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John Burroughs

Author's Bio

John Burroughs is a northeast Ohio poet and publisher who co-founded the monthly Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and almost annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest. He is the author of many chapbooks including 6/9: Improvisations in Dependence [2009, Crisis Chronicles Press], Electric Company [2011, Writing Knights Press], Water Works [2012, Recycled Karma Press], Barry Merry Baloney [2012, Spare Change Press] and It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change [2013, The Poet's Haven]. His first full-length poetry collection, The Eater of the Absurd, was published in late 2012 by NightBallet Press. For close to a decade around the turn of the millennium, John served as a full-time playwright and occasional music director in residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Marion Correctional Institution, writing operas like King of All Kings. In 2007, his blog was ranked number 1 in several categories on MySpace when he decided to redirect his efforts toward his own new website. John got involved in Cleveland's vibrant live poetry scene in 2008, won the first poetry slam he ever competed in, formed PoetryElyria and Poets of Lorain County, served as webmaster for the Ohio Poetry Association, has contributed irregularly to the O.P.A. and Cleveland Poetics blogs, and is perhaps most proud of his work (since 2008) as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press. In 2014 he began hosting Monday at Mahall's Poetry & Prose Series the first Monday of each month in Lakewood, Ohio. Find out more at www.crisischronicles.com. [Listing last updated 4/12/2014]

Publications and Prizes

Books:
The Eater of the Absurd (NightBallet Press, 2012)
Chapbooks:
It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change (The Poets Haven, 2013), Barry Merry Baloney (Spare Change Press, 2012), Water Works (recycled karma press, 2012), Electric Company (Writing Knights Press, 2011), Identity Crisis (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2010), 6/9: Improvisations in Dependence (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2009), Identity Crises (Green Panda Press, 2009), Bloggerel (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2008)
Anthologies:
Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NBP Year Two 2013 (NightBallet Press, 2013), Vending Machine: Poetry for Change, Vol. 4 (The Poets Haven, 2013), While You Were Sleeping I Dreamt a Poem: Cleveland Salon 2013 Anthology (Kattywompus Press, 2013), Buzzkill: Apocalypse (NightBallet Press, 2012), The Squire, Volume 1: Grand Tournament Anthology (Writing Knights Press, 2012), 2011 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology (Hessler Street Fair Asscociation, 2011), Rising in Hope: A Tinfoildresses Anthology (recycled karma press, 2011), Vending Machine: Poetry for Change, Vol. 2 (The Poets Haven, 2011), Writing Knights Press 2011 Anthology (Writing Knights Press, 2011), 2010 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology (Hessler Street Fair Asscociation, 2010), Vending Machine: Poetry for Change, Vol. 1 (The Poets Haven, 2010), Water Me Well (Green Panda Press, 2010), What I Knew Before I Knew: Poems from the Pudding House Salon - Cleveland (Pudding House Publications, 2010), 2009 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology (Hessler Street Fair Asscociation, 2009), A Generation Defining Itself: In Our Own Words, Volume 8 (MW Enterprises, 2009), Other Voices 43 (Other Voices, 2009), Writer's Digest's Red Heart :: Black Heart (Writer's Digest Books, 2009), Tomorrow Never Knows (National Library of Poetry, 1995)
Journals:
A Handful Of Stones, Admit Two, Broken Teeth, Cartier Street Review, Common Threads, Covert Poetics #5, Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, Eviscerator Heaven, Guerilla Pamphlets, Heights Observer, Hit and Run Magazine, Images, Kaleidoscope, Liebamour, Mnemosyne, Muddy River Poetry Review, Must Zine, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Polarity, Pudding Magazine, Rusty Truck, Scene, Ship of Fools, The City Poetry, The November 3rd Club, The Poets Haven, Troubadour 21, Walt's Corner, Writer's Digest
Performances:
100 Thousand Poets for Change at Visible Voice Books (Cleveland, OH) (2013), 2nd Annual Poesies at Jitters Coffee House (Millersburg, OH) (2013), Artomatic 419 (Toledo, OH) (2013), Beehive Books (Delaware, OH) (2013), Broken Pulpit at Grumpy's Cafe (Cleveland, OH) (2013), Center for Rock Research (Cleveland, OH) (2013), Coventry Village Library (2013), East End Book Exchange (Pittsburgh, PA) (2013), Guide to Kulchur: Text Art and News (Cleveland, OH) (2013), Literary Cafe (Cleveland, OH) (2013), Mac's Backs Books (Cleveland Heights, OH) (2013), Mahall's 20 Lanes (Lakewood, OH) (2013), Main Street Books (Mansfield, OH) (2013), MoCa (Cleveland, OH) (2013), Pandemonium 2013: Shine at Cleveland Public Theatre (2013), Queen City Open Mic at Rohs Street Cafe (Cincinnati, OH) (2013), Rubber City Recording Studios and Polymer City Records (Akron, OH) (2013), Shaker Library, Bertram Woods Branch (Shaker Heights, OH) (2013), Slow Train Cafe (Oberlin, OH) (2013), Snoetry 3 and a Half: A Winter Wordfest (Erie, PA) (2013), Stardust Poetry at the Karma Café (Canton, OH) (2013), Summer Special Double Feature at Poets' Hall (Erie, PA) (2013), The Poetry Forum at Rumba Café (Columus, OH) (2013), The Ugly Mug Cafe & Roastery (Ypsilanti, MI) (2013), 100 Thousand Poets for Change at Visible Voice Books (2012), Breakneck Gallery (Lakewood, OH) (2012), Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library's Noble Neighborhood Branch (2012), Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom (Ann Arbor, MI) (2012), Ely Park (Elyria, OH) (2012), First Friday Poetry Spectacular (Canton, OH) (2012), Hessler Street Fair (Cleveland, OH) (2012), Invited Artist Series at Poet's Hall (Erie, PA) (2012), Lincoln Park (Cleveland, OH) (2012), Literary Cafe (Cleveland, OH) (2012), Living Poetry at Karma Koffee (Willoughby, OH) (2012), Lix & Kix at Bela Dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe (Lakewood, Ohio) (2012), Mac's Backs Books (Cleveland Heights, OH) (2012), MugShotz Coffee (North Royalton, OH) (2012), Shaker Library, Bertram Woods Branch (Shaker Heights, OH) (2012), St. Alban Episcopal Church (Cleveland Heights, OH) (2012), The Temple of Tolerance (Wapakoneta, OH) (2012), The Ugly Mug Cafe & Roastery (Ypsilanti, MI) (2012), Wooster Jam 2012 (Wooster, OH) (2012), 100 Thousand Poets for Change at Black River Reservation (Elyria, OH) (2011), A Night at the Bar at Hambone's Pub (Pittsburgh, PA) (2011), Adventures in Books (Fostoria, OH) (2011), Artomatic 419 (Toledo, OH) (2011), Athens County Public Library (The Plains, OH) (2011), BAYarts, Huntington Reservation (Bay Village, OH) (2011), Croswell Opera House (Adrian, MI) (2011), D'Elyrious Night at Lorain Arts Council Sweet & Savory Bistro (Lorain, OH) (2011), Fat Fish Blue (Perrysburg, OH) (2011), Griffin's Hines Farm Blues Club (Swanton, OH) (2011), Hessler Streeet Fair Competition at Mac's Backs (Cleveland Heights, OH) (2011), In Verse Lorain at the Lorain Arts Council's 737 Gallery (Lorain, OH) (2011), Ingenuity Fest 2011 (Cleveland, OH) (2011), Invited Artist Series at Poet's Hall (Erie, PA) (2011), Lix & Kix at Bela Dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe (Lakewood, Ohio) (2011), Lorain County Community College Bookstore (Elyria, OH) (2011), Love Bug Bites at the Lorain Arts Council's 737 Gallery (Lorain, OH) (2011), Mr. Smith's Coffeehouse (Sandusky, OH) (2011), Ohio's Smallest Church (Coolville, OH) (2011), Peace Show fundraiser at St. Paul's Community Church (Cleveland, OH) (2011), Poetry at the 2011 Columbus Arts Festival (Columbus, OH) (2011), PoetryElyria at Jim's Coffeehouse (Elyria, Ohio) (2011), PoetryElyria at Scott M. Duncan Photography (Elyria, OH) (2011), Poets of Lorain County at Avon Lake Public Library (Avon Lake, OH) (2011), Pumpkin Hollow Antiques & Cafe (Bellville, OH) (2011), Rising in Hope at Ferndale Public Library (Ferndale, MI) (2011), Rising in Hope at Poet's Hall (Erie, PA) (2011), Sips Coffee House (Mt. Vernon, OH) (2011), Snoetry 2: A World Record Winter Wordfest (Elyria, OH) (2011), The Slow Train Cafe (Oberlin, OH) (2011), Ward Bakery Open Studio (Youngstown, OH) (2011), Williamstown Bridge (Williamstown, WV) (2011), Writing Knights Presents Knightmares! at bela dubby (Lakewood, OH) (2011), Writing Knights Presents The Mighty! at bela dubby (Lakewood, OH) (2011), 2010 Cherry River Festival (Richwood, WV) (2010), An Evening of Spoken Word at Visible Voice Books (Cleveland, OH) (2010), Barnes & Noble - Crocker Park (Westlake, Ohio) (2010), Brunswick Art Works at Dunkin Donuts in Brunswick, OH (2010), Coventry Village Library (Cleveland Heights, OH) (2010), Feed the Gays 2 at Union Station in Cleveland (2010), Ingenuity Fest 2010 (Cleveland, OH) (2010), Lix & Kix at Bela Dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe (Lakewood, OH) (2010), New Beginnings Cafe in Marion, OH (2010), Octavofest at the Morgan Conservatory (Cleveland) (2010), Ohio Poetry Association annual picnic (Marion, Ohio) (2010), PoetryElyria at Jim's Coffeehouse (Elyria, Ohio) (2010), Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest 2010 in North East, PA (2010), Write On! at Phoenix Coffee on Lee Rd. (Cleveland Heights) (2010), Writers Lounge at Dreamers Bar & Grill (Parma, OH) (2010), Beat Cafe (Warren, MI) (2009), Brewed Awakenings (Toledo, OH) (2009), Burning River book release at Morgan Conservatory (Cleveland, OH) (2009), Burning River book release at Visible Voice Books (Cleveland, OH) (2009), Feed the Gays at Union Station (Cleveland, Ohio) (2009), Imagine Peace benefit at The Lit (Cleveland, Ohio) (2009), Last Wordsmith Book Shoppe - North East, PA (2009), Lix & Kix at 806 Wine and Martini Bar - Cleveland, Ohio (2009), Lix & Kix at Bela Dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe (Lakewood, Ohio) (2009), Lix & Kix at Visible Voice Books (Cleveland, OH) (2009), Mac's Backs - Cleveland Heights, Ohio (2009), Mint Jam '09 (St. Johns, MI) (2009), Nia Coffeehouse at Karamu House (Cleveland) (2009), Pumpkin Hollow Antiques & Cafe (Bellville,Ohio) (2009), The Collingwood Arts Center - Toledo, Ohio (2009), The Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour, Borders Bookstore (Strongsville, OH) (2009), Tres Versing the Panda: Three Days of Poetry Soiree (Cleveland, Ohio) (2009), Hessler Street Fair, Barking Spider Tavern - Cleveland, OH (2008), Jim's Coffeehouse - Elyria, Ohio (2008), Joe Sundae's (Sandusky, Ohio) (2008), Lix & Kix at 806 Wine and Martini Bar - Cleveland, Ohio (2008), Mac's Backs - Cleveland Heights, OH (2008), Madison Rose (Lakewood, OH) (2008), Open Mic Poetry Series, Nia Coffeehouse - Cleveland Heights, OH (2008), The Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour, Borders Bookstore - Strongsville, OH (2008), The Literary Cafe - Cleveland, OH (2008), The Poet's Haven, Phoenix Coffee Co. - South Euclid, OH (2008)
Prizes:
Winner of Ohio City Writers' Love Is a Burning Thing poetry contest (2013); Poem "Lens" nominated for a Pushcart Prize by NightBallet Press (2012); Finalist in Writer's Digest's Red Heart :: Black Heart Contest (2009); Selected Lorain County high schools' best poet (1983).

John Burroughs Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Personae by Ezra Pound, The Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson, The Poetry of Robert Frost by Robert Frost, The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, Collected Poems by Siegfried Sassoon

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Listing last updated: April 29, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Richwood, WV
Raised in:
Elyria, OH

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