Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Oct Tongue 2 - by George Wallace, Lyn Lifshin, Mark Sebastian Jordan, Juliet Cook, Kathleen Cerveny, Dianne Borsenik, Margaret Bashaar and Eric Anderson (CC#96)

Achtung! Crisis Chronicles Press is pleased to present the long-awaited Oct Tongue 2, our biggest book yet (it's like eight books in one!). See October (and so much more) through the eyes of eight of America’s finest poets: George Wallace, Lyn Lifshin, Mark Sebastian Jordan, Juliet Cook, Kathleen Cerveny, Dianne Borsenik, Margaret Bashaar and Eric Anderson.

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Each of these eight writers wrote and submitted at least 31 poems in response to editor John Burroughs' October 2014 poem-a-day invitation. Life intervened and it took awhile to get this fine collection into print, but we believe it is well worth the wait.  Oct Tongue 2 features 258 poems on 328 pages, and is 6"x9",  perfect bound, with cover photo by Chandra Alderman. ISBN: 978-1-940996-47-9. It will make you laugh, make you cry, make you angry and make you glad you read it.

Available for $15 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

Please join us for a special book launch event Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. during the Borderlands: Poetry on the Edge series at Main Street Books, 104 N. Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44902.

About the authors:

Eric Anderson is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His poetry has appeared in The Sun, Connotation Press, Prairie Schooner and other journals. His novella, Isn't That Just Like You? (Cleveland State University Press) won the inaugural Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Contest. His "A Couple of Scars on My Back" earned a Lantern Award for best poem from The Lit. And his first full-length collection, The Parable of the Room Spinning, is available from Kattywompus Press.

Margaret Bashaar’s first book, Stationed Near the Gateway, was released by Sundress Publications in 2015. Her poetry has also been collected in four chapbooks and dozens of literary journals and anthologies. She co-organizes the annual event FREE POEMS with Rachael Deacon. And she lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her partner, her son, and her kitty cats, and edits Hyacinth Girl Press (hyacinthgirlpress.com).

Dianne Borsenik is active in the northern Ohio poetry scene and regional reading circuit. Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Rosebud, Slipstream, Lilliput Review, The Offbeat, Chiron Review, Poems-For-All, A Rustling and Waking Within (OPA, 2017), and Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems for the Resistance (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017). Crisis Chronicles Press published her first full-length collection, Age of Aquarius, in 2016. She won first place in the Best Cleveland Poem Competition in 2013 and 2014, and Lit Youngstown put her poem “Disco” on their tee shirts, which makes her feel like a rock star. Founder/editor at NightBallet Press and producer of BeatStreet Cleveland, Borsenik lives in Elyria with husband James and dogs Bodhisattva and Michel-Angelo. Find her at dianneborsenik.com.

Kathleen Cerveny, has been a working artist, an award-winning producer for Cleveland Public Radio, and Director of Arts Initiatives for the Cleveland Foundation. Her poems have appeared in the Southern New Hampshire University journal Amoskeag, the e-journal Shaking Like a Mountain, and in several Pudding House anthologies, as well as in in Future Cycle Press’ international anthology Poems for Malala Yousafzai. In 2014 Kathleen received the Robert Bergman Award from the Cleveland Arts Prize and she served as the 2013-14 Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights. Her first collection, Coming to Terms, was published by NightBallet Press in 2015. Kathleen’s blog, Pay Attention, can be found on her website, kathleencerveny.com. She currently teaches arts management in the Conservatory at Baldwin Wallace University.

Juliet Cook's poetry has appeared in a small multitude of magazines, including Arsenic Lobster, Diagram, Diode, FLAPPERHOUSE, Hermeneutic Chaos, Menacing Hedge and Reality Beach. She is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks, recently including Red Demolition (Shirt Pocket Press, 2014), a collaboration with Robert Cole called Mutant Neuron Codex Swarm (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015), and a collaboration with j/j hastain called Dive Back Down (Dancing Girl Press, 2015), with more forthcoming. Cook's first full-length individual poetry book, Horrific Confection, was published by BlazeVOX and her second full-length individual poetry book, Malformed Confetti is forthcoming from Crisis Chronicles Press. Her most recent full-length poetry book, A Red Witch, Every Which Way, is a collaboration with j/j hastain published by Hysterical Books in 2016. Find her at JulietCook.weebly.com.

Mark Sebastian Jordan is a refugee of the corporate business world, where he spent a decade in packaging purchasing. Finding himself compulsively writing and creating to escape the unfulfilling day job, he fled when a corporate buyout ended his position. Since then, he has only worked jobs that offer personal fulfillment and creativity. He has written three full-length plays, several one-acts, and four books. He covers concerts of the Cleveland Orchestra for Seen & Heard International and performs widely as a director, actor, storyteller, and improv comedian. His humorous mystery Slammer, Private Dick was published by Sinister Hand Media in 2017.

Lyn Lifshin won the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss the Skin Off, the Paterson Poetry Award for Before It’s Light, and the Texas Review Award for The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian. She’s been praised by Robert Frost, Ken Kesey, and Richard Eberhart, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Not Made of Glass. Lifshin earned the distinction “Queen of the Small Presses” for her dedication to the small presses which first published her, and for surviving on her own apart from any major publishing house or academic institution. Her most recent books include Femme Eterna (Glass Lyre, 2014), #AliveLikeALoadedGun (Transcendent Zero Press, 2016) and Little Dancer: The Degas Poems (NightBallet Press, 2017). Find her at lynlifshin.com.

George Wallace has been described as ‘a kind of Max Ernst stuck in the up-down elevator of America’ (A.D. Winans) and a poet who ‘navigates between high and low diction with generosity, elegance and power’ (Angelo Verga). “If you want to know what America feels like in your mouth, read his poems out loud,” writes Huffington Post’s Robert Peake. The editor of Poetrybay, co-editor of Great Weather for Media and author of 31 chapbooks, George is a fixture on the NYC scene and travels internationally to perform, lecture and teach workshops. Poet Laureate, Suffolk County, LI NY (2003-2005). Writer in residence, Walt Whitman Birthplace (2011-2017).

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hourglass Studies - by Krysia Jopek (CC#95)

Crisis Chronicles Press is very pleased to announce the publication of Krysia Jopek's stunning new poetry chapbook, Hourglass Studies, on 31 October 2017.

"Krysia Jopek’s poems in Hourglass Studies are not so much linear as Möbius: they twist back upon themselves in ways hauntingly familiar, while offering surrealistic flashes of the outré. Reading this book is like having your own Tarot cards read: you find yourself spellbound, immersed in questions and answers, hints and predictions, that all make sense in the end."
     —Dianne Borsenik, NightBallet Press publisher and
     author of Age of Aquarius, Collected Poems 1981-2016


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Hourglass Studies is available for only $7 US from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134. ISBN: 978-1-940996-46-2. Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5". Perfect bound. Cover design by Dale Houstman. 26 pages featuring 12 poems / studies.
 
Read sample poems from Hourglass Studies at Meta/ Phor(e) /Play.
 

Please join us for the official book release party November 21st, 7:30 p.m., at The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell Street in Hamden, Connecticut.

Krysia Jopek’s poems have appeared in The Great American Literary Magazine, Crisis Chronicles Cyber Litmag, Gone Lawn 19, Split Rock Review, The Woven Press, Columbia Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Phoebe, Murmur, Artists & Influence, and other literary journals. She has written reviews of poetry for The American Book Review. Maps and Shadows, her first novel (Aquila Polonica 2010), won a Silver Benjamin Franklin award in 2011 in the category of Historical Fiction.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Inquiry into Loneliness - by Meg Harris (CC#94)

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Meg Harris' highly anticipated poetry chapbook, Inquiry into Loneliness, on 17 September 2017.

"Meg Harris gives us snapshots into a wildly imagined ordinary universe with rich metaphor turning everything she touches into an extraordinary occurrence. In Inquiry into Loneliness, 'the wind has winter in its mouth' and 'the stars fly / from fingertips.' Linger on each page for a glimpse into a beautiful and mystical world."
      Amy King, author of The Missing Museum

"In Inquiry into Loneliness, Meg Harris regards the divine like a lover, noting even its smallest incarnations, overlooking nothing. In a somber funeral notice for a sandpiper, we are reminded of our own human inconsequence, yet the world is constant magic. Stars are 'mercury rolling,' a child’s newborn skull bears the imprint of the place it was first loved. These poems are generous and welcoming, even of pain’s inevitability. Meg Harris says yes, 'Yes to divine intervention / Divine anything.'"
     —Leslie McGrath, author of Out from the Pleiades

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Inquiry into Loneliness is available for only $7 US from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134. ISBN: 978-1-940996-45-5. Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5". Perfect bound. Cover art by the author. 34 pages featuring these 22 poems: "Yariguíes Brush-Finch," "Origins," "Inquiry into Loneliness," "Memory," "Apnea," "Paradise Lost," "Symbiosis," "Bird Sanctuary," "Hoboken 2012," "Vulture," "For Nonbelievers," "Sloth," "Poseidon," "Travel," "Vestigial," "A Rose from Roger," "Madonna and Child," "Yes, to Ghosts," "Starlet," "Crystal," "Heartbreaker" and "My Name."

Read sample poems from Meg Harris' Inquiry into Loneliness at Meta/ Phor(e) /Play.
Read Michelle Reale's review of Inquiry into Loneliness at Rag Queen Periodical.
Read more reviews of Inquiry into Loneliness on Amazon.

Please join us for the official book release party November 21st, 7:30 p.m., at The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell Street in Hamden, Connecticut.

Meg Harris is a writer, poet and teacher. Her work has appeared in Upstreet, Numero Cinq, Whiskey Island, River River, Pirene’s Fountain, and others. She lives in a magical place called Sol’s Path where she offers guided-writing workshops in the Patchwork Farms’ Writing Process. Meg Harris serves on the Connecticut State Independent Living Council and is the Managing Editor at the recently launched Diaphanous Press Journal of Literary and Visual Art, which will release a second issue in November of 2017.  She is an avid amateur photographer, miniaturist, and activist. She is most passionate about ending descriptor-discrimination because she believes everyone deserves their adjective. Round, white, feminist, witty, aging, empathic, Meg is well known in her family for both finding things lost and fixing things broken. She earned her MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Snap - by Dion N. Farquhar (CC#93)

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Snap, a powerful new series of poems by Dion N. Farquhar.

Only $7 US. Available 31 August 2017 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134.

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28 pp. 5.5" x 8.5". Perfect bound. Cover photo by the author. Contents include "Chronic Edge," "Humanities 2.0," "Break," "Difference Within," "Path," "Contingency," "Branded," "Lost," "Unsustainable," "Loopy," "Zuccotti Park," "New Year" and "Climate Change." ISBN: 978-1-940996-44-8.


Dion Farquhar has recent poems in Birds Piled Loosely, Local Nomad, Columbia Poetry Review, Shampoo, moria, Shifter, BlazeVOX, etc. Her second poetry book Wonderful Terrible was published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in 2013, and her second chapbook Just Kidding is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She works as an exploited adjunct at two universities, teaching mostly composition, but still loves the classroom.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Diary of a Feminist Thug, Volume I: His[tories] of Her Land - by Lyz Bly (CC#92)

Crisis Chronicles Press is ecstatic to team up with Guide to Kulchur Books to present a new Lyz Bly masterwork, Diary of a Feminist Thug, Volume I: His[tories] of Her Land.

Diary of a Feminist Thug is a poetically written narrative that is replete with stream-of-consciousness thoughts and original journal images of a white GenX grrrl-woman, growing up in rust belt America in the late 20th century. Bly’s text is memoir meets deposition, revealing the subtle and explicit ways in which patriarchy, misogyny, and toxic masculinity crush the psyches and abuse the bodies of women, even white, heterosexual, cisgender middle-class women of Generations X and Y, who grew up amid the promises of the 1960s and 70s social “revolutions” for gender and racial rights and equality. 

The 2016 election of trump reminded women how much they are despised, yet tolerated for their role as progenitors of racial identity and paternal “family” names. Bly’s Diary of a Feminist Thug reveals the insidious psychosis at the heart of heterosexual relationships and white middle-class families and the emotional and physical toll those they take on women who appear to be “just fine.” While there are obvious privileges connected to whiteness and heterosexuality, these privileges still come with a cost; Valerie Solanas once said, “He who won’t slit your throat will torture you to death slowly, often with diamonds.” 

Bly’s generational cohorts will relish her writing style, which varies from erratic to bitingly ironic, as well as her cultural references to GenX icons and defining historical moments. Millennials will get a glimpse into what may lie ahead for even the most privileged among them in these trump-era apocalyptic times.

Where Do You Want It?

Diary of a Feminist Thug by Lyz Bly is 70 pp, perfect bound. Design by Maggie Halm. Printing by Guide to Kulchur. Dimensions: approximately 5.5" x 10". ISBN: 978-0-998-1104-9-3. Available in July 2017 for $10 at the Guide to Kulchur Grand Re-Opening (July 8th in Cleveland) or from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134.  Please add $2 for shipping in the US (plus $3 more for overseas orders).

Friday, June 2, 2017

Turnstile Burlesque - by John Greiner (CC#91)

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Turnstile Burlesque, a stunning new collection of poems by John Greiner.

“The first thing you’ll notice when reading John Greiner is that his work changes like a spider web. The pieces in Turnstile Burlesque show a writer at the peak of his form, exploring his heart to push forward in the evolution of his own creativity.  These poems are our past and our future, they are the pulse of a city sidewalk, a love letter to Ted Berrigan’s New York and an accessible glimpse into what’s happening now and what’s happening now is John Greiner. Join him.”
          —John Dorsey, author of Appalachian Frankenstein.

Where Do You Want It?

Turnstile Burlesque by John Greiner features 25 poems on 36 pages, is 6 x 9", perfect bound, with cover image by Steven B. Smith, and is available now for $7 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. ISBN: 978-1-940996-43-1.

John Greiner is a poet, playwright and short fiction writer who lives in Queens, New York.   His previous publications include The Laundrymen (Wandering Head Press, 2016), Bodega Roses (Good Cop/Bad Cop Press, 2014), Modulation Age (Wandering Head Press, 2012), Shooting Side Glances (ISMs Press, 2011) and Relics From a Hell's Kitchen Pawn Shop (Ronin Press, 2010). Greiner's plays have been produced in New York City, Chicago and Gloucester, Massachusetts.  His work with photographer Carrie Crow has been shown in galleries, museums and public spaces in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Venice, Hamburg and Berlin.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Black Between Stars - by Elliot Nicely (CC#89)

Dear Readers,

I’m beyond excited to announce the release of my latest chapbook The Black Between Stars through Crisis Chronicles Press. John and I saw this collaboration as an opportunity to create a book thats writing style and design would mark a major departure from the familiar conventions that our readerships have come to expect. We set out to develop a new work that is both startling and stark, a book which invokes a sense of disquiet and discomfort. Through John’s brilliant usage of binary colors and negative space, there is no question that the chapbook’s design, like the subject matter, has a timeless quality, and that his design deepens the poems’ resonance across the arc of the book. I hope you enjoy our most recent effort and thank you for supporting my haiku habit and Crisis Chronicles Press.

Sincerely,
Elliot Nicely
(Friday, May 12, 2017)


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Elliot Nicely's work has received numerous accolades which include winning Lit Youngstown's Words Made Visible award and having been recently shortlisted for a Touchstone Award by the Haiku Foundation.  The Black Between Stars by Elliot Nicely is the latest release in our NineSense series of 9-poem chapbooks by writers you need to read.  It is 12 pages, perfect bound, 7" x 4.25" and available for only $4.99 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. 1st edition of 125 copies. ISBN: 978-1-940996-40-0. 

Elliot Nicely is poet and teacher from Hunts Corners, Ohio. In recent years, he relocated to Lakewood, Ohio, and released his first chapbook, Tangled Shadows: Senryu and Haiku (Rosenberry Books, 2013).  Over the last decade, his poetry also has appeared across four continents and in more than a dozen anthologies. Today, Elliot is still pursuing all of the answers to all of his questions with the hope that not all of them will be answered.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sandpaper Lovin' - by Victor Clevenger (CC#90)

Crisis Chronicles Press is ecstatic to announce the long awaited publication of Sandpaper Lovin' by Victor Clevenger.  This fine chapbook is now available for $6 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

"If you like your pleasure spiked with pain you'll wanna rub up against Victor Clevenger's Sandpaper Lovin'.  Even if you don't, you'll still wanna. Say all the good things about him you like, but I wager he's got the most endearing scratch and bite of any sonofabitch writing today."
     — Hon. Jugborn Airbrush, editor of Cheap and Easy Magazine



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Sandpaper Lovin' is hand assembled and saddle stapled. It features a white card stock cover, pastel green end papers and eggshell parchmentesque pages. Cover image by Steven B. Smith. 8.5 x 5.5". 16 pp. Laser printed. Poems include "the first words of the morning," "it came easy for us," "feeding my demons," "love letters," "quill pen," "phallic & forgotten," "he'd even take one with warts like a toad," "a garden plot" and "november 10th." ISBN: 978-1-940996-42-4. Limited 1st edition of 100 copies.

Victor Clevenger’s most recent full-length poetry collection is titled Congenital Pipe Dreams (Spartan Press, 2017).  Selected pieces of his work have appeared in a variety of places online and in print.  He spends his days in a Madhouse and his nights with his second ex-wife. Together they raise six children in a small town northeast of Kansas City, Missouri. 

Meet the author on Friday 5 May 2017 at 8 pm during the Jawbone poetry festival at Last Exit Books and Coffeehouse in Kent, Ohio, and on Saturday 6 May 2017 at 7 pm during the Kansas City Pittsburgh Connection at White Whale Bookstore in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Scraping the Sky - by Luba Gawur (CC#88)

Crisis Chronicles Press is happy to announce the publication of Scraping the Sky by Luba Gawur, the latest release in our NineSense series of 9-poem chapbooks by writers you need to read.
 
Scraping the Sky includes "In One Day in New York City," "Almost Satori in Times Square," "Suspended," "The Girls of Midtown," "Christmas in Harlem," "Nostalgia," "Poem for Sasha," "Thief," "Defying Gravity" and more. The chapbook is available beginning 15 April 2017 for only $4.99 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

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Scraping the Sky is hand assembled and saddle stapled. It features a pale gray stock cover, sky blue end papers and eggshell faux parchment pages. Cover photo by Luba Gawur. 8.5 x 5.5". Laser printed. ISBN: 978-1-940996-41-7. Limited 1st edition of 99 copies.

About Luba Gawur: Born in Cleveland, Ohio of Ukrainian parents who immigrated to the US in 1949 as post-war refugees. Studied at Kent State University, and the University of Toronto (Canada). Has lived also in Toronto, New York, NY, Prague, and Kyiv, Ukraine. Worked as a Slavic Languages cataloguer at the New York Public Library and the Cleveland Public Library. Presently works as a translator. Writes poetry in English and Ukrainian, and translates poetry and prose into both languages. Presently lives in Kent, Ohio.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

13 Poems from the Edge of Extinction - by Adrian Manning (CC#87)


Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the long awaited publication of 13 Poems from the Edge of Extinction by Adrian Manning. This fine chapbook is now available for $6 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

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"Adrian Manning has a phenomenal ability to transform words into pictures. I love the way he paints his poems, brushed with this highly surreal and emotional tone. His newest poetry collection is no exception. Read it and see for yourself."
   —Janne Karlsson

"These short poems do a 'dance on your tongue,' delivering a feast for the mind. I was drawn to them like a moth is drawn to the heat of a lightbulb. Taste them like a hummingbird tastes the nectar of a flower in bloom. Each poem is like a step ladder, each rung leading you to the next one. Food for thought, digest them as you would a warm meal on a cold winter night."
   —A.D. Winans

"When I read work by Adrian Manning I fully expect to be challenged, intrigued, entertained and surprised. This little book is no exception to the rule."
   —John Yamrus

"Adrian Manning is a live-wire from Leicester, England, an old school old soul poet/publisher. Stay on your toes because these lean poems punch well above their weight."
   —Kent Taylor


Adrian Manning's 13 Poems from the Edge of Extinction is hand assembled and saddle stapled. It features white cover stock, pastel light yellow end papers and pastel ivory pages. Cover art by Kevin Eberhardt. 8.5 x 5.5". 18 pp. Laser printed. ISBN: 978-1-940996-39-4. Limited 1st edition of 100 copies.

Adrian Manning lives and writes in Leicester, England. He is a Pushcart nominated poet who has had a number of chapbooks published and many of his poems have appeared in print and online around the world.  For more, visit his Concrete Meat Press.