Thursday, September 17, 2015


Hey all you groovy guys and cool kitties, hey all you BeatStreet Cleveland beauties, guess what day it is? It's John Burroughs' birthday!  And oh daddio, do we have a way to celebrate! 

Today, we announce the publication of Beat Attitude, a new collection of poems
by John Burroughs!

Beat Attitude is the 1st title to be released in the 5th season of NightBallet Press--the 80th NBP book--and we couldn't be more pleased that we can tie it in with the upcoming BeatStreet Cleveland event!  The book will be officially released at BeatStreet, where John will be performing his poetry accompanied by trumpeter Étienne Massicotte.

The book, with a pale ivory cover and burnt orange cardstock insert, boasts a photo of a vivid art piece, "The Tell-Tale Heart," by local artist/poet Kevin Eberhardt.  Beat Attitude will pulse in your hand; you can feel the beat in poems that range from the two-lined "Baloney" to the two-paged "Invocation."  The book is 32 pages long and contains 23 poems, many of which make specific references to Beat poets, music, or poetry.  One of them is "Cannot Believe William S. Burroughs Is Dead."

Cannot Believe William S. Burroughs Is Dead

spectral old man
beside me
in a large late
sixties sedan
north on route fifty-seven
through mid-Ohio
seventy-five miles per hour
no other cars

of the accelerator he says
"Hit it like you live,
when WHOA!
a sign directly in front of us says
LEFT but
there's no control
in the steering wheel and
foot still on the gas
we launch
into the sign
no matter what
press forward

The legendary outlaw poet, publisher, artist, author of The Book of Rabbits and In the Season of Open Waters: Selected Poems, Tom Kryss, had this to say about Beat Attitude:

"Burroughs takes up the sledgehammer lying at the base of the wall, and like a tray of glassware hurtling down an elevator shaft, centrifugally levitated, romances blown sunflowers forever drawn to the guard rails."

Beat Attitude is only $5 plus $3 shipping (if you are ordering from outside the U.S., please email the editor at nightballetpress(at) for a price quote on shipping). 

And HEY!  Get this:

If you can't make it out to Cleveland for BeatStreet, order it today and I'll pop it in the mail this afternoon; with any luck and the help of the postal service, you might have it in time to celebrate with us--albeit remotely--on Saturday!

(photo by Michael Spear, used with permission)

John Burroughs is a dynamic and engaging performer of his poetry, and he appears regularly at venues throughout Ohio and neighboring states. He is the author of The Eater of the Absurd (NBP, 2012) and numerous chapbooks.  His work has appeared in many publications, including  Rosebud, Pudding Magazine, Rubicon: Words and Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde's De Profundus (Sybaritic Press, 2015), Writer Digest's Red Heart::Black Heart, and Polarity.  His poem "Lens" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Since 2008, he has served as editor and publisher for Crisis Chronicles Press.  Read much more at

(As for being "Beat"?  What, did you really think it was a coincidence that Mr. Lix (of the Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza days) looked like John?  "Be There or Be Square, Baaaaaay-beeee!")


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Monsters! Whimsy! What more could you ask for?

When both Mary Turzillo and Geoffrey Landis sent manuscripts to NightBallet Press, we couldn't resist the opportunity to release the books of these two dynamite  poets simultaneously, as a Big Bang at the end of NBP's fourth season.  Therefore, we are ecstatic and excited to announce the publication of  

A Guide to Endangered Monsters by Mary Turzillo
The Book of Whimsy by Geoff Landis!

These books are full of secret things, wondrous things, whimsy, and yes, monsters both physical and metaphysical.

Mary Turzillo's A Guide to Endangered Monsters is packed with many of her award-winning and most-popular poems, everything from the deliciously salacious "We Made Poetry" to the devilishly hysterical "Aesthetics of Evil"...and including some of her haiku

Wandering teacup
Where has the mistress left it?
Ah. Wandering mind.
...and some of her science-fictional, apocalyptic pieces rendered in the way that only Turzillo can do it:

(stanzas excerpted from "This Is Just to Say")

This is just to say
I have eaten the hadrosaurs
that were grazing in the meadow
and which you were probably saving for further evolution.
Forgive me:
they were so tender and juicy
and also noisy;
they made my teeth itch.

This is just to say
I have blasted a crater
the size of Hyperion
in the Yucatan peninsula.
Forgive me:
it was so green and fertile
and it was in my way.

A Guide to Endangered Monsters contains 44 pages of 37 poems.  The cover is a very pale green cardstock with a rich olive green cardstock insert.  The text is printed on creamy soft white paper.  The cover image, "Spiders from Mars," is an art piece by Ohio artist-poet Kevin Eberhardt*.

The Book of Whimsy by Geoff Landis is subtle and profound, whimsical and witty, with poems such as "Ode to My Lover's Small Intestine" and "Sending My Mother to Mars."  A master of various poetic forms, Landis uses pathos, humor, and often, deft rhyming to write poems that grab you by the shirt collar and pull you in close for a kiss.

Offering whimsy:

November roses
the last late blooms of summer--
wistful memories.

(Mary replies)

Those wistful roses
still blooming in November:
I think they're plastic.

and discovery:


I have to shout.

I have to shout
inside my head.
I have to shout
inside my head
to drown out the voices.

I have to shout
inside my head
to drown out the voices
of sanity and reason.

I have to shout
inside my head
to drown out the voices
of sanity and reason
so I can reach the madness.

I have to shout
inside my head
to drown out the voices
of sanity and reason
so I can reach the madness
in which genius is hidden.

The Book of Whimsy contains 44 pages of 39 poems, with the text printed on bright white paper.  The cover is a textured white cardstock, with a cerulean blue-gray textured insert.

The Book of Whimsy and A Guide to Endangered Monsters are $10 each, with postage and handling charges of $4 each.  But buy both books together for $20 and NBP will pay the postage!  What a powerhouse team!  And Mary says there are some poems in Geoff's book that even she has never seen before!

Select the PayPal button of your choice below, and get the books of this powerhouse team for your very own!  Soon to be available on Amazon, too!

                                     photo by Irene Vartanoff, used with permission

Mary Turzillo's 1999 Nebula Award winner for Best Novelette "Mars Is No Place for Children" and her Analog novel An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl are recommended reading on the International Space Station.  Her poetry collection Lovers & Killers won the 2013 Elgin Award.  She has been a finalist on the British Science Fiction Association, Pushcart, Stoker, Dwarf Stars and Rhysling ballots, and Sweet Poison, her Dark Renaissance collaboration with Marge Simon, was a Stoker finalist and is on the 2015 Elgin ballot.  She's working on a novel, A Mars Cat and His Boy, and lives in Berea, Ohio, with her scientist-writer husband, Geoffrey Landis.  Find her at

Geoff Landis is a writer, scientist, and poet.  He has won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Science Fiction, and has twice won the Rhysling Award for Best Poem.  As a poet, he has published several hundred poems in magazines and anthologies ranging from The City to 3Lights: a journal of micropoetry to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.  His poetry chapbook Iron Angels was published in 2009 by VanZeno Press.  He is also the author of the novel Mars Crossing and the story collection Impact Parameter (and Other Quantum Realities).  As a scientist, he works for NASA on Mars exploration, and on developing advanced technologies for spaceflight.  He lives in Berea, Ohio, with his wife, poet Mary Turzillo, and four cats.  More can be found at

Best deal!  Get both Guide and Whimsy for only $20 with free shipping!

Get Mary Turzillo's A Guide to Endangered Monsters for $10 plus $4 shipping

Get Geoff Landis' The Book of Whimsy for $10 plus $4 shipping

(*Publisher's note: All of Kevin Eberhardt's art, including the one pictured on Turzillo's book, is for sale; if interested please contact Dianne Borsenik at NightBallet Press for details.)


Sunday, August 2, 2015

When Newspaper Taxis Appear on the Shore, Mike Finley Gets Going!

NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to present a new collection of poems by Pushcart Prize-winning poet and native Ohioan Mike Finley...
Newspaper Taxis Appear on the Shore!

The pale buff cardstock cover of Newspaper Taxis Appear on the Shore boasts a gorgeous color photo of a three-dimensional sculpture, "Waiting," by artist James Shefik (, and the text is printed on soft ivory textured paper. 

The last time Mike Finley visited Cleveland in August 2013, NightBallet Press published a twenty-page mini chapbook, For the Young Poets of Cleveland, which contained eleven poems.  Newspaper Taxis Appear on the Shore is twice that size, at forty pages of thirty-seven poems!  And oh, what wondrous poems they are!
The Revolving Door at Higbees, 1968
Seeing the old man step tentatively
into the glass cylinder,
the girl slowed down,
the two tiptoed around one another,
palms high.
He smiled at his partner,
and she, who had never before
danced the minuet,
stepping out with the old,
stepping in with the new,
did likewise
Irradiated Love                                                                                              

How I enjoy seeing you
in your paper shoes and hat
and lilac scrubs.
Do with me what you will, Aurelia—
enlighten me the way you do,
I want to shimmer and scramble your screen.
I love the merry expression I see in your eyes,
the jokes the two of us make
as you put me in the position,
then disappear behind the lead-lined door.
Mike Finley is a professional communicator with 30 years of experience in print, broadcast, in-person and online, as a best-selling writer, poet, and videographer.  Finley is one of only two Lorain County poets, and one of only three Cleveland-area poets, who's won the prestigious Pushcart Prize in poetry!  He's also written for the Rolling Stone, and in the Rock and Roll city of Cleveland, that's no small thing to note! In 2013, his book Growing Up in Amherst was published online, describing through poetry and prose his childhood in the small town of Amherst, Ohio.  He now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

A recent article about his upcoming visit to Ohio was recently published in the Chronicle-Telegram:


Yes, that's right!  Mike Finley will be one of the features, along with poetry cohort Danny Klecko, and Erie, PA poets extraordinaire Marisa Moks-Unger and Tracie Morell at Mondays at Mahall's, 13200 Madison, Lakewood, Ohio!  You may recall that NBP published Moks-Unger's book, Mud and Stars, about seven weeks ago, in June (the same time Crisis Chronicles Press published a book for Morell).  This will be a smashing event, a blow-the-roof-off reading, and you won't want to miss this Powerhouse Four!

        Danny Klecko and Mike Finley       
  Marisa Moks-Unger and Tracie Morell

Finley's book (along with Moks-Unger's book) will be available for purchase at the reading.  At only $10 each, both are a steal, and you can save on shipping charges!  Unable to attend?  You may also order a copy through PayPal or on Amazon! 

So, see you tomorrow at Mahall's at 7:30pm, and prepare to have your flip-flops flipped!  Woohoo!

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, 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 there or be square, baaaaaay-beeeeeee!


***Kevin Eberhardt's art is for sale; if you are interested in checking it out, go to  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'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:

"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!