Saturday, July 4, 2015

Connie Willett Everett's WHAT KEEPS ME AWAKE: Fireworks in July!

Happy week after Independence Day from NightBallet Press, where we are honored to announce
the publication of
What Keeps Me Awake by Connie Willett Everett!



 
 
 
 
What Keeps Me Awake by Columbus, Ohio poet Connie Willett Everett is a 48 paged book of 39 poems...haunting and evocative poems with titles such as "Where We Lived," "Half-Moon Bay, Jamaica," "Pedicure," "For Sale in Bangkok," "Nuclear Fallout," and "Planetary Signs."  Her poem "Leaving Paradise" captures perfectly some of the things that "keep her awake":
                                                                                         
Leaving Paradise

Somewhere near Jupiter I realize paradise is well behind me.
I’m driving against the steady Atlantic ebb, beach deserted,
sun gone down and nothing but stuttering shadows, a full moon
harangued by dark clouds.

It’s late when I pull under the flashing VACANCY.
A lap dance of neon undulates across my salt-crusted windshield.
I slouch into a damp room tuned to the hoarse rattle of
a dying air conditioner.

Long ago I saw a rocket launched near this coastal town,
a small light in the dark, earth trembling with possibility.
Tonight, on this thin shell of de León’s dream, it’s the tide
I hear close by.

The rooms here square a courtyard around the parking lot.
Travelers, like me, lank in open doorways of skeletal light,
smoke slow cigarettes, tiny constellations in the dark,
not yet ready to sleep.


With deft hand, steady eye, open mind and a caring heart, Everett explores the underbelly of the American Dream, the scenes behind the screens at vacation resorts, the commercial and the crass, the American perspective and the soaring of human hope.

What Keeps Me Awake boasts a stunning cover photograph taken by artist/poet Kevin Eberhardt of his art piece "Full Sail," printed on textured ivory cardstock. The book contains a rich golden cardstock insert, and the text is printed on thick ivory paper. Beginning today, July 4, 2015, you may order What Keeps Me Awake from NightBallet Press for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling!







                                         photo by Stephanie Matthews, used with permission

Connie Willett Everett received degrees from Ohio University and Bowling Green State University, including an MFA in creative writing.  She is a member of the National League of American PEN Women and of Columbus Poetry Salon.  She is senior editor for Pudding House Productions, and her reviews appear in Ohioana Quarterly.  A former teacher of English, writing, and Women's Studies, Everett has presented workshops for public schools, women's retreats, juvenile detention centers, writers' workshops, and other groups.  Everett co-coordinates The Poetry Forum in Columbus, Ohio, and has produced and emceed many poetry and mixed media events.

Her poems and fiction have been published in numerous journals and several have won national and regional awards.  Previous chapbooks include Mothers, Daughter and Dreams (Bottom Dog Press, 1995) and As Good As It Gets, Sometimes (Pudding House Publications, 2008).  Everett helps run a family business, and is a committed community, political, and arts activist.  She has two grown children and lives in Worthington, Ohio with her husband, a cat and a dog.

 
Don't wait!  Order your copy of What Keeps Me Awake today!


 "Full Sail"
 
Editor's note: all of Eberhardt's art pieces are for sale, including this one.  If you wish to obtain this evocative piece, you can contact him at
KE767@hotmail.com, or contact NightBallet Press for additional information.
  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Moks-Unger Sees Stars...MUD AND STARS!

NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to debut Erie, PA poet
Marisa Moks-Unger's brand new book of poetry:
Mud and Stars!


The title of the book is taken from a quote by the Reverend Frederick Langbridge (1849-1922): "Two men look out through the same bars.  One sees the mud, and one the stars."  Many of the poems in Mud and Stars were birthed in a four-story walkup on Clinton Street in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan during the summer of 2012.  In these poems, Moks-Unger explores themes of social injustice and identity: "At the Station for the Spiritually Declining," "Crylaughingly: Williamsburg Bridge as Canvas," "A Confluence of Feminine Energies in a Four-Story Walkup." Her voice is strong and true.
Marisa Moks-Unger is a poet, workshop leader, public speaker,  and social activist.  Her work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic Literary Magazine, Pressure Press Poetry, Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal, Voices of Lake Erie, and others. She lives in her hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, with her husband Tom.  Mud and Stars is her first book of poetry.


 

Printed on textured white cardstock, the front cover of Mud and Stars boasts a striking photo of an art piece by Ohioan ***Kevin Eberhardt, titled "Neurotic Masonic." A matching aqua cardstock insert complements the cover photo.  The text is printed on  white textured paper. Mud and Stars is only $10 plus $3 shipping and handling.  You can order one through PayPal right here on this website...but better still, come to the mega-event book release FRIDAY JUNE 12, 2015 at 5:30pm at Poets and Painters at PACA, 1505 State Street, Erie, PA, and get a signed copy from the poet herself!




Poets and Painters at PACA will feature the book releases of Tracie Morell's Matilda's Battle Waltz by Crisis Chronicles Press and Marisa Moks-Unger's Mud and Stars by NightBallet Press, and the Gallery Opening for the surrealistic works of Ken Johnson and Kris Risto.  Joining them will be Ohio poets John Burroughs, Dianne Borsenik, and Juliet Cook,  and Erie poets Veronica Hopkins and Shawn King, with music by Rodger Montgomery.  Light refreshments in the form of food-art will be provided by Lisa Heidelberg and Tammy Lyn Fox.  You know what Lix & Kix would say...be there or be square, baaaaaay-beeeeeee!

               

 
***Kevin Eberhardt's art is for sale; if you are interested in checking it out, go to www.octoberconspiracy.blogspot.com.  You may contact the artist through NightBallet Press.

 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Alan Catlin Has Found...BEAUTIFUL MUTANTS!

NightBallet Press is pleased to present Beautiful Mutants by New York poet Alan Catlin!




Beautiful Mutants is from a long work in progress by Catlin under the working title of Alien Nation, which includes four thematically related chapbooks.  A master at taking verbal snapshots of the unfortunate, the disenfranchised, the ignored, and the misbegotten, Catlin strings these snapshots together into an album of "beautiful mutants""Senior Citizen Day at the Supermarket," "The Naughty Mamacita," "Beached Great Whales to the Bar," "The Kevorkian Cocktail" and invites us to sit down, page through, and marvel at the collection.  Replete with references to song lyrics, Bukowski's poems, old movies, and various books, his poems surprise, delight, and prick the reader with crystal-clear descriptions.  The denizens of Catlin's "mutant" world leer, brag, lurch, and bang their way into your mind and heart...you'll find yourself unable to look away.

Beautiful Mutants contains 48 pages of 34 poems, presented on textured ivory paper.  The cover is a thick ivory cardstock, with a lime green cardstock insert.  A copy can be yours todayonly $10 plus $3 shipping/handling!  Just use the PayPal button below, or in the right column.  Beautiful Mutants will also be available on Amazon.  






 
            
Alan Catlin, who has had over 65 books of poetry and prose published and has appeared in innumerable publications, has received twenty Pushcart Prize nominations.  Publications include Drunk and Disorderly (Pavement Saw Press), a selection of poems taken from his (50) chapbooks 1978-2000. Catlin edits Misfit Magazine.  Recently retired from working as a barman in various establishments, he lives in Schenectady, New York.  

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:

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

In her poems,

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


and
 
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)
and
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

Lyn Lifshin is MOVING THRU STAINED GLASS!

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". 

WITH YOU

sometimes it's like
the way light moves
thru stained glass
or jars of honey
or maple syrup,
transformed,
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 www.facebook.com/JustafiablyJae

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!