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"Getting There" by Jacob King (ISBN: 978-1-61061-095-7) (SRP: $5.00, 40 pages)
Jacob King is a wanna-be super-hero who met the loves of his life while teaching at Timken Senior High School in Canton, Ohio. His affections belong first to his beautiful wife, Carla Thompson, and then to his rewarding obsession to write and teach others to do the same. Carla gave Jacob the opportunity to be a father with the addition of his step-son, Furious, and his infant son, Atticus Rage, who both grow too fast for their parents' liking. Working part-time at Phoenix Coffee in Cleveland provides Jacob with just enough caffeine to fuel his studies and other obligations as a Graduate Assistant at John Carroll University. When he's not teaching, writing, studying, or changing poopy diapers, Jacob enjoys drinking micro-brewed beer, being visually impaired, and sleeping.

"Jacob King's poems are a refinery. He takes the daily grind of urban midwest life - rides on the city bus, bicycle commutes, daily family challenges - and applies heat and pressure to reveal tiny diamonds, scraps of love amid the grit and dust. These poems take us along on Jacob's personal journey, reminding us to always seek the sublime within the struggle." -- T.M. Göttl, author "Stretching the Window," "Angels and Copper"

"Pablo Neruda would have called King 'fully engaged,' for he is aware of the world around him, whether he is walking or biking or just watching. He notes how neighbors, after shoveling snow, share the sidewalk and 'stand, / belonging,' yet can be divided by culture, by 'much more / than the burqa fabric / and tattoo ink.' King seeks to find places of 'faith / reaching beyond racism,' and he reaches out to the 'hidden girls' who too often feel 'malice / born of their loneliness' yet who could easily see themselves as 'beautiful / if anyone bothered to tell them.' In the end, we all want what Jacob King wants for his step-son: the 'gift: to be loved like that.'" -- Robert Miltner, Professor of English: KSU Stark, author of "Hotel Utopia," "Against the Simple"

"It's a reintroduction and rejuvenation of poetry. King is a man who I have greatly respected since first walking into his classroom, and now with this book of wonderful poems, I respect him even more for continuing in his chosen art." -- Tyler Swegheimer, poet, graduate of Timken Senior High School





"Street Corner Poetry" by Andrew Tobias Line (ISBN: 978-1-61061-199-2) (SRP: $5.00, 40 pages)
If you were to ask Andrew Line who he is, the first word out of his mouth would undoubtedly be "artist." More specifically, he is a 20-something female-to-male transsexual, a proud mother to the most brilliant and beautiful Princess in the world, an LGBT rights activist, a lover, and a dreamer. He was part of Dragon Inc., Cleveland's 2011 National Poetry Slam team. He is currently putting together an LGBT-themed poetry anthology to benefit The Trevor Project. Andrew spends his free time reading books on philosophy that are way over his head, watching the movie "Rent" (over, and over, and over, and over again), singing in the shower, studying the psychology of serial killers, yelling at people on Facebook for their terrible grammar, and tearing apart enchanted forests while slaying dragons with his galaxy-renowned Kung-Fu skills. He hopes to one day get his PhD and stop moving so !@#$ much.

"The pieces are honest and raw in a way that makes them familiar, like old friends - or scars. There is a sobriety in the subject matter mixed with the willingness to play with different forms that keeps you reading. Andrew Line is learning how to approach life and bringing us along for the trip in the best way possible." -- Carla Thompson, executive director of Citizen X Inc.

"Andrew's poetry engulfs you in stories intense and deeply personal, allowing a connection that makes you want to keep on reading more and more. He takes you from losing his child and being a victim of rape to standing tall and strong, using words to fight intolerance, hope to lift others in similar situations, and humor to heal unseen wounds. Street Corner Poetry opens our eyes to the experiences and issues affecting not only the LGBT community, but the entire world." -- Craig Firsdon, author of "Opiate Dreams"





"Seasons of Discontent: Spring and Summer" by Jeff Kosiba (ISBN: 978-1-61061-249-4) (SRP: $5.00, 36 pages)
"Seasons of Discontent: Fall and Winter" by Jeff Kosiba (ISBN: 978-1-61979-161-9) (SRP: $5.00, 36 pages)
Jeff Kosiba is a confessionalist poet. He began writing poetry in 2000, after the death of his best friend. Jeff has a bachelor's degree in psychology and is near the completion of his master's degrees in criminology and sociology, both from Cleveland State University. Jeff currently resides in Cleveland, OH.

"Jeff Kosiba uses brilliant, brutal description to force the point directly into the mind of the reader. He is unrelenting and unapologetic, like any great poet should be." -- Azriel Johnson, chairman of Writing Knights Press, author of "Hellfire, Heavensent"

"These poems speak of a relentless bravery. A staring down of demons kissed and cries for love. They are filled with dread and longing like flowers in a graveyard. They wear their hearts and rictus smiles on their sleeves. They have been to the abyss, yet still shine as lamps of truth." -- Dan Smith, author of "Crooked River"

"In these poems, two things are clear; Jeff Kosiba is a misogynist, and he is keenly aware of this fact. We get to read along as Kosiba addresses and grapples with his inner monstrosity, letting us see his most personal and private thoughts. It's a fascinating study of the darkest parts of the male mind. Some will find this disturbing and some may even be offended, but all will be intrigued." -- Vertigo Xi'an Xavier, publisher





"Interfaces: Drilling Deeper" by Ben Bartman (ISBN: 978-1-61061-708-6) (SRP: $5.00, 40 pages)
Ben Bartman began writing in San Antonio, Texas, where he grew up. He then moved to Berkeley, Boston, Philadelphia, and finally Northeast Ohio. While he has written for himself for over 40 years, he has only written for others to read since January 2010. Ben's writings fall into three genres: love, nature, and giving voice to his search for his place in the world. The Russell Writers in Middletown, Connecticut gave birth to his joy for sharing his writings with others, and the Akron Writers Group prodded him to refine his craft. Ben describes his writing as an attempt to discover meaning and value in his world. He is delighted if his meager attempts find resonance with others.

"Ben Bartman is an incredible read. In his first section, 'Nature,' he lingers with language, allowing it to pulsate with external and internal rhythms that aid his personifications. The richness of his imagery and word paintings is worthy of Monet. He moves faster in 'Love,' connecting a barely-touching set of hands to feelings of lust and loving. In 'Me,' his vocabulary, phrasing, and word-placements are staccato in comparison to the earlier sections. To seek his role in this world he exercises his right to vary his techniques. One piece may scatter words on pages like busy ants; turn the page and he structures them sonnet-like into rhyme. Yes, rhyme. This man does poetry proud." -- A. Frank Bower, co-host of "Writers Out Loud," Middletown, CT

"Bartman's path to poetry has been the path less traveled by, and that makes all the difference. Whether in his bitingly personal poems or in his lyrical odes to nature, the metaphors he chooses reflect the original turn and the most interesting complexity of this man." -- Dr. Audrey Lavin, editor of "Turning Leaves," author of "Eloquent Corpse"

"Bartman guides us through a splintered mosaic of nature, love, and self-awareness that drills deep to the soul of every man trying to find his place in the universe." -- Brian Fugett, editor/publisher of "Zygote in my Coffee"




"The History of Chickpeas" by Laraine Seidl (ISBN: 978-1-61061-998-1) (SRP: $5.00, 36 pages)
Long ago and far away, Laraine Seidl was born in the city of Cleveland and grew up in the enchanted land of Parma, Ohio. She is currently living in Columbus with her cat Zoe, but as she considers herself a nomadic fashionista, she will most likely relocate in the near future. Outside of writing, she also enjoys photography and expressing herself through painting using acrylics. She spends her free time obsessively listening to music online and discovering new bands, reading, shopping for the latest pair of shoes to add to her collection, talking to her Mom on the phone, and collecting vintage glassware.

"Reading Laraine Seidl's poetry is like kneeling on the fire escape outside her window, peeking in through her curtains at the most raw and intimate parts of her life; the reader will feel wrong for watching, but won't be able to turn their eyes away. Unashamedly honest in her own quirky way, Seidl pulls the scabs off her wounds and writes the truth of the blood that seeps out, often getting right down to the bone. Sometimes raw and festering, sometimes surreal and silly, occasionally pornographic, Seidl's poems explore the life of a young woman stuck playing poker with the cards life deals her, and the reader is left knowing that somehow she's being cheated, but championing the fact that she's stashed a few aces up her skirt hem for just such an emergency and the perfect pair of shoes to distract anyone who might be looking." -- Joshua Gage, author of "Breaths," host of Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour

"Laraine Seidl's poetry in 'The History of Chickpeas' wears both the scars and the badges of honor that come with experience. A stranger in her own world, this poet feels a victim to fate and longs to escape to a parallel universe where the world is not so dark. Many pieces in this chapbook are poignant, erotically charged, and emotionally brutal. They speak to every woman who is 'surrounded by water but dying of thirst.'" -- Kristie LeVangie, author of "Libidacoria: In a Plain Brown Wrapper"





"A Thousand Voices: A City Shaman's Notebook" by C.M. Brooks (ISBN: 978-1-61061-985-1) (SRP: $5.00, 40 pages)
C.M. Brooks is a traveling poet, living and thriving somewhere between the near Detroit suburb of Ferndale, Michigan and someplace in rainy northern Ohio. Christina is a dedicated regular at many Ohio poetry events; the Cleveland-Akron area is her second home. Her work has been featured at several venues in northern Ohio and Michigan, and she has the honored distinction of being a banned poet. She loves gardening, cooking, reading, card making, and sword fighting. She owns a vast collection of Star Wars memorabilia. She is an avid student of Eastern philosophies and religions, particularly Buddhism and Taoism, and is a practiced student in the art of runes, tarot, and the yi-jing. She has put on more miles going to poetry events in the Midwest than anyone else she knows. Her son, Ryan, is in the Army. Christina is the caregiver for her husband, who has Alzheimer's. She has a collection of vinyl LPs that would strike envy in the heart of any collector.

"Sometimes C.M. Brooks's poetry swashes a curve of thought somewhat gently, a bit aseptically, tendering dabs of rivers dribbling over pain. Or dry, she finds flint to light some cheer and hangs huge habitats from charred blessings of veins. She picks up her matches again to see what can be seen. She questions her pulse to feel the burn in the bow of her heart. She lets go her grip to loose subliminal swifts, arrows pitched from the barn into soft release, falling into flying from the battle weariness of her sacred domains." -- Kathy Smith, author of "Firecracker Mandalas," publisher of "The City Poetry"

"A Thousand Voices is a series of self-reflective meditations on the dilemmas of modern poets in a modern world. The images that spring to mind, reading these words, seem to come, sometimes, from a tortured soul, sometimes from a redeemed one, sometimes from a soul yet to be redeemed. Christina talks about a 'you' or a 'we' who often turns out to be the 'her' she is. These poems need to be read and re-read to find the real humanity hidden beneath the surface and to find the poetic truth behind the Hidden Footsteps. The messiahs and prisoners she speaks of are all of us and all of her." -- Jack McGuane, author of "Chickenhawk," "Sleeping With My Socks"

"Christina Brooks' A Thousand Voices is a Buddhist teaching within itself. Reading her poetry places one in a meditative state and leaves one feeling more wise. Brooks' poetry in this collection leaves the box empty and allows the mind to expand the horizons outside of that tiny space of confinement. The reader's senses will be enhanced, especially the sixth one. It's safe to say that the intuitive mind is not neglected and nor is the logical mind. Brooks manages to intertwine logic and intuition to produce true infallible wisdom. A Thousand Voices will surely alternate one's state of consciousness and is recommended for every seeker of knowledge, philosophy, and spirituality." -- Eva Xanthopoulos, author of "The Artistic Muse," host of True Colors Poetry Night





"8s" by Michael Bernstein (ISBN: 978-1-61979-218-0) (SRP: $5.00, 36 pages, pocket-sized)
Michael Bernstein is a writer, bass player, and intermedia composer. He received a BA from Columbia College, and an MFA from Naropa University. His work has appeared in publications such as New American Writing, milk, and BlazeVOX, as well as in numerous chapbooks. With Michael Crake, he edits the online literary arts magazine Pinstripe Fedora. Michael currently lives in Cleveland Heights, OH.

"Michael Bernstein's '8s' are brisk, eclectic fragments, tightly wound but readily evocative. Their force is in a distilled brevity, words that come on strong but bring a willingness to linger, imagery kept center by Bernstein's sparseness and economy. With this latest collection, Michael Bernstein continues to establish himself as a poet on our radar, definitely one to watch." -- Lynn Alexander, managing editor of Full of Crow Press

"In Michael Bernstein's galaxy, words are stars and poems are constellations. The poems make sense or unsense of the brilliantly mundane arc of our lives." -- Suzanne DeGaetano, owner of Mac's Backs-Books on Coventry





"I Wish" by Skylark Bruce (choose cover A or B) (ISBN: 978-1-62154-590-3) (SRP: $6.00, 32 pages)
Skylark Bruce is a twenty-something vegetarian progressive Christian who loves to belly-dance and recycle. When she's not writing or performing poetry, she can often be found in the kitchen cooking for homeless people or rounding up friends to play board games. She loves her parents and sisters very much, though their understandings of God and the mysteries of the universe have diverged since Skylark hit adulthood. She works in a large local credit union, after leaving her first love of newspaper reporting. If she lost the ability to speak English, she would smile and reply with Está bien. A travel bug bit Skylark in 2003 when she spent a semester in Spain, and she never quite recovered from transportitis. Until she has the resources to visit Latin America again, she contents herself with being a connoisseur of local Latin-themed restaurants, salsa dancing locations, and drag shows. Skylark is never, ever sarcastic. Don't look to her for advice on the best local thrift stores, either. Skylark lives in Canton, Ohio, with a large collection of hip scarves and stainless steel cookware.

"Skylark Bruce is a woman who isn't afraid to bleed. In "I Wish," she bares herself... and her delightful "La Seducción en Español" is a special treat!" -- Dianne Borsenik, editor/publisher of NightBallet Press

Includes the Pushcart Prize nominated "Luis y Su Madre."





"Anywhere Else But Here" by Carla Thompson (ISBN: 978-1-62154-009-0) (SRP: $6.00, 32 pages)
Carla Thompson was a product of Canton City Schools before politicians and standardized testing ruined public education. She has a Bachelors in English from Cleveland State and a Masters in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has served as a high school English teacher and award winning journalism instructor, adjunct professor at Walsh University, a GED Coordinator in conjunction with Cuyahoga County, and is currently a teaching artist for Young Audiences of North East Ohio. Carla is the mother of three boys (Demetrius, Furious, and Atticus). She is a performance poet, activist, and feminist. She was on the 2012 Lake Effect Poetry slam team, representing Cleveland at National Poetry Slam. She currently lives in South Euclid, Ohio with her husband, author/educator Jacob King.

"Carla Thompson's work is a carved, personal revelation and an extremely relevant commentary on society and its pitfalls, whether it's about sexuality (Denise at Five), womanhood (Bullet Proof), or race the way only the eyes of a mixed girl could see it (Brown). There is an emotional tug of war in one's chest when experiencing Thompson's words. Half of you will want to buckle over and shake your weepy head and the other half will want to relish in triumph; a binary dichotomy not unfamiliar to Carla herself. Prepare to feel like a frozen chocolate bar in the sun." -- AKeem Jamal Rollins, author of "The Tributes," 2011 Dragon Inc. slam champion

Includes the Pushcart Prize nominated "Bullet Proof."





"Imaginary Conversations" by Jen Pezzo (ISBN: 978-1-62314-745-7) (SRP: $8.00, 72 pages, pocket-sized)
Jen Pezzo lives with her husband and two cats near Akron, Ohio. She started writing when she was nine years old. Besides spending time with her family and friends, she also loves photography, art, music, hiking, and traveling. You will often find her supporting the creative endeavors of her friends when she is out and about, attending a poetry reading, concert, art exhibit, play, or sporting event. She also writes under the pen name Kerowyn Rose.

"Reading these poems by Jen Pezzo is to witness some magic – an alchemy of the amorous and the surreal flowing through many of the lines. Cheshire smiles, spirit states, and erotic whispers are implicit in several poems of 'Imaginary Conversations.' But not all is a-glimmering. Interspersed are other experiences, poems darker-shadowed: existential misgiving, trenchant catharsis. And the various facets of this complex poet -- gnomic, visceral -- come to written presence in language that is clear and honest." -- Tim Buck, author of "Echolocation" and "Southern Weather"

"Jen Pezzo's poetry captures exuberance and despair, youth and maturity. Her evocative power bursts forth in poems that are bittersweet, sly, and exultant. The mood varies from satiric to erotic in a heartbeat. An exciting collection for romantics and cynics alike." -- Mary Turzillo, Rhysling finalist, Nebula winner, author of "Lovers & Killers" and "Your Cat and Other Space Aliens"

Includes the Pushcart Prize nominated "To Be a Memory."





"Her Haunted Hazel Eyes Contradict Her Smile" by Lynne Albert (ISBN: 978-1-62154-334-3) (SRP: $6.00, 24 pages, full-color art and photography throughout, pocket-sized)
Lynne Albert moved to the Cleveland area in 2009 and has fallen in love with the city. Although her bachelor’s degree is in illustration, since moving she has focused on writing poetry, composing poems about work, life, and her memories. Being involved in Cleveland's literary community has spurred her creativity. Lynne currently lives in Parma and works as a nurse’s aide for Grace Hospice.

"Lynne Albert is an empath with a pen, palette, camera lens, and her own sharp eye that catches every tender detail of the damaged and the beauty that arises from the salvage within the rubble. She writes, 'when I was twenty I lost the ability to speak / it was my only way of survival... I fell asleep during conversations: / the best way to remain untouched.' The female subjects of many of the poems have not, however, managed to traverse the world untouched. Abuse and struggles with mental illness are prominent throughout the poems, which are hauntingly overlaid against a backdrop of beautifully-honed photographs documenting the decay of abandoned buildings to highlight the skeletal lives of Albert’s characters. Broken windows and weathered metal reflect a lack of security for those on the street while padlocked doors focus on imposed psychiatric 'incarceration' of others inside 'a room scrubbed clean but musty with filthy secrets / we were hesitant to confess.' This speaker is an indignant activist and willful believer in a world where justice is seeking 'to unlock these doors / break through your walls / and set you free' while questioning if the love of those lost inside themselves can really be 'so violent / it cannot bless / without pain?'" -- Tina Puckett, president of Standing Rock Cultural Arts

Includes the Pushcart Prize nominated "Mona Revisited."

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