will be on hand to sell the authors' books.

Friday, March 18, 2022

April 6th: The Writers Guild at Bloomington presents Catherine Sikora, john compton, Tony Brewer & John Burroughs on Zoom & FB Live

I am very much looking forward to my next reading on April 6th at 6 p.m. Eastern for the Writers Guild Spoken Word Series. Tony Brewer, john compton and I will be the featured poets and Catherine Sikora will be the featured musical guest. The event will be broadcast live on Zoom and Facebook.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Ohio's Appalachian Voices Launch: March 16th in Cincinnati

Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour has put together a fabulous anthology of regional poetry and I'm thrilled that two of my poems appear in it. I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing: Ohio's Appalachian Voices will have its book launch this Wednesday, March 16th, at the Mercantile Library in Cincinnati, and we would love to see you there.

DOORS OPEN 6PM - All guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test within 72-hours prior to this event.

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Plummer, Heerdink, Davis and Burroughs - 3/12 at Visible Voice

Saturday March 12th at 7 pm, we're going live! I'm thrilled to be reading Brooke Nicole Plummer (MI), Tim Heerdink (IN) and Austin Davis (AZ) at Cleveland's Visible Voice Books. Open mic will follow the features. We'd love to see you there!  

More info:

Visible Voice Books
2258 Professor Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Plummer, Heerdink, Davis and Burroughs

Friday, March 4, 2022

Crisis Chronicles Press publishes new book: Arroyo Chamisa by Alex Gildzen

Crisis Chronicles Press
is thrilled to announce the publication of Alex Gildzen's latest collection, Arroyo Chamisa: poems rescued from a blog, on March 4th 2022.

Arroyo Chamisa is 76 pages, perfect bound, 6x6". ISBN: 978-1-64092-954-8. Front cover photo by the author. Available now for only $10 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 535 Parkside Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44143 USA.
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Or subscribe to our entire 2022 series (at least ten titles, plus a surprise or two) for $100 with free shipping.

"Alex Gildzen was one of the first poets' blogs i found & read with great appreciation & gusto.  here was a poet with a gift for vernacular, a wit to match his cinematic range, & an obsession with movies that played upon my own heart.  i've long been a great admirer of Alex ever since those giddy early days of blogging when social media held the promise of uniting poets & creating a community of writers who, in their own unique ways, were dedicated to making & living a life in poetry.  Alex Gildzen is a poet with a life well-lived in poetry & at the movies.  his poems frequent the daily ordinary hard tasks of being a human being in our digital age, along with the practical importance of friendships, art making, family, technology, & the greats of Hollywood past & present.   Alex Gildzen is one of my very favorite poets & human beings.  as he says in a poem, 'go to the movies / you're alive.'"
     —Richard Lopez, co-editor of the anthology The End of the World Project

"Alex Gildzen is a master of his craft, unearthing beauty from the ordinary and celebrity from the common. Nowhere is this more evident than in Arroyo Chamisa: poems rescued from a blog. From the dark atomic whimsy of “swim thru the sea of night little swimmer” to the pure joy of living well in “I call the 3 palms / beside the pool / the Andrews Sisters,” Gildzen’s poetry grooves with the universal and vibrates with the intensely personal. This is an expedition you won’t want to miss."
     —Dianne Borsenik, author of Raga for What Comes Next and Publisher/Editor, NightBallet Press

Alex Gildzen saw his first poem in print 60 years ago. The first of many chapbooks followed in 1969. His poems have been published in Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece and Australia. He has given readings at Bowery Poetry Club, Palm Springs Art Museum, Bisbee Poetry Festival, Captain Brady in Kent, Fort Mason in San Francisco, Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, Antebellum Gallery in Hollywood and a plethora of bars. Currently Gildzen lives in Palm Springs where he has been called the city’s “unofficial poet laureate.” A piece of his is featured on the Poet’s Bench in the uptown design district.

His previous Crisis Chronicles Press titles include Ohio Triangle and Alex in Movieland (1943-1973).

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

What's Happening?

The past several months have been a whirlwind. Where to begin?

Several dear friends have passed away recently: Kay Easterling (November 10th), Helen Shepard (December 26th), Haymond Holcomb (January 25th), William Merricle (February 5th), and Jake Pavlica (February 12th).  Also during this same time my partner lost her aunt and my cousin lost her partner. My deepest sympathies go out to all who loved them. And then February 8th was the fifth anniversary of Geri's passing. This all on the heels of so many other losses in recent years. I would like to say more about some of these, but such words are difficult for me at the moment.

While I'm here, though, I will update you on what else has been going on in my life (some of which you may already know if you follow my social media posts).

After a couple of years of having a ton of poetry events canceled (or not scheduled at all) due to the pandemic, I have a lot more things on my 2022 calendar. I emceed an in-person Ekphrastacy program on February 17th at Heights Arts and I have about twenty more poetry events confirmed (so far) for the rest of this year, beginning with a March 12th reading at Visible Voice Books with visiting poets Austin Davis (from Arizona), Brooke Nicole Plummer (Michigan) and Tim Heerdink (Indiana). (Click here to see the full event list, which is still being updated.)

My eighteen-year old granddaughter moved in with us on February 1st.

Also in February, I finished writing my first chapbook since 2017, You Can't Trust It to Remain, which will be published by Between Shadows Press on April 1st.

I'm serving on Heights Arts' Heights Writes Community Team and Lit Youngstown's Fall Literary Festival planning committee. And I still help maintain the northeast Ohio literary calendar at (I have another list of events I plan to add to it today).

Two of my poems appear in the new anthology I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing: Ohio's Appalachian Voices (edited by Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour).

Crisis Chronicles Press has gotten super busy again, working on publishing at least ten books in 2022 (after only publishing two in 2020 and one in 2021). It was a big deal to me to get William Merricle's Contempt of Gravity published in January before he passed away. When I got sick for three weeks in December and had difficulty working, I feared that it might not get done in time.

It also feels huge to have finally published Lisa Cihlar's Before the Next Ice Age. She first submitted it to me (with a different title) in December 2014. Talk about a long journey to publication. But once I finally received her perfect cover art in November, the process sped up and that became our second book of the year.

I'm currently working on our next three titles: Arroyo Chamisa by Alex Gildzen (due out in March), 47 Poems by Victor Clevenger (April 7th) and Ouroboros by Chansonette Buck with art by Jillian Mardin (April 22nd).

After that, Crisis Chronicles and I will team up with Tohm Bakelas and Between Shadows to put out a huge collection of poems by Kent Taylor.

Then later in the year (and likely into 2023), Crisis Chronicles plans to publish works by Brandon Johnson, Christopher Franke, Chris Howey, John Dorsey and Judith Mansour.

And well, I could keep going. There's always more. But I think I'd better stop writing this and get back to work.

I'm grateful for you.