Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hot Off the Press- Batik by Heather Ann Schmidt!

Hot off the press and published today, Batik!  This lavishly sensual and sensitive chapbook by Michigan poet Heather Ann Schmidt contains 32 pages of poems and photos that will delight your senses, satisfy your poetic thirst, and leave you aching for more:

Even better news is that Heather Ann Schmidt will be reading (Cleveland) locally TOMORROW, Thursday January 26, 2012, at the Writing Knights:  Thirty Years of Knight event at Bela Dubby, 13321 Madison, Lakewood, Ohio, at 7PM (to 11PM).  Nothing beats hearing poems read in the poet's own voice, and tomorrow is sure to be a special treat, as Heather will also be singing during her feature.  You won't want to miss it!

Batik is available for sale beginning today, here on the NightBallet Press website- PayPal makes it easy.  And Heather will have her chaps with her tomorrow night, at the Writing Knights feature.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Night-Chronicles/Crisis-Ballet" featuring Provost, Stanley, Göttl - Feb 2012

Please note:  the editor listed the wrong street address on this poster; it should read 1820 Coventry Road, not 1925 Coventry Road- my bad!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

You Are Invited to Attend the End of the World

This year, on Friday 12/21/12, the world as we know it will end... at least, that's how some people interpret the Mayan Calendar.  The world and its people may change through transformation (extraterrestrials landing, a special alignment of the spheres creating New Age enlightenment) or cataclysm (the poles reversing, a rogue planet or asteroid hitting earth), but the pundits have it right down to the very date- the Winter Solstice of 2012.

So it would seem that Prince was wrong- it's not "Two thousand zero zero party over oops out of time", and Chicken Little was right- "the sky is falling!"  Not one to ignore such an occasion, NightBallet Press is pleased to announce its first anthology ever, Buzzkill: Apocalypse, An End of the World Anthology.  Fittingly enough, the theme is the End, whatever one might perceive it to be.  Publication is planned for 06/21/12, the Summer Solstice, so we can all enjoy reading it for six months before the Big Event.

This is where YOU come in.  You are invited to attend the End of the World by submitting a poem or two for the anthology.  NightBallet will select the tastiest scenarios and compile them in Buzzkill: Apocalypse.
Please note the following guidelines:

Submit only one or two poems- no more, please.  NightBallet has a day job and will be hard-pressed to keep up with everything, as it is.  One or two page poems will work best with the chap's formatting.

Send the poem(s) in the body of an email to  If your poem requires a certain formatting, you may attach it as a Word doc as well, making note of it in the email.   If you send a submission to any other email address associated with the press or with the editor, I can't promise I'll read it.  It's hard for me to keep up with my emails, too.

Put Submission - (your name) in the subject line of the email.

The poem(s) may be previously published, as long as you retain all rights to them.  Please acknowledge any previous publications in the body of your initial email. 

Please send a one or two line bio with your submission.  Keep it brief and concise.  NightBallet reserves the right to edit it for length, if you get too carried away. 

The deadline is May Day, May 1st, of this year.  The earlier you send your submission, the better the chance of it being chosen for publication. 

Contributors already include J. E. Stanley, Robert Miltner, Lyn Lifshin, Michael Salinger, Terry Provost, Steve Brightman, and John Burroughs, and this promises to be an, um, "killer" book, so don't delay- there's no time to waste!  Send your submission today!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012- Year of the Dragon!

NightBallet Press is excited about all the possibilities and opportunities this new year offers, and is thrilled to announce several news items on this very first day of 2012!
First, a new chapbook by one of NightBallet's favorite poets, T. M. Göttl, is officially published today.   Göttl's chap A Hurricane of Moths takes the reader on an enchanted trip through richly-imagined lands.  Her poetic Voice is lush and beautiful, and you'll want to read this book straight through to the end... trust me!

Next, NightBallet is pleased to announce that it will be publishing its first anthology this year, thematically based on the idea that, according to the Mayan calendar, the world will end in some way  on 12-21-12 (Winter Solstice).  The title is Buzzkill: Apocalypse - An End of the World Anthology, and NBP will be posting more on this soon- stay tuned!

Finally, for now, NightBallet Press is happy to say we're very busy, formatting chapbook manuscripts from Lyn Lifshin, Zach Ashley, Heather Ann Schmidt, Elise Geither, Jim Lang, Christopher Franke, and Kevin Eberhardt- with several more tasty manuscripts expected to arrive within the next few weeks.  Life is good. 

NightBallet wishes all of you a very Happy New Year, filled with love, laughter, and light, and hopes to see you at a poetry reading soon!