This has been an unprecedented week of wows here at NightBallet Press! Starting off the week was a visit to Mac's Backs on Coventry in Cleveland Heights. Mac's is a venerated and beloved independent bookstore owned by Suzanne DeGaetano, and has one of the best (if not THE best) collections of poetry books for sale in this region. Suzanne has been very supportive of poets over the years, and hosts her own second Wednesday reading series every month. She has also been very supportive of local presses, and has stocked NightBallet Press chaps on a regular basis. During this past visit to Mac's, the editor/publisher of NBP was delighted and excited to see a shelf of a bookcase (in the back, by the stairs leading to the basement) labeled "NightBallet Press"! There, you can easily find all the NBP titles! Check it out... and while you're there, check out all the other wonderful offerings that Mac's Backs has. I promise you, you'll find some toothsome tomes within. Support your local bookstore! Tell Suzanne NightBallet sent you!
As if that wasn't fabulous enough, Alex Gildzen of Santa Fe, New Mexico, hit town, received his copies of his brand-new NBP chap Passd Ports, and joined fellow poets Kara Johnston, Kathy (Lady K) Smith, Bonné de Blas, and John Dorsey (all with new NBP chaps!) at Jammy Buggars in Lakewood Thursday evening at the Fistful of Poets reading... I'll let these photos show you the magic of the night (and to see ALL the photos from the event, please visit Dianne Borsenik's Facebook album):
And to cap off the week, a major announcement about this first year of NightBallet Press publishing... an anthology is imminent, consisting of (98%) new poems by the 18 poets whose chaps were published between September 2011 and September 2012! This includes Jack McGuane, Chansonette Buck, George Wallace, Ralph La Charity, Terry Provost, T. M. Göttl, Heather Ann Schmidt (soon to become Heather Ann Sukha-Prajna), Jim Lang, Steve Brightman, Elise Geither, Zach Ashley, Kara Johnston, Lyn Lifshin, John Dorsey, Bonné de Blas, Alex Gildzen, Kathy (Lady K) Smith, and Russell Salamon (whose Black Rainbow: All the Colors are Still There is due out by September 30th). You can expect this tasty little treat of an anthology- Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poetry from NightBallet Press, Year One- to be available for only 5 dollars by the end of next week... and, yes, Mac's Backs will be carrying it. ;)