John Burroughs

Photo credits: JB (left) by Chandra Alderman & JB with JJ Haaz (right) by Michael Spear

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 Beat Attitude [2015, NightBallet Press], It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change [2013, The Poet's Haven Press], Barry Merry Baloney [2012, Spare Change Press], Water Works [2012, Recycled Karma Press], Electric Company [2011, Writing Knights Press], and (with Bree & Douglas Manson) Identity Crises [2009, Green Panda Press].  His first full-length poetry collection, The Eater of the Absurd, was published in late 2012 by NightBallet Press, and his collaborative book Oct Tongue -1 (with Mary Weems, John Swain, Steven Smith, Lady, Shelley Chernin and Steve Brightman) was published in 2014.  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, composing operas including 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. You can find out more here.