Those who know me best know I am always (at least since 2009) behind in my Crisis Chronicles Press commitments. There are a number of reasons for this. One minor one is that I've traditionally had difficulty saying no to a project I love, even if I have a lot on my plate already. Though "we" are pretty much a one-person operation, some of the best writing I've ever encountered has made it into my inbox and I just had to say yes to publishing it. However, I'm doing better at setting limits for myself. Actually, I committed to doing better around a year ago, though I'm still working on making my better even better and catching up. Being so far behind is simply unacceptable.
With that in mind, I've put together an ambitious 2015 publishing schedule that I believe I can stick to (albeit somewhat flexibly). Bear in mind that this schedule is inexact. Some of the publications will be perfect bound and require me to pay a printer, while others will be hand-bound with materials I already have on hand. Sometimes, if funds are short, I may skip ahead and do a less expensive book out of order. Also, some of these books have firmer deadlines than others, either because they were submitted and accepted for publication earlier than others or because they already have immutable launch events scheduled for them. And you'll notice I've frontloaded the schedule a bit, so it looks like Crisis Chronicles has less on tap for the second half of the year. That'll give us some catch up time if we need it. But no matter what, all these books will be published in 2015.
And what fine books they are! I am thrilled to have the privilege of publishing such excellent work by some of the world's best living writers. I'm pretty sure you're gonna love these books as well.
Reminder: this schedule is only a rough guideline. A few titles may get moved around depending on how things go, but hopefully not too much.
[Editor's note: I updated the below schedule again on 9 July 2015. You'll see that where there was a bit of a cluster in January and February when I originally posted this, there's now a bit of a cluster later in the year instead.]
#ThisISCLE: An Anthology of the 2014 Best Cleveland Poem Competition by various authors (edited by Dianne Borsenik)
Be Closer for My Burn by Robin Wyatt Dunn
Poems for Explosion by John G. Hall
Cutting the Möbius by Jonathan Thorn
Thunderclap Amen by Dianne Borsenik
Bookmobile: From the Library of Jesus Crisis by David S. Pointer
Ohio Triangle by Alex Gildzen
2015 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology by various authors
Readings / The Road: Two Poems from Euclid Creek Book Three by Michael Ceraolo
Matilda's Battle Waltz by Tracie Morell
Ghost on the Inside by John Dorsey
When You Don't Know Who You Are by Alinda Dickinson Wasner
Balefire by Susan Sheppard
Contents Under Pressure by Kevin Ridgeway
Special Watch by Richard M. O'Donnell
Oct Tongue 2 by Eric Anderson, Margaret Bashaar, Dianne Borsenik, Kathleen Cerveny, Juliet Cook, Mark Sebastian Jordan, Lyn Lifshin, and George Wallace
Inquiry into Loneliness by Meg Harris
god save your mad parade by Austen Roye
Fractured Fairy Tales by William Merricle
Ship of Theseus by Christopher Willard
Of Friends & Liars & Intelligent Crows by Carolyn Srygley-Moore
Desire Doesn't Work Here by Lisa Cihlar
Turnstile Burlesque by John Greiner
This Frankenstein Union by Esteban Colon
The Gravity of Chainsaws by Azriel Johnson
Field Notes by Heather Ann Schmidt
Malformed Confetti by Juliet Cook
PLUS: (months yet to be determined for these - could be in November, December or earlier depending on time and when the manuscripts are finalized)
Works by Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, Christopher Franke, Helen Shepard, Elliot Nicely, Luba Gawur, Michael Estabrook, Bradford Middleton, Lana Bella, Christopher Mulrooney and Dion Farquhar.
That's well over two dozen publications. So if there was ever a year to purchase a year's subscription to Crisis Chronicles Press (see link below), this is it. Thank you for your amazing support and patience and poetry.
Titles by Steven B. Smith and Chansonette Buck; the 2016 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology.
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