His bio on Goodreads said
Founder/publisher/editor of The Poet's Haven, slamministrator of the Lake Effect Poetry Team, founder of Envelit (a subscription-box program featuring poetry chapbooks), 2016 Presidential candidate (on the Nemesis Party ticket), and would-be world-conqueror.
|Vertigo Xi'an Xavier|
Surprisingly, in a community filled with poets of enormous ego and even larger self-promotions, Vertigo all about promoting other peoples' poetry--he was tireless in setting up readings, but very modest about his own poetry-- on rare occasion you might persuade him to read one of his own poems (and some of them were quite good), but much more commonly he was out front promoting everybody else.
He loved poetry, and devoted his life to promoting it in every way he could.
He will be remembered.
He will be missed.
- Juliet Cook: "A Very Sad Loss" (also at NEOpoets)
- John Burroughs: "Fair thee well, Vertigo Xi'an Xavier"
- Chris Cicirella Vertigo
- Video bio at Writing Knights
- Clevelandpoetics (from 2013): "The Hardest Working Man in Poetry"
*(I once heard somebody claim that The Poet's Haven was the second-longest-running poetry site on the web; but Vertigo corrected me on that: fourth-longest. I wonder what the longest running one is?)