Thursday, February 28, 2019

DEAR YOUNGSTOWN by Karen Schubert!

NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to announce
the publication of
Dear Youngstown by Karen Schubert!


 
 

In Dear Youngstown, poet Karen Schubert delves into stories meant to convey emotional truths about living in Youngstown, Ohio. From the opening poem, "Reading at the Old Ward Bakery" to the ending poem "After the New Yorker Festival," Schubert gently leads you through reminiscence and recall, offers observation, appreciation, and tribute to a city she clearly loves. In her poem "Letter to Youngstown, " she celebrates its diversity (an excerpt):

Dear kids of Italians, Slovaks, Lebanese,
Greeks, Puerto Ricans, Russians,
Southern Blacks, Connecticut Yankees,
Appalachians, Hungarians, Irish, Indians,
eat your corned beef, pierogis,
latkes, meatballs, baklava, gyros,
falafel, greens, fish fry, tamales,
eat your wings, your ribs, your foot
long, pickled knuckles, blood
sausage, pasties, poppadoms, gelato.


Dear Youngstown boasts bold and exciting cover art by Cleveland-area artist Timothy Gaewsky. It contains forty-eight pages of poems, including "Ella Fitzgerald Marries Ray Brown Dec. 10, 1947," "Sculpture Near Bliss Hall," "I Miss You, Chicken in Every Pot," and "Autumn with Parker." In "Autumn with Parker" are the delightful lines:

Lasterday my grandson told me I like it when you're here

and

Now I'll be the vampire he says. Strike three. You're out.

Karen Schubert is the author of five poetry chapbooks, including I Left My Wings on a Chair (Kent State University Press, 2014), selected by Kathleen Flenniken for a Wick Poetry Center Chapbook Prize, and Black Sand Beach (Kattywompus Press, 2015). Her poems, creative nonfiction, and interviews have appeared in Artful Dodge, Water~Stone Review, Versal, diode poetry journal, Aeolian Harp, The American Literary Review, and many others. Her awards include the William Dickey Memorial Broadside prize, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Headlands Center for the Arts. She has an MFA from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts, and is Director of Lit Youngstown in Youngstown, Ohio.


                                               

Dear Youngstown will be released TODAY, February 28, 2019, at A&C Studios (above A&C Beverage), 45 South Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio, 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. Please join us for an evening filled with art, music, dance, and the poetry of the incomparable Karen Schubert!


If you are unable to catch Karen Schubert in person tonight, you can still obtain Dear Youngstown by ordering it right here through PayPal! It's only $15 plus s/h. Order your copy today!





Thursday, January 10, 2019

THE CURVE OF HER ARM by Mullet & Rainwater!

Happy New Year from NightBallet Press!
We are beginning the year right by announcing the imminent publication of
The Curve of Her Arm by Robin Mullet and Holli Rainwater!



The Curve of Her Arm is a collaborative book of free verse and haiku from two remarkable poets.

 


Robin Mullet is an avid practitioner of qigong/tai chi, which she feels centers her and expands her creativity. Each one of her poems takes you through the art and practice, movements and moments, of qigong. As Robin wrote to me in her original proposal, "The poetry goes beyond the movements ekphrastically to the emotions and memories brought to the forefront by the ancient form."


                                                

Holli Rainwater's award-winning haiku have appeared in numerous publications, including the OPA Press anthologies Everything Stops and Listens, and A Rustling and Waking Within. Two of her haiku were chosen for the Seasons of Haiku walking path at the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio. She works at the Coshocton Public Library and teaches Chi classes
her own fusion of qigong, tai chi, and poetry.

Holli Rainwater has written "Each of these poems was inspired by the art and practice of qigong, an ancient Chinese health care system that combines gentle body movement, breath practice, and mindfulness. Qi (pronounced "chee") refers to the life force or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe. To practice qigong is to cultivate and balance this energy as it flows through our bodies."

The stunning cover photo is a watercolor painting by Becky Hernadez, commissioned specially by NBP for The Curve of Her Arm. Of the cover art, Rainwater wrote: "I love mandalas and this one is so interesting. She has all the colors that represent each season and each element in the qigong system. The whole world is represented, sort of a bursting forth of creativity and stillness. A representation of the human body and soul moving toward wholeness. And of course, the round feminine inclusive shapes." Mullet wrote: "Love the hands and the background seems like the endless universe." Hernandez also contributed two more watercolors for the inside of the book; one can be found on the introductory haiku's page, and one on the acknowledgments page. Both of the smaller pieces are delicate and lovely. Hernandez responded: "I am really honored to have had my work paired with the stunning and beautiful writing of two such talented and healing artists. I found the style of the book innovative and calming,(and) at the same time, truly heartfelt and human, blending two very different writers beautifully." You can find more of Hernandez's work here.

The Curve of Her Arm is a forty-page book containing thirty-three haiku and poems, Rainwater's haiku appearing first, with Mullet's parallel poems on the opposite pages. Each form is introduced within the poem that explores it. Reading The Curve of Her Arm is a refreshing, rewarding experience that leaves one with a sense of calm, wonder, and appreciation. This book will be released at a very special performance/reading on January 31st, 2019, at 6:30 pm at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, 300 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, Ohio.

The Curve of Her Arm will be published within two weeks, in time for Mullet and Rainwater's debut reading of it on January 31st. Pre-orders are being taken now for this lovely book of heartwarming poetry. Order now, and NBP will include a copy of Margie Shaheed's last book, Throwback Thursdays, with your order, for free.