Saturday, December 31, 2022

2023 Resolutions

Resolution #1: Buy no new books in January.

[In 2022, I acquired hundreds of books, but barely had time to read 75 of them, and most of those were small chapbooks.]

Resolution #2: Read more.

[Nikki Giovanni said: "If there is one thing to do today, it should be to read. Everybody says, 'Oh, you need to write every day.' No. You got nothing to say every day. Nobody does. Anybody that says, 'I have to talk to somebody every day,' good Lord! Who could live with you?"]

Resolution #3: Write more.

[I was gonna say write every day, but then I read that Giovanni bit. However, let me also add: Make more TIME to write.]

Resolution #4: Get back into the diligent exercise routine I got out of when I moved from Parma to South Euclid in the summer of 2021.

[Another thing I need to make more time for. My aches and pains have increased dramatically without it. But I've already started getting myself back into it over the past week or two.]

Resolution #5: Just say no.

[This is the only way I see to make more time for the above. Get more comfortable saying no. Consume less. Stop agreeing to do more than I can get done in a reasonable amount of time or committing to too many things. I end up doing a zillion things, none of them as well as I could if I had more time and focus. Then my stress level increases and I end up doing the things that I would usually love more out of pressure than pleasure, and then my health et cetera begin to suffer. Also, saying no to some new things will help me catch up on many old things that remain almost hopelessly behind.]

Resolution #6: Place Crisis Chronicles Press on hiatus (at least as far as publishing new books) by June of 2023 (our 15th anniversary) or as close to then as I can (once I've completed my current commitments). I will keep our in-print books available indefinitely, but resist taking on any new publishing commitments (no matter how tempting) through this coming year, though I may leave the door open to resuming in a future year once I've finished writing my long-suffering memoir.

seen in a northeast Ohio brewery bathroom
(2 August 2018)


Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Profiled in South Euclid Magazine

Another holiday gift for which I am most grateful! Many thanks to Carlo Wolff and South Euclid Magazine for a lovely profile in their Winter 2022 issue.

You may read the piece online here.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Video: Desrosiers, Vannoy, Rescue Poetix & Burroughs read for NeuroNautic on 12/15

If you missed it (or want to relive it), here's video of last night's NeuroNautic Institute Presents - 12/15 - ONLINE EDITION. Stellar readings by co-features Lee Desrosiers, Chris Vannoy and Rescue Poetix followed by my set which consisted of all 2022 poems - a couple from You Can't Trust It to Remain [Between Shadows Press], some from Dogging Catastrophe [The Grind Stone], more from July's Tupelo Press 30/30, and a couple of newer ones. Then came a lovely open mic. Immense gratitude to Matthew Hupert for inviting me and to NeuroNautic Institute / Neuronautic Press for always being perfect hosts.


Friday, December 9, 2022

12/13 on Zoom: Time to Arrive Open Mic feat. John Burroughs w/ Guest Host Doc Janning

Tuesday December 13th at 9 pm Eastern, I will have the privilege of reading for the Time to Arrive Open Mic. Many thanks to California Beat Poet Laureate Dane Ince and to guest host and South Euclid Poet Laureate Doc Janning. We'd love for you to tune in and share something during the open mic. Please send one of us a private message for the Zoom link.


Thursday, December 8, 2022

12/13 on Zoom: Yalie Saweda Kamara & John Burroughs Mingle with the Flamingos

Tuesday December 13th at 7 pm Eastern I will have the privilege of reading with Cincinnati Poet Laureate Yalie Saweda Kamara for this Flamingo Writers Guild series hosted by Parma Poet Laureate Jeremy Jusek. We'd love for you to tune in and share something during the open mic.

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[Photo of Yalie and John taken 7/31/2022 in Cincinnati by Dianne Borsenik.]

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

12/15 on Facebook Live: NeuroNautic Institute Presents Four Beat Poets Laureate

Looking forward to reading with three fabulous Beat Laureates (Lori Desrosiers, Chris Vannoy and Rescue Poetix) on December 15th at 7p.m. Eastern! This event will be streamed live on the NeuroNautic Institute / Neuronautic Press Facebook page. DM Matthew Hupert if you wanna participate in the open mic.

NeuroNautic Institute Presents - 12/15 - ONLINE EDITION