…from Crisis Chronicles Press. Read about it in yesterday’s Plain Dealer.
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Read about it in today’s Plain Dealer. Guess that means I can finally throw out those 2006 tickets we refused to pay because we were in Maine and someone else was driving our van.
This week in the Washington Post.
Crisis Chronicles Press is pleased to announce the publication of In Bold Blackness: Selections by Jami Tillis on 23 January 2014! This chapbook, a selection of 14 poems from Jami Tillis’ yet-to-be-published In Bold Blackness series, is 18 pages, lovingly handbound with top quality off-cream cardstock and black endpapers. The cover art is a detail of an Edward McKnight Kauffer illustration in the Borzoi Poe, as photographed by Steven B. Smith. Poems include “Couldn’t Sleep,” “This Is Gonna Hurt Me,” “Cancer,” I Should’ve Known Better,” “Where’s That Dress?,” “If These Walls Could Talk,” “Hotels,” “Ode to Hip Hop” and more.
This chapbook, a selection of 14 poems from Jami Tillis’ yet-to-be-published In Bold Blackness series, is 18 pages, lovingly handbound with top quality off-cream cardstock and black endpapers. The cover art is a detail of an Edward McKnight Kauffer illustration in the Borzoi Poe, as photographed by Steven B. Smith. Poems include “Couldn’t Sleep,” “This Is Gonna Hurt Me,” “Cancer,” I Should’ve Known Better,” “Where’s That Dress?,” “If These Walls Could Talk,” “Hotels,” “Ode to Hip Hop” and more.
In Bold Blackness: Selections by Jami Tillis is available for $5 (please add $2 for shipping) from Crisis Chronicles Press, c/o John Burroughs, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, Ohio 44111. ISBN: 978-1-940996-04-2.
About the author:
My name is Jami Tillis. I am 24 years old. I graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in May 2012. My field of study is Secondary Education with a concentration in English and history. In college, I belonged to a variety of groups—Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, and Pi Alpha Theta History Honors Society.
I have a 6 year old daughter named Chayse who is my current inspiration for writing. All of my poetry and other written works are derived from real life experiences that I have witnessed and survived before and after she came along.
I am currently living in Chicago and working as a 5th and 6th grade Reading and Writing teacher in Chicago Public Schools.
First of all, please consider going to Stardust Poetry in Canton tonight to celebrate the release of Dianne Borsenik’s new book, Corpus Lingua, by the Poet’s Haven. Hear performances by her and Fable, share your own work at the open mic, and check out (or participate in) the evening’s Lake Effect Poetry duet slam. It all begins at 7 pm at Karma Cafe, 4339 Dressler Road NW in Canton, Ohio.
Remember when I used to co-host the Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza every month in Lakewood, host the PoetryElyria series every week in Lorain County, host a monthly reading at the Avon Lake Public Library and host irregular poetry events at the Lorain Arts Council and other random places – all around the same time?!
I’ve since largely withdrawn from hosting events to focus on publishing and other work. But sometimes an opportunity appears that I simply cannot pass up — and one just did! So a week from tomorrow, on Saturday 25 January 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m., I will be hosting a special triple book release at the legendary Barking Spider Tavern in Cleveland.
Our three featured authors will be Steve Brightman (whose 13 Ways of Looking at Lou Reed was published in December by Crisis Chronicles Press), Dianne Borsenik (whose Corpus Lingua, as I mentioned already, was just published by The Poet’s Haven) and Dan Smith (whose The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes was recently published by NightBallet Press). Here’s your chance to hear three of Ohio’s finest word artists, support three hard working local small presses, and have a great time while you’re at it. I’ll emcee an open mic before the features. So please get there on time if you want to perform.
You may recall that the Barking Spider was the first place I ever attended a live poetry event or read at an open mic, back in May 2008. I met a lot of my favorite local poets (Dianne, Terry Provost, Claire McMahon, Ray McNiece and George Bilgere) for the first time that day. I had a great time, got an enthusiastic response to my poems, and I was hooked.
Maybe you’ll get hooked, too, if you’re not already.
Please come see what the excitement’s all about. Release, release, release — feels so good!
Barking Spider Tavern
11310 Juniper Road (near CWRU)
… insh’Allah. It’s already the 14th and we only have one done so far, but never fear. We have several others right on the cusp. Maybe we won’t get six done. But I know that the higher I aim, the more I’ll get done. Another reason I’m trying to get a bunch done at once: several of these titles are time sensitive. For example, I need to get Songs in the Key of Cleveland (poems from last year’s best Cleveland poem contest sponsored by Tim Misny) done before the new year’s contest is announced (which could be any day now). I need to get D.R. Wagner’s The Night Market done because he has a new book coming out with John Dorsey in the spring and both books deserve their own time in the sun without competing. I need to get Oct Tongue done because some of Mary Weems’ poems from it will be in her new book in the spring and I want to publish them first. Some other titles need to be done in time for their authors’ upcoming readings. Fortunately much of the legwork, editing, cover art selection et cetera has already been done for many of these books. So getting six done in January is not a total pipe dream. These are some fanatstic books and I’m proud to have the opportunity to midwife them into print without further ado.
Here’s how many titles we’ve published in previous years:
2014: one (so far)
Forthcoming: I have twenty-seven books in hand and would like to have all of them done this year. By doing at least five in January, I will put myself in the position to do two a month for the rest of the year and totally catch up. Well… not totally, because in addition to the twenty-seven books in hand there are ten other authors I’ve committed to printing, though I may not have their manuscripts yet or may only have stacks of poems that I need to create their manuscripts from. So it’s gonna be an exciting year (or two). Hold on to your toupées! A full, albeit tentative, schedule is coming soon.
Crisis Chronicles Press celebrates the start of 2014 with the publication of YES, but…. by Martin Burke. YES, but…. [ISBN 978-1-940996-01-1] was originally conceived as the second part of Martin Burke’s yet-to-be-published The Tao of Wittgenstein. But I liked it so much I wanted to publish it as is before even seeing what came before or after. It seems so as it should be. Meanwhile, life intervened and it took 16 months for Crisis Chronicles to print it. But it’s well worth the wait, and I’m proud to present it now.
YES, but…. is 29 pages in 8.5 x 11″ landscape format, lovingly handbound and sidestapled. The cover features black endpapers and high quality pale blue cardstock emblazoned with a photo taken by Steven Smith at Cleveland’s Brandt Gallery. The chapbook is available for $5 from Crisis Chronicles Press. c/o John Burroughs, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, Ohio 44111 in the United States. Please add $2 for postage in the US ($5 for international orders).
YES, but…. [ISBN 978-1-940996-01-1] was originally conceived as the second part of Martin Burke’s yet-to-be-published The Tao of Wittgenstein. But I liked it so much I wanted to publish it as is before even seeing what came before or after. It seems so as it should be. Meanwhile, life intervened and it took 16 months for Crisis Chronicles to print it. But it’s well worth the wait, and I’m proud to present it now.
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Martin Burke was born in Ireland (Limerick) but lives now in Flanders (the northern Flemish speaking area of Belgium). He has published a number of books in Ireland, the UK, USA, and Belgium.
Martin Burke [photo courtesy of the author]
In case you thought we did this for profit, here’s the most recent page from one of the notebooks I use to keep track of every dollar Crisis Chronicles Press spends and receives.
2013 receipts include sales not only of Crisis Chronicles titles (on Amazon, through PayPal and at events) but also donations, personal sales of my own chapbooks published by other presses and the online sale of various other books given to me or picked up cheap on clearance at Half Price Books and library book sales.
Expenditures consist primarily of printer ink, paper materials, postage, website costs and, upon occasion, gasoline to make it to an out of town book event. Ink and postage are two big ones, though. Though my time and labor are uncompensated monetarily (of course), the work remains immensely rewarding. This is a labor of love.
2013 expenditures: $7943.21 (average 669.93 a month)
minus 2013 receipts: $7650.40 (637.53 per month)
equals a yearly cost of $292.81.