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My Medicine Cabinet: and Other Stories by Christopher G. Bremicker

Chapbook - 5.5" x 8.5", 50 pages, ISBN: 978-1981422265
“It took me four hours before I drove to the emergency room for my first heart attack,” I said. “My second heart attack was not an emergency.”
“Go ahead.”
“If we could hang in there until we got to the access, we could make it.”
“In other words, call 911, leave the decoys, and head for the access.”
“Yes!” I shouted, to make my point.
“I carry nitroglycerin.”
“So, do I.”
“Let’s go to the ceremony.”
— Pelican Lake
$8.00 USD
(Free PDF with Purchase)

About the author:
Christopher Bremicker was a Special Forces medic at Ft. Bragg NC from 1968 to 70. He has a BA in English and an MBA, both University of Minnesota. He is a handball player, downhill skier, grouse hunter and a sales associate at Walgreen’s in St. Paul, MN. His hometown is Cable, WI.

young and unadorned by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

Chapbook - 5.5" x 8.5", 52 pages, ISBN: 978-1981399277
she complimented the ring
calculated my breast cup –
unsatisfied I’d barely fill her
smallest available

it was discrimination
before discrimination had teeth –
hiring and firing
for the exact same reason
— young and unadorned
$8.00 USD
(Free PDF with Purchase)

About the author:
Wanda Morrow Clevenger wrote eight poems in a handful of months in 1974; thirty-four years later she returned to writing. She has since placed over 465 pieces of work in 157 print and electronic literary journals and anthologies.

In August of 2013, while compiling the manuscript for this book she fell ill with pancreatitis, further complicated by necrosis in the following nine months, and wasn’t expected to survive. One year later, almost to the day, she sat down to finish where the hogs ate the cabbage.

She has her husband to thank for the title.

Seventeen Monologues by Jacob King

Chapbook - 5.5" x 8.5", 48 pages, ISBN: 978-1979721561
I was pieced together
like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster
from all the deceased
remnants of the very first stories
told in this place

this is why
I am patron saint
of so many things
wisdom and just warfare
always at odds
with the pieces of myself

— Athena: Warrior (Philosopher) Princess
$8.00 USD
(Free PDF with Purchase)

About the author:
Jacob King is a poet, playwright, professor, husband, father, and caffeine addict. He likes to think he has his priorities in order, but he understands that his wife, sons, baristas, students, and readers are better judges of that than he could be. Jacob's plays include: "Teaching Abraham" (North Canton Playhouse, 2005) and "Raising Angelina" (Laboratorio de Beleco, 2012).

Something from Nothing by P.C. Vandall

Chapbook - 5.5" x 8.5", 40 pages, ISBN: 978-1979393065
— Excerpt —
“She told me to stay
but I flew the coop--
took flight in a field
and let you
have your way.
I can hear you
through a maze
of corn stalks.”
$6.00 USD
(Free PDF with Purchase)

About the author:
Pamela is a Canadian writer from Gabriola Island and resides there with her husband and two children. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and she is currently working on her first full length collection.

Stark Soup, Stark Knights, Book Store and More: The Bard Newsletter #15

So there has been some development in Writing Knights in the past few months.  We have some plans in the works. 

First and foremost, We've just opened up submissions for Chapbooks (with specific submissions for Form Poetry and Slam Poetry), Full Length books and Mixed Media & Visual books.  These submissions will be open until December 31st. Everyone who submits something will be sent our Author Guide (as soon as I finish it).

Next, we will be starting up a Free Book Archive to get into WK circulation some of the out of print archives that we don't want to charge for, but that we want to make available.  These will mostly be anthologies, like the 2011 & 2012 Best Ofs (released in the same file) and the Hands, Seasons, Warriors anthologies (again released in the same file). There are a couple others I think. Contact will be made with contributors.

As some of you know, Writing Knights and Skycycle (or Skyified Crochet) have a gallery at Avenue Arts in Downtown Canton. We have taken to the last three months with having an "Add a Line" poem to get people from the community to add to the board.  All to often we get rejections.  We've come up with a solution. Click here to read about it.

Without going into too many details, we are getting really close to a solid set of rules for the Grand Tournament VII: Stage before Page. A bit of a warning, there will be a fee to enter, but we'll make it worthwhile. More details later.

For Stark County, OH residents, you know about the Stark Knights tour Writing Knights did for three years straight, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  We skipped 2017 because we weren't getting a lot of interest and we were spending more money in preparation than we were making.  Since we've started asking for donations we've noticed we ARE still getting people in the door. So...

We plan to put in an application to the thrice yearly Stark Soup microgrant program in January to get the Stark Knights tour funded in April. Basically, we want to be able to pay our performers at all of our events and in the cases where we perform at libraries, donate the collected money to the libraries themselves.  We may even work in some workshops throughout the month.

I bring it up now, because we will need some support and for people to purchase tickets in advance so they can get in the door so they can vote for us if we make it to the presentation round.  Keep an eye out for that!

Last, but not least for this newsletter: Writing Knights will be working on starting an actual, really real brick and mortar book store!  We got some really great advice from another local book seller.  After which we have started acquiring used books to sell at our Gallery, mostly fiction and some home and garden books, but we will be accepting donations of books from people. We need to find a couple shelves to help better organize the books.  The eventual goal will be to get our very own brick and mortar store where we will be able to sell new and used books as well as working out consignments with local artists as well as other presses.  It'll be a process, but I think something will really come of this as long as we have you behind us, helping us out.

That's it for now, thanks for reading!
Azriel Johnson

PS - Don't forget new opportunities to Write for WK.

Reading Backwards Through the Yellow by Carolyn Srygley-Moore

Full Length - 6" x 9", 70 pages, ISBN: 978-1978284227
In previous works, Carolyn Srygley-Moore has proven herself superior to any secular GPS navigational system through her ability to intertwine precise locations in physical space with their affiliated emotional state. "Reading Backwards Through the Yellow" takes us beyond Euclidean geometries as though we clicked on Street View in Google Maps. Srygley-Moore's stark and beautiful photographic images provide a rootedness to each group of poems that follow, encouraging the reader to declare, "I believe, because I was there."
- Loring Wirbel , writer, poet, community activist

"Carolyn Srygley-Moore carries the DNA of the New York and Black Mountain schools into the beginning of the short 21st Century. Every bit as attuned to the ecology of the word and the language of nature as Bernadette Mayer and Alice Notley have been, Carolyn's poems will knock your socks off, and make you forget you even had hands to put them on. The rediscovering is wondrous."
- Dan Coffey, Iowa Center for the Book, and Poet's Quarterly
$15.00 USD
(Free PDF with Purchase)

About the author:
Carolyn Srygley-Moore is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she won awards for her poetry. She is a Pushcart and Best of the Web nominee.

Ms Srygley-Moore is an animal rights advocate, and has rescued dogs, cats, rats, and one iguana. She worked, as a social advocate, with the HIV population in the late 80's; now, she works primarily with persons living with traumatic brain injuries or neurological disorders, in an effort to promote independence.

Carolyn has published five books of poetry, full length or chapbook: the latest being MIRACLES OF THE BLOG: a series. She also explores versions of the world through photography and random collage. Carolyn lives in Upstate New York with her husband and daughter.

She loves to swim.

A Character Studies by Scaramouche Black

Mixed Media - 8.5" x 11", 48 pages, ISBN: 978-1978284241
About the author:
Scaramouche Black
is nowhere near so dark
or mysterious as her name
might imply - though
for better or worse,
she's just as dramatic
as you'd suspect.
Fear not, Dear Readers -
she is working on that.
When not writing and drawing
in a mad attempt
to exorcise various demons,
Ms. Black
can be found
gracing local stages.
And by "local"
she means the stages
of Northern England.
For now....
$15.00 USD
(Free PDF with Purchase)

These assorted ramblings and doodlings are devoted to a life interestingly-, if not always well-, lived in the Land of Cleve, with assorted diversions in more exotic locales.

Beach Dweller Manifesto by Leah Mueller

Mixed Media

$15.00 USD
(Free PDF with Purchase)
Coming Soon
"Or perhaps I was the end
of your clown career, later
with my legs in the air. It was
the same carpet I'd rolled on
when the quake waves hit, and there
I was again, in the same position,
doing my best to dodge falling objects."
-- from "Cirque du Soleil"

About the author:
Leah Mueller is an independent writer from Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of one chapbook, "Queen of Dorksville" (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2012), and two books, "Allergic to Everything" (Writing Knights Press, 2015) and "The Underside of the Snake" (Red Ferret Press, 2015). Leah was a winner in the 2012 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, and a featured poet at the 2015 New York Poetry Festival. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Blunderbuss, Outlook Springs, University of Chicago Memoryhouse, Atticus Review, Open Thought Vortex, Sadie Girl Press, Origins Journal, Quail Bell, Silver Birch Press, and many other publications.

Grand Tournament VI - July 29, 2017

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This year's Grand Tournament brought on two new categories to the competition. In addition to Poetry, we brought in Music and Storytelling to give more opportunities and bring more entertainment and inspiration to our audience.

In the Poetry Category, we had Alexis-Rueal, Casey Krysztofik, One Single Rose, Quartez Harris, Zach Ashley

In the Storytelling Category, Marcus V. Calvert and Rory Stone Mehlman.

In the Music category, we had anitakeys with Ryann Anderson and Atomic Houdini.

And the winners are:....
Watch and find out!

#RESIST -- The Wayward Sword

Mixed Media Anthology - 44 pages, 8.5" x 11", ISBN: 978-1548865177
...words are your weapons, ready...
...make your art alive and dangerous, aim... is our job to initiate the change we want to see in the world, fire...
...burn systems of oppression down!!!!

This edition also contains entries from the Writing Knights Grand Tournament competition and Writing Knights National Poetry Month "Contronyms" contributors.
$15.00 USD
(Free PDF with Purchase)

AD Hurley, Alexis-Rueal, Alicia Cole, Ann Christine Tabaka, Azriel Johnson, Casey Krysztofik, CE Harrington, Daria Quinn, Deborah Dalton (D-Squared), Emily Reid Green, Graham Whittaker, Hollie Neil, James Schwartz, Jamie Laubacher, JM Romig, Judith Minow, Karlo Silverio Sevilla, Keely Aaliyah, Kerry Trautman, Layla Lenhardt, Liz Senn, Marcus V. Calvert, Mark Antony Rossi, Michael Bernstein, One Single Rose, Peter D. Marra, Quartez Harris, Rory Stone Mehlman, Ryan Kinney, S. Rubein Geterminah, Scott Thomas Outlar, Skylark Bruce, Soumyadeep Bhattacherya, Steve Brightman, Sunil Sharma, Sy Castells, Zach Ashley

"Only Poetry Can Save You Now" Writing Knights T-shirts

Writing Knights T-shirts... 
great models... lame graphics!

Perfect for 
Post battle standing
Sword holding
while looking 
off into 
the distance

Red Shirts
Great for defending against wood swords
Shirts help 
keep battle 
Poetry can 
protect you 
like swords
Post battle 
smiling sessions

Blue Shirts
Shirts... Great for showing poetry spirit!
For standing 
guard over 
the words
Praising the gods 
of poetry!
Stoicism and style

Black Shirts
These shirts can even change reality....
Buy them today!

Grand Tournament VI: The Bard Newsletter #14

The time has come to announce the Grand Tournament Finalists for 2017 (don't click away after the finalists have been announced, we have one more quick announcement to make).

We had a solid group of contestants and once again, I'm glad I didn't have to judge this contest.

For those of you not in the know, the Grand Tournament will be held July 29, 2017 at the Kathleen Howland Theatre at Avenue Arts in 324 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, Ohio.  The show will start as promptly as possible at 7pm. Admission is $5.

The Wayward Sword Litmag Vol. 1, Issue 3: #RESIST will be available for purchase and will showcase the finalists and judges, plus submissions from our National Poetry Month Call "Contronyms". The Litmag will be $15.

First, let's congratulate all the competitors this year, many are new to the Grand Tournament format and we appreciate you giving your all.  We look forward to seeing you again next year when we subvert the paradigm, just a bit.

Without further ado, our runners up, in alphabetical order:
Daria Quinn -- Hollie Neil
Jonathan Thorn -- Liz Senn
Peter D. Marra
Michael Bernstein -- Scott Thomas Outlar
Let's give these folks a round of applause.

We will have brand new shirts available in Red and Blue with "Only Poetry Can Save You Now" on the back with the Writing Knights Logo on the front. Our Black shirts will be equally branded.

Next, our Alternates... These people will fill in for our Poetry Category finalists, in the event that they cannot attend the Tournament.
1st Alternate: Keely Aaliyah
2nd Alternate: Deborah Dalton
3rd Alternate: Sy Castells

Next, our Music Finalists. Music Category was a new addition this year and we hope it gets bigger next year!
Anita Keys -- Chelan Riebe

Next, our Storytelling Finalists. Again, Storytelling was a new category this year and we are hoping for more entrants.
Marcus Calvert -- Rory Stone Mehlman

Last, but not least, our Five Poetry Competition Finalists for the Performance Round!
In alphabetical order:
One Single Rose
Quartez Harris -- Zach Ashley

Congratulate these fine poets if you see them on the street! 

Our last announcement is, if we get at least three people to participate, we will have a Haiku Joust this year at the tournament. The winner of the Haiku Joust will earn a chapbook deal with Writing Knights. Past winners, this year's competitors (including finalists), random members of the audience can all compete.  If you want to preregister for the Haiku Joust, send an email of intent to subject line: "Haiku Joust".  No preregistration is necessary, it's just nice to know before hand, if possible.

Thank you for sticking with us, and we'll see you July 29th!

The Writing Knights Team

A Feast of Salt by Paul Grant

$10.00 USD
Chapbook (plus Free PDF)

It was the hand colouring your dreams
Finally holding yours.

About the author:
Other Books by Paul Grant:
The Loose End of the Night - IRON Press
Coming Through the Far End - Writing Knights Press

Hessler Street Poetry Contest -- The Aftermath -- The Bard Newsletter #13.5

Hessler Street Poetry Anthology 2017
Buy it Here! (link coming soon)
(click any pictures to make them bigger)

Azriel Johnson (photo by Anita Keys)
Just a short word about the amazingness that was the Hessler Street Poetry Contest!

The lighting was fairly bad for photography, but people tried anyway. I personally did a little, then gave up, but encouraged others with better cameras to try.
The lighting was not a deterrent to the poetry shared. Our judges had a difficult time putting together the winners after a good hours worth of poetry.  We had poets from all over Ohio and beyond participating and the inspiration ran wild.
Christine Howey (photo by Geoffrey A. Landis)

Mary Turzillo (photo by Geoffrey A. Landis)
The venue: The Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern was gracious to host us and we appreciated the space. Pretty soon the lighting didn't matter and we all just enjoyed the poetry.
The judging drew to a close and in my hand were the winning envelopes. Third place: Keely Aaliyah with her poem: I am a Soldier. Second place was Devlinbleu Chambers with his poem: Environmental Super Nova.
Azriel Johnson (photo by Anita Keys)

Keely Aaliyah and Devlinbleu Chambers (photo by Indigo Orion)
At last, after the perfunctory delays to increase the drama, I revealed the 1st place prize...

Vince Robinson with his poem: Star Struck,
AND Christine Howey with her piece: I Was a Male Impersonator for 40 Years.

Keely Aaliyah, Christine Howey,
Vince Robinson and Devlinbleu Chambers
(photo by Geoffrey A. Landis)
A special thanks to Mac's Backs for giving me and Writing Knights the chance to put together this anthology. Thanks to all the contributors to the anthology. Thanks to ClevelandPoetics Blog for helping cover this event. Thanks to the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern for providing the space. And the greatest thanks of all to the Hessler Street Fair for continuing year after year to bring artistic and creative joy to the Cleveland Area.

We hope to see your entry next year!

Azriel Johnson
Director of Writing Knights Press

The Frayed Edge of Memory by James Croal Jackson

$8.00 USD
Chapbook (plus Free PDF)

$0.99 USD
E-Book (PDF)
Kindle Unavailable
a week ago we soared through the sky
with all parts intact and fully functional.
I didn't need to look out deep, endless windows
we will never have the biology to fly, no matter
our construction, no matter the fantasy of the air-
and the air is a fantasy you breathe easy and pure
descend slowly on telephone lines beyond reach
to know what I am made of will never be enough.

About the author:
James Croal Jackson is a writer, filmmaker, and
musician born in Akron, Ohio. He rediscovered his love for poetry while working in the film and television industry in Los Angeles. He is the winner of the 2016 William Redding Memorial Poetry Prize via The Poetry Forum in his current city of Columbus, Ohio. This is his first chapbook. Visit him at