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Rust & Blood -- Dragon's Bane Series: Book 2 by Azriel Johnson

Published December 31, 2016
Novel - 348 pages, 6" x 9", ISBN: 9781541383791
Aurora Gerstung, mother of John Ross, is approached for an interview by a reporter from Bellato. She delves into the story of her life with the back drop of the war between Dragons and Humans.

Young Aurora embarks on a difficult journey to find her boyhood crush. Later, she struggles between forbidden love and loyalty to her family and Humanity. In a final showdown, she faces a foe who can control the minds of those around him.

$20.00 USD

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About the author:
Azriel Johnson is cautiously optimistic about the future of the Human race, Dragons or no. He believes in prophecy and the Dragon's Bane Series comes straight from a part of himself he believes probably exists... somewhere....

Crazytown by Peggy Schimmelman

Published December 31, 2016
Chapbook - 58 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781541337527
Mom cowering upstairs / after
the beating / she grasping
the hammer / twelve years
of Sunday School / and still she
was torn / between honoring
her father / and killing him.

Peggy Schimmelman's book, "Crazytown", offers an honest and perceptive look at some of the harsh realities of life. Her poignant perspective on the fallout of relationships and the interior wrestling match between our thoughts, desires and emotions is metaphorically expressed in her poems. This is a powerful book that is destined to have an impact on all who read it.

Kevin N. Gunn - Poet Laureate, Livermore


$10.00 USD

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About the author:
Peggy Schimmelman is the author of the novel Whippoorwills and the novella One Day You're a Diamond. Her work has appeared in, Aleola, PacificReview, Comstock Review, Kind of a Hurricane Press, and others. She is currently working on a second novella and a collection of flash fiction.

When Science Collapses by Christopher Hivner

Published December 31, 2016
Chapbook - 40 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 978154133723
Find another layer,
go deeper
to before I knew you,
to thoughts I had
as a young man,
pull up those bones,
crush them between your teeth
to bathe in the marrow,
find out
what you think
made me the way I am.


$10.00 USD

(plus FREE PDF)

About the author:
Christopher Hivner writes from a small town in Pennsylvania surrounded by books and the echoes of music.
Facebook: Christopher Hivner - Author
Twitter: @Your_screams

if the moon was right by Marc Mannheimer

Published December 31, 2016
Chapbook - 36 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 978-1541188006
"like Ghandian gangstas

they inspect the stones
test their feet
on the sun-hot, steel rail

decide to venture
the fence beyond,
a feathery posse
who appear now as
bandmates -
British mods, boy beats,
New York glams, L.A. punks"
- totem 

$10.00 USD

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About the author:
Marc Mannheimer's impetus behind writing "if the moon was right" was to compose a poetic autobiography. From a Charlie Brown childhood to late-teen psychiatric indigestion and a Renaissance in his prime, this book just about covers it all.

Sophistimicated by Jonathan Thorn

Published November 21, 2016
Chapbook - 32 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781539898993
Why can't everyone speak Jon?
Dude, It's the awesomest
language that is...
Somewhere crossing
An 80s cartoons
And a sophistimicated
Liberal apologist.
I'm sorry, I like Jon.
You know
Jon is rooted in Hebrew
Jonathan meaning friend
So, dude, who would not want to speak

$10.00 USD

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About the author:
Jonathan Thorn is a stay at home dad, working at a grocery store, and living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and five children. He has always loved writing. For him, poetry is an outlet that allows expression of his vision of the world.

Cannons, Muskets and Broken Pens by Cher Guevara

Published November 16, 2016
Double Chapbook - 60 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 978-1539748151
"In a thousand different cities;
Standing up
And sharing poetry
With the zeal and lust
Of hellfire preachers
And angry rioters.

I want poetry to be alive and dangerous again."

- Hopes of a Young American Poet

"One last fix
Of powder and steel.
One last time
Where "The Mercy Seat"
Is mutter in prayer
To short-circuit electric hands.
Last march out;
March as brothers,
Charge as brothers,
Fall as brothers."

- Last Look Across the Burning Field

$10.00 USD
Double Chapbook

(plus FREE PDF)

About the author:
Cher Guevara has become a mainstay in the emerging Terre Haute poetry scene where their hardcore verse and often intense performances have drawn praise and condemnation. Their work has been published in a wide variety of publications and they have released three albums of their live performances.

Sitting Up With the Dead by Allen Berry

Published November 13, 2016
Chapbook - 34 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781539939955
There is no style in a self-painted
Thanatopsis someone else
will have to clean up.

This is supposed to be poetic.
It's supposed to mean something,
to make the world split open and
everyone take notice,
think for a moment: "wow, that was art."

- Deconstruction

$10.00 USD

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About the author:
Allen Berry is a poet, teacher, environmentalist, and avid fan of Jazz and Film Noir. He is a 2013 Ph.D. graduate of the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and the author of: Travel for Agoraphobics and Distractions and Illusions. Prior to attending USM, he received a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In 2001 he founded the Limestone Dust Poetry Festival and served as the president of the Board of Directors until 2006. He currently lives, works, writes, and hikes in Huntsville, AL, his adopted hometown. This is his third collection of poetry.

The Way We Were by CLS Ferguson and J.C. Jones

Published November 11, 2016
Chapbook - 38 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781539900542
"Crystal Lane Swift and J.C. Jones create a stirring conversation through poetry: a quest for love, connection, and how to best grow into harmonious individuals in such reckless times."
- Rich Ferguson, Push Cart Nominated Poet

"This powerful call and response collection of poetry by Crystal Lane Swift and J.C. Jones is a vivid look into the "modern terrain of loneliness seeking connection, raw and tender." - Ellyn Maybe, Los Angeles based Poet

$10.00 USD

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About the authors:
Crystal Lane Swift "CLS" Ferguson, PhD speaks, signs, acts, publishes, sings, performs, writes, paints, professes, and rarely relaxes. Her portrayal of The Black Rose in Silence, which she also co-wrote and produced, earned her a best actress award and a best film award. Her music video, Secrets & Lies earned accolades on the indie film circuit. She is published in numerous academic and literary journals. Her poetry collection, "God Bless Paul" is out on Rosedog Books. She and her husband, Rich are raising their daughter, Evelyn and their Bernese Mountain Border Collie Mutt, Sadie in Alhambra, CA.

J.C. Jones believes he did something amazing in another life, because he is blessed with good luck. He has been many things, his favorite is being daddy. He hopes you enjoyed reading his words. Perhaps, he will write you some more.

Don't Try Me: Fragments and Flesh-Masks by Bethany W. Pope

Published October 18, 2016
Chapbook - 50 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781539386438
Open a body ... Open the organs ...
Open the cells ... Open the DNA ...
Open the molecules ... Open the atoms ...
Open the protons, neutrons,
and electrons and you find
sub-atomic structures
that do very strange things

If you are a stranger,
it isn't polite to worry
at someone's nethers.
This is where a lot of dogs
get in trouble.

Crow and Coyote
bartered over the thorny throne of Death.
Crow won. Crow was a god. Crow was no god.

$10.00 USD

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About the author:
Bethany is a recently naturalized citizen of the United Kingdom. She is author of numerous short and long collections including "The Gospel of Flies" through Writing Knights Press.

New Branding, Make Me Clean Devil - The Bard Newsletter #12

In general, when the Universe tells you something, it's a good idea to listen.  When the Universe: eliminates your shows performers; doesn't compel your venue to promote; doesn't inspire your fellow artisans to show up; doesn't encourage your local word-based friends to plan to be there; diverts your audience to another close by venue; repeats this over and over and makes you question your sanity for even trying to keep on keeping on....

It's probably a good idea to reexamine your tactics.

People like videos, it seems.  Short videos.  They like videos they can watch and smile and at share and move on.  They like videos they can easily share with their friends and family.  They like having this kind of quick access.  People like being able to have experiences brought to them, to be made convenient.  That's the world we are in.

So that's the direction Writing Knights is going... we are still going to do shows, but we are going to do online shows.  We are going to get poets to record themselves (or be recorded) for five minute sets and compiled into shows which will be easily distributed from YouTube, over Facebook, shared on Twitter, posted on Tumblr, short clips over Instagram, maybe Snapchat.

All the videos just taking up space on the current WK Youtube channel? Made available for the participants to download.  Archived. Possibly cut up for the best pieces and re-posted later.  Streamlined.

The great thing about these new shows? We can get ANYONE from ANYWHERE put together.  People we've never met.  People we've only met once because they live so bleeding far away.

Buy some TSHIRTS already!
National Poetry Month?  Potentially 30 days of videos.  The Patreon account? Needs some videos as well!

Mostly, we need people to care. People need to help us build the brand which can hopefully unite the world of writing from poetry, to fiction to nonfiction, from slam poetry to beat poetry to underground to academic.  We are too RARE of a breed to be divided like we are. ESPECIALLY in NEOhio.

We are going to make a specific post dealing with the recording of the videos in the coming days as well as an event for people to send to folks over Facebook and Twitter.  We want as many people as we can get and if things play out right, we will have the best possible National Poetry Month in 2017.

Thanks for reading,

Azriel Johnson
Director of Writing Knights Press

WK:S, GTV and LEP-NPS: The Bard Newsletter #11

Slowly, but surely we are moving things forward in the direction of getting everything on up and synced. 

As mentioned on social media, we have an announcement that will affect everyone who are regular attendees of Writing Knights: Stark (or at least who live in Stark County and want to be regular attendees).

Since we have had fairly low attendance for the past few months we have decided to bite part of the bullet and make some changes. Mondays just don't seem to be good for anyone trying to attend our weekly open mics. That being said we are going to discontinue the Monday Open Mics as of August 29th (the final Monday Open Mic). 

*Pause for Effect*

Instead we are going to move to having Last Saturday performers going on stage at Cultured Coffee.  The first effective Last Saturday Performances will be August 26th.

In addition, Writing Knights: Stark will also begin hosting periodical readings at our (Azriel and Skylark) home. We're calling the experiment "House Poetry".

The format will be simple. If someone is itching for some poetry, they text/email/call/contact us and say, "Hey, can we do some poetry sometime?" Then we'll compare our schedules and either work out an intimate gathering of just a few people in our living room reading or playing music to one another OR with more time organize a larger soiree.

So why the change?  We feel like we want to be more flexible with how our creative juices intermingle. If people are able to get together on their own terms and these terms can coincide somehow things will be better for the creativity of us all.

We may also plot out days a month or so in advance to invite people over until they feel comfortable enough to ask to do poetry on their own. It's going to be as free form as possible to inspire the most creativity.

For those who are closer friends of Writing Knights there will be a photo shoot July 30th before the Grand Tournament at the house where House Poetry will be held.

Speaking of the Grand Tournament....

The Grand Tournament is on and full force ready for July 30th!
Our Five Competitors are Dionne D. Hunter, Ephraim Nehemiah, James Croal Jackson, Jamie Laubacher and Jordan "T-Shirt" Sandidge.

The Winner of course gets $100 and a full length book deals. The other competing finalists get $15 and chapbook deals.

Facebook Event Link

Additionally we are bringing back the Haiku Joust where Haikuists battle back and forth to see has the most profound/stinging 17 syllables. The winner of the Haiku Joust earns a chapbook deal.

Facebook Side Event Link

The suggested donation for the event is $5. We won't turn anyone away if you can't pay, but all of the money raised is going to the Lake Effect Poetry Slam team in a last ditch effort to make enough money to get the team to Decatur, Georgia for the National Poetry Slam competition. What would be better if you purchased one of the Grand Tournament V Anthologies which will be available by the show.

If, instead of donating, you'd prefer to get something for your money, Writing Knights will have a full spread of books and Tshirts. All money made from these sales will go to Lake Effect Poetry for the National Poetry Slam competition.

If you can't make it to the Grand Tournament and want to support Lake Effect Poetry you have two other opportunities.

July 23rd will be a Showcase & Send off of the team featuring all members of the team as well as work from Skylark Bruce and the Slamministrator Vertigo Xi'an Xavier.

Facebook Event Link

Also, at any time you can Buy Books or Donate to Lake Effect Poetry through this page: here. Not to be impatient, but try to do it before the team leaves July 31st.

If you have any questions, talk/text to Azriel or Skylark on Mondays, or find us on Facebook to interact there.

Thanks for reading,

The Writing Knights Team

A New Look, and Some Goals: The Bard Newsletter #10

Things are a-changing around the Writing Knights sites...

At first glance, the site might not look that different, but if you'll notice which site you are on exactly, you'll see that you're actually on

That's because as of today we've retired the and sites.

The idea is to consolidate things and put everything Writing Knights related under one site.  This weekend we will probably be overhauling the landing site to reflect these changes.

Looks different now huh? :)

So why the change?  Well, the director had a productive marketing meeting which helped influence these changes.  So there will be a lot of changes going into effect for the Writing Knights sites because we have some goals.

See... the director is pretty much clueless as it pertains to marketing. Sure the director does okay with SEO and such by itself, but he doesn't know the things that he should know. So far the director has been a "throw it at the wall and see if it sticks" kind of guy. So having someone with some marketing knowledge to help the director focus his throws to the wall will hopefully help.

We want to be able to pay EVERY performer we get. We want to be able to pay EVERY author who submits their work. We want to be able to pay everyone on the team so they won't need to work another job. The director mathed it out and when Writing Knights can generate $170,000 per year, we can afford to pay a five person team (including the director) $15/hr for fifty-two 40 hour weeks.

It's certainly a lofty goal, but when it happens... that will be a glorious day.

In the mean time, we've had some happenings come up that have hindered our progress.  Namely the laptop the director uses for chapbook formatting has gone to shit. It probably just needs a battery, but it hasn't been high on the priority list.

On positive news, Writing Knights has new shirts. They are sleek and black and you'll be seeing a lot of posts about them in the coming weeks.

The Stark Knights 2016 tour is going strong and we are about halfway through.

The National Poetry Month 30/30 "In and Out" looks pretty interesting. We look forward to be awash with submissions.

Further changes: the YouTube channel will be repopulated with almost all of the videos and the videos which are not posted will be formatted in ways in which they will be able to be posted eventually. We have decided (with marketing help) that our videos should be shorter to accommodate the convenience of our viewers. In addition to enacting these shorter videos to our future videos, slowly but surely we will be cutting up our longer videos into smaller videos (probably by pieces) and having them available on YouTube and this site.

There is so much more that we can't even get into right now, but making The Bard a priority once or twice a month is among the goals so you should be kept up to date.

Thanks for reading,

The Writing Knights Team

A Garden in the West by Eric Carbenia

Published February 12, 2016
Chapbook - 40 pages, 5.5 x 8.5", ISBN: 9781523925520
I'm in the process of writing about everyone that I know,
You're all in here,
myself included,
if you're looking,
this is where you can stop.

$7.77 USD

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About the author:
Eric Carbenia is the lead singer of progressive rock band Firmament

I Speak Hick by Alexis-Rueal

Published February 11, 2016
Full Length - 98 pages, 6" x 9", ISBN: 9781523961191
"I remember Kentucky. More like, dream of Kentucky....
I remember enough to know what I left behind."

-- "What We Remember (haibun)"

$15.00 USD
Full Length

(plus FREE PDF)

About the author:
Alexis-Rueal was born in Kentucky, raised in Marion, Ohio, and has been a fixture in the Columbus, Ohio poetry scene since 2011. Since moving to Columbus, she has authored the chapbooks "Letter to 20," (Poet's Haven Press) and "According to the Results," (Writing Knights Press) along with performing at festivals and venues throughout Ohio. In 2013, she competed at the National Poetry Slam as a member of the Writers' Block Slam Team.

She won the Writing Knights Grand Tournament IV in 2015.

The Bard Newsletter #9

Greetings, Salutations and Happy New Year!

Writing Knights has an exciting New Year of events, releases and projects planned coming up.

We just released Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations by James Schwartz and following that we have a bevy of books in the waiting to be released.

In some semblance (but nothing concrete) order:

The Best of 2015 Anthology
The Pirates/Tribute Anthology
A Full Length release by Grand Tournament IV Champion, Alexis-Rueal.
Grand Tournament III Champion Nkechi Edeh recently messaged me saying she is almost finished with her manuscript so hopefully we will get that out this year.
A collection of Bethany W. Pope's most interesting social media posts (trust me, this is some raw and edgy stuff)
Various 2nd Editions including Masha Allah by Andrew Line, Something from Nothing by PC Vandall and more!

In regards to events, Writing Knights has a full docket of plans coming forth.

Every First Friday in Canton at Studio (216) in the 2nd April Galerie we collect four performers to regale passersby as we sell Writing Knights Press books alongside Skyified Crochet items. 

January 1st, we had Kristin Werstler, Eric 'Redhawk' Macuski, JM Romig and Donny....
February 5th, we have scheduled Andrew Line, Hayley Swain, Steve Brightman and Theresa Gottl-Brightman.
We are still seeking features for March 4th and beyond.  More details here.

Once a month, in addition to our regular Writing Knights: Stark weekly Open Mic we will also have 2 or 3 features usually with some kind of book release. 
January 18th we have Leah Mueller and Azriel Johnson as dual book release, birthday bash.  You can get more details here.
February 22nd we have Alexis-Rueal and Colton Bose scheduled.
February 29th we may be interested in doing something involved with Leap Day.
And we are still looking to have at least one feature per month for the rest of the year.  More details here.

National Poetry Month brings us two great goings on.
First and foremost, Stark Knights, our annual Stark County Poetry Tour.  We perform poetry in different locations throughout the county bringing poetry to places it might not already be prevalent.  You can get more details here.

Also, we will be unveiling a new National Poetry Month set of prompts.  This year's theme will be In & Out.  More details later.

In addition, we will be releasing the last two NPM anthologies, Super Heroes/Villains and Vestigial Words.  We haven't decided if we're releasing them together or separately.

Grand Tournament submissions open from March 5th to June 4th under many of the same rules as previous tournaments though we do have some tweaks coming.

Now to the projects!

If you haven't noticed, we have been lax on the weekly Monday blogs.  Well, after much consideration, we have decided to discontinue those postings (as they were fairly nonspecific and didn't really serve any purpose).  Instead, Writing Knights has started an Instagram account @WritingKnights and during different Writing Knights related events we will be posting pictures with varying amounts of editing and filtering.  Follow us!

We are also in the finishing processes of putting together a catalog to show off our wares to various bookstores and other book inclined businesses.  We are hoping to get the catalog out by the end of January.

The impending release of The Wayward Sword: Dangerous Submissions litmag should be out by the end of January as well.

For the next year, we are including a Fiction Friday installment from Max Szredni called "The Strange Town in the Middle of the Forest".  See it here.  Enjoy!

Finally, as many of you know, Writing Knights likes to record shows for posterity, but in general, these recordings haven't received a lot of attention, largely because they are probably too bloody long.  To remedy that, we have decided to pull together an intermittent series of videos.  We're calling it (for now) WKTV

Here is our first episode:

If we get a good response to this, we'll start delving into our vaults for more episodes. So like, comment, subscribe and promote if you want to see more!

Thanks for reading/watching!

PS - Want to sign up to be notified of future Newsletters? email writingknightspress(at) "Notify me of future The Bard Newsletters"

Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations by James Schwartz

Published January 11, 2016
Chapbook - 36 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781523384846
Land of lapping lakes,
Peninsula, / & / Pine.
Alexis de Tocqueville,
Frontiersmen, / & / Forefathers.

Detroit flood, / & / Detroit debt,
Our kingdom for a drop of water.

-- A Drop of Water

Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations examines the role of the poet in the current Age of Terror. By turn "Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations" includes both political ("Je Suis Charlie", "A Drop of Water") and personal meditations on love, loss, disability, sexuality and the author's Alpine/ Alsace Amish heritage. Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

$10.00 USD

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About the author:
Schwartz's poetry has been published by various poetry journals including Poetry 24, Politiku, @7x20, Babel: The Multilingual Multicultural Online Journal, The New Verse News, Nostrovia! Poetry, piecejournal and Silver Birch Press blog.

His book, The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America, was published by inGroup Press in 2011 and poetry in Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience (2012), Milk and Honey Siren eBook (2013), The Squire: Page-A-Day Poetry Anthology 2015, Writing Knights Press 2014 Anthology, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology (2015) and Alpine Suite (2013), Poetry 4 Food 2 (2013), Poetry 4 Food 3 (2014), Arrival and Departure (2014) chapbooks and FourPlays.

Most recently, essays by Schwartz have appeared in RFD Magazine, The Good Men Project, Best of Books by the Bed 2 anthology (2014) and a short story in Jonathan: A Journal of Queer Male Fiction (2014). He resides in Michigan.