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2013/05/18

The Bard Newsletter #3

Hey there! Long time no see. I’ve been super busy with life (trying to make money and chapbooks can be a harrowing time for a publisher). I really had meant to have a blog entry out every month, but since I’m doing this all on my own for a while (until potentially after the Grand Tournament) sacrifices have to be made. Clevelandpoetry is tiring work, but it is so much fun!


Enough about me, let’s get to the real meat of the matters. I have been working like crazy on a number of projects for WK. We have a number of poetry books to be released soon. Writing Knights’ first full length book “Graffiti Wisdom” is being released May 25th. I intend upon putting up a prerelease page on WritingKnights.com after I post this blog, so stay tuned for that.

We have a number of poetry events coming up. May 25th at Mac’s Backs will be a double headliner, Zach Ashley from Detroit and Skylark Bruce will be leading the way with Shelley Chernin, Autumn Aki Smith and special guest, visiting poet Larry O. Dean who is on tour promoting his new book Brief Nudity.

June 1st we are changing our format slightly. Typically at our shows we have the features stand up and speak for their 20 or 30 minutes and sit down then we have open mic performers threaded through the night. But going into Year Three, Writing Knights is changing the format. The Literary Café shows will sit the features down in some semblance of a circle with the rest of the audience and share their poetry with the rest of us. The words will bounce around the circle and everyone attending from the Cleveland poetry community will share a piece as their turn comes. The “features” will have a set amount ready to share, but the rest of the group can learn and grow with them with everyone on the same level. Our features on June 1st so far (we are hoping for one more): Mary Turzillo, Julia Jones, and Paul Skyrm.

June 29th Writing Knights will return to Mac’s Backs with a “standard” feature. Cavana Faithwalker will headline, and the alternative rock, hip hop group The Dangerous Colors will be there as well. We are still looking for two more features that night, so if you are interested email writingknightspress(at)gmail.com with the subject line: “June 29th Feature”.

July 6th Clevelandpoetry returns to the Literary Café. Writing Knights Press Presents headliner and Writing Knights Original Steve Brightman (who is releasing the chapbook “Absent The” with Writing Knights). With Steve we have Matt Reiman, an up and coming Clevelandpoet. We are also looking for two more performers for this night. All those interested should email writingknightspress(at)gmail.com with “July 6th Feature” in the subject line.

Speaking of poetry books, Writing Knights Press has released a number of books since our last newsletter. February saw the release of Vladimir Swyrinsky’s book “Cleveland Hostel Poems”. March brought us FIVE releases. First a chapbook by P.C. Vandall from British ColumbiaSomething From Nothing”. The Squire: Volume 3 “Seasons” Anthology, full of many local, national and international poets. The Writing Knights Press Best of 2012 Anthology with all of our PushCart Prize nominees inside as well as the best poems from the authors released by Writing Knights. Last, but not least, were two FourPlays released: FourPlay #7 “Chaos Inspired” by Mike Ottinger and FourPlay #8 “Insomnia Songs” by Azriel Johnson. April brought Illinois poet, Lennart Lundh’s “Pictures ofan Other Day” chapbook and Walter Beck’s double (reversible) FourPlay #9 and #10 “On the Midnight Stage/High Ground Valley Flashback”. May showed us Utah’s own, Maggie Mae with her release “Some Things Ache in the Dark” chapbook.

We aren’t just here for Cleveland poetry. We are here for the world!

Final words: the Writing Knights Press website is operational, but not fully armored. Our store section is ready to accept transactions, but I need a little more time with the non-store section. Please feel free to peruse and purchase as you will. Updates are made weekly if not daily and we will try to have everything worked out before the next Newsletter.

Thank you and remember… only poetry can save you now!
Azriel Johnson

P.S. – Writing Knights is accepting singular Submissions of poetry between 10-30 lines to showcase at the end of each newsletter. All poetry will be considered, multiple shorter poems may be submitted to crest the 10 line minimum. These poems should be sent in the body of an email to writingknightspress(at)gmail.com with the subject line “The Bard Submission – (Poem Name) – (Author Name)”. Please send only one submission at a time, and please do not submit another piece until your previous submission is accepted or denied.

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