Steven B. Smith published the legendary ArtCrimes journal for over 20 years.  Every issue has featured powerful, provocative no-holds-barred poetry and art.  Since discovering it a couple of years ago (alas, after the final volume had been published), I’ve been working one by one on acquiring a complete collection of all 21 issues.  Now comes a perfect opportunity to fill in the final gaps in my collection while helping a very worthy cause (see below).  ArtCrimes contributors have included Charles Bukowski, Daniel Thompson, Bree, Maj Ragain, Dick Head, Ben Gulyas, Jim Lang, Barbara Angell, Robert Miltner, Smith and Lady, Cheryl Townsend, William Butler Yeats and probably hundreds more.

I’m also working on acquiring a complete set of deep cleveland press titles.  Many of our finest northern Ohio poets have been published by mark s kuhar‘s deep cleveland, including (but not limited to) Russell Salamon, dan smith, Terry Provost, Elise Geither, Jack McGuane, Joshua Gage, Michael Ceraolo, Miles Budimir, Joanne Cornelius, J.E. Stanley and Ray McNiece.

Good news: Buy any of either, and markk [sic] of deep cleveland press and Smith of ArtCrimes will donate all profits from sale(s) to help the homeless.  markk writes (on the Cleveland Poetics blog):

Let the words of the homeless be heard! Cleveland poets are trying to raise money for a new version of the The Homeless Grapevine, the newspaper that the homeless used to give away to folks in return for donations (see post below). I can’t think of anyone better qualified to raise money to print the words of the homeless than the word-loving poets of Cleveland. After all, if we don’t stand behind words for humanity, who will? I know that the late Daniel Thompson, a fierce advocate for the homeless, would want us to do this and we can’t let him down. To aid the effort, deep cleveland press will donate all of the profits from the purchase of any deep cleveland press book, or any publication from the historic Agents of Chaos “ArtCrimes” series to the effort, (a markk & smith idea). Go to the below links and make a purchase today, and tell all your friends!

ArtCrimes: www.deepcleveland.com/artcrimes.html
deep cleveland press: http://www.deepcleveland.com/deepclevelandbooks.html

The last I heard, they still needed to raise $600.  Buy these publications, get great art, and support the worthy cause of helping the homeless help themselves.  As if you needed another reason: these books are also a great financial investment (see rjs’ blog for details).  

Crisis Chronicles Press would like to help.  We have two books currently in print: Suburban Monastery Death Poem by d.a. levy and Elyria: Point A in Ohio Triangle by Alex Gildzen (the rest are sold out).  If anyone buys either of these titles (they’re five dollars a piece), I will happily donate all profits to the cause. If someone buys them in person, we’ll donate the whole five. If they buy them online or via mail, we’ll donate all but the cost of postage.  Send cash or check to CC Press, 420 Cleveland Street, Elyria, OH 44035.  I’ll also have copies with me this Wednesday and Friday during our two Lix and Kix poetry extravaganzas (to celebrate the series’ 2nd anniversary) at Bela Dubby Art  Gallery & Beer Cafe, 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio.

Thank you!
John, a.k.a. Jesus Crisis

P.S.  Lady K has just created a Poets for the Homeless page on Facebook.  Please visit it and click “like” if you do.  Then click “share” to spread the word.

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