Monday, October 30, 2023

Crafty Crows Open Mic featuring John Burroughs, Nick Degg & Karlostheunhappy: November 1st on Zoom

My final reading of the year is on Zoom!

I very much look forward to the Crafty Crows online poetry event on November 1st. I will have the distinct pleasure of being featured along with Nick Degg and England Beat Poet Laureate Karlostheunhappy. This event will also include an open mic. So many thanks to the The Gloucestershire Poetry Society for hosting. Broadcast on Zoom at 3 p.m. Eastern in the U.S. or 7 p.m. GMT in the UK. 

Friday, October 27, 2023

Meet the authors of the Poem for Cleveland Anthology, 10/28 in South Euclid

I'm thrilled to be part of this on Saturday. From our friends at the CCPL:

Meet the authors of the Poem for Cleveland Anthology

Saturday, October 28

2:00pm - 4:00pm
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
Cuyahoga County Public Library
1876 South Green Road, South Euclid, Ohio 44121

Meeting Room A+B+C (120)

Join us to celebrate the publication of Poem for Cleveland, a new anthology written by over 100 youth and elder poets. Poets will be reading their poems from this second edition of the book.

The Poem for Cleveland project was a year-long series of workshops led by Ray McNiece, former Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate and Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award winner. The project culminated in the publication of the anthology by local publisher, Red Giant Press. Poem for Cleveland was made possible by the Academy of American Poets with funds from the Mellon Foundation.

McNiece worked with youth poets to present writing workshops for elder poets at various community venues, including the William N. Skirball Writers’ Center at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch. Each workshop included poetry prompts about Cleveland, including favorite places, people, family memories, and growing up a Clevelander.

Poets reading include John Burroughs, Mary Weems, Bonnie Jacobson, Adrian Schnall, Doc Janning, Barbara Hill-Newby, Bill Newby, Bob Coughlin, Charlene Fix, David Adams, Diane Vogel Ferri, Dianne Borsenik, Jennifer Browne, John Burroughs, Sandra Johnson, Shelley Chernin, Timothy Richards, and Phil Metres.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Poetry Fusion Chicago 10/27 in Person and Online

Next up: I'll be reading with these fine folk from Chicago and all over for Poetry Fusion on October 27th. So many thanks to Mark Berriman, Mark Fishbein, and After-Words Bookstore. Attend in person or for free online. Register at

Featured artists: Mark Fishbein, Gary Margolis, John Burroughs, James Dennis Casey IV, Naoko Fujimoto, Shweta Rao Garg, Eric Tinsay Valles, LKN, Fin Hall, Julian Matthews, Viola Lee, Laura Grevel, Mark Berriman, Ariana Moulton, and Jaydee.


Wednesday, October 18, 2023

At the Lit Youngstown Fall Literary Festival This Week!

The annual Lit Youngstown Fall Literary Festival happens this week, October 19th through 21st. I will attend the kickoff event on Thursday evening. Then on Friday I will man the Crisis Chronicles Press table all day at their book fair in addition to being part of a 2:30 p.m. reading by contributors to the anthology I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing (edited by Kari Gunter-Seymour) in the Ford Theater at Bliss Hall. Unfortunately, I will have to miss Saturday's events.

From our friends at Lit Youngstown:

The 7th annual Fall Literary Festival will feature Ross Gay, Jill Christman, Alison Stine, and the Craig Paulenich Endowed Lecture on Literary Community by Lit Cleveland Executive Director Matt Weinkam. This will be an incredible conference, with thanks to our sponsors the Centofanti Foundation, the Youngstown State University Center for Working-Class Studies, WYSU-FM, the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Lake Erie Golf Cars, the Thomases Family Foundation, KO Consulting, the Grace Ruth Memorial Endowment, Ohio Humanities, the Wilkes University Master of Fine Arts, the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts, Eastern Gateway Community College, the Ohio Arts Council and the Youngstown Foundation.

Registration for daytime events is now closed. Please join us for the free evening readings! For more information including a full schedule of events, please visit


Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Wild and Precious Life Series presents Poet Baseball Cards, 10/18 on Zoom

Join the Wild and Precious Life Series via Zoom on 18 October for a celebration of Justin Hamm's Poet Baseball Cards project. Featured poets will include Mary Biddinger, Sandra Marchetti, Rick Campbell, Tony Brewer, Michael Meyerhofer, Jack Bedell, John Burroughs, Alexis Sears, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Francine Witte, Marcus Wicker, Traci Brimhall and Curtis Crisler.

Tune in at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

Email to order Poet Baseball Cards.