April 30, 2012


One of my missions these days is to get modern poetry out there in front of new audiences, to show people who have not experienced poetry since the two weeks they spent covering Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson in high-school just what they've been missing.

I cannot do this alone.  This is a mission that should unite all the poetry presses of north-east Ohio.

Coming up May 19th and 20th is the Hessler Street Fair in Cleveland.  Crisis Chronicles, NightBallet, and Writing Knights presses will be teaming up with Poet's Haven to present the North-East Ohio Poetry booth, which will be in the courtyard behind the Mandel Center, on Hessler Court.  All four of our presses will have our publications for sale, and we will have poets performing at the booth through most of the festival.  (Our performing poets will be paused while the Hessler Poetry Anthology winners are reading on the main stage.)

As I worked on getting this lined up, one thing became clear:  We need one place on the internet where we all share a presence, where folks can find all of our presses on one site, so when we team up and share space at art festivals or work together to organize other public showings we can be listed under one name.  So, I dug up that old NEOpoets.org site I tried to launch as an event calender site some years back (y'know, right before the need for such a site went away in favor of Facebook's events and Google Calendar) and converted it to a blog that'll automatically import all our presses' news, giving you, our readers, one place where you can find out what's coming up from all four of us.  Check it out at:

If you operate a press based in north-east Ohio and you are interested in joining us in this mission, in taking part in group poetry presentations at area art festivals and organizing some large-scale poetry events of our own (I have a few in the works), contact me.  The more of us that get involved in these projects, the more we all can benefit.

We'll see you at the Hessler Street Fair!  :-)

April 28, 2012

FREE SHIPPING on "8s" by Michael Bernstein

Right now, all orders for "8s" by Michael Bernstein will get FREE SHIPPING!  This offer ends on May 31, so get your order in now!


The Poet's Haven presents "HERE BE DRAGONS" by Jennifer Cline and John Dayo Aliya

Recorded July 2010 in Akron, OH

RUNTIME: 27:40


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April 27, 2012

April 22, 2012

The Poet's Haven presents "The Mythologies of Love" by Raine Marie

Recorded March 2010 in Akron, OH

RUNTIME: 27:00


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It is now the last week of National Poetry Month.  For this week only, you can get SIX Poet's Haven Author Series chapbooks for only $25 with FREE SHIPPING!!!

April 19, 2012

"How Do You Mend a Broken Heart" by Tiera D. Briggs

Recorded September 2010 in Akron, OH

RUNTIME: 24:36


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April 15, 2012

"Maybe / This Time" by Rachel Shortt

Rachel Shortt describes her style as "a little folk, a little funk, and a little soul." Her provocative lyrics are poetic in their elegant simplicity and ability to stand alone, but with the overlay of Rachel’s instrumental artistry, her original work provides a bold new language for those who seek a sound with passion and purpose. While Rachel is most notable with one of her many guitars slung over her shoulder, she also plays coronet, bass, cello, and has been known to try her hands at the drum set. Ask her fans and they will tell you she is an expert with the water whistle. As a native Clevelander, Rachel has performed in both large and small venues, from the House of Blues and Kent Stage to cafés and charity events. Rachel is sheer proof that all it takes to achieve a sound of beauty and sophistication is a woman and her guitar. Her intense stage presence is raw and uninhibited. At each performance, Rachel captivates her audience with a personal connection and fan engagement that is unique to that particular show.
Shortt Stories Records

Recorded March 2011 in Akron, OH

RUNTIME: 27:16 


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April 12, 2012

"A Day Without Wittgenstein" by Terry Provost

Terry Provost was born and raised in Troy, then Waterford, New York. He is the son of two high school teachers, and has one sister. He studied physics because he wanted to become a lawyer. He went on to work in R&D for a company that manufactured MRI scanners. When he grew tired of that, he traveled the world in search of answers to big questions. Along the way, he began writing poetry. In 2004, his first book "Compassionate Imperialism (and its 'links to terror') was published by Deep Cleveland Press. In 2011, "An Uncountable Infinity of Orgasms" was published by NightBallet Press. He still hasn't found the answers to the big questions, except what a happy marriage and a beautiful son can bring. Between poems he can be found teaching math at Cuyahoga Community College, where he is an adjunct faculty member.

Recorded November 2009 in Akron, OH

RUNTIME: 34:48


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April 8, 2012

The Poet's Haven presents "One for the Chicken Suit Man" by Dan Smith and the Deep Cleveland Trio

The Deep Cleveland Trio is Dan Smith, Morgan Ellington, and Miles Budimir.

Recorded March 2011 in Akron, OH

RUNTIME: 35:00


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April 5, 2012

The Poet's Haven presents "The Tribute Session" by AKeem Jamal Rollins

AKeem Jamal Rollins began writing poetry at age 8 and started slamming at age 14 in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been part of four international slam teams, representing Cleveland two years in a row at Brave New Voices and making Cleveland's adult slam teams in 2010 and 2011. In 2009, his team placed in the top 4 at BNV. His first time at Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam, his team placed 3rd overall. In 2010 he became Cleveland's Grand Slam Champion. "Like Dogs and Chocolate," a one-act production written, directed, and performed by AKeem, has been featured at the Cleveland Playhouse as part of their yearly Fusion Festival. AKeem's chapbook, "Tributes," can be purchased from The Poet's Haven Boutique.

Recorded January 2011 in Akron, OH and June 2010 in Cleveland, OH

RUNTIME: 44:08


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April 1, 2012

The Poet's Haven presents "Words and Wildflowers" by T.M. Göttl and Zach

"The Poet's Haven presents..." podcast has made its debut with "Words and Wildflowers" by T.M. Göttl and Zach with special guest Cameron Jones on vocal percussion. :-D FREE DOWNLOAD! LISTEN & SHARE! :-D