Friday, May 22, 2015

Steve Brightman says History, Too, Is A Simple Machine.

It's going to be a glorious weekend here in northern Ohio, and what better way to celebrate than a fantastic new chapbook of poetry by Steve Brightman?  History, Too, Is a Simple Machine has arrived, flaming-hot off the press, on the NightBallet shelves!

History, Too, Is a Simple Machine boasts a stunning cover photograph taken by Ohio artist/poet/photographer Kevin Eberhardt of his original art piece, "The Simple Machine."  (Eberhardt was calling it "Untitled" and graciously gave editor Dianne Borsenik permission to name it.  I'm truly honored to have done so.)

History, Too, Is a Simple Machine contains 36 pages of 28 poems. The cover is a textured ivory, and the thick cardstock insert is a rich goldenrod yellow. The text is printed on textured ivory paper.

The titles of the poems alone are intriguing; they tempt you to turn the pages, step inside the Wonderful World of Brightman, and discover such gems as "Wild Honey in There," "The History of Coaxial Cable," "And Radius Is," "Upon the Snout," "Tracing the Perforation," and of course, " History, Too, Is a Simple Machine."  Brightman's poetry is addicting; the more you read, the more you want!

Steve Brightman, a prolific poet who writes every day, lives in Akron, Ohio.  He firmly believes in two seasons: winter and baseball.  About his biography, he says "Short version: my writing is my author statement.  Long version: my writing is definitely my author statement."  His first full-length collection, The Wild Gospel of Careening and Other Sermons from the Rumble Strip, was recently released by Red Orchid Publishing. NBP has published two previous chapbooks of poetry for Brightman: Sometimes, Illinois, and, based on a season of the Cleveland Indians, In Brilliant Explosions AloneBoth are available through this website, and on Amazon. 

                                           photo by Christina Brooks, used with permission

History, Too, Is a Simple Machine is only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling, and is available right here on this website!  Get your copy today!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Andy Roberts and the Pencil Pusher!

NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to announce the publication of the second NightBallet Press title by Ohioan Andy Roberts:  Pencil Pusher!
                                          cover photo by Jeffrey Alfier, used with permission

Pencil Pusher
is a gritty, honest look at the life of a blue collar working man.  It's a poem with its finger on the pulse of addiction.  It's an eye on the trials of growing up poor.  It's "How I Loved Myself On Drugs" and "How I Learned To Play Guitar," it's "Daddy Wasn't Much On Brains" and "The Way They Never Laughed At Home." 
Officially published  and released to the public on Tuesday, April 28, Pencil Pusher is 32 pages long with 23 poems printed on creamy ivory paper.  The cover, a pale tan with a steel-blue cardstock insert, boasts a handsome photo taken by Jeffrey Alfier; the subject of the photo is the shuttered Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee. 

Andy Roberts, a skilled storyteller and accomplished writer, is shown here reading poems from Pencil Pusher at Sips coffeehouse in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He has had poems appear in many small press journals over the last thirty years, including Albatross, Atlanta Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Mudfish, and Slipstream (with a 2014 Pushcart Prize nomination for his poem "Walking to Iceland").  Previous chapbooks include Who's On My Land, Ditch Duty, and Ghost Notes & Candle Smoke (Pudding House Publications), and The Green World (NightBallet Press).

Pencil Pusher is only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling.  It's available right here on the website, plus it's available on Amazon.  Get your copy today! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kathleen Cerveny is COMING TO TERMS!

As we continue to celebrate National Poetry Month, NightBallet Press is very excited to announce the publication of Coming to Terms by Cleveland Heights poet and visual artist Kathleen Cerveny!
Coming to Terms is Cerveny's first collection of poems.  Containing 56 pages of 41 poems in a narrative arc, Coming to Terms is passionate and visceral.  Titles suggest the alchemy that sparkles and sizzles throughout:

"Falling Asleep at the Shoreline of a Pond"
"Too Much and Not Enough"
"Unaccustomed as I was to public orgasms,"
"Trigger Point"
"How to Build a Fire"
"My Father Climbed a Mountain Every Day"
"Waiting for the Mouse to Die"
"The centipedes in my shower"
"Leavesand Leaving"

In her poems,

Birds drop shards of broken song
into the afternoon like chips of flint.

A broken shell
reveals its spiraled stair.

Her "Forsythia" is (excerpt):

Waterfall of honeyed promise
                  Buttered signal flags of April
                                                Bangled arms of gypsy dancers

For prancing, can-can galaxy
                 canary-spangled chorus line
                                   For kicking up the day

These poems wink at you, sharing secrets and self-discovery.  They remember, reflect, reveal, rejoice, anticipate, question, and dream.  They bewitch. They breathe fire.  They whisper in your ear.  They sing arias. 
Kathleen Cerveny is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art (BFA) and of the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Creative Writing Program (MFA).  During the 1970s and ’80s Kathleen exhibited her ceramics locally and nationally.  From 1987-90 she was Cleveland Public Radio’s first producer and broadcast journalist for the arts, winning more than 15 top awards and producing many features for National Public Radio.  Since 1991 Kathleen has been the Director of Arts Initiatives for the Cleveland Foundation, the country’s first community foundation. 

Her poems have appeared in the Southern New Hampshire University Journal: Amoskeag, the e-journal Shaking Like a Mountain, and in journals published by Pudding House Press, among others.  A poem of Kathleen’s was selected for inclusion in an anthology published by Future Cycle Press, Poems for Malala Yousafzai.  Kathleen is the 2014 recipient of the Robert Bergman Award from the Cleveland Arts Prize, and is the 2013-15 Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights.

Coming to Terms is printed on textured snow-white paper, with a textured white cardstock cover and a lilac-lavender cardstock insert.  The gorgeous cover photo was taken by New York poet and photographer George Wallace. You can pick up a copy for yourself, have it signed, and hear the poet read her own work at several upcoming events! 

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Kathleen Cerveny will be the featured poet at  the Third Thursday reading at the Root Café, 852 W. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 7:30 PM, with an open mic to follow. This is the public debut of Coming to Terms, and the first time she'll be reading from the book.

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 Kathleen will be doing her farewell reading as Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights, accompanied by Jeanne Marie Beaumont, her mentor from the University of Southern Maine, Stonecoast Creative Writing Program.  The event will be held at 7:30 PM at Heights Arts, 2175 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (216-371-3457).

On Monday, May 4, 2015, Kathleen will be one of the featured readers at Monday at Mahall's in Lakewood, Ohio. The event will start at 7:30pm; the address is Mahall's, 13200 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio, with an open mic to follow.  Co-feature is Stephen Haven.  NightBallet Press will be there with Kathleen's Coming to Terms, as well as a selection of other recent NBP publications!

If you are unable to attend these readings, you may purchase a copy of Coming to Terms right here for only $10 plus $4, or through Amazon.  The link to PayPal is below; order your copy today!

Friday, April 3, 2015

NightBallet Press Celebrates National Poetry Month 2015!

April is National Poetry Month, and NightBallet Press couldn't be more excited about it!  We have several exciting announcements and upcoming publications to celebrate our love of, passion for, and dedication to poetry:
NightBallet Press is thrilled to announce that Cleveland will host an event for the National Beat Poetry Festival in September of this year!

"The National Beat Poetry Festival, as a non-profit organization, is dedicated to hosting, collaborating, and fostering joint partnerships for Beat-themed poetry readings, workshops, plays, radio shows and much more, locally and across America...and even internationally at times.  The collaborations and joint partnerships extend to individuals, organizations, and representatives of universities and colleges. NBPF supports the further development and exposure of non-traditional poetry from people of all ages and backgrounds within communities where interest is significant and/or where interest needs support. The Beat Generation's significant writings and history of its original prime movers lives on from its inception in the early 1940's, and its legacy continues today by way of new writers, poets and artists of disparate influences and means of expression. The NBFP is committed to not only supporting venues in existence, but also in developing new venues where cultural preservation and the works of new artists can show yesterday meeting the living voices of today. NBFP's activities promote literacy and open exchange dialogue which incorporates the Beat history and art at its base, to break boundaries and bridge cultures with new thought, ideas, and free expression."

Confirmed participating cities and states, with the administrators of the events in parentheses, include

Connecticut (Festival Headquarters, Free Poets Collective)
Massachusetts (Lori Desrosiers)
New York City (Nicole Goodwin)
Indiana (William Sovern)
Kansas City, Missouri (Jason Ryberg)
Pittsburgh, PA (Jim D. Deuchars)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Amelia Matus)
Long Island, NY (Kat Lamberg)
Berkeley, CA (Harold Adler)
Oklahoma (Benjamin Myers)
Fredonia, NY (Vincent Quatroche)
San Luis Obispo, CA (Kevin Patrick Sullivan)
Chicago, IL (Charlie Newman)
Clearwater, FL (Larry Jaffe)
West Virginia  (William DeVault)
Poland (Anna Zapalska)
Mumbai, India (Sunil Sharma)
Cleveland (Dianne Borsenik)

This is going to be BIG, and we are especially pleased and honored to represent the Festival in Cleveland, home of d. a. levy.  "As poet, artist and publisher, d.a. levy was an important literary and underground figure in Cleveland's emerging poetry and small/alternative press scene in the early 1960s and continued to be until his untimely death in 1968."  (Read more about levy HERE)

We will post more details as the Cleveland event's location and featured poets are confirmed.  But one thing is certainCleveland will feel the BEAT this coming September!  And we want YOU to plan on being a part of Cleveland's heartBeat!
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Margie Shaheed's recently published Onomatopoeia received a wonderful review from Lorraine Currelley at Mom Egg Review.  Currelley writes:

"I became a passenger on a journey of exploding colors, passion and emotions. Stopping to digest and to breathe in familiar experiences and images. Margie Shaheed’s poems and stories pull at you, demanding your full attention."  


Check out Onomatopoeia HERE.

Read the entire Mom Egg review of Onomatopoeia HERE!

And if you have the opportunity to hear Margie Shaheed read, don't miss it...she is an exciting and dynamic poet!

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NightBallet plans on publishing several books this month of April, so you'll want to keep an eye out for new work by Ohioans Kathleen Cerveny (Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights 2013-2014) and Steve Brightman, and New Yorker Alan Catlin!

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Be sure to check the Cleveland Poetics Blog Calendar for local poetry events.  Check out Cuyahoga County Public Library's daily poem and poetry prompt at Read + Write: 30 Days of PoetryWrite a poem.  Attend a reading.  Buy a book.  Hug a poet.  Join with us in celebrating the glorious art of poetry!

Sunday, March 22, 2015


NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to present Lyn Lifshin's new book, Moving Thru Stained GlassThe Maple Poems!

Moving Thru Stained GlassThe Maple Poems explores the sweet, sticky, and stunningly colorful world of the maple tree.  Moving through the stained glass of "violet, amber, and rubies on flame", Lifshin explores the discovery of maple syrup by the Iroquois and Algonquins, taps into her own childhood memories, and follows the transformation of the seasons through "burnt copper" and "ice crystals" to the clanging of sap buckets and "sun-colored juice". 


sometimes it's like
the way light moves
thru stained glass
or jars of honey
or maple syrup,
turning the gray
Monday bright,
pulling beauty
thru the room,
turning whatever
moves thru
it magical.

Moving Thru Stained GlassThe Maple Poems is 36 pages long, and features a beautifully-rendered cover phototaken by New York poet George Wallaceprinted on creamy-ivory cardstock.  The cardstock insert is a warm burnt orange, and the text is printed on thick, textured, pale champagne-colored paper. The 27 poems are pure Lifshin, entrancing and transforming the reader as her thematic spell weaves its way through the pages. 

The legendary Lyn Lifshin has written more than 125 books and chapbooks; her poems have appeared in most of the poetry and literary magazines in the US.  She won the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss the Skin Off, and has been praised by Robert Frost, Ken Kesey, and Richard Eberhart.  She is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Not Made of Glass.  Recent books include Knife Edge and Absinthe—The Tango Poems (NBP) and Tangled as the Alphabet—The Istanbul Poems (NBP), A Girl Goes Into the Woods (NYQ Books), and Femme Eterna (Glass Lyre Press).
bio photo by Jae Robinson, used with permission

Available now, Moving Thru Stained GlassThe Maple Poems is only $10 plus $3 shipping/handling, directly from NightBallet Press...just use this PayPal button to purchase!  This book is also on Amazon!

If you want even more Lifshin—and who doesn't?— you may purchase her previous NightBallet Press books here (and I'll throw in some extra goodies, as well!):

   Knife Edge and Absinthe—The Tango Poems

  Tangled as the Alphabet—The Istanbul Poems

Join NightBallet Press as we move through the marvelous and magical stained glass world of the one and only Lyn Lifshin!  Buy your copy of Moving Thru Stained GlassThe Maple Poems today!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Shaheed's ONOMATOPOEIA Snaps-Crackles-Pops-Bangs-and-Sizzles!

In celebration of Black History Month, NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to announce the publication of Margie Shaheed's second book of poetry, Onomatopoeia!

Onomatopoeia bursts into the scene with the very special snap that characterizes Shaheed's poetry.  Askia M. Touré, winner of the 1989 American Book Award in Poetry, has written:

“Margie Shaheed’s sonorous chapbook Onomatopoeia is a subtle though visionary chant to life’s sacred essence, clad in the colloquial rhythms of the ordinary working people in America’s contemporary inner cities.  She uses such everyday tasks as catching the bus to bring the reader face-to-face with cultural experiences which are often hidden by the sensational headlines of the corporate media.  In her often dramatic urban serenades, the black, brown and beige folks come center stage to share their tortured brilliance, subtle language and survival wisdom with a spiritually starved world.  I look forward to future sagas from this gifted cultural shaman.”

Onomatopoeia is 32 pages long and contains 21 poems.  These poems are story and recollection, celebration and protest, gift and reclamation.  Shaheed tells of "Catching the Bus" and "Overheard Conversation", of "American Wildfire: Ferguson, Missouri" and "Rhyme and Rituals". 

Margie Shaheed's first book, Mosaic, published by NightBallet Press in 2013, has drawn widespread interest across the United States, and to date has sold nearly one thousand copies.  Dr. Mary Weems of Cleveland wrote this (part of a review for Ohioana Quarterly) after reading the poems in Mosaic

"These are the poems of a storyteller clearly connected to her African ancestry, oral tradition, and the history of Black people  in America."
Margie Shaheed is a community poet, writer, and dynamic performance artist who conducts creative writing workshops for children and adults in a variety of settings, including traditional classrooms, libraries, theaters, and community arts centers.  Believing poetry to be a tool for personal healing, she also conducts poetry workshops in clinical settings, including community health centers and outpatient substance abuse programs.  Her work has also been published in Essence Magazine, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, The Mom Egg Review, Blackberry: A Magazine, and online at
Femficātiō, Split This Rock, and TimBook Tu.

NightBallet Press congratulates Shaheed on winning the 2014 Hidden Charm Press Poetry Chapbook Contesther book of poetry The Playground will be published by Hidden Charm Press in June 2015and on having her anthropological nonfiction book Tongue Shakers: Interviews and Narratives on Speaking Mother Tongue in a Multicultural Society accepted for publication by Hamilton Books!


Photo taken at Ohioana 2014 by Julie Moore, used with permission.
Shaheed, who presented on a panel at Ohioana, is holding her previous NBP collection, Mosaic.

Printed on crisp white paper, with a white cardstock cover and pine green cardstock insert, Onomatopoiea is a steal at only $10 plus $3 shipping/handling.  It is available for purchasing beginning TODAY, Friday February 20, 2015 through PayPal right here in this posting, or on Amazon.  Get it now, as her books tend to sell out quickly...and you don't want to miss a single sizzle of this exciting new collection!

But wait!  Before you buy, you might want to read the paragraphs below, treat yourself and save some money!

NightBallet Press recently celebrated Cleveland poet RA Washington.  His collection of poems and essays in The Paris Notebooks details a Black man's recent sojourn in Paris.  Washington, a Cleveland icon, is a vibrant poet, musician, theorist, and much more. 

Sam Allard of Scene Magazine has written:

"The bookshelves at Guide to Kulture aren't just stocked, they're curated.  RA Washington has...been rocking and rolling at the helm of he westside's coolest book-and- culture warehouse for more than a year.  It's certainly much more than a bookstore.  Washington sells and repairs antique typewriters and has made the shop's basement a co-op workshop for the creation of 'zines.  The basement is also where the readings and performances go downCleveland's version of a Parisian salon."

As a Black History Month special offer, NightBallet Press is making both Onomatopoeia by Margie Shaheed and The Paris Notebooks by RA Washington available for only $15 postage free through this PayPal link—get the Yin and the Yang of the Cleveland poetry scene in one envelope!  And we'll even throw in some freebie publications from other local presses.  Be sure to use this PayPal link for your purchase of both books.

Friday, January 23, 2015

SO DAMN SURE OF US poems by Bree...debuting at Snoetry 5 in Erie PA!

NightBallet Press is inordinately pleased at being able to announce the publication of so damn sure of us by Bree! 

so damn sure of us is the third NBP publication in this
New Year...and we will be releasing the book tomorrow at SNOETRY: A Winter Wordfest 5!

Saturday, January 24, 2015 is the fifth Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest celebration produced by Lix & Kix poetry partners John Burroughs and Dianne Borsenik.  This mega-event, which is coproduced with the Erie County Poet Laureate Initiative, will be held at the Avalon Hotel in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Featured poets from several states will be reading from 1pm to 11pm.  Among them will be Bree, who will have copies of her brand new book!

so damn sure of us is a 48 page book containing 37 poems by the one and only Bree.  The leatherette-textured ivory cover (with a woodsy-brown cardstock insert) boasts a lovely photo taken by Chansonette Buck.  The text is printed on creamy ivory paper.  The poems are mystical and magical, with intriguing titles such as "Big & Little Clifties", "Times New Roaming", "o i am in love with an ideal madly", "i wunder why a poet misspells sumtimes?", and "relax, nothing is under control".  Bree engages the reader with images conveyed through a distinct language that flows musically...her words beg to be taken on the tongue and savored.


Bree, from Pleasureville, Kentucky, is a poet, memoirist, artist and publisher with long-time ties to Cleveland, Ohio.  Since 2001 her Green Panda Press has put out chapbooks and anthologies.  Her work has appeared widely, including in magazines like Big Bridge, Arthur, ArtCrimes, and many others.  Crisis Chronicles Press published two volumes of her song lyrics.  Explore more at her Green Panda Press blog.

If you are attending Snoetry, you may purchase a copy of so damn sure of us directly from Bree.  Plus, BONUS, you can catch her featured performance there!

NightBallet Press will also have copies of Bree's book, along with other tasty poetry tomes, at Snoetry.  If you are unable to attend Snoetry, so damn sure of us is for sale on Amazon, or better yet, purchase a copy NOW through PayPal right here on this website - only $10 plus $3 shipping!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Our World Is Spinning with ROTATIONS by Jake St. John!

NightBallet Press is very pleased to present a book that will spin you "right 'round baby right 'round":
Rotations by Jake St. John!

cover photo by George Wallace, used with permission
Rotations by Connecticut poet Jake St. John is a 20 page book that contains, as John Dorsey has written, "daily offerings in the act of living".  St. John takes you on a walk through beautifully written meditations and reflections as he explores the world around him.  Don't be deceived by the brevity of this collection; St. John packs a punch of insight with every line. 

Dorsey writes about Rotations:

"Taken piece by piece the gems in Rotations may feel like pebbles in our shoes, but they are merely parts of a whole, meant to be experienced together and then sent back out into the world. This collection of daily offerings in the act of living is anything but routine. In fact, every time I go back to them they move just a little bit, changing color like fallen leaves. That’s all any of us can ask for, a little excitement from time to time as we walk down the street and around the corners of the sky we’ve chosen to dance beneath and maybe a few words of wisdom for all of our restless nights, this book is full of them, it will leave you changed like the seasons. At least I think so."

Jake St. John is the author of several collections of poetry and pamphlet poems, including I Talked to the Moon (Wandering Head, 2012), Looking for Sunflowers (Good Cop/Bad Cop, 2012), and Change of Address (Unarmed, 2010). His work has appeared in numerous literary and arts magazines, such as The Blue Collar Review, Big Hammer, and The People's Tribune.  Since 2007 he has served as the editor of Elephant and co-editor of Flying Fish.  A truly excellent video of St. John reading his poetry can be found here.

photo by Colleen St. John, used with permission

Rotations is printed on crisp white paper; the cover is a two-toned gray cardstock with a dark charcoal cardstock insert.  The striking cover photo is artistically rendered by NY poet George Wallace (no stranger to NightBallet Press readers!). 

Rotations is available beginning today, January  20, 2015, for only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling. The best way to experience this book is by going to a Jake St. John reading and having the poet sign a copy for you, but if you are unable to make that journey, you may order from this website through PayPal.  The book will also be available on Amazon.  Begin your journey, hand in hand with St. John, today!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

RA Washington and The Paris Notebooks...très bon!

It is both an honor and a privilege to announce NightBallet's first 2015 publication: 
The Paris Notebooks by Cleveland's own RA Washington!

RA Washington, an iconic figure in the Cleveland poetry scene, is a true Renaissance man.  He is poet, novelist, artist, editor, publisher, musician, entrepreneur, DJ, helmsman at Guide to Kulchur, and so much more.  Sam Allard did a beautiful piece on Washington in Scene Magazine in June of last year (you can read it here).  In the article, Allard says:

"The bookshelves at Guide to Kulchur aren't just stocked, they're curated.  RA Washington has...been rocking and rolling at the helm of the westside's coolest book-and-culture warehouse for more than a year.  It's certainly much more than a bookstore.  Washington sells and repairs antique typewriters and has made the shop's basement a co-op workshop for
the creation of 'zines.  The basement is also where the readings and performances go downCleveland's version of a Parisian salon."

Which leads us to The Paris Notebooks, a series of poems and essays based on his visit to Paris in 2013.  The pieces fearlessly comment on culture (both French and American), justice, relationships, identity, and the fruitless pursuit of tabac with the wry humor and clear vision that characterizes Washington's work. 

If you have the chance to hear RA Washington read, by all means, do so!  He is a powerhouse of words and a masterful performer.  If you are really lucky, you might get to hear him read Tabac (a personal favorite of NBP's)!
The Paris Notebooks is 28 pages long, and contains 12 poems/essays.  Published today, January 18, 2015, it is available for immediate purchase for only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling. 

Or, you can swing by Guide to Kulchur at 1386 West 65th Street in Cleveland, Ohio (Tues, Wed, Thurs 1pm-9pm, Fri 12 noon- 1am, Sat 1pm-9pm, Sun 1pm-6pm) and have the man himself sign a copy for you!  While you're there, check out the wide selection of books published by various Cleveland-area small's a truly awesome collection, and all for sale!  NightBallet Press supports and celebrates the independent bookstore!

Again, folks, get yourself a copy of The Paris Notebooks by RA'll be glad you did!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Beginning of the Year Address: Updates and Upcoming!


Hello dear friends, and welcome to NightBallet's Beginning of the Year Address!  We've turned over the last calendar page of 2014 and begun a brand-new year.  These are exciting times here at NightBallet Press, and it's all because of YOU!                  
We are very pleased and extremely honored to announce that Pittsburgh Magazine's January 2015 issue contains an article by Kris Collins about the five Pittsburgh titles NBP released back in summer of 2014:

NB Publishes the Work of 5 Local Poets by Kris Collins (Pittsburgh Magazine-Jan 2015 issue)

The five Pittsburgh poets are Jason Baldinger, Jason Irwin, Karen Lillis, Heather McNaugher, and Nikki Allen.  Check it out!  Thank you Kris Collins for the great article, and thank you Karen Lillis for suggesting these books for review to Kris!


Four poems from The Paul Simon Project by Karen Lillis are featured in Fusion Magazine: HERE


We've had a lot of great reviews (will post more as I find them in my emails):

Review of Irwin's Where You Are by CL Bledsoe (Revolution John Magazine)

Review of Lillis' The Paul Simon Project by Michael Fournier (Cabildo Quarterly)

Review of Litzky's Jerry in the Bardo by Mindy Kronenberg (Mom Egg Review)

Review of Burroughs' The Eater of the Absurd by Kristin D. Scott (Knot Magazine)

Our books now appear as part of the permanent collections in both the Ohioana Library (Columbus, OH), and the Lockwood Library (University of Buffalo).   


Big congrats to Margie Shaheed, who has sold over 800 copies of her chapbook Mosaic!  NightBallet Press first published Mosaic in May of 2013, and Margie has ordered at least 40 copies a month since then, spreading her poetry throughout Ohio, Tennessee, and New York.  I wish we could bottle her magic!

NightBallet Press now uses a local professional print shop for our covers, Elyria Print and Copy LLC, instead of a big-box store's printing services.  We are getting more personalized service, and the print jobs are consistently excellent.  I strongly urge you to use small-business services wherever possible; they are unbeatable and invaluable!


We've had a lot of outside individual orders for titles, and we've had a lot of orders for reprints. This means our poets are out there doing readings and advertising their product.  I've been very busy doing the actual printing, which has slowed down my working on new titles.  But the upswing of it is that more and more people are buying NBP titles, and we are succeeding in getting the Poetry Word out there!

Thank you, thank you, to all the wonderful people who have made this past year a huge success:  you, the poets who have entrusted me with your fine...nay, outstanding!, and you, the (obviously discriminating!) readers who have supported us through buying books and attended featured readings by NBP authors.  A big thank you to the artists and photographers who have given us permission to use your work on our covers and helped to make us look so classy.  A bear hug and thank you to you who have sent donations to support the press throughout this past year...I appreciate you, from the bottom of my heart.


We've had several inquiries about one-year subscriptions, so as a SPECIAL THANK YOU for your support, I am making the NightBallet Press Season Four titles available to you as a one-year subscription for only $100.00 (one hundred dollars).  For this one-time payment of one hundred dollars, you will receive a copy of each and every NBP title, as they are published, between September 2014 and September 2015, including the Lipsmack! anthology to be published in September 2015.  This will include the already-published George Wallace's Riding with Boom Boom and Russ Green's Gimme Back My Radio (published Oct 2014), plus brand new books (scheduled) by

Lyn Lifshin,
RA Washington,
Alan Catlin,
Geoffrey Landis,
Mary Turzillo,
Andy Roberts,
Kathleen Cerveny,
Connie Everett,
Margie Shaheed,
Marisa Moks-Unger,
Steve Brightman,
John Burroughs,
Jake St. John,

and who knows who else!  Postage is included with this special offer.  Many of these books will be selling individually for $10 plus $4 shipping/handling, so you can see where the savings can be had in purchasing a one-year subscription.  I guarantee your money's worth!  The subscription button appears at the top of the right column.  (Please inquire if you wish a subscription to any previous year, and I'm sure we can work it out.)

If you know of any reviews I've missed or special events I should report, please let me know at  Thank you thank you thank you, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I can't wait to see what this year has in store!