I’m determined to get my Deep Cleveland and Sandusky poetry reading videos finished today, as long as my desktop computer issues remain resolved.  In the meantime, I’d like to offer you a mixed bag of (hopefully) something for everyone.

My friend Dianne Borsenik will be reading her poetry at Jim’s Coffeehouse on Lake Avenue in downtown Elyria this coming Thursday (September 4th) at 8 p.m.  The whole event runs from 7 to 9, so get there early and enjoy some other local artists as well.  Dianne will be a featured reader at Mac’s Backs on October 8th at 7 p.m. (along with Mike Marcellino of Split Pea/ce and Clarissa Jakobsens).  Saturday Night with the Poet’s Haven will feature Dianne at Phoenix Coffee in South Euclid on 6 December.  Please read Muse in the Crisis Chronicles Online Library for a taste of her artistry.  And Crisis Chronicles Press will be publishing a chapbook of some of Dianne’s finest work very soon. 

Speaking of the Poet’s Haven, a podcast from my August 23rd featured reading in South Euclid should be available sometime today on www.poetshaven.com.  Poet’s Haven founder VertigoXX had this to say in a MySpace bulletin last night: “The first half of John “Jesus Crisis” Burroughs’ reading will start out [episode 6], followed by a musical guest from Arizona, Jammin’ Joe Buck. The second half of JC’s reading (“Identity Crisis”) will be in episode 8. Next week’s episode 7 will include a performance by Split Pea/ce.”  As soon as I know the podcast is online, I’ll leave a comment below to let you know.

Thanks to everyone who’s been keeping my dear uncle Bob in their thoughts and prayers!  An update: his colon surgery was postponed a week or so ago until a cardiologist could see him.  Friday, he ended up undergoing a heart catheterization where they found two blockages.  With some of the symptoms he was having, we were afraid it would be even worse.  So we’re a bit relieved, though the other issues must now be addressed.  We are grateful for all your well wishing and encourage you to keep it coming. 

I’ve recently added a number of excellent pieces, both old and new, to the Crisis Chronicles Online Library.  They include Peace on Earth (by William Carlos Williams), De Profundis (Oscar Wilde), Macho Sex (Cheryl A. Townsend), Ashes of Soldiers (Walt Whitman), Further Instructions (Ezra Pound), Lamentation 5 – The Faithful Bewail (Steven B. Smith), Marginalia (Anna C. Morrison), The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Edward FitzGerald), Lite Verse (Steven B. Smith), and (most recently) Out of the Desert (T.M. Göttl)

Speaking of T.M., she’s very much involved in the Evening for Chuck pancreatic cancer benefit that will take place September 7th at Musica in Akron.  A suggested donation of ten dollars gets you a smorgasbord of music and poetry, as well as some scrumptious vegetarian cuisine – and that’s not all – while supporting a very, very important cause.  Check out www.eveningforchuck.com for more details.  Even if you can’t attend, I encourage you to donate.

Lots more good poetry and other surprises will be coming to the Crisis Chronicles online library soon, including more Smith and Cheryl Townsend works.  And I’m happy to announce that Phil Metres will be submitting some of his work as well.  We’re looking forward to Phil’s featured reading (along with Amy Bracken Sparks) at the Literary Cafe in Tremont on September 11th at 9:30 p.m.  Phil Metres is also one of ten local writers honored to have their work included in what promises to be a very cool 2008 Writers and Their Friends event.  Here’s an invitation I lifted from the Lit (not to be confused with the Literary Cafe) website:

Writers & Their Friends is the 7th biennial literary showcase honoring and celebrating the award-winning, critically-acclaimed, and newly emerging literary artists who live and work in Northeast Ohio. Ten jury-selected works are woven into one unique dramatic (and often comic) script that is performed to a sold-out audience one night only…and you can be a part of it!

– Pre-performance Reception
Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar
Browsing Book Sale

8pm – Live Performance in the Ohio Theatre

10pm – Post-performance Reception
Dessert and Cash Bar
Meet the Featured Writers and Cast
Browsing Book Sale

Tickets are $25 each
Click here to purchase or
call The Lit at 216-694-0000 to reserve yours!

With support from:

Honored Writers Featured at the 2008 Writers & Friends

Cinda Williams Chima
Shurice Gross
Paula McLain

Kazim Ali
Michael Dumanis
Ted Lardner
Phil Metres

David Giffels
James Renner
Frank Vazzano

Katie Daley


Christopher Johnston

The LIT(formerly The Poets’ and Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland) is Northeast Ohio’s only organization dedicated to improving literacy in the region by creating, growing, and sustaining a thriving community of creative writers. For more information on The Lit and Writers & Their Friends, visit www.the-lit.org

ArtCraft Building | 2570 Superior Avenue Suite 203 | Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Phone: 216.694.0000 |

Okay, the commercial’s over.  Now let me get to work on the videos.