POETRY + Presents: Shelly Chernin November 20 2018
Shelley Chernin is a freelance writer of legal reference books, an environmental activist and a ukulele enthusiast. She is the author of The Vigil, published by Crisis Chronicles Press in 2012. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Great Lakes Review, Scrivener Creative Review, Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal, Rhapsoidia, Durable Goods, Big Bridge, and Oct Tongue-1. She has also been published in What I Knew Before I Knew: Poems from the Pudding House Salon, While You Were Sleeping, I Dreamt a Poem (a Cleveland Pudding House Salon Anthology), The Cleveland Heights Observer, and in at least four of the annual Hessler Street Fair Poetry anthologies. She was awarded 2nd Place in the 2011 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest and received Honorable Mentions twice in the Akron Art Museum’s New Words Poetry Contest.
POETRY + Presents: Juliet Cook October 16, 2018
Juliet Cook's poetry has appeared in a small multitude of magazines, including Arsenic Lobster, DIAGRAM, Diode, FLAPPERHOUSE, and Menacing Hedge. She is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks, recently including Poisonous Beautyskull Lollipop (Grey Book Press, 2013), 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).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. In addition to poetry, Cook creates visual art (especially painting textural hybrid creatures) and publishes creative work by others, through her online blog style lit mag, Thirteen Myna Birds and her itty bitty indie print chapbook poetry press, Blood Pudding Press. Find out more at www.JulietCook.weebly.com.edit.
Poetry+ Presents: John Burroughs September 18, 2018
John Burroughs is a nationally-touring poet and performer from the Cleveland area and the author over a dozen books including Water Works, Electric Company, Beat Attitude and The Eater of the Absurd. His latest, Loss and Foundering, will be published in Spring 2018 by NightBallet Press. In various past lives, John served as playwright-in-residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Marion Correctional Institution, his blog was ranked #1 on MySpace, he won the first poetry slam he ever competed in, and he co-founded (with Dianne Borsenik) the infamous Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and almost-annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest. John has edited numerous volumes, including the Oct Tongue poetry series, Cheap and Easy Magazine and the anti-censorship anthology Fuck Poetry, and he is probably most proud of his work since 2008 as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press. Find him at www.crisischronicles.com
Poetry+ Presents Kevin A. Risner July 17, 2018
Kevin A. Risner is ESL Coordinator at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he also teaches writing, narrative, and philosophy. His work can be found online in many locations: Rise Up Review, Rising Phoenix Review, the murmur house, Noble/Gas Quarterly, The Wire’s Dream, Ghost City Review, The Bookends Review, and elsewhere. His first chapbook — My Ear is a Sieve— was published by Bottlecap Press in 2017. A second collection of poems about his dreams, Lucid, was just released by The Poetry Annals. He also writes about beer from time to time at www.porchdrinking.com.
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