Crisis Chronicles Press
Vital independent literature since 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio
Friday, February 10, 2023
Pocatello Wildflower - by John Dorsey (CC#122)
Sunday, January 1, 2023
I Have a Poem About That - by Christine Howey (CC#121)
I Have a Poem About That is 36 pp, 6 x 9", perfect bound, with cover art by Jessie Herzfeld. ISBN 979-8-88596-993-2. Available for $10 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 535 Parkside Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44143 USA.
This volume features 23 poems, including "When We Die We Become Birds," "My Skiff," "Camus at Camp," "A Meeting of Suburban Deer," "Eternity on Elm Street," "Inside Out," "Invert at the Gem Saloon, Deadwood, South Dakota, 1876," "My Name Is John Doe," "Mount Everest," "Paul Desmond's Slot Machine," "Ten Ill-Conceived Kitchen Gadgets," "Maybe I Should Have Told Different Lies," "After I'm Gone," "Blueberries, Summer, 1944," "The Last One," "The Road Oft Taken," "Sign of the Cross," "A Bubble-Off Romance," "The Birds and the Bees," "The History of Television," "The Universal Usage Guide," "An Ode to Richard Howie," and "My Words Are Too Big Today."
Christine has also been an award-winning theater critic in Cleveland for 25 years, currently with Cleveland Scene. She was named Transgender Leader of the Year in Northeast Ohio and received the Torch Award from the Human Rights Campaign for leadership on transgender issues.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Kan Zaman - by Judith Mansour (CC#120)
The title, Kan Zaman, is Arabic for "a long time ago" — often used to mean once upon a time or way back when. Apropos for this collection born of losing people Mansour loved and who shaped who she is.
Kan Zaman is 66 pp, 5.5" x 8.5", perfect bound, with color and b/w photos. Cover painting by Joe Geha. Design by Tim Lachina. ISBN: 979-8-88596-994-9. Available for $15 beginning 5 November 2022 from our friends at Mac's Backs Books on Coventry in Cleveland Heights or directly from Crisis Chronicles Press, 535 Parkside Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44143 USA.
Read Charlotte Morgan's interview with Judith Mansour about Kan Zaman at FreshWater Cleveland.
Meet the author at our book release event on November 5th 2022, 6:30 pm,
at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights.
Monday, September 26, 2022
Maple Leaf Zen - by John Dorsey (CC#119)
Maple Leaf Zen is c. 140 pages, 6"x6", available in perfect bound paperback as well as a special limited edition (only 10 copies!) signed & numbered case bound hardcover. Cover image courtesy of @MapleLeafNOLA on Instagram.
The paperback (979-8-88596-996-3) is available for $12 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 535 Parkside Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44143 USA.
The special limited edition signed & numbered case bound hardcover (979-8-88596-995-6) is available for $40 directly from John Dorsey. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to get yours while supplies last.
Meet the author:
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), Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Poetry, 2017), Your Daughter's Country (Blue Horse Press, 2019), Which Way to the River: Selected Poems 2016-2020 (OAC Books, 2020), Afterlife Karaoke (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2021) and Sundown at the Redneck Carnival, (Spartan Press, 2022). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize. He was the winner of the 2019 Terri Award given out at the Poetry Rendezvous. He may be reached at email@example.com.
[Photo of John Dorsey by Jeremy Proehl.]
Friday, April 22, 2022
Ouroboros: Memoir of a Dreamwalker - by Chansonette Buck (CC#118)
Ouroboros is c. 130 pages, perfect bound paperback, 11" x 8.5". Cover art also by Jillian Mardin. Available for $20 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 535 Parkside Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44143 USA.
ISBN: 978-1-64092-950-0. First edition, 125 copies.
Praise for Ouroboros:
—Ariana Newcomer, Author; Sound Healer; Spiritual Mentor
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
47 Poems - by Victor Clevenger (CC#117)
47 Poems is 50 pages, 6x6". Front cover collage by Victor Clevenger. Available from Crisis Chronicles Press, 535 Parkside Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44143 USA. 200 total copies in print. UPDATE: The limited edition hardcover is now sold out, but you can still order the paperback.
A special book release event occurred on April 7th 2022, 6 pm Eastern, at the B Side Lounge in Cleveland Heights. This event featured readings by Victor Clevenger, John Dorsey, Nicole Hennessy, Russell Vidrick and John Burroughs.
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Arroyo Chamisa: Poems Rescued from a Blog - by Alex Gildzen (CC#116)
Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Alex Gildzen's latest collection, Arroyo Chamisa: poems rescued from a blog, on March 4th 2022.
Or subscribe to our entire 2022 series (at least ten titles, plus a surprise or two) for $100 with free shipping.
"Alex Gildzen was one of the first poets' blogs i
found & read with great appreciation & gusto. here was a
poet with a gift for vernacular, a wit to match his cinematic range, & an
obsession with movies that played upon my own heart. i've long been a
great admirer of Alex ever since those giddy early days of blogging when social
media held the promise of uniting poets & creating a community of writers
who, in their own unique ways, were dedicated to making & living a life in
poetry. Alex Gildzen is a poet with a life well-lived in poetry & at
the movies. his poems frequent the daily ordinary hard tasks of being a
human being in our digital age, along with the practical importance of
friendships, art making, family, technology, & the greats of Hollywood past
& present. Alex Gildzen is one of my very favorite poets &
human beings. as he says in a poem, 'go to the movies / you're
—Richard Lopez, co-editor of the anthology The End of the World Project
is a master of his craft, unearthing beauty from the ordinary and celebrity
from the common. Nowhere is this more evident than in Arroyo Chamisa: poems
rescued from a blog. From the dark atomic whimsy of “swim thru the sea of
night little swimmer” to the pure joy of living well in “I call the 3 palms /
beside the pool / the Andrews Sisters,” Gildzen’s poetry grooves with the
universal and vibrates with the intensely personal. This is an expedition you
won’t want to miss."
—Dianne Borsenik, author of Raga for What Comes Next and Publisher/Editor, NightBallet Press
His previous Crisis Chronicles Press titles include Ohio Triangle and Alex in Movieland (1943-1973).
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Before the Next Ice Age - by Lisa J. Cihlar (CC#115)
Lisa J. Cihlar's poems have appeared in Blackbird, Gargoyle Magazine, South Dakota Review, Crab Creek Review, and Mid-American Review. She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and a Best of the Net award. Her three previous chapbooks are The Insomniac’s House from Dancing Girl Press, This Is How She Fails from Crisis Chronicles Press, and When I Pick Up My Wings from the Dry Cleaner (winner of the 2013 Blue Light Poetry Prize) from Blue Light Press. Cihlar lives in rural southern Wisconsin.