Friday, February 20, 2015

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


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





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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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




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

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

Sam Allard of Scene Magazine has written:

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





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





Friday, January 23, 2015

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

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



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

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

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

 



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


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

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





Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

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

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

Dorsey writes about Rotations:

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

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

 
photo by Colleen St. John, used with permission

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

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





Sunday, January 18, 2015

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

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



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

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

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

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







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

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

Friday, January 2, 2015

Beginning of the Year Address: Updates and Upcoming!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

and who knows who else!  Postage is included with this special offer.  Many of these books will be selling individually for $10 plus $4 shipping/handling, so you can see where the savings can be had in purchasing a one-year subscription.  I guarantee your money's worth!  The subscription button appears at the top of the right column.  (Please inquire if you wish a subscription to any previous year, and I'm sure we can work it out.)
 
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If you know of any reviews I've missed or special events I should report, please let me know at nightballetpressATgmail.com.  Thank you thank you thank you, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I can't wait to see what this year has in store!




Friday, November 28, 2014

Review by Kristen D. Scott of The Eater of the Absurd by John Burroughs

NightBallet Press is giving thanks for poets and poetry, for artists and art, for musicians and music this chilly Black Friday.  Kicking off the day is this awesome review of The Eater of the Absurd by John Burroughs.  Thank you, Kristen D. Scott/Knot Magazine!



                                LINK TO THE REVIEW AT KNOT MAGAZINE HERE



John Burroughs is a northeast Ohio poet (Oct Tongue-1, It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change, Barry Merry Baloney, and many others) and host of the monthly Mondays at Mahall's poetry series. Burroughs won the first poetry slam he ever competed in, formed the association known as Poets of Lorain County, has contributed irregularly to the Cleveland Poetics and Ohio Poetry Association blogs, and is perhaps most proud of his work (since 2008) as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press.



The Eater of the Absurd is his first full-length poetry collection, and makes a striking statement of (in Burroughs' own words) "pleasure, pain, and deprogramming."


Kristen D. Scott is a Pushcart Prize nominee for five works from Opiate (Garden Oak Press, 2014).  An award-winning essayist for her work on Federico Garcia Lorca, she has had work translated into Arabic, Turkish, and Sanskrit.  Scott is currently the editor-in-chief and web designer of Knot Magazine.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, an MA in English Literature, and is progressing with her PhD in Global Education. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pushcart Prize and Ohioana Book Award Nominations, 2014


It's that time of year again, when NightBallet Press must choose from all the excellent manuscripts published in this past year to make nominations for the Pushcart Prize.

As always, it's extremely difficult to narrow the selections to only six nominations.  NBP believes that every single one of its poets deserves the Prize, and if possible, we would heap awards and accolades on each one of you and your amazing and exciting poetry collections.

However, rules are rules, and with much soul-searching (and hair-tearing), these are NBP's six nominations for the 2015 Pushcart Prize:

Jennifer Hambrick—“Painting Lizards Orange” from Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NBP Year 3


Tsaurah Litzky—“Chicken Livers” from Jerry in the Bardo

Heather McNaugher—“The Outsiders” from Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NBP Year 3

Joey Nicoletti—“
To Diane di Prima” from Shadow Traffic

Amanda Oaks—“How to Pick Up the Pieces” from Hurricane Mouth

George Wallace—“Riding with Boom Boom” from Riding with Boom Boom


Please join with NBP in congratulating these wonderful poets, and wish them luck in the Pushcart Prize judging process!

This year, in addition to nominations for the Pushcart Prize, NBP has made nominations for the Ohioana Book Award, as well.

The following books have been sent to the Ohioana Library* in Columbus, Ohio, and have been nominated by NBP for the Ohioana Book Award:


In Brilliant Explosions Alone by Steve Brightman

The Eater of the Absurd by John Burroughs

As the Caffeine Kicks In by Christopher Franke

Blossoms by Alex Gildzen

Unscathed by Jennifer Hambrick

Unfinished by Jack McGuane

The Green World by Andy Roberts

Mosaic by Margie Shaheed

Selected Regions of the Moon by J. E. Stanley

and

Songs in the Key of Cleveland, published by Crisis Chronicles Press

Please join with NBP in congratulating the authors of these books, and wish them luck in the Ohioana Book Award judging process!


(*Please note:  If you are an Ohioan, or if you have resided in Ohio for five or more years, your book has already been, or will be, placed in the Ohioana Library's permanent collection in Columbus, Ohio.  Only the books they've received this past year are eligible for Book Award nominations.  We are working hard to make sure the Library receives copies of all Ohio-based or Ohio-connected books published by NBP.)


Once again, to all the NightBallet Press poets, I wish we could nominate every poet, every poem, every book.  I am honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to publish your wonderful words.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 




Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wallace Rides With Boom Boom and Everything's Turning Green!

On October 24-October 26, an exciting event took place in Cleveland, Ohio, as people from all over the United States gathered to celebrate poetry, small presses, and the "mimeograph revolution" poet d.a. levy.
 
                                                      poster designed by Hydeout Press
 
The excitement and celebration of the weekend included the hot-off-the-press book release of George Wallace's Riding with Boom Boom,
and Gimme Back My Radio by Russ Green!

 
 
Gimme Back My Radio by New York poet Russ Green contains 36 pages of dynamic and seductive poems.  Boasting a gorgeous photo by the internationally-known photographer-cinematographer-producer-director Lynn Spinnato, the heavy white cardstock cover is paired with a deep blue cardstock insert.  The 30 poems are printed on thick white paper.  Matt Pasca, Pushcart nominee and author of A Thousand Doors, says:

"In Gimme Back My Radio, Russ Green plays conductor and meteorologist to the awesome fronts colliding in his mindthe smashed barometric boundary where Himalayan flags, American greed, Bayou lovers and city tow trucks squallwhere his relentless  attention spins in tricked-out cyclones of alliterative rapture, in tornados of prayer from which Green emerges triumphantbaton both broken and glowing."

In Gimme Back My Radio, Green writes about John Lennon, Jack Kennedy, Amiri Baraka, New York City, Starbucks, "Sultry Tongues" and "High-heeled Honeys" and much more, with keen observation and a unique sense of humor.  His poems at the same time satisfy and leave you hungry for more!


                                          Russ Green at the  Lit Café reading Saturday night.


Gimme Back My Radio is Russ Green's first collection of poems, but he's no stranger to the poetry scene.  Green is co-editor at Great Weather for Media based in New York City.  He hosts, along with his fellow editors, at their weekly Spoken Word Sundays at Parkside Lounge on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  He also hosts and curates the Green's Revolution reading series at Cornucopia's Noshery in Amityville, NY,  and a quarterly music and poetry series at BrickHouse Brewery in Patchogue, NY.  He has done readings from Sante Fe to Cleveland, New Orleans, NYC, and Lowell Celebrates Kerouac in Lowell, MA.  His work has been published in several print and online anthologies including Long Island Quarterly and the PPA Literary Review.  A graduate of Hofstra University, he lives in Port Jefferson, Long Island.




Gimme Back My Radio is available through PayPal (see column to the right of this posting) for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling, and is also sold on Amazon!  Get your copy today!  

     
The second fantastic publication released this past week by NBP is
Riding with Boom Boom by George Wallace!

Riding with Boom Boom contains 36 pages of (21) kick-ass poems.  The striking cover image is an artfully-altered photograph by Wallace, printed on a leatherette-textured heavy ivory cardstock.  The second cardstock insert is a rich purple, and the text is printed on thick white paper.  And the poems...ah, the poems!  With lines like

...& I want
my share so walk with me
ice my heart bleed me twice

on Bleecker Street
on Down & Out Avenue
on Mushroom Cloud
on Chili Pepper Red Hot
Panic Button Street

you're Grade A ammunition baby

and titles like "Mad with the Mad-eyed Hipsters" and "Outlaw Angels, Asleep at the Wheel", you know you're in for a very special kind of treat!

George Wallace is a writer and performer living and working in NYC.  He maintains a regular reading, lecture, and poetry workshop touring schedule across the US and Europe.  A frequent perfomer on the NYC scene, he has appeared nationally and internationally in such venues as the Beat Museum, Woody Guthrie Festival, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, Rexroth Festival, Insomniacathon, Howlfest, John Steinbeck Center, Robbie Burns Center and the Dylan Thomas Centre.  His work has appeared in Poets Against The War, About.com, Socialism and Democracy, Citizen 32, American Watchdog, Sous Surveillance, Pemmican, Pedestal and other publications.  He is First Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, NY and Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in West Hills.  He has more than 25 chapbooks and books of poems published...Riding with Boom Boom is his fourth chapbook of poems from NightBallet Press. 

 

 George Wallace at the Lit Café reading Saturday night.
 
 
 
Riding with Boom Boom is available through PayPal (see column to the right of this posting) for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling, and is also sold on Amazon!  Don't wait to order!


The only thing better than reading the poems in these books is hearing them from the mouths of the poets themselves...so if you have the opportunity to hear these amazing poets read their work, do not miss it!  Until then, get your own copies of Gimme Back My Radio and Riding with Boom Boom and prepare yourself for a wicked, wild, wonderful, witty wordfest!


Autumn 2014 readings from Riding With Boom-Boom:

Fri Nov 7, 6 pm Four Horsemen, Cornelia Street Café NYC NY
Sat Nov 8, 11 am Whispers Vineyard St James NY
Mon Nov 10, 8 pm Saturn Poetry Series, Shades of Green NYC NY
Fri Nov 14, 8 pm Book Party, Molasses Books Brooklyn NY
Sat Nov 15, 5 pm BJ’s Fredonia nr Buffalo NY
Sat Nov 29, TBA Pittsburgh Pa
Fri Dec 5, 8 pm Dire Literary Series, Cambridge Mass

Autumn 2014 readings from Gimme Back My Radio

Wed Nov 5, Matt and Terri's in Bayshore w/ Verless Doran

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NBP Year Three 2014 is here!

 
Lipsmack!  A Sampler Platter of Poets from NightBallet Press Year Three 2014 is here!

We are pleased to present this new anthology: eighteen sparkling new poems by the eighteen poets published by NBP this past year!

Douglas Cole
Bill Gainer
Andy Roberts
James Valvis
Nikki Allen
John Thomas Allen
Amanda Oaks
Jonathan Harris
Joey Nicoletti
Tsaurah Litzky
Jennifer Hambrick
Jason Irwin
Jeffrey Alfier
Heather McNaugher
Karen Lillis
Jason Baldinger
Zach Fishel
dan smith

Featuring poems about song and space, faith and factories,  of "butch baby dykes, trying it on" and of lizards and makeup, this Lipsmack! has something for everyone.  It rocks, it rolls, it grabs you by the ankles and won't let go!
Lipsmack!  A Sampler Platter of Poets from NightBallet Press Year Three 2014 features a sweet cover photo by Catherine Criswell.  The cover is a thick confetti cardstock with a lipsmacking red cardstock insert.  The 36 pages of text are printed on crisp white paper. 
To celebrate the publication of Lipsmack!, we are having a book release party at Mahalls in Lakewood, Ohio tonight (Monday, October 6, 2014), featuring Jennifer Hambrick and Andy Roberts from the Columbus area, Jason Baldinger from Pittsburgh, and Cleveland's own dan smith.  That's 7:30pm at Mahalls, 13200 Madison, Lakewood, Ohio!  We'll have fresh new copies of Lipsmack! Year Three, plus NBP books by all the featured readers, and copies of the two previous Lipsmack! anthologies, as well.  Come and hear some great poetry, groove with friends, and pick up your very own copy of Lipsmack! Year Three!
 
Lipsmack! is only $5 (plus $3 shipping/handling), and is available through mail order right here on this website (right column, PayPal button), or on Amazon!

Friday, October 3, 2014

We are caught up in THORN BUSHES AND FISH HOOKS with Zach Fishel!

NightBallet Press celebrates today's publication of Thorn Bushes and Fish Hooks by Zach Fishel!
 

  

Thorn Bushes and Fish Hooks by Zach Fishel is the eighteenth title in the third season (year) of NightBallet publications, and it's a glorious thing!  Fishel writes honestly about childhood, family, favorite haunts, yellow catkins, sassafras, Ice Tooth and Old Man's Beard,  and Pennsylvania snow.  You will feel the crunch of leaves beneath your boots as you walk through this woodsy mindscape. 

Thorn Bushes and Fish Hooks is 28 pages long and contains 20 beautifully written poems. The cover photo is printed on dove gray cardstock, and the book has a golden yellow cardstock insert.  The text is printed on thick white cotton paper.

Fishel was born in Central Pennsylvania, and is a poet, outdoor guide, and high school English teacher in North Dakota.  He is the author of several books, including Windsock Etiquette, Blue Collar at Best, and Prayerbook Bouquet (published by NightBallet Press in 2013).  His poetry has received multiple Pushcart and Best of the Web nominations.  He still believes in his lifelong dream of being an astronaut, a cowboy, and a hobo.

                                                      

Order your copy of Thorn Bushes and Fish Hooks today, for only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling!  See the PayPal link in the right column on this webpage, or order from Amazon.