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John Burroughs

Published March 23rd 2012
4 pages
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 About the Book 

John Burroughs, a.k.a. Jesus Crisis, was born in West Virginia, raised in Elyria and resides in Cleveland. He co-founded (with Dianne Borsenik) the infamous Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest. John is the author of The Eater of the Absurd [NightBallet Press, 2012] and nearly a dozen chapbooks including, most recently, It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change [The Poets Haven, 2013], Barry%20Merry%20Baloney%20%5BSpare%20Change%20Press,%202012%5D,%20Water Works [Recycled Karma Press, 2012], Electric Company [Writing Knights Press, 2011] and, with Doug Manson and Bree, Identity Crises [Green Panda Press, 2009]. His latest book is a collaboration with Mary Weems, John Swain, Steven Smith, Lady, Shelley Chernin and Steve Brightman called Oct Tongue -1. John has also published Cheap and Easy Magazine, Songs in the Key of Cleveland: An Anthology of the 2013 Best Cleveland Poem Competition and the anti-censorship anthology Fuck Poetry.John won his first poetry contest as a high school student in 1983. For around a decade at 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. In 2007, his blog was ranked number 1 in several categories on MySpace when he abandoned it to create his own website. Subsequently, John won the first poetry slam he ever competed in- formed the association Poets of Lorain County- has contributed irregularly to the Cleveland Poetics and Ohio Poetry Association blogs- served as the OPAs webmaster- performed at bars, festivals, theaters, bookstores, libraries and galleries across the Midwest- and is perhaps most proud of his work (since 2008) as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press and the Crisis Chronicles cyber litmag. He currently serves as host of the monthly Monday at Mahalls Poetry and Prose Series in Lakewood, Ohio.