Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hold onto something! HURRICANE MOUTH is here!

Hold on to your hats this breezy month of April, because Hurricane Mouth is here!

NightBallet Press continues to celebrate and honor National Poetry Month by publishing a second chapbook in as many weeks, and we are enormously proud to present
Hurricane Mouth by Amanda Oaks!

Hurricane Mouth is a 40 page chapbook of 25 poems by Pennsylvanian poet Amanda Oaks.  Oaks is the founding editor of Words Dance Publishing, and her work has appeared widely, including in Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Glamour, Elle, and Artful Blogging.  Check out her website at, and her publishing at

photo (c) Casey Rearick, used with permission

  Amanda Oaks at Snoetry 4 in Cleveland, Ohio 2014  

Oaks "believes in our collective & creative freedom & enjoys laughing more than most anything."  Her beautiful spirit shines throughout the 25 fascinating and accomplished poems in  Hurricane Mouth.  In "How to Pick Up the Pieces", she writes

You will outgrow this.  You are lion's
teeth.  You are medicine tongue.
Your roots are resilience.  When
you have your heart under a
magnifying glass the only thing
left to do is sing for the sun &
light yourself on fire.  Be ready
for the next good gust but
remember that you are not
a candle.  You are not a match.
You are a goddamn wildfire.

The text of Hurricane Mouth is printed on soft, brilliant-white paper, and the cover is a textured ivory cardstock with a sandstone brown cardstock insert.  The cover art features a photograph of a fragment of a much larger beautiful and highly unusual mosaic created by Cleveland artist Colleen Fraser. Check out the entire mosaic at Stone Mad Pub, 1306 W. 65th Street, Cleveland, Ohio!  Permission to use the mosaic art was graciously granted by Eileen Sammon, co-owner of Stone Mad Pub.

Get Hurricane Mouth and be blown away by its amazing poetry!  Buy Hurricane Mouth through PayPal right here on this website, or order it on Amazon! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Let There Be Light...Let There Be Lumière!

To kick off this glorious National Poetry Month of April,  NightBallet Press is pleased to present Lumière, a brand new book of poems by New York surrealist poet John Thomas Allen!
Lumière, a 56 page book, contains 40 poems that are, in the poet's words, "a hybrid of orthodox surrealism and spiritual transcendence".  Of Allen's work, it has been said:
"The soul is conscious in this new voice, and John wears a rosary around his neck. Real as Albany, his infra-surrealism is growing and growling."

David Shapiro, author of David Shapiro: New and Collected Poems, Abstract Expressionism

“The work of John Thomas Allen reflects a mature, distinct and unique poetic voice.  There is an unusual courage of insight and clarity into what many of us would rather look away from.  Enjoy this young poet’s itinerant voice.”

Julian Semilian, author of  Osiris with a Trombone Across the Seam of Insubstance, Transgender Organ Grinder

John Thomas Allen, a 30 year old poet from upstate New York, is the head of a group of poets called "Noveau's Midnight Sun" inspired by the work of Andrew Joron, Philip Lamantia, David Shapiro, Adam Francis Cornford, Lee Ballentine, John Olson, and Will Alexander.  His previous chapbook The Other Guy is avail from Amazon and Crisis Chronicles Press.

One of this editor's favorite poems in Lumière is "The Virgin Is Burning Under the Sign of the Hourglass":

The Virgin Is Burning Under the Sign of the Hourglass
 —for Philip Lamantia

In the hourglass
her waistband undone
In the earthquake her hands
clap above ground wax cartoon gloves
In a gold sepia dream she is spinning
In wax oysters spat red with hue she is turning
In the aeons of the dying swans skirt is the timekeeper
In the chambers of a child's handgun
she turns
In the hourglass she burns a cap of midnight vapor she steals it
In the clown's silver eyes she turns the lock
In the magnet balls she gyrates Salve
Salve a twinkletoe geometry is born
In the skirt of basketball nets she crochets new diamond
Salve the Virgin Burns
In the Sign of the Hourglass Breaking
Salve the hexes of a lonely werewolf's cry she turns the volubles
She spins in the moon pale with corduroy buttons
in the clown's funeral suit
She burns in vignettes of black sand and deep purple smoke machines
Salve, combustus in bytes of chiaroscuro
Salve, moonlight maiden she locks the lunar hatchets in the dead yo yo
Salve, combustible maiden!

Lumière is printed on creamy textured soft white paper, and has a matching creamy textured cardstock cover.  The thick cardstock insert is a deep chocolate brown. 

Lumière is available for only $10 plus $4 shipping and handling, through PayPal here on the NightBallet Press website, and also on Amazon.  I just know that Salvador Dali would be standing in line for this surrealist Voice.  Get your copy today!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It's THE GREEN WORLD for the Spring Equinox!

Yes, we here at NightBallet Press are celebrating a glorious St. Patrick's Day and approaching spring equinox with the publication of
The Green World by Andy Roberts!

NightBallet is enormously pleased to present The Green World, which is a landmark publication for our is the 50th book we've published! (Horns, drums, confetti, cheering!)

The Green World  features a beautiful cover photograph by Tucson artist Elizabeth A. Soroka and contains twenty-three poems by Columbus-area poet Andy Roberts.  Roberts' three previous chapbooks were published by Pudding House Press, and we are very pleased to have him join us at NightBallet.  A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Roberts has had poems appear in hundreds of small press journals over the last twenty-five years, including Atlanta Review, Coal City Review, Common Ground Review, Fulcrum, Hiram Poetry Review, Ilya’s Honey, Lake Effect, Mudfish, Parting Gifts, Plainsongs, San Jose Studies, Slipstream, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Third Wednesday, and many others. 

The Green World is thirty-two pages long, with a dove-white cardstock cover and a rich forest green cardstock insert.  The text is printed on brilliant white cotton paper.  But it's the poems within that make this book so gorgeous.  In them, Roberts explores "this greenfooted world" with a loving eye, a gentle voice, and an accomplished hand.  From wildflowers to redwoods, from bees to blue jays, and from creeks to thunderstorms, he turns daily observations into introspections that will soothe your soul and fill you with a yearning for nature's sweet green embrace.

Available beginning March 18, 2014, The Green World is only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling. right here on the NightBallet website and also at Amazon!  Go Green and check it out today!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

On the INTERSTATE with Douglas Cole!

NightBallet Press is delighted to announce the first publication in this new year of 2014,
Interstate by Douglas Cole!

Interstate by Douglas Cole features a stunning cover photo of the South Satiam River in Oregon, taken by Tracey and Sarah Hiser, printed on creamy cardstock with an olive cardstock insert.  The chapbook contains 32 pages of 18 poems, printed on soft white paper matching the cover cardstock.

Of the poems in this book, David Bates, editor of My Favorite Bullet, says:

"The poetic institution that nature's elemental beauty somehow trumps humanity's complexity in meaning is an exploding myth. Interstate takes us on a “blind drive” into the emotional geography of the American Northwest, where nature continues to recover from it's own volcanic self-destruction. Cole's journey--in his car, in motel rooms, in campgrounds--initially seems a final grab at the idea that there is simple reason in the mountain, and simply chaos in the city. But this conceit fails to his credit. Anxiety and tranquility are not mutually exclusive. And the black highway between the two is where these poems live."

Through poems like "Map of the Cascades", "All Rivers Are One", "Indian River", and "Holy River Gorge", Cole takes us on a trip of discovery across the interstates of road, river, and reflection.  And believe me, this is one trip you won't want to miss.

Curtis Harrell, poetry editor of VISIONS, a Journal of the Arts, says "Douglas Cole's crystalline images propel his poetry down the page like water flowing down a fountain."

Douglas Cole, who lives in Seattle, Washington, has had work appear in Red Rock Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, and Midwest Quarterly.  He is a recipient of the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry for a selection called, “The Open Ward,” as well as a Best of Poetry Award from Clapboard House and First Prize in the “Picture Worth 500 Words” poetry contest by Tattoo Highway.  He teaches writing and literature at Seattle Central College, where he is also the advisor for the literary journal, Corridors.

Interstate is available to order beginning now right here at NightBallet (see the column to the right of this post), directly through PayPal, and also is listed for sale on Amazon.  Take a ride with Douglas Cole today!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Jennifer Hambrick emerges UNSCATHED!

Ohio poet Jennifer Hambrick emerges Unscathed,  and NightBallet Press is there to see it happen!


NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to present Unscathed, the brand new debut chapbook by Jennifer Hambrick!

Unscathed is a 32 page chapbook of 26 poems, and features a simply beautiful color photo by local artist-photographer Chandra Alderman.  The text is printed on thick, creamy soft white paper, and the covers are brilliant white cardstock with a seafoam-blue cardstock insert.  The poems, delicate yet profound vignettes of childhood and mortality, nature and family, loss and triumph, are sketched with a deft hand by Hambrick.

                                           (bio photo by Barb Schwartz, used with permission)

Jennifer Hambrick's poetry has been published in Pudding Magazine, WestWard Quarterly, Common Threads, A Narrow Fellow, the 2013 Ohio Poetry Association anthology Everything Stops and Listens, the Columbus Creative Cooperative’s Ides of March anthology, and the Ohio Poetry Day Best of 2011 prizewinners’ collection.  Jennifer won the Ohio Poetry Association’s 2013 Ides of March contest, was a prize winner in The Poetry Forum’s 2011 William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest (Columbus), and received multiple recognitions in the 2011 Ohio Poetry Day contests.  By day, Jennifer Hambrick is a classical musician and public radio broadcaster, producer, and blogger.

Watch for Jennifer to be reading from her new chapbook around her stomping grounds, the Columbus, Ohio area,  soon!

Unscathed is available beginning today, for only $10 plus $3 shipping/handling, right here on this website...see top right column to buy.  Also available on Amazon!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

2013 NightBallet Pushcart Prize Nominations for The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses XXXIX

NightBallet Press announces, with great pride and excitement, the six nominees for The Pushcart Prize XXXIX Best of the Small Presses:

J. E. Stanley—“Random Facts About Halley’s Comet”—from Selected Regions of the Moon
Christopher Franke—“Knot Final Words”—from As the Caffeine Kicks In
James Valvis—“My Mother’s Pills”—from What Exactly Is a Valvis?
Lyn Lifshin—“Chora Church Daze”—from Tangled as the Alphabet—The Istanbul Poems
Chansonette Buck—“test pattern”—from talisman
Alex Gildzen—“Sea Salt on Green Pepper”—from
Blossoms—a collection of poems (1955 to 2013)in celebration of the poet's 70th birthday

Congratulations to the nominees!  As was the case the past two years, the decision about who to nominate was an incredibly difficult one.  This editor struggled with making the final choices right up to the deadline of "postmarked by December 1st".  There were so many outstanding poems from so many superb manuscripts this past season we found it to be almost impossible to narrow down the chaps and the poems to only six nominations.  But in keeping with the NBP tradition that it's important to recognize achievement and promote excellence even if we can't be all-encompassing, we have once again participated in the nomination process.

I sincerely wish I could have nominated a poem from every book published by NBP this past year.  Each one of the NightBallet Press poets deserves to be recognized.  You are all winners IMHO.  I am extremely honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to publish a book for you.

For those of you unfamiliar with the process, the Pushcart Prize nominations will be reviewed by the Pushcart editors and the final selections will be made by April of 2014.  At that time, the small presses selected will be notified.  If NBP doesn't hear from them by the end of April, we'll know our nominees won't be reprinted in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses XXXIX in November.
You can read more and check out the Pushcart website

Once again, please join the NightBallet Press family in congratulating these six outstanding poets!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Double Your Pleasure! Double Your Fun! Why Not Get Both? You Can't Read Just One!

NightBallet Press is SO excited to announce the publication of not one but two new chaps this weekend!

 What Exactly Is a Valvis? by Seattle poet James Valvis

with a stunning cover photograph taken by Tucson artist/photographer Elizabeth A. Soroka,
The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes by Cleveland's own dan smith,
featuring a made-especially-for-this-chap cover collage by Joanne Cornelius!


James Valvis's What Exactly Is a Valvis? is a 28 page chapbook of 23 stunning poems with intriguing titles like "My Mother's Pills", "The Tragedy of Laundry", "Friendly Mutton Chops", and "Upon Receiving a Fan Letter Asking Me to Explain One of My Poems".  Valvis's poems and stories have appeared in literally hundreds of journals, including Barrow Street, Rattle, Hanging Loose, River Styx, and  LA Review.  His poetry has been featured in Verse Daily and the Best American Poetry website, and his fiction was chosen for the 2013 Sundress Best of the Net.  A former US Army soldier, he lives near Seattle with his wife and daughter.
What Exactly Is a Valvis? is printed on creamy white paper with a bark-brown cover featuring a fantastic starling-in-a-cage-of-branches photo by Tucson artist and photographer Elizabeth A. Soroka.  The heavy cardstock insert is golden-ocher.  NightBallet Press is very pleased to have this opportunity of publishing Valvis; his poems are glittering coins in the treasure chest of observation and remembering. Beginning today, November 17, 2013, What Exactly Is a Valvis? is available for only $5 plus $3 postage/handling, right here on the NightBallet Press website!  Just hit the PayPal button in the column to the right of this post.

So, What Exactly Is a Valvis?  This editor can tell you a Valvis is a delicious, delightful treat that you need to discover for yourself, and you should do it today!  Don't wait.  Once you've experienced Valvis, you'll wonder just how it was you lived without him all these years. 



The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes
by dan smith is a delightful and surprising departure from his usual (and wonderful) beat poetry.  This 40-page chapbook contains a collection of 53 of his science-fiction/horror (speculative genre) short poems, and range from a vampire haibun through explorations of alien cultures, dangerous conditions, and future speculations, to a haiku trip aboard a sentient spaceship.  Smith goes where no poet has gone before!

Clevelander dan smith, author of the epic poem "i am down with you crooked river", is widely published.  His speculative poetry has been nominated for the SFPA Rhysling Award.  His spoken word cd, Matinee Motel (2012) is described as "surreal urban poetry...paired with the music of the Deep Cleveland Trio, from jazz to rock to noise".  Smith's previous chapbook, Crooked River, was published by Deep Cleveland Press in 2005.

The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes is printed on brilliant white paper and features a textured white cardstock cover with a neon-orange cardstock insert.  The cover art includes a beautifully surreal cover collage by Clevelander Joanne Cornelius, plus an additional original art piece by Cornelius on the back cover.  Inside the pages is a wonderfully spooky and very apt original art photograph by Steven B. Smith. 

Available beginning today, November 17, 2013, The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes is available on Amazon.  Get your copy today!

We heard smith read his poetry last night...or should I say, we experienced smith's performance?  He is utterly brilliant, and you owe it to yourself to check out The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes today!

        Double your pleasure, double your fun...why not get both?  You can't read just one! 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Louisiana Calling by Bill Gainer Published Today!

NightBallet Press is very pleased and excited to announce a fantastic new chap of poetry, Louisiana Calling, by Californian Bill Gainer!

Bill Gainer was one of the many exciting poets who visited Cleveland during the Broken Pulpit event back in March of 2013...and he blew the roof off the place when he read!

Louisiana Calling kicks off the third season of NightBallet Press publications, and we couldn't be more thrilled! 

Boasting beautiful cover art by Elizabeth A. Soroka on a tan cardstock cover with a pale slate blue cardstock insert, and with text printed on soft-white cotton paper,  Louisiana Calling  is packed with tasty nuggets of Gainer's wry wisdom and wit.  Here's what others have to say about it:

"Bill Gainer is one of the masters of the short form.  He can remove vital organs from your body and replace them with his vital poetry before you even know they are gone."D. R. Wagner

"Bill is known for his short poems and his sense of humor--he doesn't disappoint with this collection..."A. D. Winans

"Bill Gainer's Louisiana Calling is a zany journey in short sentences that will grab you by your best and worst instincts.  When the wind stops howling, the lights go out, and the moon dances overhead, you need something--a laugh, a smile, a drink, a warning--it's all here in these romantic, lusty, bitchy poems."Ann Menebroker

Gainer is recognized as one of the founding contributors to the modern movement of "After Hours Poetry".  As writer, editor, promoter, publicist and poet, he has read and worked with a wide range of poets and writers from the emerging to the nationally known, including readings on KUSF with punk rocker Patti Smith and performances with California's Poet Laureate, Al Young.  His work has appeared in The Bukowski Review, The Oregonian, and many others.  A past winner of the San Francisco Beat Museum's Poetry Contest and the Sacramento News and Review's Flash Fiction Contest, he currently edits for the Pen Award winning R. L. Crow Publications and hosts Poetry With Legs in Sacramento, California.

Available today from NightBallet Press (see the right hand column of this webpage) for only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling, Louisiana Calling is a both a treasure and a steal!  Order your copy today and see what everyone's raving about!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

New Book by Lyn Lifshin! Tangled as the Alphabet—The Istanbul Poems

 NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to announce the publication of Lyn Lifshin's new book, Tangled as the Alphabet—The Istanbul Poems.

                                               cover photo by Chansonette Buck, used with permission
Tangled as the Alphabet—The Istanbul Poems is a 68-page collection poems written during and about her trip to Turkey last year.  Haunting, lovely, and at times surreal, her journey through the city of Istanbul and the Cappadocian landscape will introduce you to blue-tiled mosques, mornings scented with incense and exotic flowers, a grandmother's protection against the evil eye, fairy chimney rock formations, and a people immersed in history.  As a special treat, the book contains 10 color photos taken by Lifshin and her friend Jordan during their trip!

                                                     bio photo by Jordan, used with permission

The cover of Tangled as the Alphabet—The Istanbul Poems is a textured brilliant white with a chartreuse cardstock insert and boasts a stunning color photograph by Chansonette Buck.  The text is printed on thick, soft, snow-white paper.  In the book's 57 poems, Lifshin takes you by the hand, opens her heart, and whispers to you of a land that's foreign yet welcoming, alien yet familiar.  NBP promises you won't be able to put aside Tangled as the Alphabet—The Istanbul Poems once you've begun reading it!

(Another one of Lifshin's poems written during her trip to Turkey, "Dust Pink Tuff", appears in  Lipsmack!  A Sampler Platter of Poets from NightBallet Press Year Two 2013, also available on this website"Dust Pink Tuff' does not appear in Tangled as the Alphabet.)

The lovely and legendary Lyn Lifshin has written more than 125 books and chapbooks and has appeared in most of the poetry and literary magazines in the United States.  Her work has been praised by Robert Frost and Ken Kesey, and she is the subject of the award-winning documentary film  Not Made of Glass.  In 2012, NightBallet Press published her book-length collection of poems about her passion for dance, Knife Edge and AbsintheThe Tango Poems.  You can learn more about Lyn Lifshin on her website.

Tangled as the Alphabet—The Istanbul Poems is only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling, and is available beginning today, October 19, 2013!  Please see the link to purchase in the right column of this page. (For orders outside the United States, please contact the publisher at

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hungry for good poetry? Smack your lips for LIPSMACK 2!

 As incredible as it seems, NightBallet Press has just celebrated its second anniversary, and is delighted to announce the publication of Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NBP Year Two 2013!
This second Lipsmack! anthology is forty pages long and celebrates the twenty-one poets who’ve had collections published this past season (September to September) by NBP.  With new poems by Joey Nicoletti, John Burroughs, Andrew Rihn, Erren Geraud Kelly, Steven B. Smith, Zachary Fishel, J. E. Stanley, Jean Brandt, Kevin Eberhardt, Christopher Franke, Chansonette Buck, William Merricle, Alex Gildzen, Margie Shaheed, John Dorsey, Laraine Seidl, George Wallace, Steve Brightman, Mike Finley, Jack McGuane, and Lyn Lifshin, there's something to satisfy every poetic palate!

Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NBP Year Two 2013 represents the high quality of writing and sincere dedication to the craft of poetry that characterizes NBP poets.  It has been my distinct pleasure to work with these poets and their heart wrenching, breathtaking, humorous, profound, magical words.  NBP is also pleased to feature the work of several outstanding photographers and artists on its covers and as illustrations inside the books.   Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NBP Year Two 2013 features a gorgeous cover photo by Kathy "Lady" Smith.  

Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NBP Year Two 2013 is available beginning today, Sunday September 29, 2013, for only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling through PayPal on this website.  If you live in or near Cleveland, copies will soon be available at Mac's Backs, Guide to Kulchur, and Visible Voice Books, and at the Words Dance event at Mahall's next Saturday, October 5th (see Facebook or contact us at for details).

(Contributors, you will be receiving your copies in the coming week.)
The cover of Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NBP Year Two 2013 is printed on confettied white cardstock with a heavy candy-apple red cardstock insert.  The text is printed on a creamy white cotton paper.  And the 21 poems within...the 21 poems within are simply scrumptious!  Take a bite of this apple, and you'll want the whole tree!  Hell, you're going to want the whole orchard!

Sink your teeth into Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NBP Year Two 2013 today!