This is a complete listing of featured poetry readings by John Burroughs (a.k.a. Jesus Crisis) and poetry events produced/emceed by John Burroughs (often with Dianne Borsenik) during the year 2011.

*What you missed in 2011:

Elyria, Ohio — PoetryElyria — Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner
Sunday 1/2/2011 at 1 p.m. —
PoetryElyria presented featured readings/performances by
Shelley Chernin (Oberlin) and Anne McMillen (Cleveland) at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio. An open mic followed. John Burroughs emceed.

Bellville, Ohio — Mark Hersman Presents — Pumpkin Hollow Antiques & Cafe
Friday 1/7/2011 at 6:30 p.m. —
Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs of Lix and Kix were featured poets during an event emceed by Ohio Poetry Association president Mark Hersman at Pumpkin Hollow, 14 Bell Street in Bellville, Ohio.  Featured music by guitarist Andy Roberts. Event included open mic.  Sadly, this might have been the last poetry happening ever at Pumpkin Hollow.


Elyria, Ohio — PoetryElyria — Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner
Sunday 1/9/2011 at 1 p.m. — PoetryElyria presented featured readings/performances by 
Andrew Rihn (Canton) and Christina Brooks (Detroit) at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio. An open mic followed. John Burroughs emceed.


Elyria, Ohio — PoetryElyria — Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner
Sunday 1/16/2011 at 1 p.m. — PoetryElyria presented featured readings/performances by
Wendy Shaffer (Cleveland) and Eric Odum (Cleveland) at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio. An open mic followed. John Burroughs emceed.


Lakewood, Ohio — Lix & Kix Poetry Extravaganza — Bela Dubby
Wednesday 1/19/2011 at 7 p.m. — The Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza presented featured poetry by RA Washington, Mark Jordan, Marilyn Oliveras de Ortiz and Manancique at Bela Dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe, 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood. An open mic followed.  Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs emceed.


Avon Lake, Ohio — Poets of Lorain County — Avon Lake Public Library
Thursday 1/20/2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Poets of Lorain County presented featured poets John Burroughs and Robert Miltner, followed by an open mic, to kick off their new monthly series at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd. in Avon Lake.



Elyria, Ohio — PoetryElyria — Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner
Sunday 1/23/2011 at 1 p.m. — PoetryElyria presented featured readings/performances by
Michael Grover (Toledo) and Michael Bernstein (Cleveland Heights) at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio. An open mic followed. John Burroughs emceed.


Lorain, Ohio — In Verse Lorain: a Poetry & Arts Extravaganza — 737 Gallery
Friday 1/28/2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. — The Lorain Arts Council, Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and Poets of Lorain County presented an evening of poetry, music and dance featuring Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma, Tom Adams of Trenchcoat Manifesto, Marilyn Olivares de Ortiz, Rafael Rivera y Manancique, La Mariposa & Michael McNamara, Robert Miltner, Eric Anderson, Dianne Borsenik, Elise Geither, Shelley Chernin and John Burroughs.  More details.


Elyria, Ohio — PoetryElyria — Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner
Sunday 1/30/2011 at 1 p.m. — PoetryElyria presented featured readings/performances by
Bonné de Blas (Cleveland Heights), Geoffrey Landis (Berea) & Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma (Kathmandu, Nepal) at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio. An open mic followed. John Burroughs emceed.


Snoetry II: A World Record Winter Wordfest — at Jim’s Coffeehouse in Elyria, OH
From February 2nd (5 pm) thru February 8th (11 pm) Lix and Kix Poetry presented the 2nd annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest, in association with Poets of Lorain County, PoetryElyria, and Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in downtown Elyria, Ohio.  This event ran 150 uninterrupted hours and was intended to be the longest poetry reading in history (breaking the record of 120 hours set at Prospero’s Books in Kansas City in 2010).  For a complete list of scheduled readers/performers, click here.  For more info, you may also visit our Facebook event page.




Lorain, Ohio — Love Bug Bites: a Poetry & Music Extravaganza — 737 Gallery
Saturday 2/12/2011 from 5 to 9 p.m. — The Lorain Arts Council, Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and Poets of Lorain County presented an evening of poetry and music featuring Lou Suarez, Trenchcoat Manifesto, Julissa Reyes, Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs.  More details.


Elyria, Ohio — PoetryElyria — Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner
Sunday 2/13/2011 at 1 p.m. — PoetryElyria presented
a feature-free “Get in where you fit in poetic open mic love fest” at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio. John Burroughs emceed.


Lakewood, Ohio — Lix & Kix Poetry Extravaganza — Bela Dubby
Wednesday 2/16/2011 at 7 p.m. — The Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza presented featured poetry by Wendy Shaffer (of Cleveland) Steve Brightman (of Kent) and Akeem Jamal Rollins (of Cleveland) – plus featured music by Diana Chittester – at Bela Dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe, 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood. An open mic followed.  Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs emceed.


Avon Lake, Ohio — Poets of Lorain County — Avon Lake Public Library
Thursday 2/17/2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Poets of Lorain County presented featured poets Terry Provost and Dianne Borsenik, followed by an open mic at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd. in Avon Lake.


Elyria, Ohio — PoetryElyria — Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner
Sunday 2/20/2011 at 1 p.m. — PoetryElyria presented featured readings/performances by
Steve Thomas (Cleveland), Tina Puckett (Kent) & T.M. Göttl (Brunswick) at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio. An open mic followed. John Burroughs emceed.


Elyria, Ohio — PoetryElyria — Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner
Sunday 2/27/2011 at 1 p.m. — PoetryElyria presented featured readings/performances by
Laraine Seidl (Columbus), Paula Lambert (Columbus) and Louise Robertson (Columbus) at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio. An open mic followed. John Burroughs emceed.


Elyria, Ohio — Grand Finale of PoetryElyria — Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner
Sunday 3/6/2011 at 1 p.m. — GRAND FINALE of PoetryElyria
at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio.  Featured poets were John Dorsey (Toledo), Zach Ashley (Detroit), Steve Brightman (Kent) & Steve Goldberg (Cleveland).  Event began with an open mic. John Burroughs emceed.


Sandusky, Ohio — Firelands Writing Center — Mr. Smith’s Coffeehouse
Saturday 3/12/2011 at 2 p.m. —
John Burroughs was the featured poet during the Firelands Writing Center’s monthly series at Mr. Smith’s Coffee House, 140 Columbus Ave. in Sandusky.  Event will include an open mic emceed by Dan Murphy and Adam Smith.


Lakewood, Ohio — Lix & Kix Poetry Extravaganza — Bela Dubby
Wednesday 3/16/2011 at 7 p.m. — The Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza presented and open mic and featured poetry by Mark Hersman (of Mansfield, OH)
at Bela Dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe, 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood. Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs emceed.


Avon Lake, Ohio — Poets of Lorain County — Avon Lake Public Library
Thursday 3/17/2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Poets of Lorain County present featured poet
Eric Anderson (of Elyria, OH), followed by an open mic at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd. in Avon Lake.


Mt. Vernon, Ohio — Mark Hersman Presents — Sips Coffee House
Tuesday 3/22/2011 at 7 p.m. —
John Burroughs, David Francis Smith and Shelley Chernin were featured poets at Sips Coffee House, 101 S. Main Street in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.  Event included an open mic emceed by Mark Hersman.


Erie, Pennsylvania — Invited Artists Series — Poet’s Hall
Saturday 3/26/2011 from 7 to 11 p.m. — Chuck Joy and John Burroughs were featured poets during the Invited Artist Series at Poet’s Hall, 1136 E. Lake Road in Erie, Pennsylvania, hosted by the International Fellowship of Poets & Spoken Word Artists PA Local 1136.


Toledo, Ohio — Artomatic 419 — Old West End Records Stage, 25 S. St. Clair
Saturday 4/2/2011 at 2:30 p.m. —
John Burroughs and Dianne Borsenik performed poetry as part of the Artomatic 419 festival in Toledo, Ohio.


Elyria, Ohio — Alumni Week — Lorain County Community College Bookstore
Thursday 4/7/2011 at 6 p.m. — Lou Suarez and
John Burroughs read poetry at LCCC’s new bookstore, located in the College Center Building at 1005 N. Abbe Road in Elyria.  This event included an open mic moderated by Peggy Nesbit.


Fostoria, Ohio — A Lix and Kix Adventure — Adventures in Books
Saturday 4/16/2011 at 1 p.m. —
John Burroughs and Dianne Borsenik read poetry at Adventures in Books, 125 S. Main Street, Suite 201 in Fostoria, Ohio.


Toledo, Ohio — Artomatic 419 — Old West End Records Stage, 25 S. St. Clair
Saturday 4/16/2011 at 5:30 p.m. —
John Burroughs and Dianne Borsenik performed poetry as part of the Artomatic 419 festival in Toledo, Ohio.


Lakewood, Ohio — Lix & Kix Poetry Extravaganza — Bela Dubby
Wednesday 4/20/2011 at 7 p.m. — The Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza presented featured poetry by Dave Nichols (of Cleveland), Courtenay Roberts (Cleveland) and Connie Everett
(Columbus) at Bela Dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe, 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood. An open mic emceed by Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs followed.


Avon Lake, Ohio — Poets of Lorain County — Avon Lake Public Library
Thursday 4/21/2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Poets of Lorain County present featured poets Lou Suarez and Susan Grimm at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd. in Avon Lake.  Event was emceed by John Burroughs and included a Q&A with the poets.




Oberlin, Ohio — Meeko Israel Presents — The Slow Train Cafe
Thursday 4/28/2011 at 8 p.m. — John Burroughs was the featured poet during an open mic hosted by Meeko Israel at The Slow Train Cafe, 55 E. College Street Suite 3 in Oberlin, Ohio.


Youngstown, Ohio — Ward Bakery Open Studio Reading — Ward Bakery
Sunday 5/1/2011 from 12 to 5 p.m. —
John Burroughs was one of many poets and other authors who read during a multi-dimensional arts event held at historic Ward Bakery, 1024 Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown, Ohio.  For a full list of participating poets and more information, click here.


Cleveland Heights, Ohio — Hessler Street Fair Competition — Mac’s Backs
Wednesday 5/11/2011 at 7 pm — Contributors to the 2011 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology (John Burroughs among them) read their poems at Mac’s Backs Books, 1820 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.


Elyria, Ohio — PoetryElyria returns — Scott M Duncan Photography
Thursday 5/12/2011 at 7 pm —
John Burroughs emceed an open mic, followed by featured readings by Lorain County poets Eric Anderson and Abigail Carney at Scott M Duncan Photography, 120 Middle Avenue in Elyria, Ohio.  Click here for more details.

Cleveland, Ohio — Peace Show fundraiser — St. Paul’s Community Church
Saturday 5/14/2011 at 7 pm — 
The Cleveland Non-Violence Network presents Music & Words for Peace, a coffeehouse fundraiser for the 10th Annual Labor Day Peace Show, with music by Deborah Van Kleef, Ian Heisey and the Cleveland Hip-Hop Club, and poetry by Kate Sopko, Phil Metres, Dianne Borsenik, John Burroughs and Sammy Greenspan.  It happened at St. Paul’s Community Church, 4427 Franklin Boulevard in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, click here.

Lakewood, Ohio — Lix & Kix Poetry Extravaganza — Bela Dubby
Wednesday 5/18/2011 at 7 p.m. — The Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza presents featured poetry by Matthew Hupert (of New York City), Rose M. Smith (of Columbus), Michael Bernstein (Cleveland Heights) and Joey Pompignano
(Cleveland) at Bela Dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe, 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood. An open mic emceed by Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs will follow.


Avon Lake, Ohio — Poets of Lorain County — Avon Lake Public Library
Thursday 5/19/2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Poets of Lorain County present featured readings by poet/novelist Kazim Ali (of Oberlin) and poet/publisher Sammy Greenspan (of Cleveland Heights) at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd. in Avon Lake.
  Event will begin with an open mic emceed by John Burroughs.


Williamstown, West Virginia — Ohio River Reading — Williamstown Bridge
Monday 5/23/2011 at 3 pm — John Burroughs, Dianne Borsenik and Vladimir Swirynsky shared poetry from the Williamstown Bridge that crosses the Ohio River between Williamstown, West Virginia and Marietta, Ohio.  More details here.

Athens, Ohio — Poets South of I-70 — The Plains Public Library Branch
Monday 5/23/2011 at 7 pm — Poets South of I-70 hosted featured poetry by John Burroughs and Dianne Borsenik, a.k.a. Lix and Kix, at the Athens County Public Library’s The Plains branch, 14 S. Plains Road in The Plains, Ohio.

Wapakoneta, Ohio — Annual Special Event — Temple of Tolerance
Saturday 5/28/2011 at 6 pm in Wapakoneta, Ohio —
Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs were to be featured poets during a special event at the Temple of Tolerance, 203 S. Wood Street in Wapakoneta.  This event had to be cancelled due to flooding at the Temple.

Columbus, Ohio — Columbus Arts Festival — Ohio Magazine Word Is Art Stage
Saturday 6/4/2011 at 2:40 pm in Columbus, Ohio — John Burroughs was one of many featured poets at the 2011 Columbus Arts Festival. This 50th anniversary of this three-day festival featured poetry at the Ohio Magazine Word Is Art Stage near the corner of Gay Street and Cleveland Avenue as well as thirty bands and work by hundreds of other artists. For a full schedule of participating poets, click here.

Lakewood, Ohio — Lix & Kix Poetry Extravaganza — Bela Dubby
Wednesday 6/15/2011 at 7 p.m. — The Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza presented featured poets Chansonette Buck (of Berkeley, California) and George Bilgere (of Cleveland Heights) and music by Mad Anthony (of Cincinnati, OH)
at Bela Dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe, 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood. An open mic emceed by Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs followed.


Elyria, Ohio — PoetryElyria returns — Scott M Duncan Photography
Thursday 6/16/2011 at 7 pm —
PoetryElyria presented featured readings by Chansonette Buck, Dianne Borsenik, Mike Hemery and Stacie Leatherman at Scott M Duncan Photography, 120 Middle Avenue in Elyria, Ohio.  An open mic emceed by John Burroughs followed.  Click here for more details.


Bay Village, Ohio — BAYarts Presents — Huntington Reservation
Saturday 6/18/2011 from noon to 5 pm 10:30 pm — BAYarts Summer Concert Series
presented featured music by Alex Bevan and Uzizi, plus poetry by John Burroughs, Dianne Borsenik, Ben Rader, Gina Tabasso and Mark Hersman at BAYarts, 28795 Lake Road in Bay Village, Ohio.


Perrysburg, Ohio — Poets/Artists SPEAK — Fat Fish Blue
Saturday 6/25/2011 from 11 am to 3 pm — John Burroughs and Dianne Borsenik were among the many featured artists during a special event to benefit No Kid Hungry at Fat Fish Blue,
6140 Levis Commons Boulevard in Perrysburg, Ohio.  For more information, click here.

Swanton, Ohio — Crossroads — Griffin’s Hines Farm Blues Club
Saturday 6/25/2011 from 7 to 10 pm — John Burroughs and Dianne Borsenik participated in Crossroads: Where the Art of Poetry and Blues Meet at Griffin’s Hines Farm Blues Club in Swanton.  This event featured poetry by Max Parthas and Tribal Raine, music by Billy Branch and his Sons of Blues, and much more.  For more information, click here.

Lorain, Ohio — Night Fragments: Poetry in the Dark — Lorain Arts Council Bistro
Saturday 8/20/2011 from 8:30 to 10 pm — The Lorain Arts Council presented Night Fragments – Poetry in the Dark, featuring poets Smith & Lady.  An open mic will preceded the featured poets.  Crisis Chronicles Press released Steven B Smith’s new chapbook, Unruly, at this event.


Lakewood, Ohio — Writing Knights Presents: The Mighty — bela dubby
Thursday 8/25/2011 at 7 pm — Writing Knights Press presented an evening of poetry and music featuring John Burroughs, the Ian Shaw Band, Eva Xanthopoulos, Ben Peridol, D.L. Woure, Jacob Dahlke and emceed by Azriel Johnson at bela dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe, 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio.  John Burroughs’ new chapbook, Electric Company (published by Writing Knights) was available for the first time at this event.  For more details visit the Facebook event page.





Lorain, Ohio — D’Elyrious Night — Lorain Arts Council Sweet & Savory Bistro

Thursday 9/15/2011 from 8:30 to 10 pm — The Lorain Arts Council presents D’Elyrious Night: Poetry Under a Glorious Lorain Sky, featuring poets Alex Gildzen and John Burroughs.  Join us at the Lorain Arts Council’s Sweet & Savory Bistro for a night of spoken word and tasty delights.  An open mic will precede the featured poets. 

Cleveland, Ohio — The Poet’s Haven Presents — Ingenuity Fest 2011
Friday 9/16/2011 from 7 to 8 pm — The Poet’s Haven hosted three days of poetry during this year’s Ingenuity Fest under the Detroit-Superior Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, and on Friday night at 7, John Burroughs was the featured poet, signing copies of his new chapbook, Electric Company, published by Writing Knights Press.



Elyria, Ohio — 100 Thousand Poets for Change — Black River Reservation
Saturday 9/24/2011 from 10 am to 7 pm — PoetryElyria is proud to be spearheading a local edition of the international 100 Thousand Poets for Change project.  Join us at the Black River Reservation’s Bur Oak picnic area (1350 Ford Rd. in Elyria) for a potluck picnic, small preess celebration and eight hours of poetry and music.  For more details, see our Facebook event page.


Elyria, Ohio — Invest Elyria Art Show — Ely Square
Saturday 9/25/2011 from 11 am to 4 pm — Crisis Chronicles Press and Poets of Lorain County will have a table at Invest Elyria’s art show on the square in downtown Elyria.  We’ll be displaying our newly published books by Cleveland art legend Steven B. Smith, Egyptian poet Yahia Lababidi and Elyria’s own Dianne Borsenik, along with other fine titles, and a couple of our authors will be on hand to answer questions and sign books.


Ferndale, Michigan — Rising in Hope release — Ferndale Public Library
Saturday 10/22/2011 from 2 to 5 pm — Tinfoildresses Press will release its Rising in Hope anthology to raise funds for No Kid Hungry. Featured performing artists during this special event include Christina Brooks, Dianne Borsenik, John Burroughs, Cat Listening, Joe Kidd, Zach Ashley, Emily Rose and Ber-Henda Williams. The Ferndale Public Library is located at 222 E. 9 Mile Road in Ferndale (suburb of Detroit), Michigan.


Lakewood, Ohio — Writing Knights Presents: Knightmares! — bela dubby
Saturday 10/29/2011 at 7 pm — Writing Knights Press presented an evening of poetry and music featuring John Burroughs, Roger CraikConnor Stratman, Catherine Criswell and T.M. Göttl
emceed by Azriel Johnson at bela dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe, 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio.  For more details visit the event page on Facebook.


Lakewood, Ohio — Lix & Kix Poetry Extravaganza 3rd anniversary — bela dubby
Wednesday 11/16/2011 at 7 pm — The Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza’s 3rd anniversary bash featured word magic (and new chapbooks) by Jack McGuane (Chickenhawk – 2011, NightBallet), Bree (the melody, i swear, its just around that way – 2011, Crisis Chronicles) and Steven Smith (Unruly – 2011, Crisis Chronicles), plus stunning poetic dance by Jacqueline Honoshofsky, at bela dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe, 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio.  An open mic, emceed by Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs
, followed the features.  For more details visit the event page on Facebook.

Erie, Pennsylvania — Rising in Hope release/fundraiser — Poets’ Hall
Saturday 11/19/2011 from 6 to 9 pm — Tinfoildresses Press again celebrated the release of its Rising in Hope anthology to raise funds for No Kid Hungry. Featured poets during this special event included Kirk Nesset, Jeff Grieneisen, Megan Collins, Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs. Poets’ Hall is located at 1136 E. Lake Road in Erie, Pennsylvania.



Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — A Night at the Bar Poetry & Music — Hambone’s Pub
Sunday 12/4/2011 from 8 to 11 p.m. — Special guest Cleveland poets Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs in round one.  Six Pittsburgh poets (Nikki Allen, Renee Alberts, Jason Baldinger, Jerome Crooks, Bobby Pajich, Daniel Shapiro) in round two. Then the band Thee Shopkeepers will play.  $4 cover. Hambone’s Pub is located at 4207 Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  For more details see Facebook.

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