Friday, March 1, 2019

Soul Picked Clean - by Cat Russell (CC#108)

Crisis Chronicles Press is pleased to announce the publication of Soul Picked Clean, the debut poetry collection by Ohio writer Cat Russell.

"In Soul Picked Clean Cat Russell provides a thoughtful and hopeful collection of sharp-edged, personal poems that balance themes of “cosmic coincidence” (“Dice”) with close observations of daily life and family. Knitting together comfort and struggle, Russell’s poems build a sense of alienation filled with tense urgency. In poems like “Serial Killer at the Laundromat” she brings to focus measured risks, remaining “acutely conscious of / how alone I am” and “Balloon,” which imagines the growth and deflation of memory and life through “the events / that would shape and fill me.” If “Children see the things adults turn away from” ("2 a.m."), they are also evident in the honest insights of Russell’s debut collection."
EF Schraeder, author of Chapter Eleven


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Soul Picked Clean is around 100 pages, perfect bound, 5.5 x 8.5". ISBN: 978-1-64092-978-4. Front cover photo by Chandra Alderman. Available in March 2019 for only $12 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. 

Meet the author at these special events:

3/30 (7pm) - Book launch party at Mac's Backs, 1820 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118. Cat Russell and Pittsburgh-area poets Jason Irwin and Jen Ashburn will read.

4/12 - Aztilude - sWord Fight Tournament in Canton, Ohio. More details forthcoming.

4/13 (11am-2pm) - Local Author Fair at
Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, Ohio 44646.

4/22 (6:30pm) - Cat Russell author talk with music by Ed Amann at the Barberton Public Library, 602 West Park Avenue, Barberton, Ohio 44203.

Cat Russell shares her life with her high school sweetheart, their son, and other ferocious creatures in the wilds of Ohio while composing poetry, writing short stories, and learning more about the craft every day. Her work has been published in Flash Me magazine, Metro Fiction, Beyond Centauri, and the Best of Friday Flash – Volume One and -Volume Two anthologies, as well as Poetry Quarterly and Three Line Poetry. More of her writing can be found on her blog at ganymeder.com. 



Friday, February 15, 2019

Our house on the sand - by Elaine Schleiffer (CC#107)


Crisis Chronicles Press is honored to publish Our house on the sand, a powerful, poignant, categorization defying sequence of work by Elaine Schleiffer.

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Our house on the sand is 44 pages, perfect bound, 5.5 x 8.5". ISBN: 978-1-64092-977-7. Front cover photo by Chandra Alderman. Available in February 2019 for only $10 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. 

Elaine Schleiffer is a writer, organizer, and creative who focuses on abortion access, bisexual visibility, and queer rights. Her writing can be found in Rebelle Society, Santa Fe Literary Review, Pudding Magazine, et cetera and her activism can be found in Cleveland, Ohio.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Law of Almosts - by Mindi Kirchner (CC#106)

We are extremely happy to announce the publication of The Law of Almosts, the latest poetry collection by Mindi Kirchner, one of our favorite writers. Now available for only $10 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

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The Law of Almosts is 46 pages, perfect bound, 5.5 x 8.5". Contents include "The Law of Almosts"; "Globe-Spinning"; "X by X"; "Prize"; "Love Sonnet for a Perfectionist"; "High School Yearbook"; "Ray Ann Walker, Saint Rita Church Festival, 1971"; "The Good, The Bad, and The Ocean" "Remove Sunglasses"; "Desultory"; "The Duration of Events"; "Solving for Feeling"; "Dear Loneliness"; "Christmas Communion"; "The Last In-Flight Supper"; "Naming the Baby"; "Nomenclature"; "Not My Art"; "Split Ends" "The Sweet Spot" and "Fernweh." ISBN: 978-1-64092-976-0. Front cover image created by Steven B. Smith, who used Kathy Smith's Old Comb sculpture as his subject.

Mindi Kirchner’s first chapbook, Song of the Rest of Us, won The Wick Poetry Prize, judged by Jim Daniels, and was published in 2009. The chapbook was nominated for a Lantern Award and featured in an art exhibit, Penned by Penn Staters: Books by Alumni Authors, in University Park, Pennsylvania. Kirchner has also been a finalist in the Best of Ohio Writers contest and for the Whiskey Island Poetry Prize and the Robert Hare Award. Her poems can be found in the Wick Poetry Series anthology, The Next of Us is About to Be Born. Her work has also appeared in numerous independent journals. She spent 10 years teaching composition and developmental writing at Youngstown State University. She now lives with her husband and very delightful daughter in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and teaches at Albright College in Reading. 



Monday, January 7, 2019

Triple Threat - by John Dorsey (CC#105)

Crisis Chronicles Press is ecstatic to welcome the new year with the publication of John Dorsey's Triple Threat, a perfect bound collection of three chapbooks in one. John is widely esteemed as one of the best writers in America and his work is unique and essential.

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Triple Threat is 55 pages, perfect bound, 5.5x8.5". Contents include The Dusty and Lofty Dreams of Middle Class Fairy Princesses (a very rare, long out-of-print chapbook from 2004) as well as Dorsey's more recent Street Maps for Lost Souls and Ghost on the Inside. ISBN: 978-1-64092-975-3. Front cover image by Steven B. Smith.


Triple Threat is available for only $10 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. 

Join us in the St. Louis area on 18 January 2019 for a special book release event, George Wallace and John Dorsey Live at the Book House, 7352 Manchester Road, Maplewood, Missouri 63143.

John Dorsey lived for several years in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw's Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Tombstone Factory (Epic Rites Press, 2013), Appalachian Frankenstein (GTK Press, 2015), Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016) and Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Press, 2017). He is the former Poet Laureate of Belle, MO and Co-Editor, with Jason Ryberg, of the Gasconade Review. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. You may reach him at archerevans@yahoo.com.