Orchard Street Press

The Orchard Street Press  is pleased to announce the publication of The Timekeeper’s Garden, the new chapbook by award-winning poet John P. (Jack) Kristofco.

Twenty-four of the book’s twenty-eight poems have appeared in various national poetry reviews and journals, including: Slant, The Cape Rock, Folio, Plainsongs, Sheepshead Review,  Sierra Nevada Review, Cimarron Review, Fourth River, snowy Egret, and Rattle.

Jeff Gundy, noted poet and faculty member at Bluffton University, says of The Timekeeper’s Garden: “Kristofco’s explorations of transience and permanence, of the stubborn things of this world…..are beautifully, deeply precise and vivid….and he offers all of this, clarified and transformed by his attentive, extravagant imagination.” Ann Howells, poet and editor of Illya’s Honey in Dallas, says that “these contemplative poems are simple in construct and profound in impact as the poet’s world is tempered through eyes of his adult self……you will nod, you will shake your head, you will smile, and you will return to these poems again.”

Susan Swartwout , author and editor of  the journals The Cape Rock and Big Muddy,  comments: “Putting recognizable truths under the powerful microscope of his years of writing and reflection, he (Kristofco) reminds us of Wordsworth’s notion that poetry ‘takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility……his vision and wisdom offer these universal images with compassion and understanding…”

Dr. Kristofco’s poetry and short stories have appeared in about two hundred different reviews and journals, and he has published two other poetry collections, A Box of Stones and Portraits From the Pilgrimage.  He has won awards for both his poetry and his stories, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times.

Jack  recently retired after serving in faculty and administrative roles at Cuyahoga Community College, Clark State Community College, Wright State University, and Wayne College where he served as Dean and Professor of English for fourteen years. He has taught classes in creative writing for the past twenty-five years. Jack was born and raised in Cleveland and holds degrees from John Carroll, Cleveland State, Wright State, and Ohio State. Jack lives in Highland Heights, Ohio (just east of Cleveland) with his wife Kathy.

The Timekeeper’s Garden is available for $7.00 (includes tax, shipping, and handling) from The Orchard Street Press; P.O. Box 280; Gates Mills, Ohio, 44040; 330-264-7733;

Orchard721@gmail.com


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