Tuesday, December 3, 2013

13 Ways of Looking at Lou Reed - by Steve Brightman (CC#48)


When Steve Brightman began writing this book and when Crisis Chronicles Press decided to publish it, we had no idea that Lou Reed would be dead when it came out.  I was just happy to be offered a book of poems inspired by a personal hero and composed by someone I respect greatly as a poet and person.  Now we offer it to you.

Published on 3 December 2013, 13 Ways of Looking at Lou Reed consists of 13 poems, lovingly hand assembled and saddle staple bound with prime quality off-white cardstock, black endpapers and white pages.  I created the cover art by manipulating Lou's senior picture, swiped from the 1959 Freeport [New York] High School yearbook.

The chapbook is available for $5 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA, as well as from select bookstores like Cleveland's Guide to Kulchur: Text, Art & News and Mac's Backs.




Click here
to read "There is Only One Lou Reed" from the chapbook at Lost in the Forest.

Click here to read "Vending Machine Profiteers" in the Crisis Chronicles cyber litmag.
Click here to see reviews and ratings of 13 Ways of Looking at Lou Reed at Goodreads.


Brightman - photo by T.M. Göttl

Steve Brightman lives in Kent, Ohio. 2013 has been kinder to him than some years. 2014 is showing promise, too.

"Steve Brightman's poetry is both piquant and pithy. This short collection is an excellent homage to an iconic musician. It will grab you and not let go. In one poem, 'Everyone is 1973...Everyone is Lou Reed.' I'm there, man.
       —Dianne Borsenik, editor/publisher of NightBallet Press

"Multifaceted and quietly wise, 13 Ways of Looking at Lou Reed has me pondering the many ways in which famous and creative people enter our lives, as complete strangers and simultaneously as intimates. A fascinating Reed!"
      —Shelley Chernin, author of The Vigil

Read a recent interview with Steve Brightman at Poetry Matters.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cheap and Easy Magazine, volume 1 - by various authors (CC#44)

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the late but worth-the wait publication of Cheap and Easy Magazine, volume 1 on 22 November 2013. This decidedly lo-fi, raw art over gloss production, edited by Hon. Jugborn Airbrush, features 42 pages of writing and images by William E. Berger, Dianne Borsenik, Julie-Marie Bristol, C.M. Brooks, Chansonette Buck, Shelley Chernin, Wanda Morrow Clevenger, Roxy Contin, C.O. Dauber, Lee Dish, John Dorsey, Giselle Force, Alex Gildzen, Michael Grover, Hermes F. Hernandez, Meribeth Hutto, Chuck Joy, Lady, Geoffrey A. Landis, Chris Mansel, Gail Mansel, MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick, Alex Nielsen, Jay Passer, Siddartha Beth Pierce, Misti Rainwater-Lites, Sparkplug O’Shea, Séan M. Poole, Dave Roskos, Heather Ann Schmidt, Steven B. Smith, Merritt Waldon, R.A. Washington, Kathleen Whelan, A.D. Winans and Beverly Zeimer. Get yours for the decidedly lo-ball price of $5 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.


The critics speak (though they've not yet read it):


"This is prime masturbation fodder."
— William Shake Spear

"I'll force feed Cheap and Easy to George Bilgere if you pay me $500."
— Bill E. Collins

"I'd rather lick the sweat from Bukowski's balls than read this."
— Haight R. Poet

"I did not have sex with that book."
— President Bill Clinton

"Quit listening to the critics. Buy the book and make up your own mind."
— Hon. Jugborn Airbrush


Click here to rate Cheap and Easy at Goodreads.
Click here to like Cheap and Easy on Facebook.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Secret Letters - by j/j hastain (CC#47)

cover art (c) 2013 by Marnie Weber

Crisis Chronicles Press is pleased to announce the publication of Secret Letters by j/j hastain on 22 October 2013. Secret Letters is 30 pages, 5.5 x 8.5", lovingly hand assembled and saddle staple bound with white pages, gunmetal card stock end papers and a coral-gray card stock cover emblazoned with surreal art by Marnie Weber.  The chapbook is available for $7 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA or via PayPal:



Click here to read Juliet Cook's reaction to Secret Letters.
Click here
to read Martin Willitts, Jr.'s review of Secret Letters.

Click here to read Linda Ashok's review of Secret Letters.
Click here to read a brief selection from Secret Letters in the Crisis Chronicles litmag.
Click here
to see ratings of j/j hastain's Secret Letters at Goodreads.


j/j hastain


j/j hastain is a queer, mystic, seer, singer, photographer, lover, priest/ess, and writer. As artist and activist of the audible, j/j is the author of several cross-genre books and enjoys ceremonial performances in an ongoing project regarding gender, shamanism, eros and embodiments. That project is called: you make yourself your own tilted stage

j/j is the author of several cross-genre books including the trans-genre book libertine monk (Scrambler Press), anti-memoir a vigorous (Black Coffee Press/ Eight Ball Press) and The Xyr Trilogy: a Metaphysical Romance. j/j’s writing has most recently appeared in Caketrain, Trickhouse, The Collagist, Housefire, Bombay Gin, Aufgabe and Tarpaulin Sky. j/j has been a guest lecturer at Naropa University, University of Colorado and University of Denver.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Cleveland: Point B in Ohio Triangle - by Alex Gildzen (CC#46)

Cover photo: Terminal Tower by Steven B. Smith

Crisis Chronicles Press is ecstatic to announce the publication of Cleveland: Point B in Ohio Triangle by Alex Gildzen on 6 October 2013. Cleveland is hand assembled with love and includes many of my favorite Gildzen poems, including "All in the Eye," "Alone in Cleveland," "West Side Market," "Tracing the Places of d.a. levy," "Short Vincent," "Sergeant Gildzen," "Day after I Learnd Daniel Thompson Died" and "Dead Poets Day." This chapbook is available for $7 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.





Cleveland: Point B in Ohio Triangle is 14 pages, 8.5 x 5.5", inkjet printed and saddle staple bound.  The cover is a deluxe ivory card stock that was recommended for watercolor.  The endpapers are a thick, shiny, deep chocolate card stock. And the poem pages are a creamy faux parchment.

Click here to see and hear Gildzen read "Tracing the Places of d.a. levy" from Cleveland at Outlaw Poetry.
Click here to see and hear Gildzen read "All in the Eye" from Cleveland in the Crisis Chronicles litmag.
Click here to see ratings of Cleveland at Goodreads.


Gildzen with Hart Crane in Cleveland

Alex Gildzen never had a Cleveland address. But he’s enjoyed lasagna at Guarino’s and pierogies at Sokolowski’s. He’s danced at Traxx and listened to drag queens sing at Shaker Club. He’s purchased books at Kay’s and seen plays at the Hanna. Since being one of "11 Cleveland Poets" to appear in a special section of the British magazine Asylum in 1968, Gildzen has been identified with the city.

Cleveland is the middle section of Gildzen's work-in-progress Ohio Triangle. The first, Elyria, was published as a chapbook by Crisis Chronicles Press in 2009. We will publish the complete Ohio Triangle (including part three, Kent) as a perfect bound book in the spring of 2015.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Grand Slam - by Alan Kleiman (CC#37)

The première collection of Alan Kleiman's poetry, featuring many of his most popular works, was published in September 2013 by Crisis Chronicles Press. Grand Slam is one of the winners of our September 2011 chapbook contest and we are thrilled to finally have it released. This book is perfect bound, 40 pages, with front cover art by John Newsome and cover/book design by Lisa Hollander. Roughly 300 copies in print.

Get this acclaimed book for your very own for only $10 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.  Or click below to use PayPal.



The buzz about Grand Slam:


"I actually LIKE Alan Kleiman’s poems. They’re both grounded and glorious. And for somebody who traditionally reads poetry only if she happens to stub her toe on it, that’s saying a lot.”
—Jenna Blum, New York Times best-selling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers

“I lost track of the chuckles and caught-breath insights Alan Kleiman’s big-hearted collection triggered. He has a remarkable way of turning an ordinary little event into a didja-see-that surreal moment that makes you jump (for joy!). Enjoy these firecrackers!”
Elinor Nauen, author of So Late into the Night and My Marriage A to Z

“It’s a pleasure to praise Alan Kleiman’s brave and strange poetry, with its various strands of innocent yearning and worldly resignation. 'The Emperor’s clothes Don’t fit anymore' Kleiman has found. The result is a whole new wardrobe, this time, without excuses.”
Jeff Nunokawa, Princeton University

Click here to read "Dancing with Varese" from Grand Slam in Blue Fifth Review.
Click here to read "Centerfold" from Grand Slam in The Camel Saloon.
Click here to read "What Tales" from Grand Slam in Words Dance.
Click here to read "Tomorrow" from Grand Slam in the Crisis Chronicles cyber litmag.
Click here to read Kate Campbell's remarks and "More."
Click here to read reviews of Grand Slam at Amazon.
Click here to view ratings of Grand Slam at Goodreads.


Alan Kleiman with Grand Slam proof


Alan S. Kleiman’s poetry has appeared in The Criterion, Verse Wisconsin, Right Hand Pointing, Blue Fifth Review, The Bicycle Review, Pyrta, Eskimo Pie, The Montucky Review, Kinship of Rivers, Stone Path Review and other journals. He lives in New York City and works as an attorney.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Rain and Gravestones - by John Swain (CC#45)

Cover photo by John Swain
Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the publication of a new collection of poems by John Swain on 1 September 2013. Rain and Gravestones perfect bound, 32 pages, and full of the lush, perfectly grounded and yet transcendent depth and breadth of vision and language you've come to expect from Mr. Swain.  Roughly 125 copies in print.

Rain and Gravestones is available for $7 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.



Click here
to read Krysia Jopek's review of Rain and Gravestones.
Click here to view ratings of Rain and Gravestones at Goodreads.

Click here to read "Fire Once Lived" from Rain and Gravestones in Eunoia Review.
Click here to read the title poem from Rain and Gravestones in Bigger Stones.
Click here to read "Torch" from Rain and Gravestones in PressBoardPress.
Click here to read "At the Ceiling" from Rain and Gravestones in the Crisis Chronicles litmag.



John Swain lives in Louisville, Kentucky. His previous chapbooks include Prominences and Sinking of the Cloth [Flutter Press], Set Apart Before the World Was Made [Calliope Nerve Media], Burnt Palmistry [Full of Crow], Handing the Cask [erbacce press], Fragments of Calendars [Thunderclap Press], and White Vases [Crisis Chronicles Press].  His newest book, Ring the Sycamore Sky, will be published in 2014 by Red Paint Hill.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Everyday Parade / Alone With Turntable, Old Records - by Justin Hamm (CC#41)

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the release of The Everyday Parade / Alone With Turntable, Old Records, a dual poetry chapbook by Justin Hamm, on 22 August 2013.  According to the author, "the back cover is printed upside down...to approximate the experience of listening to a record. The reader will read to the middle and then stop, flip the book over, and read Side Two."

unfolded cover of The Everyday Parade / Alone With Turntable, Old Records by Justin Hamm

The Everyday Parade / Alone With Turntable, Old Records was chosen as one of The Best Chapbooks of 2013 by The Scrapper Poet and as one of The Best Chapbook Collections of 2013 by Karen J. Weyant.

Sandy Longhorn, author of Blood Almanac, says:

"With a wisdom beyond his years, Justin Hamm presents tributes, laments, and elegies for the everyday and the working class, influenced by the best tradition of American folk and country music. The ghosts of Elvis, Hank, Townes, and Dylan ride shotgun — 'the mangiest and most / loyal-looking mutts ever' — as Hamm exposes the 'underbellies of the last minstrels' and shines a perfectly wrecked light on 'the one period / in all of this long lie called history / without room for heroism or holiness.' And yet, that is exactly what these poems sing of, the heroic and the holy, and the choruses echoes on long after the last poem-track gives way to silence."

Norbert Krapf, former Indiana Poet Laureate, says:

"Put this poetry album on your turntable and listen as Justin Hamm spins you back into the origins of American song and the center of communal life. Share the voices he recovers and praise him for having the wisdom to savor 'the loveliness / of [his] wife’s hair tucked behind her ears / and the almost imperceptible music of [his] little daughter’s sneakers / swishing through the…backyard grass.' He knows what to sing!"


The Everyday Parade / Alone With Turntable, Old Records
by Justin Hamm is approximately 40 pages, saddle staple bound and hand assembled, 5.33 x 7.9 ", laser printed on white cover stock, deep purple endpapers and white pages. 100 copies in print, with only 2 still available (as of June 2014) for $7 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

An electronic edition will be available via Amazon Kindle in the summer of 2017.

More reviews:


Click here to read Kathleen Kirk's review of the chapbook in Prick of the Spindle.
Click here to read
Michael Meyerhofer's review at Trouble with Hammers.
Click here to view ratings of this chapbook at Goodreads.

Sample poems:

Click here to read "The Everyday Parade" in Atticus Review.
Click here to read "Uncle Fat Elvis" in the Crisis Chronicles cyber litmag.
Click here
to read "To a Folksinger Just Arrived" in the Crisis Chronicles cyber litmag.

Interviews:

Click here to read a 2013 interview with Justin Hamm in Speaking of Marvels.
Click here to read a 2013 interview with Justin Hamm in Sakura Review.
Click here to read a 2012 interview with Justin Hamm in Midwestern Gothic.
 
Justin Hamm - photo by Mel Hamm
Poet's bio (as of 2013, from the chapbook):
Originally from the flatlands of central Illinois, Justin Hamm now lives near Twain territory in Missouri. He is the the founding editor of the museum of americana and the author of the chapbook Illinois, My Apologies (RockSaw Press, 2011). His work has appeared, or will soon appear, in Nimrod, The New York Quarterly, Cream City Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Sugar House Review, and a host of other publications. Recent work has also won The Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Award from the St. Louis Poetry Center, been featured on the Indiefeed: Performance Poetry channel, and been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and the Pushcart Prize. Justin earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2005.

Update:  Justin Hamm's first full-length collection of poems, Lessons in Ruin, will be published by Aldrich Press in 2014 and is now available for pre-order from justinhamm.net.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

My America (CC#42) & Bus Riders in the Storm (CC#43) by Cee Williams


Crisis Chronicles Press is happy to announce the publication of dual chapbooks by Erie poetry icon Cee Williams on 27 July 2013.  

My America features 9 poems on 20 pages in which Cee riffs on the state of our "Union" with passion, compassion, insight, an appropriate snarl when necessary and a keen sense of humor in the midst of it all to leaven the loaf perfectly.  Poems include "Troop Zero," "Yellow Ramparts We Play," "Parental Indiscretion," "Jerry's Kids," "You Picked a Fine Time to Spank Me Lucille" and more.  My America comes ready to eat and promises to satisfy the most ravenous poetic hunger.

Bus Riders in the Storm is quintessential Cee Williams, reimagining the lines between poetry and flash non-fiction with a 6 pack (on 20 pages) of full-bodied and thirst-slaking wordworks. Highlights include "Jesus Loves Ketchup," "Why Tony Hated Me" and the ROTFLMAO mock epic "I Am Lesbian."  Bus Riders in the Storm also features a cover image by camera queen Chandra Alderman.  Be sure to stay properly hydrated through the hot summer daze by ordering your copy today.

Click here to read "Parental Indiscretion" from My America: 9 Poems for Sister Lucille.
Click here to see ratings of My America at Goodreads.
Click here to see ratings of Bus Riders in the Storm at Goodreads.


My America and Bus Riders on the Storm were printed on ivory paper in Cee's hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, and are available for $6 apiece (includes postage) from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.  Buy them together and save $2 (yes, that means only ten bucks for the pair, with free postage!).  It's Cee Williams double time.  Belly up to the Crisis Chronicles bar and get yours while supplies last.


Cee Williams is the founder of Poets' Hall – The International Fellowship of Poets and Spoken Word Artists, a community based venue for creative expression, which he operates in of Erie, Pennsylvania.

If you're in or passing through the lower Great Lakes region, please come to Poet's Hall on 27 July 2013 to help us celebrate this dual release at the
Summer Special Double Feature with John Burroughs and Cee Williams.  A donation of $10 or more during this special event will get you copies of both new Cee Williams chapbooks PLUS a copy of John Burroughs' new Poet's Haven chapbook It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change.  That's an $18 value all together — and of course the night's entertainment and always fine Hall fellowship are free.  Chuck Joy will host.  We hope to see you there!


Cee photo by Chandra Alderman
P.S. If you haven't yet gotten one, we still have copies of Cee Williams' acclaimed 2012 Crisis Chronicles Press chapbook 12 Poems available as well.  Thanks again and again for your love and support!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Crisis at Kindle

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the recent publication of several titles as e-books via Amazon Kindle.  They are:

Elyria: Point A in Ohio Triangle by Alex Gildzen -- Originally published as a chapbook (CC#4) in 2009. This new Kindle edition includes a couple of new poems and a bunch of added photos.

Blue Graffiti by Dianne Borsenik -- Originally published as chapbook  CC#11 in 2011.

This Is How She Fails by Lisa J. Cihlar -- Originally published as chapbook CC#23 in 2012.

White Vases by John Swain -- Originally published as chapbook CC#26 in 2012.

Angel by Sandy Sue Benitez -- Originally published as chapbook CC#33 in 2012.

Barry Merry Baloney by John Burroughs -- By Crisis Chronicles' founder, originally published as an extremely limited edition chapbook (30 copies) by Spare Change Press in 2012.  Because we weren't ready to see it go out of print so soon, we republished it on Kindle.


   

   

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Body Voices - by Kevin Reid (CC#39)

Cover photo by Steven B. Smith
Crisis Chronicles Press is very happy to announce the publication of Body Voices by Scottish poet Kevin Reid.  Released 9 February 2013, Body Voices was shortlisted by the Saboteur Awards for best poetry pamphlet.

"In his collection, Body Voices, Kevin Reid dissects the body using a variety of voices to expose and explore how it is at once connected to its own past and to the external world, how each separate voice depicts both functionality and experience. Reid’s poems appear personal yet each body part has its own distinctive story ranging from childhood memories to social commentary, from the organic to the cerebral. They are full of thoughtfulness, presence and wit. They are full of the senses, the transitions our bodies and lives experience, our ever dissolving yet expanding path from birth to death. They are brave and clever and they will prompt you to re-examine your own relationship with your body, your past and your place in the world. This is a living collection of poetry and I recommend you read it." 

Gillian Prew, poet, author of In the Broken Things and The Idea of Wings

"Kevin Reid’s Body Voices is an inventive, whimsical look at the body poetic. This series of candid and wry reflections offers a delightfully fresh perspective on learning to feel comfortable in the skin we are in. These pages reveal a weary, scarred, weathered and absolutely real body examined part by part and systematically stripped of any artifice or pretense: the poet stands before us naked and unashamed, imparting courage and wisdom in the process. Body Voices is unflinching, artful, guileless, and eminently worth reading."

Body Voices is 34 pages, 8.5 x 5.5", hand assembled and saddle staple bound, with a white and textured navy card stock cover and available for $7 (plus $2 for postage) from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.  If you're ordering from an address outside the USA, please add $3 to cover additional postage.

USA or International?


Reviews:


Click here to read David McLean's review of Body Voices at Clockwise Cat.
Click here to read Aads de Gids' review of Body Voices at Crow Reviews.
Click here to read John Field's review of Body Voices at poor rude lines.
Click here to read Christine Murray's review of Body Voices.
Click here to read Dianne Borsenik's review of Body Voices.
Click here to see ratings of Body Voices at Goodreads. 

Poems:

Click here
to hear Kevin Reid read "Mouth" from Body Voices.
Click here to read "Ears" from Body Voices in the Crisis Chronicles cyber litmag.
 


Bio (as of 2013, from the chapbook):

Kevin Reid lives and works as a librarian in Angus, Scotland. He studied English Literature at the University of Dundee. Back in the 90s he spent some time living in a tipi community in the southern Spanish mountains, which led to visionary encounters in peyote ceremonies. After a brief spell of teacher training he chose to study librarianship. He has a key role in organising Scotland’s longest running teenage book award. His poetry has appeared in various publications, such as, Pushing Out the Boat, Scottish Poetry Review, heavy bear, The Recusant, and Counterexample Poetics. Body Voices is his first published chapbook.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Howl for My Family in April - by Mary C. O'Malley (CC#40)

Cover photo by Chandra Alderman
Crisis Chronicles Press is honored to publish Mary O'Malley's striking chapbook-length poem Howl for My Family in April on 2 February 2013.  Howl is handmade with care and saddle stitch bound.  It bleeds. It cries. It pulls buried truth into the light.  You won't walk away from it unaffected.

Get your copy by sending $6 in any form to Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. Or buy online via PayPal:

The first edition (c.100 copies) of Howl for My Family in April was inkjet printed, 8.5 x 5.5", bound with plain white cover stock and beach card stock. It is out of print.  The second edition - revised, expanded and printed in April 2014 - is printed on lemon paper and bound using textured white and black card stock.

Click here to see ratings of Howl for My Family in April at Goodreads.

Mary C. O’Malley has worked as a post graduate degreed social worker and as a writer since 2002.  Her work has been selected for local, state, national, and international readings. Publications that have published Mary’s work include Heartlands, Whiskey Island, Box Car Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Cleveland in Prose and Poetry, Midwest Poetry Review, Mary, and many other literary zines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the mother of two sets of twins and tries to garden in her spare time. In 2009, Tipton Poetry Journal nominated her for a Pushcart Prize.

Monday, January 21, 2013

the melody, i swear, its just around that way, volume 2 - by Bree (CC#38)

Cover art by Bree (text added by JC)

Crisis Chronicles Press is bursting into song over the publication of Bree's long-awaited the melody, i swear, its just around that way, volume 2.  Published on 21 January 2013, this chapbook features 22 pages of poem-songs, lovingly hand assembled and saddle staple bound with white cover stock, goldenrod endpapers, and white pages.  8.5 x 5.5", inkjet printed with front and back cover art by Bree.  About 70 copies in print.  To get yours, send $6 in any form to Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.


Click here to read (and hear Bree sing) "Prince John" from the chapbook.
Click here to read an alternate version of the chapbook's "Trees and Bushes." 
Click here to see ratings of the melody, volume 2 at Goodreads.

Bree at The Lit in Cleveland - photo by JC
Bree is a Cleveland poet best known for her Green Panda Press, which produces art and poetry books for the small press. She is also a songwriter, and performed her poems with the bands Johnnycake and Very Sharp & Midnight from the nineties to the early aughts. While volume 1 of the melody (published by Crisis Chronicles in 2011) was mainly poems which later became songs, the work in volume 2 is mostly songs that also read as poems. Bree is the author of many other books including Let Cupid Know (Ronin, 2011) and Laying Pans (Ecstatic Peace, 2009), along with memoirs The Rainbow Sweater & My Mother (Green Panda, 2011) and was chicken trax amid sparrows tread (The Temple, 2009). Her work appears in little presses like The City, ArtCrimes, Big Bridge, Arthur, Bottle of Smoke and many like ‘em.

Buy both volumes of the melody, i swear, its just around that way together for only $11.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Red Hibiscus - by Heather Ann Schmidt (CC#36)

Cover art by Heather Ann Schmidt
Spring comes early at Crisis Chronicles Press as Heather Ann Schmidt's long awaited Red Hibiscus blossoms into print on New Year's Day 2013!  Red Hibiscus is 26 pages, handbound with care, 8.5 x 5.5", inkjet printed, featuring a saddle stapled pale coral card stock cover with deep grape endpapers and white pages.  Contents include "Song for Lilith," "Ode to a Pablo Neruda Nude," "Ghazal of the Night," "Neorealism on the Streets of Birmingham," "Duende in a Black Dress," "Ganymede ," "French Quarter Tryst" and much more.  Around 70 copies in print.  Available for $7 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.



Click here
to read "Ganymede" from Red Hibiscus in Pirene's Fountain.

Click here to read "French Quarter Tryst" from Red Hibiscus in the Crisis Chronicles.
Click here to see ratings of Red Hibiscus at Goodreads.


Heather Ann Schmidt received her MFA from National University and has taught writing for a number of higher learning institutions.  A fine singer and visual artist, she also edits the tinfoildresses poetry journal and is the founding editor of Recycled Karma Press.  Her previous books include Batik (NightBallet Press, 2012), Transient Angels (Crisis Chronicles 2011), On Recalling Life Through the Eye of the Needle (Village Green, 2011), Channeling Isadora Duncan (Gold Wake, 2009) and The Bat's Love Song: American Haiku (Crisis Chronicles, 2009).