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Now seeking submissions for VENDING MACHINE vol.4!

VENDING MACHINE: Poetry for Change vol.4
The Poet’s Haven is seeking submissions inspired by the following quote:

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

This is for the next “VENDING MACHINE” anthology that will be released at a special Stardust Poetry show on November 15th in conjunction with the Poetic Provisions food-drive. Patrons, poets, and other guests who donate to the food-drive will receive a copy of the book.

GUIDELINES:
  • POEM SUBMISSIONS MUST BE LESS THAN 60 LINES. Poems under 30 lines are recommended. Story and essay submissions must be under 500 words.
  • Submissions must be received by October 13th!
  • SUBMISSIONS MUST FIT THE THEME!!! If you can’t take the time to read the theme, we won’t waste time considering your work.
  • As this is a charity project to benefit the Poetic Provisions food-drive, we are unable to provide contributor copies. If sufficient copies remain after the release show, efforts will be made to get them into the hands of contributing authors who do not live in north-east Ohio that make a donation to their local foodbank.
  • Authors retain the right to have their submissions published elsewhere, as long as the other publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights. Previously published material is acceptable though discouraged.

This anthology will also be published as a free e-book download in 2014.

Submissions should be e-mailed to:
VendingMachine[at]PoetsHaven.com

“VENDING MACHINE: Poetry for Change” is an annual anthology published by The Poet’s Haven and edited by T.M. Göttl and Vertigo Xavier. The book is not available for sale, but is instead offered in exchange for donations to the Poetic Provisions food-drive. To obtain a copy, bring a non-perishable food donation to the release show or to any Poet’s Haven event in December (while supplies last). Donations go first to the Canton Sunday Picnic, with any items they are not able to use going to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

This year’s VENDING MACHINE: Poetry for Change event will be held at the Stardust Poetry show on November 15th at Karma Cafe in Canton, Ohio.






World Cat Day, 2013 Bundle Offer


So, apparently, somebody somewhere declared today World Cat Day.  Tabitha would’ve disagreed, she would’ve said every day was Cat Day, then she would have demanded cheese from the refrigerator.  None the less, you can celebrate World Cat Day by picking up a copy of “The Poet’s Haven Digest: On Velvet Feet.”  This anthology features poetry, stories, and other creations about cats, starring cats, and possibly written by cats!  It includes work from Kristina England, Joshua Gage, Janet Garber, Alex Gildzen, Clarissa Jakobsons, Paul Kahle, Thomas Koron, Lori Ann Kusterbeck, Geoffrey A. Landis, Marc Mannheimer, Michael Gillan Maxwell, Rachel M. Newlon, Angela Nichols, Jen Pezzo, Tina Puckett, Lady Kathy Smith, Kevin Frederick Smith, Steven B. Smith, J.E. Stanley, Hannah Stevenson, Melissa Studdard, Mary A. Turzillo, and Vertigo Xi’an Xavier.




Or, if you’re behind on picking up Poet’s Haven books this year, you can now pick up the first eight books published in 2013 for a special reduced price with FREE SHIPPING!  This gets you the “On Velvet Feet” anthology, “Letter to 20″ by Alexis-Rueal, “Like Michelangelo Sorta Said” by Steve Brightman, “Back\words & For/words” by Lori Ann Kusterbeck, “Inside the Walls of a Blackened Book” by A.J. Huffman, “Inhuman: Haiku from the Zombie Apocalypse” by Joshua Gage, “Universe Gone Dancing: A Manic Cosmology” by Mark S. Kuhar (with art by Sven Geier), and “It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change” by John Burroughs for only $42.00!  That’s like getting one book for free!


Build Your Own Bundle Offer and Lake Effect Poetry 2013!

BUILD YOUR OWN BUNDLE!  Use the discount code “bundle” at checkout when ordering $25 or more in merchandise from The Poet’s Haven Boutique to get 20% OFF ALL POET’S HAVEN PUBLICATIONS and FREE SHIPPING on your entire order!
(Offer expires July 31, 2013.  Discount not valid on already discounted bundle offers.)


Also newly available, the Lake Effect Poetry 2013 Team Anthology:



This anthology features poetry from your 2013 Lake Effect Poetry slam team: AKeemjamal Rollins, Christine Howey, Caira Lee, and Arianna Cheree, plus poems from: team alternate REDD; 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative Eris Zion Venia; 2012 Lake Effect team members T.M. Göttl, Carla Thompson, and Skylark Bruce; and 2013 point finalists Joshua Gage and Azriel Johnson.  All proceeds from the sale of this anthology go towards getting the team to National Poetry Slam in Boston, MA!  FREE SHIPPING!    (Please note: this item is not eligible for the “Build Your Own Bundle” discount, as all money raised by the sale of this item goes to Lake Effect Poetry.)

Upcoming Schedule Changes…

Due to circumstances beyond control, Joshua Gage will not be able to feature at this coming Friday’s  Stardust Poetry show at Karma Café in Canton, OH. His feature appearance has been rescheduled for June 21st’s show.  Due to *other* circumstances not directly related to that, the release of Josh’s Inhuman: Haiku from the Zombie Apocalypse has also been delayed.  The official launch will now be at June 21st’s show, but pre-ordered copies will ship before that date.  I expect the book to be printed before the end of May.

May 17th’s Stardust Poetry show will now feature storyteller and novelist Marcus V. Calvert and the poetry-and-music pairing of Ingrid Westberg and Emmanuel C. BeyMarcus V. Calvert is a native of Detroit with a nigh-uncontrollable imagination. He’s been writing science fiction since he was eight. Even when life often got in the way, he couldn’t give up writing. In 2011, he released Unheroic, his first collection of short stories. Two additional short story collections followed, and now he’s working on his fourth book, a novel, to be released in fall 2013. His goal is to make up for lost years and to put out as many books as possible before he leaves this Earth. For him, the name and the fame aren’t important. Only the stories matter.  Ingrid Westberg is an artist, poet, songwriter, and musician from Akron, Ohio, and Emmanuel C. Bey is the lead vocalist and songwriter of the the funk-rock band Full Effect.

June 7th’s First Friday Poetry Spectacular will feature Mark S. KuharMark S. Kuhar is a writer, poet, editor, publisher, artist, and songwriter.  He is the author of Acrobats in Catapult Twist (2003), Laughing in the Ruins of Chippewa Lake Park (2004), E40th & Pain: Poems from Deep Cleveland (2006) and Mercury in Retrograde (2012).  He was a featured poet in the book Cleveland Poetry Scenes.  He is the founder of the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour (a live monthly spoken-word event) and is the proprietor of Deep Cleveland LLC, which includes Deep Cleveland Press and the Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, a literary e-zine dedicated to the spirit of legendary outlaw poet, artist, and underground publisher d.a. levy.  This show will be the debut of Mark’s newest book, Universe Gone Dancing: A Manic Cosmology.

June 21st’s Stardust Poetry will feature John Burroughs and Joshua GageJoshua Gage is an ornery curmudgeon who graduated from the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Naropa University.  He has a penchant for Pendleton shirts, rye whiskey, and any poem strong enough to yank the breath out of his lungs.  He stomps around Cleveland in a purple bathrobe and hosts the monthly Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour. This will be the official launch of Josh’s latest book, Inhuman: Haiku from the Zombie ApocalypseJohn Burroughs is a north-east Ohio poet and publisher. He is the author of many chapbooks including Electric Company, Water Works, and The Eater of the Absurd.  For around a decade, John served as a full-time playwright and occasional music director in residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Marion Correctional Institution. In 2007 he had a top-ranked blog on MySpace, after which John won the first poetry slam he ever competed in, formed the Poets of Lorain County, has contributed to the Cleveland Poetics and Ohio Poetry Association blogs, and is perhaps most proud of his work as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press. This will be the debut of John’s latest book, It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Poet’s Haven Author Series (chapbooks)

The Poet’s Haven will be open to unsolicited chapbook manuscripts through the month of April, to be considered for publication in The Poet’s Haven Author Series.

Manuscripts should be sent via e-mail as a file attachment. Attachments should be either plain text (TXT), rich text (RTF), or Microsoft Word (DOC / DOCX) files.

Manuscripts should be between 28 and 36 pages in length NOT COUNTING title, copyright, dedication, or table of contents pages. Manuscripts containing full-color artwork may be shorter, 20 to 24 pages. One page can fit approximately 30 lines of poetry or 325 words of prose. If you have original artwork to be used as the cover, that can also be attached as either a JPG or PNG file. Please include your author bio either in the manuscript or in the body of the e-mail.

The Poet’s Haven publishes more than just poetry! We are very interested in seeing fiction and art manuscripts!

Authors receive 25% of all copies printed. The first print run is 80 copies, with additional print runs completed as needed for 12 months. Authors can purchase as many additional copies as they wish for 50% of the cover price. (The cover price is normally $6.00.)

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your manuscript is accepted by another press. Due to volume and real-world occurrences, it may take until December 31, 2013 for decisions to be reached regarding all submitted manuscripts.

Submissions should be sent to:
books[AT]PoetsHaven.com


Columbus State Writers Conference

The Poet’s Haven will be participating in the book fair at the Columbus State Writers Conference this Saturday.  Wick Poetry Center director David Hassler will be the keynote speaker.  If going to AWP was out of your budget range or you were able to go but find yourself thirsting for more workshop experiences, this is the place for you to be.

http://www.cscc.edu/academics/departments/english/writers-conference/book-fair.shtml


The Poet’s Haven Digest: On Velvet Feet

THIRTEEN YEARS in the making, The Poet’s Haven Digest #1 is now is available!

On Velvet Feet features poetry and stories by Kristina England, Joshua Gage, Janet Garber, Alex Gildzen, Clarissa Jakobsons, Paul Kahle, Thomas Koron, Lori Ann Kusterbeck, Geoffrey A. Landis, Marc Mannheimer, Michael Gillan Maxwell, Rachel M. Newlon, Angela Nichols, Jen Pezzo, Tina Puckett, Lady Kathy Smith, Kevin Frederick Smith, Steven B. Smith, J.E. Stanley, Hannah Stevenson, Melissa Studdard, Mary A. Turzillo, and Vertigo Xi’an Xavier.

FREE SHIPPING!

Click here to order!


Poetry tunes…

While I am working on a new season of “The Poet’s Haven presents…” podcasts, here’s something you might enjoy in the meanwhile. Neon Signs is the collaboration of music by Miearth and the poetry of Walter Beck. Beck’s had two most excellent chapbooks released by our friends at Writing Knights press (and rumor is there might be a third on the way). Did I mention this album is currently a free download? Get it! http://3sdmusic.bandcamp.com/album/no-stone-left-unspoken


Online Gallery Submissions

Admittedly, since the new year began, I’ve let myself fall a bit behind on reviewing new submissions to the online galleries. As of tonight, I have finished going through the queue. Of the 104 pieces I’ve looked at this evening, 47 poems and one short story have been added to the galleries. Okay, now back to work I go on books and podcasts. Stay tuned! :-)


"On Velvet Feet" UPDATE

The Poet’s Haven Digest anthology “On Velvet Feet” is almost finished, and will be available in early March! The cat-themed collection has a few small spaces left where one or two haiku, senryu, or a cinquain can fit. If you wish to submit some short poems (nothing longer than ten lines), please do so ASAP. This book’s call for cover art is now closed. Submissions should be sent to: PHDcats[AT]PoetsHaven.com


A Poet’s Haven Love Connection? ;-)

So today I received an e-mail asking me to update the e-mail address attached to some poems in Gallery 1.  This was for an author who’s work was published back in 1998 and 1999.  She included this in the e-mail:


“Also, I’d like to thank you. Thank you for keeping the site up and running through all these years. In a weird way this site helped to bring myself and my soul-mate together. We did not know each other at the time we were both posting to the site, nor had we read each others work. However around 20 years later we ended up meeting each other and connecting almost instantly. In all the talking new couples do we discussed our past personal pages, places we chat, etc… only to discover we were both posting here at the same time with our submissions only separated by a few submissions. An odd coincidence, maybe, but we consider it evidence that our lives were circling each others and in its own way brought us closer together.”


Okay, other than that “20 years” thing making me feel *REALLY* old (not to mention that I’m fairly certain last October only marked the site’s 15th anniversary), this kind of thing is what has kept this site and press running all this time.  :-D


New Technology for Books!

A new technology has emerged that makes e-books obsolete.  This new format, called “paper,” not only makes screen glare a thing of the past, but it completely eliminates the need to recharge or replace batteries.  Paper books come in slim volumes that can easily be stored upon a shelf or table.  Books made from paper can be produced in different sizes or with different textures of material and have no limitation on the artistic design options.  Paper books can be black-and-white, full-color, or a mixture of the two, depending only on the needs of the material with no worries over whether the presentation will be compatible with the reader’s screen device.  Don’t get left behind, join the revolution and buy a paper book today!

http://boutique.PoetsHaven.com


Upcoming Book Releases

A few folks have started asking me about what books are in the queue, now that Poet’s Haven is working from a queue instead of a set schedule.  :-)  So here’s some confirmed titles:

“Letter to 20″ by Alexis-Rueal (February 1, 2013)
“Like Michelangelo Sorta Said” by Steve Brightman (March 15, 2013)
“Zombies: Haiku in Four Acts” by Joshua Gage (May 17, 2013)
“Back\words & For/words” by Lori Ann Kusterbeck
“It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change” by John Burroughs
“Inside the Walls of a Blackened Book” by A.J. Huffman
“Walking Down Euclid” by Marlana-Patrice Pugh Hamer
“Fractured Blossoms Still Bloom” by Steve Thomas
“A Knight’s Quest” by Matthew Fitzgerald, illustrated by Arianna Cheree
“Vanity Pressing” by Vertigo Xi’an Xavier

One more book has been accepted but is pending author confirmation.  (That’s the problem with having the open submission call in March and not finishing reading all the manuscripts until December.)  Three additional manuscripts are being reviewed and considered at this time.

I should probably explain something… When I say we’re not working from a set schedule, I mean that the frequency books will be released is not on a schedule.  Books will still have scheduled release dates.  The three books you see with release dates marked above correspond with the authors being featured poets at First Friday or Stardust Poetry shows. :-)

At this time The Poet’s Haven is not openly accepting unsolicited chapbook manuscripts, however we are open to chapbook proposals. If you would like to submit a chapbook proposal, use the “Contact Publisher” link and send an e-mail through the form.  Tell me who you are, describe the chapbook, and send a sample of the material (about four or five pages worth, a few poems or the first chapter).  If it grabs my attention and I’m anxious to read more, I will send you a message soliciting the full manuscript for consideration.


UPDATED 1/5/2013:  One of the two books pending when this list was originally posted has now been confirmed.


Big Announcements, Re: Live Events in 2013

A number of important announcements were made at last night’s First Friday Poetry Spectacular:

  • While the Coffee Phix Cafe (and Phoenix Coffee before that) has been a wonderful place for our Saturday Night With The Poet’s Haven shows, December 15th’s event will be the last.  I am consolidating The Poet’s Haven’s operations, and will be focusing on our Canton shows, which are closer to my home.  This isn’t the end of poetry at the Coffee Phix, however, as several other poetry promoters are looking at doing shows there and we do still plan to have one or two Lake Effect Poetry events there this year.
  • The First Friday Poetry Spectacular will be leaving the downtown Canton arts district.  Beginning January 4th, the show will take place at Karma Cafe (4339 Dressler Road NW Canton, OH).  While this unfortunately means the show will no longer be part of the Canton First Friday festival, it does give the show a home at the same location each month.
  • Last night’s First Friday Poetry Spectacular will be the final show with poetry slam prize money provided by Arts in Stark.  Thank you to Arts in Stark, Robb Hankins, Tricia Ostertag, and former AiS staffers Sarah Shumaker and Marci Saling for all their help and support keeping this series going for the three years that The Poet’s Haven has operated it, as well as the three years prior to that when the show was managed by Carla Thompson and Jacob King.
  • We are seeking sponsors for the poetry slam!  Any local business that would be interested in sponsoring the slam, please contact me.  Slam prize sponsorship can be something so simple as a $25 gift card for your business.
  • Lake Effect Poetry’s Women of the World Poetry Slam final will be held at January 4th’s First Friday Poetry Spectacular at Karma Cafe.  This show will also be Lake Effect’s first NPS team qualifier.  As we normally do, the open-mic will be held first.  Then we will have the open slam, which will be both LEP’s NPS qualifier AND the WOWPS last-chance-qualifier.  Points will be awarded to all participants in the slam for LEP’s NPS team rankings.  The top scoring female poet in the slam who is not already qualified will also win entry into Lake Effect’s WOWPS final.  The WOWPS final will take place at the end of the show.  It will be three rounds.  Women who will be competing in both slams should have at least four poems prepared, as a no-repeat rule will be in effect.  (Depending on the size of our non-competing audience, we may have some of the same judges for both slams.)
  • The Stardust Poetry show will be moving to the third Friday of the month, starting January 18th.  This places both of Canton’s big poetry events in the same venue and on the same night of the week, every other week (with a stray fifth-week thrown in every quarter or so).  (This schedule also leaves second Fridays free for the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour and fourth Fridays free for the Root-N-Slam series.)
  •  As previously announced, The Poet’s Haven will be abandoning the strict bi-monthly publishing schedule we’ve worked under for the past two years, and will instead simply work from a publishing queue.  Book releases may take place at the First Friday Poetry Spectacular, at Stardust Poetry, or at any of the many other poetry shows that take place here in north-east Ohio.
  •  Podcast releases will resume whenever I have time to get another batch done.  Sorry, folks, I had every intention of releasing new shows every other week for the rest of the year, but there’s this annoying thing called “real life” that got in my way.  Consider the twelve Poet’s Haven presents… shows released earlier this year to be “Season One.”  “Season Two” is in the works.
  • With the Saturday Night With The Poet’s Haven shows retiring, we will now be recording the features at Stardust Poetry for eventual podcasting.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something that needed to be announced.  :-P

Also, a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has supported this year’s Poetic Provisions food-drive!  While the collection weight isn’t in yet (we will still be collecting donations at December 14th’s Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour and December 15th’s Saturday Night With The Poet’s Haven), we’ve far surpassed last year’s total.


The Poet’s Haven’s nominees for the Pushcart Prize

The Poet’s Haven has submitted these six poems as nominees for the 2013 Pushcart Prize:


Deciding which pieces to nominate was a challenge.  While my first instinct was to nominate one poem from each of the six chapbooks The Poet’s Haven published this year, I had to consider the need for the poems to stand on their own, without the context of the surrounding book.  The two books I published this year that I did not choose to nominate a piece from both ran into this; the poems in those books work best as part of the whole.

I expect picking next year’s selections to be an even more difficult process.  The Poet’s Haven will be doing away with the set publishing schedule we’ve used the past two years and will instead be working from a publication queue, allowing for far more than six titles to be released.  We will also have some Poet’s Haven Digest anthologies hitting shelves.  This means I’ll have to choose from a much larger selection of publications.


VENDING MACHINE: Poetry for Change

The Poet’s Haven will hold the third annual “VENDING MACHINE: Poetry for Change” event on November 17th at Canton’s Karma Cafe with music by Kate Westfall and featured poets Robert Miltner and Lori Ann Kusterbeck.

“VENDING MACHINE: Poetry for Change” is a special poetry anthology published annually by The Poet’s Haven themed around Gandhi’s quote “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  The book is edited by T.M. Göttl and Vertigo Xavier, and features poetry from authors not only in north-east Ohio but from all around the globe.  The book is not available for sale, but is instead offered in exchange for non-perishable food donations to the Poetic Provisions Food-Drive at a special open-mic show held the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  This year’s show will be at Karma Cafe (4339 Dressler Road NW, Canton, OH) on November 17th at 7:00 PM.

Kate Westfall performs as a solo vocalist, layering digital loops to create styles steering from primitive to tribal to pop to lounge. Sometimes aggressive, sometimes soulful, it can be heard that her range of musical travels has begun with confident footing. The music for Westfall’s debut album, “VoKate”, was created by layering a series of looping vocal melodies and sound effects, all of which were created organically by her. Rhythms were made through body-actions of the feet, hands, arms, mouth, collarbone, and bracelets. Westfall’s live performances include live vocal looping and digital rhythms with occasional hand drums and spoken word. The appearance of digeridoo, washboards, or marimba is not to be unexpected.  (http://www.reverbnation.com/katewestfall)

Robert Miltner is the author of “Hotel Utopia,” winner of the New Rivers Press book award, and a finalist for the Ohioana award in poetry. His work has been published in “Diagram,” “Sentence,” “Pleiades,” “LIT,” “New York Quarterly,” and “Bellingham Review.” He co-edits “Quickly,” “Buried Letter Press,” and “The Raymond Carver Review.” “Two Trains Too Many,” a collaborative recording of Miltner’s poems and original guitar compositions by Erin Vaughn, was recently released by Blue Caboose Music. (http://robertmiltner.wix.com/2011)

Lori Ann Kusterbeck studied philosophy at Baldwin-Wallace College, completing her bachelor’s degree in 2006, and at Cleveland State University, receiving a Master of Arts in 2008.  She now teaches philosophy and humanities classes at Cuyahoga Community College.  Her first poem was published at age 12, and during her teens she had over a dozen poems featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Since that time, her work has appeared in “The Mill” (Baldwin-Wallace) and “The Sign in the Window” (Y-City Writer’s Forum). (http://www.sincerelylori.com)

The Poet’s Haven is a small press and online lit journal established in 1997 and based out of Massillon, Ohio. In addition to publishing chapbooks and poetry anthologies, they also organize several open-mic events around north-east Ohio, including Stardust Poetry at Karma Cafe and the Canton First Friday Poetry Spectacular, the poetry slam held each month during the Canton First Friday art festival.

The Poetic Provisions Food-Drive originates with several poetry shows throughout north-east Ohio that took part in 2010′s Music for Meals food-drive.  In 2011, the poetry shows decided to band together once again to help feed the hungry by collecting donations for Foodbank.  Donations to this year’s food-drive will be divided between the Canton Sunday Picnic and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.  The Canton Sunday Picnic is a grassroots meal, organized by volunteers, that feeds the homeless and those in need each Sunday at Market Square Park.  The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank provides food and other essential items to member agencies in Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties.

This is an ALL-AGES/UNMODERATED event, meaning kids are welcome to attend and participate, but parents should be aware that some performances may include explicit language.

The Poet’s Haven is also still seeking submissions for this year’s “VENDING MACHINE: Poetry for Change” anthology.  Submissions must be received by October 13th!

THE RULES & GUIDELINES:

POEM SUBMISSIONS MUST BE LESS THAN 60 LINES. Poe
ms under 30 lines are recommended. Story and essay submissions must be under 500 words.


SUBMISSIONS MUST FIT THE THEME!!! If you can’t take the time to read the theme, we won’t waste time considering your work.

As this is a charity project to benefit Canton Sunday Picnic and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, we are unable to provide contributor copies.

Authors retain the right to have their submissions published elsewhere, as long as the other publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights. Previously published material is acceptable though discouraged.

This anthology will also be published as a free e-book download in 2013.

Submissions should be e-mailed to:
VendingMachine[at]PoetsHaven.com

Poet’s Haven at Coffee Phix – October 20th

Come celebrate The Poet’s Haven’s 15th anniversary at this event on October 20th at the Coffee Phix Café in South Euclid (formerly called and still serving Phoenix Coffee)! The show will feature poets L.S. Royal and Jen Pezzo! We will also be releasing Jen Pezzo’s long-awaited first book, “Imaginary Conversations!”

L.S. Royal has been described by his peers as being the reigning “free style king” and “beat master.” His poetry and hip-hop lyrics encourage his audience to accept and strive for spiritual growth at all times. He is a DJ, emcee, producer, and writer extraordinaire, bringing the crowd to their feet while opening for artists such as Notorious BIG, Tupac, Scarface, Too Short, and Master Ace. He also organizes the weekly “OutSpokeN” poetry open-mic show at the Xecutive Lounge.

Jen Pezzo lives with her husband and two cats near Akron, Ohio. She started writing when she was nine years old. Besides spending time with her family and friends, she also loves photography, art, music, hiking, and traveling. You will often find her supporting the creative endeavors of her friends when she is out and about, attending a poetry reading, concert, art exhibit, play, or sporting event. She also writes under the pen name Kerowyn Rose.

The show includes an open-mic. Poets and musicians wishing to perform at the open-mic can sign-up at 6:30. The show begins at 7:00. THAT IS 7:00 PM REAL-TIME, NOT “POETRY STANDARD TIME.” In other words, GET HERE BEFORE 7:00!!!

This is an ALL-AGES/UNMODERATED event, meaning kids are welcome to attend and participate, but parents should be aware that there are no restrictions on language. Some performances may include coarse language.


New shipping charges, schedule changes, website updates…

Shipping costs go up every so often.  I don’t suppose it is any secret that the shipping charges I set up in The Poet’s Haven Boutique were less than what it actually costs to package and ship the books.  I based the rates on postal costs of two years ago, figuring it would help more books move.  Me then deciding to mark down books that we have larger quantities of on top of the too-low shipping charges… well, it wasn’t my brightest idea.  So, unfortunately, I’ve now had to adjust the shipping costs in the online store.  HOWEVER, I’ve also implemented something to actually reduce your shipping charge on larger orders.  Read on…

For orders in the USA, the first item’s shipping will be $2.00.  Each additional item will add another $1.00.  This will max out at $10.00.  I repeat, the MAXIMUM SHIPPING CHARGE will be $10.

For orders from Canada, the first item’s shipping will be $2.50.  Each additional item will add another $1.25.  This will max out at $13.00.  Again, the MAXIMUM (CANADIAN) SHIPPING CHARGE is $13.00.  (That’s US dollars, by the way.)

Larger orders may be shipped via UPS instead of via the post office.

That said, I am making an attempt to produce more titles in the “pocket size” format (such as the Lake Effect Poetry 2012 Team Anthology and Michael Bernstein’s “8s”).  The advantage of publishing a book this size is that it can be mailed with a normal postage stamp.  This means I will be able to make FREE SHIPPING offers on these books.  All upcoming Poet’s Haven Digest anthologies will be published in this format.  Several upcoming Author Series chapbooks are also being produced pocket-sized.  (This might not apply to October’s release of Jen Pezzo’s “Imaginary Conversations,” as the book will be 72 pages and may weigh more than a first-class stamp can cover.  I’ll find out as soon as I have a completed proof copy in my hands.)

I have also reached a decision about next year’s publishing schedule.  Actually, I’m largely scrapping HAVING a schedule all together.  I have decided to copy something my friend John Burroughs does at Crisis Chronicles Press.  Instead of having a release schedule, I am just going to keep a queue of upcoming titles.  This will allow me flexibility in releasing books, sometimes releasing several books in rapid succession, sometimes having a break between releases when a project requires more time to complete or I need to devote time to another Poet’s Haven project (cough, podcasts, cough cough).  Release dates will be announced when a title is ready to be printed, announcements will be kept vague until that point.  I am hoping that this flexibility will allow me to release no less than 18 books next year.  (Poet’s Haven will have released 8 titles this year, 6 Author Series chapbooks, the Lake Effect anthology, and the upcoming Vending Machine release.  A Digest release may also be added to this year’s total.)

Earlier tonight, I caught up with the online submission queue, adding two new short stories and 25 new poems to the galleries.  :-)

I’m hoping you’ll be seeing some changes to the gallery’s programming in the very near future.  There’s a number of issues I’ve been trying to get my brain around for a few years now that have proven to be beyond my meager programming skills, so I finally broke down and reached out for some professional programming help. Hopefully, this’ll lead to getting PoetsHaven.com version 3.0 done once and for all.  The changes will be rolled out over time, though, with each new or improved function being rolled out when it is ready.  Also, hopefully, this will mean that the site never has to experience any down-time during the roll outs.  Stay tuned…