Tuesday, September 12, 2023


BOTTOM DOG PRESS: Larry Smith & David Adams with a tribute to Tim Russell

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Mac's Backs is hosting a reading with poet David Adams and poet & publisher Larry Smith from Bottom Dog Press on Wednesday, September 13th at 7 pm. The evening will also be a tribute to the late poet Timothy Russell. Join us for this memorial and celebration of our country's best working-class poets...

David Adams

Tim Russell

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Maj Ragain Poetry Park

Join us as we dedicate the

Maj Ragain Poetry Park

When we make the poem, wood pulp paper, black spittle ink,we build a refuge for ourselves and others…It is respite, a temporary shelterwhere we may learn and listen to one another’s hearts.-Maj Ragain ’90

We hope you will join us to honor one of Kent State’s most beloved teachers and to celebrate his role as a cherished poet, a mentor and a distinguished alumnus and professor.

Thursday, September 14 | 5 p.m.Wick Poetry Center126 S. Lincoln St., Kent, OH 44242

Free and open to all.

Register for the Dedication

As we continue to honor the gift of Maj's life, we invite you to an open poetry reading on the following day. We will gather at Last Exit Books and Coffeehouse to share a favorite poem by or about Maj.

Friday, September 15 | 7 p.m.Last Exit Books and Coffeehouse124 E. Main St., Kent, OH 44242

No registration required.


Thursday, August 10, 2023

Monday, July 31, 2023

South Euclid poets at the Bexley Bash August 1st

8/1 at 6 p.m., the Bexley Bash will present a reading by South Euclid poets John Burroughs, Shelley Chernin, Raja Belle Freeman, Amy Kesegich, Amanda Terman, Abdul Ghani, Akaiya Abdullah and our moderator, South Euclid Poet Laureate Doc Janning, at Bexley Park, 1630 Wrenford Road.

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Saturday, July 1, 2023

 Thoreau on being a poet

July 1, 1840 in Thoreau’s Journal:

The true poem is not that which the public read. There is always a poem not printed on paper, coincident with the production of this which is stereotyped in the poet’s life —is what he has become through his work…Let not the artist expect that his true work will stand in any prince’s gallery.

[How the poem transforms the poet}

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

 Turn Every Page documentary

Writer and editor friends. 

This is a fine study of the integrated roles of 

author and editor and publisher.

The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb

It proves both inspiring and insightful. 

You may have to rent it, but if you're a serious writer, it's worth it. 

Monday, June 19, 2023


Some of Larry Smith's books to sign at Visible Voice Bookstore
Saturday 4-7 pm with fellow Northern Ohio Writers
and Bottom Dog Press authors

Friday, June 16, 2023

Visible Voice Signing


Hi, folks...we Northern Ohio Writers are coming to 

Visible Voice Books (Tremont)
on Saturday June 24th at 4-7

Bottom Dog Press authors
Richard Norguard, Joel Rudinger, Larry Smith
with Emilia Rosa.

I will also have copies of our most recent 
Bottom Dog Press books:
In Plena - The Full Life: Collected Poems
by the late Timothy Russell

Thursday, June 8, 2023

The Price of a Small Hot Fire

Congratulations to Cleveland poet E.F. Schraeder, whose first full-length poetry collection, The Price of a Small Hot Fire, is being released this summer by Raw Dog Screaming Press.

A careful study on estrangement and loss, The Price of a Small Hot Fire excavates the archetypal horrors of monstrous motherhood, from abandonment and unsteady reconciliation to the grave. Experimental and intimate, E.F. Schraeder’s collection gives voice to a semi-autobiographical examination of a griefscape from a queer lens.

Pre-order a signed copy at https://rawdogscreaming.com/books/the-price-of-a-small-hot-fire/.

Advance praise: “E.F. Schraeder’s wonderful collection The Price of a Small Hot Fire is a gleaming poetic knife: strong, sharp, and heart-carving.”     – Lucy A. Snyder, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Exposed Nerves “Schraeder writes with teeth sharpened by decades of grit and despair; vicious and morose in equal measure.”
     – Anton Cancre, author of This Story Doesn’t End the Way We Want All the Time

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Timothy Russell

 Here, friends, are two fine Ohio poets 
whose work we are proud to share.
Tim passed away in Sept. 2021 and this is his collected poems
with photos, timeline, remembrance by wife Jodi,
and a fine introduction by Marc Harshman.
David J. Adams is very much with us and for us.
This is his New and Selected.
Both are at our web site and up on Amazon.

Join us in Sandusky for the book launch.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Resurrection Letter: Leonora, Her Tarot, and Me - 5/11 at Kaiser Gallery

Looking forward to Columbus poet Rikki Santer's book launch this Thursday, 5/11, at the Kaiser Gallery in Tremont.

Rikki Santer has always been a rad and ready wrangler of pop culture, an alchemist who is expert at excavating the universal and the personal in the popular and remixing it all into a glorious concoction that tingles the tongue as it reflects, refreshes and nourishes.


Wednesday, May 3, 2023

5/27 in Columbus and Online: the Ohio Poetry Association presents a Beat Poetry Workshop

May 27th, Ohio Beat Poet Laureate Sandra Feen and U.S. Beat Poet Laureate John Burroughs will present "You've Got the Beat," a unique Beat poetry workshop sponsored by the Ohio Poetry Association. Attend either online or in person at the Cooperative Chess Cultural Center in Columbus, Ohio. Please register at https://www.ohiopoetryassn.org/events.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

CLE Poetry Festival: April 21-22

From our friends at Literary Cleveland:

Draft new poems, advance your craft, meet publishers, and celebrate poetry with the best poets and editors in the city.

Join Literary Cleveland, CWRU English Department, CSU Poetry Center, Grieveland, and Mac's Backs Books for the Cleveland Poetry Festival April 21-22.

Spots are limited. Register here.

Monday, April 10, 2023

The CSU Poetry Center Turns Sixty!

From our friends at the Cleveland State University Poetry Center:

The CSU Poetry Center is celebrating 60 years this Friday--join us in celebrating over half a century of publishing, programming, & pedagogy!!!


Monday, April 3, 2023

Self-Publishing Roundtable, April 6th in South Euclid

Curious about or considering self-publishing? Join us this Thursday, 6 April at 7 pm, at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library for A Self-Publishing Roundtable featuring panelists

Juliet Cook (Blood Pudding Press publisher and co-author of Short Poems About Violence and Chickens),
Michelle R. Smith (Literary Cleveland Programming Associate and author of The Vagina Analogues), and
* John Burroughs (Crisis Chronicles Press publisher and  author of The Wrest of the Worthwhile).

Please register here: https://cuyahoga.libnet.info/event/7616134.

1876 S Green Road
South Euclid, Ohio 44121


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau