Sunday, June 30, 2013

Laraine Seidl is (gasp!) Stitched Together!

O my gosh, NightBallet Press has learned that Laraine Seidl is Stitched Together!

Noooo, she didn't have an accident...she had a chapbook!  That's right, NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to present Stitched Together, poems by Laraine Seidl! 

Stitched Together is a 20 page chap of 15 poems detailing the arc, angst, anticipation, agony, and amor of a relationship in the way that only Seidl can do itwith wry, self-deprecating humor, and a wink at the world.  Her observations are consistently right on target, and you will feel yourself inexorably drawn into her world of Bukowski tattoos, text messages, and hippie iced tea; you'll find yourself immersed in the lives of an "adorable temptress" and "the reincarnation of Jack Kerouac".

Stitched Together features an ice-white cardstock cover with an olive cardstock insert.  The stark, stunning feather photo is by Ohio photographer/visual artist Chandra Alderman (a.k.a. Peggy Honeydew on Facebook).  The text is printed on white cotton paper...but the true treasure is found in the lines of the text; each poem by Seidl is a glistening gem.  Stitched Together is available beginning today, June 30, 2013, through PayPal right on this website for only $5 plus $3 postage!

Of course, if you are truly fortunate, you'll catch Laraine Seidl at a local poetry reading and buy it directly from the sure to have her sign it for you!

Laraine Seidl was born in Cleveland and grew up in Parma, Ohio.  She spent five years living in Columbus with her cat Zoe, and they are currently in the process of relocating.  Seidl has a BA in Psychology and a BA in Political Science from Ohio State University.  Previous publications include her chapbook The History of Chickpeas (The Poet's Haven, 2010).  She also enjoys expressing herself via photography, and spends her free time obsessively listening to music, reading, and collecting vintage glassware, clothing, and jewelry.  She is a welcomed guest at many featured readings and open mics; if you get a chance to meet her and hear her read, you don't want to miss it!

Monday, June 24, 2013

John Dorsey Is Responsible for the Fall of the Ramen Empire!

It's true, I tell you!  NightBallet Press has learned that John Dorsey is responsible for the Fall of the Ramen Empire!

...and what a resounding fall it is!  Fall of the Ramen Empire is the latest chapbook by the one and only John Dorsey. His fourteen poems of longing and remembrance, of wonder and wisdom, fill this 20 page chapbook with a haunting beauty. 

S. A. Griffin, co-editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and contributing writer for The Underground Guide to Los Angeles says of John Dorsey and Fall of the Ramen Empire:

"John Dorsey is simply one of the best wordslingers on the scene, a small press legend in the making. In his ghost world of the Ramen Empire, lovers pray to Godzilla under crumbling drive in signs for clean sheets as the moon shines down upon the beautiful madness that is John's poetry.”

With a warm dove-gray cardstock cover and a textured turquoise cardstock insert, Fall of the Ramen Empire boasts a simply gorgeous illustration by artist Elizabeth Soroka.  The text is printed on soft-white cotton paper. Published Monday June 24 2013, Fall of the Ramen Empire is immediately available to order for $5 plus $3 postage. You may order Fall of the Ramen Empire directly through PayPal on this website, or you can get your very own signed copy from the poet himself.  John Dorsey's books are much sought after and always go quickly, so get your copy today! 


John Dorsey holds a BFA in Writing for Film & Television from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  His short "Buffalo Diamonds" was made into a full feature independent film by producer/director Chris Lance of Paladin Knight Pictures.  He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw's Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Leaves of Ass (Unadorned Press, 2011), Street Maps for Lost Souls (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2012), and White Girl Problems (NBP, 2012).  His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Dive into a MOSAIC of Beauty and Truth!

NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to present a brand new chapbook:  Mosaic by Margie Shaheed!

Mosaic is filled with storytelling poetry about the glory, the mystery, the promise, and the pain of being a Black woman.  Shaheed's poetic Voice is strong and clear, and she offers unflinching glimpses of her struggles, her dreams, and her treasured memories.

Mosaicpackaged between double cardstock covers of ivory and rust, and with soft ivory papercontains 11 poems on 24 pages.  The cover boasts a beautiful photo by Clevelander John Burroughs (  You may obtain a copy from NBP for only $10 plus $3 postage right here on this site...simply look in the right column and click on the PayPal button.  Don't wait until they're all sold outget your copy today!

For those of you in the Memphis, Tennessee area, Mosaic's official book release and reading will be held this coming Tuesday,  June 18, 2013:


 Margie Shaheed is a community poet, writer, and performance artist who conducts creative writing workshops for children and adults in a variety of settings, including traditional classrooms, libraries, theatres, community arts centers, mental health centers, and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs.  Her poems have appeared in Essence Magazine, Black Magnolias, the Mom Egg Review, Blackberry: A Magazine, and Femficatio.  Her work can also be found in Liberation Poetry: An Anthology, edited by Tontongi and Jill Netchinsky (Trilingual Press, 2011) and Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NightBallet Press Year Two 2013.  She currently works in Memphis, but returns frequently to Cleveland.

(Bio photo photo by Coco, used with permission)