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!