Thursday, May 31, 2018

THE UGLY SIDE OF THE LAKE by Jason Baldinger & John Dorsey!

NightBallet Press is delighted to announce the publication of The Ugly Side of the Lake, by Jason Baldinger and John Dorsey!

I was approached by Jason Baldinger and John Dorsey after our reading together in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, last April and they asked if NightBallet Press would like to see a new, very short manuscript of poems. I love the poems that Baldinger and Dorsey write, and the idea of a collaboration intrigued me, so I said sure, why not? This book is a result.

The Ugly Side of the Lake is a wild road trip through the Midwestern rust belt, with memorable pit stops and epiphanies along the way. The poems by Baldinger and Dorsey are printed alternately, with the stories they tell opposite each other, so the reader can see the same scene through two different pairs of eyes. As I worked on the book, I felt like I was buckled in beside them, going along for the ride!

The Ugly Side of the Lake is twenty pages long and contains twelve poems (appearing Baldinger, then Dorsey):

Postcard from Belle Missouri
At Popeyze Bar & Restaurant
J & J's
J & J's Café on a Sunday Afternoon
Oscar's Diner
At Oscar's Classic Diner
The Glory Hole
At the Glory Hole
Postcard from Rolla Missouri
What Happens in Baltimore

These poems are new and powerful, and except for the occasional post on Facebook, have not appeared elsewhere!

Doing this book for Baldinger and Dorsey also gave NBP the opportunity to showcase a new and gifted artist: Matt Borczon of Erie, Pennsylvania, who graciously allowed us to use his brilliant collage, "Hellbilly," for the cover.

John Dorsey is the author of around fifty books and chapbooks; two of his most recent are Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Press, 2017) and Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016). His work has appeared in more than two thousand magazines and anthologies around the world. From 2003 to 2012, he served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Collingwood Arts Center in Toledo, Ohio, and in 2015, was awarded a Visiting Artist Residency by the Osage Arts Community in Belle, Missouri, where he currently resides. In 2017, Dorsey was appointed Belle's Poet Laureate by Mayor Steve Vogt, and he has founded the city's first literary publication, Gasconade Review.


Jason Baldinger is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Recent publications include the chaplet Fumbles Relevations (Grackle and Crow), Unconditional Surrender: An Anthology of Love Poems (Low Ghost Press), Rusty Truck, The Dope Fiend Daily, Lilliput Review, Nerve Cowboy, Zombie Logic Press, The Ramingo's Porch, Blue Mountain Review, and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance (online). Forthcoming is Fragments of a Rainy Season from Six Gallery Press in early 2019. You can hear Baldinger read some poems on recent and forthcoming releases by Theremonster and Sub Pop recording artists The Gotobeds, as well as at

The printer was running hot yesterday with an initial print run of 120 copies, and The Ugly Side of the Lake is available for immediate mailing!  NightBallet uses PayPal, the secure way to pay. Get your copy now for only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Loss and Foundering by John Burroughs - Reviews!

NightBallet Press is pleased to report that John Burroughs and I just returned from an exciting reading tour in the Midwest. Everywhere we went, John read from his new NBP book, Loss and Foundering, which is gathering some very nice reviews. Here are some of the reviews, with many thanks to the reviewers and readers, and some photos of John reading his work.

"This is truly a fabulous book. From the succinct haiku to the longer poems of anguish and wonderment, this is a book from a poet who has plunged the depth. There is joy to Burroughs also. A joy in the recognition of existence, a joy to be found in the revelation of honesty in the face of sorrow. To say the least, this book kicked my ass and will be a book that I go back to again and again."
--John Greiner

"Heartbreaking and humorous by turns. Excellent wordplay. I enjoyed each poem, but I found several that demanded to be read aloud. So I did, and reveled in the sound of the words. I will read -- and speak -- these poems again and again."
-- Susan Lime

"Burroughs is a skilled explorer of language. This book, as his others continues to appreciate and push our crazy language as he explores grief, politics, and staying afloat through it all. Several of the poems are pure and heartbreaking. All of the poems are surprising and so worth our attention."
--S Stephanie

You can get  your very own copy of Loss and Foundering, and read all about its publication, HERE.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

GASCONADE by Jeanette Powers!

NightBallet Press is incredibly honored and proud to announce the imminent publication of a new book of poems:
Gasconade, by Jeanette Powers

Gasconade is a delightful romp through the little moments that matter, the big stories that define a life, and the special people one never forgets. Powers artfully tells tales and repeats conversations, letting the reader in on secrets, epiphanies, and hilarities, sometimes thrilling, sometimes gruesome, always fascinating.

Gasconade features a beautiful front cover art piece, "Opossom Gorget 11.9.16 Collage" by Bree, and contains sixteen poems on thirty-two pages. The cover is a thick, textured ivory card stock and the textured card stock insert is a pale robin's egg blue. The poems are printed on creamy ivory paper. The initial print run is seventy copies.


Jeanette Powers, is a lover of writing, rivers, and solitude, with a conviction about irreverence and an impish delight in disobedience. Her books of poetry range from wild surrealism to feminist rage, but Gasconade is the first to explore storytelling  about her country to city life. She is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Perfectly Good Muses (Spartan Press, 2017).  She's been published a bit here and there, performed a bit once and again, and focuses much of her time community building with the generative performance venue Uptown Arts Bar and the residency program at Osage Arts Community. And yes, her eyes really are that blue.

Gasconade will be released on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the FountainVerse Poetry Reading, Overland Park, Kansas, at the InterBurban ArtHouse, 6 to 8 pm. Loss and Foundering, the powerful new book of poetry by John Burroughs, will be available at this event as well, with Powers, Burroughs, Jason Preu, and Dianne Borsenik feature reading from their books.

Gasconade is available for mail order beginning TODAY, Thursday, April 11 (although, as NightBallet Press is going on the road over the next week,  no copies will be mailed before April 18). At $5 plus $3 shipping/handling, it's a real steal! You don't have to be a member of PayPal to order; just have a credit or debit card handy. (USA customers only; for outside the US, please email the editor at for postage costs.) (Pre)order your copy today!

Friday, April 6, 2018


Today is a very special day in the NightBallet universe: Today, we get to celebrate National Poetry Month with a Release, a Reading and a Reception!

We are ecstatic to announce the publication and release of a new collection of poems by John Burroughs, Loss and Foundering!


Loss and Foundering contains poems written by John Burroughs during the past nine turbulent years of his life. Confessional and raw, these poems reveal a heart both broken and healing through the power of love.

Diane Kendig, author of Prison Terms (Main Street Rag, 2018), writes:

"And while the poet is experiencing all these losses and his 'bark founders,' ... his poetry boat stays afloat ... to the fantastic music of puns, echo puns, rhyme and chime and rhythm."

Alex Gildzen, author of The Arrow That Is Hollywood Pierces the Soul That Is Me (2011) and Son of Hollywood (2018), writes:

"John Burroughs finds himself in a 'city of lost places.' that means he discovers himself living there but it also means that in that living he finds himself. by allowing us to follow him we recognize our losses & learn their light."

Loss and Foundering contains 36 pages of 24 poems. Front cover artwork is a collage, "Ohm 10.26.17" by Bree, enhanced with raindrops by Dianne Borsenik with Photo Lab PRO.The cover card stock is a linen-textured, pale dove gray, and the card stock insert is a deep royal blue. The poems are printed on a crisp white paper.

To buy Loss and Foundering, you may use the Buy Now button to order directly from the press, or you contact John Burroughs through his website for a signed copy. The cost is $10 plus $3 shipping, U.S. customers only. For outside the U.S., please contact the editor at for shipping charges.



John Burroughs is a dynamic, nationally-touring poet and performer from the Cleveland area, and is the author of a dozen-plus books, including Beat Attitude and The Eater of the Absurd, both from NightBallet Press. In various past lives, he served as playwright-in-residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Marion Correctional Institution, his blog was ranked #1 on MySpace, he won the first poetry slam he competed in, and he cofounded the infamous Lix & Kix Poetry Extravaganza reading series and the almost-annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest. He is probably most proud of his work since 2008 as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press. Learn more at Crisis Chronicles.


                          THE RECEPTION, THE READING, THE RELEASE


Loss and Foundering makes its debut at the Appletree Books Reading and Reception this evening (Friday, April 6, 2018) at 6 pm, with John Burroughs present to sign his books.

Appletree Books
12419 Cedar Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH

The Reception celebrates National Poetry Month, and honors NightBallet Press for decorating Appletree's two front windows with eleven NBP titles (all by Ohioan or former Ohioan poets). The theme of the window dressing is "Poetry Is SO Succulent!" and will remain in place during the entire month of April.

The Reading highlights NightBallet Press poets, and we are OVER THE MOON to feature three fantastic poets, Rikki Santer, Steve Abbott, and Chuck Salmons. Huge thanks to these poets for graciously consenting to make the trek from Columbus, Ohio, to Cleveland for the event. They will be reading and signing their books between 6 pm and 8 pm, and we invite you to join us - the event is free and open to the public!
Books featured in the windows include Toledo-area poets Jonie McIntire and Kerry Trautman, Columbus-area poets Pat Hurley, Steve Abbott, Rikki Santer, and Chuck Salmons, former Clevelanders Alex Gildzen and M. J. Arcangelini, and Cleveland poets Christine Howey, Margie Shaheed, and John Burroughs. Cover art by former Clevelander Bree and Ohioan Kevin Eberhardt are featured.

Many thanks to Lynn Quintrell and Jane Rothstein for inviting NBP to decorate the windows at Appletree Books, and for giving us the privilege of not only attending tonight's Reception, but for allowing us to have John Burroughs' book release and signing in the bookstore. You know you rock!

NightBallet Press is grateful to all its poets, wingmen, readers, supporters, and friends for the opportunities given it to publish and promote the wonderful world of poetry. Hugs!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Alex Gildzen is the SON OF HOLLYWOOD

NightBallet Press is extremely pleased to announce the publication of
Son of Hollywood by Alex Gildzen!

"In memory of Capitol, Lincoln, and Rivoli, movie houses of Elyria, all gone," Son of Hollywood is a delicious romp through decades of the Big Screen, Hollywood fantasies, and the musings of a true cinephile.

Of Son of Hollywood, Gildzen writes

"Alex Gildzen has been writing about Hollywood almost as long as he's been writing. He's has never had a Hollywood address until recently when he purchased his "final resting place" around the corner from Rudolph Valentino at Hollywood Forever, the cemetery next to Paramount Studios. If  you like these poems he invites you to visit his spot (Cathedral Mausoleum, Corridor Valentino 2, Tier 5, Niche 7) and kiss his glass.


when I bought my niche
at Hollywood Forever
I was told
they regularly remove
lipstick from Valentino's crypt

most men don't wear lipstick
so the glass on my niche
will be easier
to maintain


Other poems include "Upon Jayne Mansfield's Head," "Reading Hafiz in Billie Dove's Bedroom on a Rainy Morning," "Carol Landis Come Rest Yr Head on my Lap," and "If I Cd Be Joan Blondell for a Day."

Alex Gildzen was born in Monterey, California, in 1943, and grew up in Elyria, Ohio. For many years he was curator of Special Collections at Kent State University Libraries, where he edited the d. a. levy issue of The Serif. He now lives in Palm Springs, California. For the past half-century, his poems have been appearing in such periodicals as Rolling Stone, The Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle, After Dark, Hanging Loose, and MiPOesias. Collections have come from Abraxas Press, Ghost Dance Press, North Atlantic Books, Viscerally Press, Green Panda Press, and Crisis Chronicles Press. Son of Hollywood is his third book from NightBallet Press. Find his blog at Arroyo Chamisa.


Son of Hollywood is 64 pages long and contains 39 poems and 4 full-color photos. The cover is a pale ivory cardstock with a robin's egg blue cardstock insert. The cover photo is of a younger Alex caught on film in his own life's movie. The text is printed on creamy, textured pale ivory paper. Rub elbows with the stars as you read the poems in Son of Hollywood! Get your copy today for only $15 plus $4 postage/handling.



Wednesday, February 14, 2018


When the world pairs opportunity with synchronicity, something very special happens.
Little Epiphanies by Allison Joseph
is one of those very special things.

NightBallet Press has been given the opportunity to take on Little Epiphanies, and we couldn't be happier. Originally published by Imaginary Friend Press in 2015, this title was soon orphaned after the closure of the press. We are proud to give Little Epiphanies a new life as part of the NBP family.

The poems in this book are intriguing and accessible, impudent and impish, with titles such as "Thirty Lines About the Fro," "Sundown Ghazal," "The Truth About Public Transportation," and "A Prayer for Women's Bodies."

Little Epiphanies contains fifteen poems on 24 pages. The cover features a beautiful photograph, "a new experience - dragon fruit," by Alex Gildzen.  The text is printed on textured ivory paper. 

Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. Born in London, England, to parents of Caribbean heritage, Joseph grew up in Toronto, Canada, and the Bronx, New York. A graduate of Kenyon College and Indiana University, she serves as poetry editor for Crab Orchard Review.  Her books include Mercurial (Mayapple Press, 2016), The Purpose of Hands (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), and What Once You Loved (Barefoot Muse Press, 2017). She is the literary partner and wife of poet and editor Jon Tribble.

Your own little epiphanies await you...order a copy of Little Epiphanies for only $5 plus $3 shipping, right here through PayPal!  You don't have to have an account with PayPal; just use your debit or credit card to pay. (For customers outside the USA, please pay $13 to cover shipping charges. Use the Donate button in the left column to pay.)  This is a sweet deal for a Valentine's Day release; get your copy today!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

HARD TO SWALLOW by Pat & Bill Hurley

NightBallet Press is enormously pleased, honored, and humbled, to publish
a remarkable new collection of poems:
Hard to Swallow, co-authored by Pat Hurley and her late husband Bill Hurley.

This book, as Pat describes it, "documents their individual perspectives on his esophageal cancer journey, through poetry." With Pat's poems on pages opposite Bill's poems, we get a unique mirror perspective of their lives during this most difficult time. We find ourselves exploring their labyrinths of love, humor, wonder, fear, dread, and anger through poems filled with reflections, revelations, tenderness, and truth.

Hard to Swallow contains 28 poems on 40 pages. Its front cover features a photograph taken by Bill Hurley on 02/02/2012, captioned "Some say this glass is half empty. They are pessimists. Some say the glass is half full. They are optimists. I say that it is a 12 ounce glass with 6 ounces of water. I am a realist. What are you?" The cover is a textured card stock, with a faded denim card stock insert. The text is printed on crisp white paper, with Bill's poems appearing in italics.

Pat's iron dedication and loving concern walk hand-in-hand with Bill's sardonic humor and quiet reflection. In one poem, Bill Hurley muses about what would happen if his ashes were stored in a Metamucil bottle and consumed by an unwitting sufferer. In another, Pat recalls their fortunes:


At the Chinese lunch
Following the oncology appointment
We crack our fortunes open.

You: "A long and happy life"
Me: "Little time, much opportunity"
"Ironic," you say.

The collection opens with this introduction by Bill Hurley:

Do what you can for as long as you can
And then when you can't, stop.
Surrender to the labyrinth.
Though your steps grow silent,
The journey continues,
And you'll always be a part of it.

                                                             photo by Kar Shepherd
Pat Hurley writes a regular humor column, "Balancing Act," for ThisWeek Community News newspapers in Columbus, OH, and has authored a book, The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life. At the urging of her late husband Bill, she ventured into poetry. Her poems have appeared in various publications, including Still Crazy, Common Threads, and A Rustling and Waking Within, the Ohio Poetry Association's exphrastic poetry anthology.

                                                    photo by Pat Hurley

Bill Hurley, a retired video producer and amateur astronomer, first appeared on the Columbus, OH, poetry scene in 2012 and quickly became a popular reader at regional open mics. Before his death from cancer in 2016, he published his first poetry collection, No Weeds in Wahkeena (Bent River Press, 2015).  His work has appeared in Common Threads, a publication of the Ohio Poetry Association, and TheNewVerse News, an online journal.

NightBallet Press is grateful to Pat for giving us her poems, Bill's poems, and the opportunity to offer this book as a memorial to a remarkable man. Be a part of the journey. Get your copy of Hard to Swallow for $12 plus $3.00 shipping. 



Sunday, January 14, 2018

NightBallet Press: Gratitude, Revelations, and Love

As NightBallet Press transitions from a numbingly cold 2017 into a brighter, and Oh-We-SO-Hope-Warmer, 2018, we give gratitude, from the bottom of our hearts, to the awesome writers who trust us with their words, the artists and photographers who give us permission to use their stunningly beautiful work, the supportive hosts who offer venues and opportunities for our poets to have their physical voices heard, the bookstores and libraries who offer our poets the opportunities to have their literary voices heard, the lifetime subscribers who invested in us from the beginning, the thoughtful angels who surprise us with donations throughout the year, two very special local businesses: Elyria Print Shop and Hollo's Papercraft, and the readers like YOU, who continue to believe in us and the editing/publishing we do. You have given us six-going-on-seven wonderful years, with the promise of much more to come.

We are truly grateful to the Wingman Club members, those who annually subscribe to our books and who continue to sustain us by offering encouragement and financial assistance to this small, independent, hands-on, poetry-and-art book press. This generosity is much appreciated.

As we move into 2018, we invite you to fly with us as a member of this special club. A wingman is described as one who supports a friend or associate. We offer membership to the Wingman Club in the form of a one-year subscription to NightBallet Press.

This means you, for fifty dollars, will receive every book published by the press between September 2017 and September 2018, with a guaranteed minimum of ten titles, many of them full-length collections. The total worth of this season's books is estimated to exceed one hundred dollars. This subscription offers an additional bonus: no charge for postage! That's a huge savings, in addition to the incredibly low cost of a subscription.

Please note: you will receive all the books published between September 2017 and September 2018, no matter what month you join the club. The first shipment contains all the books published up to the date of joining.

NightBallet Press is founded on the principal that a poet's work belongs to the poet, and that these wonderful words deserve to be presented as a package of beauty. We respect the art and craft of poetry and we strive to give it excellence, in every aspect of our publishing. NightBallet Press exists and produces without grants or endowments, and we do not take money from our poets for the production of their books. Expenses are out-of-pocket for the publisher.

Being a Wingman means you would fly alongside this publisher as she creates new books for poets across the United States. Your subscription money would be an investment in the poets themselves; every penny would go toward the ink, cardstock, paper, staples, envelopes, packing tape, and other printing needs that make NightBallet publication possible.

Feel the wind beneath your wings this New Year and join NightBallet Press' Wingman Club...subscribe, and become a Wingman today!

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And now, NightBallet Press celebrates life and offers all of you love, light, and best wishes for a very Happy New Year!  Bring on the bubbly! We have a fresh new year to celebrate!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Refugees Whose World Was Taken—The Aleppo Poems by Lyn Lifshin

As its first publication in this New Year of 2018,
NightBallet Press is extremely honored to present its fifth Lyn Lifshin collection,

Refugees Whose World Was TakenThe Aleppo Poems

In this series of thirty-four poems, Lifshin explores the everyday lives of ordinary people facing the extraordinary events in Aleppo, and she does so with empathy and grace.

In the title poem, "We Don't See Politics," (which appears on the back cover of the book),
Lifshin says "...there are no 'us' and 'them' / only what we do together":


we meet people all over
the globe whose world
was taken away from them.
Everywhere similar stories
of sorrow and pain.  Every
where young women
weep for those sunny
afternoons sipping dark
coffee under the shade of
terebinth branches.
In all these places, therapists
committed to dealing
with crisis. They leave politics
out of it. Some say it tis
the Israelis who understand
pain well. Here there
are no "us" and "them"
only what we do together

Christina Zawadiwsky, author of The Hand On The Head Of Lazarus, and winner of a National Endowment of the Arts Award, wrote this about the book:

"Bombs, nightmares, death, no food, pregnancy and birth and fearful families huddling together in their apartments
these are people's daily lives uncomplicated by frills and beauty. Lyn Lifshin is there amongst Syria's inhabitants, shivering, anticipatory, waiting to leave and attempting to be courageous amidst unbelievable restrictions, yet always clinging to a sense of poetrythe poetry of refugees, the poetry of staying alive."


The collage art on the front cover of Refugees Whose World Was TakenThe Aleppo Poems is "She's Golden 10.21.16," by the artist Bree. The photograph from which the collage was made is included inside the book. You can see more of Bree's work at The cover is a textured coffee-with-cream card stock, with a heavy, textured, black card stock insert.  The text is printed on ivory paper.


Lyn Lifshin won the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss the Skin Off, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Not Made of Glass. Lifshin earned the distinction "Queen of the Small Presses" for her dedication to the small presses which first published her, and for surviving on her own apart from any major publishing house or academic institution.  Her most recent books includes Little Dancer —The Degas Poems (NBP, 2017), and Oct Tongue 2 (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2017), an anthology of eight poets with thirty-one-plus poems each. For much more, visit  

Refugees Whose World Was Taken—The Aleppo Poems is only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling. We will take advance orders for this book, which will be available for mailing January 15, 2018.  You may obtain your very own copy by ordering now through PayPal, right here on this website. You don't have to be a member of PayPal to order; just have a debit or credit card handy. Order your copy today!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

HOLLYWEIRD by Alan Catlin

NightBallet Press is excited to announce the publication of
Alan Catlin's new book of poetry,

For those of you familiar with Alan Catlin's work, you know you're in for a treat.  With such teasing and tantalizing titles as "Zombie Strippers," "Elevator to the Gallows," "Betrayed by Rita Hayworth," and "Pulp Fiction," Hollyweird explores and exploits the attraction of the strange. Cynical and sharp-tongued, these poems will follow you down dark streets, breathe on the back of your neck, and invite you to blur the division between what is seen on film and what is experienced in life:

Elevator to the Gallows

They must stay up nights
thinking up stupid cocktails
to foist off on the young
impressionable, cynical shit
made with stuff that doesn't go
together, like gin, vodka, rum
and rye, partial shots of each topped
off with Irish cream and stirred,
served as a shooter and given
gross names with sexual connotations,
knowing full well that the name will sell
the drink and all they will taste is
Irish cream until they chuck it all up.
None of the names will turn up in
an over the counter bar guide:
Bloody Orgasms, Blow Jobs, Blow Jobs
with Extra Tongue, Purple Jesus Motherfuckers;
cumshots, we call them in the trade,
and I'm willing to bet there is some
slick, greasy, smartass fuck in NYC
who's taking all the credit for inventing
the trend. If there is, and someone finds him,
this Between the Eyes with a Silver Bullet
is for him.

Hollyweird boasts stunning cover art, "Blue Plate Special," by Ohioan Kevin Eberhardt. The cover is white linen cardstock, with a textured cool-green cardstock insert. The text is printed on bright white paper. Hollyweird, forty pages long, contains thirty-one poems printed on bright white paper.  Alan Catlin has had over sixty chapbooks and full length collections published over five decades, among them, Beautiful Mutants (NBP, 2015), Blue Velvet, the 2017 Slipstream chapbook contest winner, and Walking Among Tombstones in the Fog (Presa Press, 2017).

Hollyweird was scheduled to appear in October to accompany the publication of Kevin Eberhardt's book Before the Puppets Could Sing, but unavoidable personal issues delayed its printing. NBP warmly thanks Alan Catlin for his kind patience and understanding. 


Hollyweird is available right here, right now, through PayPal, for only $8.00.  You don't have to be a member of PayPal to order; all you need is your debit or credit card number.  Shipping is only $3.00. 

BONUS OFFER!  Order before midnight on December 31, 2017, and NBP will include a copy of Kevin Eberhardt's new book, Before the Puppets Could Sing, for free!