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John Burroughs

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Cover of 6/9: Improvisations in Dependence by John Burroughs, aka Jesus Crisis, published on July 4th 2009 by Crisis Chronicles Press

John Burroughs (b. 17 September 1966), aka Jesus Crisis, is a poet, playwright, composer, event host and publisher from Elyria, Ohio. Since 2012, he has made his home in Cleveland. His works have appeared in dozens of print and online publications and ten musical stageplays he either wrote or co-wrote were commissioned by the State of Ohio and performed by prisoners as community service between 1996 and 2001. Founder (n 2008) of Crisis Chronicles Press and the Crisis Chronicles Cyber Litmag, Burroughs co-hosted (with Dianne Borsenik) the Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza at several locations in the Cleveland area and is currently writing a book about his experiences in and out of the justice system. He also founded Poets of Lorain County, under whose auspices he hosted PoetryElyria at Jim's Coffeehouse and other venues in Elyria and a monthly poetry event at the Avon Lake Public Library. Burroughs served briefly as the Ohio Poetry Association's webmaster pro tem and contributes irregularly to the O.P.A. and Cleveland Poetics blogs. He also maintains a comprehensive Northeast Ohio poetry calendar on his website. Co-founder of the annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest, Burroughs has read and performed across Michigan, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. He currently hosts the Monday at Mahall's Poetry & Prose Series the first Monday of each month at a bowling alley in Lakewood, Ohio.

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