SO DAMN SURE OF US poems by Bree…debuting at Snoetry 5 in Erie PA!

By Dianne Borsenik

NightBallet Press is inordinately pleased at being able to announce the publication of so damn sure of us by Bree!

so damn sure of us is the third NBP publication in this
New Year…and we will be releasing the book tomorrow at SNOETRY: A Winter Wordfest 5!

Saturday, January 24, 2015 is the fifth Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest celebration produced by Lix & Kix poetry partners John Burroughs and Dianne Borsenik. This mega-event, which is coproduced with the Erie County Poet Laureate Initiative, will be held at the Avalon Hotel in Erie, Pennsylvania. Featured poets from several states will be reading from 1pm to 11pm. Among them will be Bree, who will have copies of her brand new book!

so damn sure of us is a 48 page book containing 37 poems by the one and only Bree. The leatherette-textured ivory cover (with a woodsy-brown cardstock insert) boasts a lovely photo taken by Chansonette Buck. The text is printed on creamy ivory paper. The poems are mystical and magical, with intriguing titles such as “Big & Little Clifties”, “Times New Roaming”, “o i am in love with an ideal madly”, “i wunder why a poet misspells sumtimes?”, and “relax, nothing is under control”. Bree engages the reader with images conveyed through a distinct language that flows musically…her words beg to be taken on the tongue and savored.

Bree, from Pleasureville, Kentucky, is a poet, memoirist, artist and publisher with long-time ties to Cleveland, Ohio. Since 2001 her Green Panda Press has put out chapbooks and anthologies. Her work has appeared widely, including in magazines like Big Bridge, Arthur, ArtCrimes, and many others. Crisis Chronicles Press published two volumes of her song lyrics. Explore more at her Green Panda Press blog.

If you are attending Snoetry, you may purchase a copy of so damn sure of us directly from Bree. Plus, BONUS, you can catch her featured performance there!

NightBallet Press will also have copies of Bree’s book, along with other tasty poetry tomes, at Snoetry. If you are unable to attend Snoetry, so damn sure of us is for sale on Amazon, or better yet, purchase a copy NOW through PayPal right here on this website – only $10 plus $3 shipping!

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Be Closer for My Burn – by Robin Wyatt Dunn (CC#64)

By John Burroughs

Cover photo by Steven B. Smith
Crisis Chronicles Press is pleased to announce the publication of Robin Wyatt Dunn‘s Be Closer for My Burn in January 2015. It is the first release in our new NineSense series of loaded nine poem chapbooks by authors whose work you should know, if you don’t already.
Choose U.S. or International
US Orders $4.99 USDInternational $6.99 USD
Available for only $4.99 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, Ohio 44111 USA.
Be Closer for My Burn is 8.5 x 5.5″, hand bound and saddle stapled. Print run: 99 copies. ISBN: 978-1-940996-15-8.

Robin Wyatt Dunn writes and teaches in Los Angeles. This is his fourth chapbook, and the first with an actual print run.

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Our World Is Spinning with ROTATIONS by Jake St. John!

By Dianne Borsenik

NightBallet Press is very pleased to present a book that will spin you “right ’round baby right ’round”:
Rotations by Jake St. John!
cover photo by George Wallace, used with permission
Rotations by Connecticut poet Jake St. John is a 20 page book that contains, as John Dorsey has written, “daily offerings in the act of living”. St. John takes you on a walk through beautifully written meditations and reflections as he explores the world around him. Don’t be deceived by the brevity of this collection; St. John packs a punch of insight with every line.

Dorsey writes about Rotations:

Taken piece by piece the gems in Rotations may feel like pebbles in our shoes, but they are merely parts of a whole, meant to be experienced together and then sent back out into the world. This collection of daily offerings in the act of living is anything but routine. In fact, every time I go back to them they move just a little bit, changing color like fallen leaves. That’s all any of us can ask for, a little excitement from time to time as we walk down the street and around the corners of the sky we’ve chosen to dance beneath and maybe a few words of wisdom for all of our restless nights, this book is full of them, it will leave you changed like the seasons. At least I think so.”

Jake St. John is the author of several collections of poetry and pamphlet poems, including I Talked to the Moon (Wandering Head, 2012), Looking for Sunflowers (Good Cop/Bad Cop, 2012), and Change of Address (Unarmed, 2010). His work has appeared in numerous literary and arts magazines, such as The Blue Collar Review, Big Hammer, and The People’s Tribune. Since 2007 he has served as the editor of Elephant and co-editor of Flying Fish. A truly excellent video of St. John reading his poetry can be found here.

photo by Colleen St. John, used with permission

Rotations is printed on crisp white paper; the cover is a two-toned gray cardstock with a dark charcoal cardstock insert. The striking cover photo is artistically rendered by NY poet George Wallace (no stranger to NightBallet Press readers!).

Rotations is available beginning today, January 20, 2015, for only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling. The best way to experience this book is by going to a Jake St. John reading and having the poet sign a copy for you, but if you are unable to make that journey, you may order from this website through PayPal. The book will also be available on Amazon. Begin your journey, hand in hand with St. John, today!

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RA Washington and The Paris Notebooks…très bon!

By Dianne Borsenik

It is both an honor and a privilege to announce NightBallet’s first 2015 publication:
The Paris Notebooks by Cleveland’s own RA Washington!

RA Washington, an iconic figure in the Cleveland poetry scene, is a true Renaissance man. He is poet, novelist, artist, editor, publisher, musician, entrepreneur, DJ, helmsman at Guide to Kulchur, and so much more. Sam Allard did a beautiful piece on Washington in Scene Magazine in June of last year (you can read it here). In the article, Allard says:

“The bookshelves at Guide to Kulchur aren’t just stocked, they’re curated. RA Washington has…been rocking and rolling at the helm of the westside’s coolest book-and-culture warehouse for more than a year. It’s certainly much more than a bookstore. Washington sells and repairs antique typewriters and has made the shop’s basement a co-op workshop for the creation of ‘zines. The basement is also where the readings and performances go downCleveland’s version of a Parisian salon.”

Which leads us to The Paris Notebooks, a series of poems and essays based on his visit to Paris in 2013. The pieces fearlessly comment on culture (both French and American), justice, relationships, identity, and the fruitless pursuit of tabac with the wry humor and clear vision that characterizes Washington’s work.

If you have the chance to hear RA Washington read, by all means, do so! He is a powerhouse of words and a masterful performer. If you are really lucky, you might get to hear him read Tabac (a personal favorite of NBP’s)!

The Paris Notebooks is 28 pages long, and contains 12 poems/essays. Published today, January 18, 2015, it is available for immediate purchase for only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling.

Or, you can swing by Guide to Kulchur at 1386 West 65th Street in Cleveland, Ohio (Tues, Wed, Thurs 1pm-9pm, Fri 12 noon- 1am, Sat 1pm-9pm, Sun 1pm-6pm) and have the man himself sign a copy for you! While you’re there, check out the wide selection of books published by various Cleveland-area small presses…it’s a truly awesome collection, and all for sale! NightBallet Press supports and celebrates the independent bookstore!

Again, folks, get yourself a copy of The Paris Notebooks by RA Washington…you’ll be glad you did!

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2015 Crisis Chronicles Press Publication Schedule

By John Burroughs Those who know me best know I am always (at least since 2009) behind in my Crisis Chronicles Press commitments. There are a number of reasons for this. One minor one is that I’ve traditionally had difficulty saying no to a project I love, even if I have a lot on my plate already. Though “we” are pretty much a one-person operation, some of the best writing I’ve ever encountered has made it into my inbox and I just had to say yes to publishing it. However, I’m doing better at setting limits for myself. Actually, I committed to doing better around a year ago, though I’m still working on making my better even better and catching up. Being so far behind is simply unacceptable.

With that in mind, I’ve put together an ambitious 2015 publishing schedule that I believe I can stick to (albeit somewhat flexibly). Bear in mind that this schedule is inexact. Some of the publications will be perfect bound and require me to pay a printer, while others will be hand-bound with materials I already have on hand. Sometimes, if funds are short, I may skip ahead and do a less expensive book out of order. Also, some of these books have firmer deadlines than others, either because they were submitted and accepted for publication earlier than others or because they already have immutable launch events scheduled for them. And you’ll notice I’ve frontloaded the schedule a bit, so it looks like Crisis Chronicles has less on tap for the second half of the year. That’ll give us some catch up time if we need it. But no matter what, all these books will be published in 2015.

And what fine books they are! I am thrilled to have the privilege of publishing such excellent work by some of the world’s best living writers. I’m pretty sure you’re gonna love these books as well.

Reminder: this schedule is only a rough guideline. A few titles may get moved around depending on how things go, but hopefully not too much.

January 2015:

#ThisISCLE: An Anthology of the 2014 Best Cleveland Poem Competition by various authors (edited by Dianne Borsenik)

Poem’s for Explosion by John G. Hall

Be Closer for My Burn by Robin Wyatt Dunn

February 2015:

Ohio Triangle by Alex Gildzen

Balefire by Susan A. Sheppard

The Road Unravelled to the Lakes by Wendy Webb

March 2015:

Bookmobile by David S. Pointer

Contents Under Pressure by Kevin Ridgeway

When You Don’t Know Who You Are by Alinda Dickinson Wasner

April 2015:

Oct Tongue 2 by Eric Anderson, Margaret Bashaar, Dianne Borsenik, Kathleen Cerveny, Juliet Cook, Mark Sebastian Jordan, Lyn Lifshin, and George Wallace

Special Watch by Richard M. O’Donnell

May 2015:

god save your mad parade by Austen Roye

Matilda’s Battle Waltz by Tracie Morell

June 2015:

Fractured Fairy Tales by William Merricle

Ship of Theseus by Christopher Willard

July 2015:

Of Friends & Liars & Intelligent Crows by Carolyn Srygley-Moore

Inquiry into Loneliness by Meg Harris

August 2015:

Desire Doesn’t Work Here by Lisa Cihlar

Field Notes by Heather Ann Schmidt

September 2015:

Turnstile Burlesque by John Greiner

The Frankenstein Union by Esteban Colon

October 2015:

The Gravity of Chainsaws by Azriel Johnson

Malformed Confetti by Juliet Cook

PLUS (months yet to be determined for these – could be in November, December or earlier depending on time and when the manuscripts are finalized):

Works by Christopher Franke, Catherine Criswell, John Dorsey, Helen Shepard, Steven B. Smith and ?

That’s more than two dozen publications. So if there was ever a year to purchase a year’s subscription to Crisis Chronicles Press, this is it. Thank you for your amazing support and patience and poetry.

Peace, love and all of the above,

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Beginning of the Year Address: Updates and Upcoming!

By Dianne Borsenik

Hello dear friends, and welcome to NightBallet’s Beginning of the Year Address! We’ve turned over the last calendar page of 2014 and begun a brand-new year. These are exciting times here at NightBallet Press, and it’s all because of YOU!


We are very pleased and extremely honored to announce that Pittsburgh Magazine’s January 2015 issue contains an article by Kris Collins about the five Pittsburgh titles NBP released back in summer of 2014:

NB Publishes the Work of 5 Local Poets by Kris Collins (Pittsburgh Magazine-Jan 2015 issue)

The five Pittsburgh poets are Jason Baldinger, Jason Irwin, Karen Lillis, Heather McNaugher, and Nikki Allen. Check it out! Thank you Kris Collins for the great article, and thank you Karen Lillis for suggesting these books for review to Kris!


Four poems from The Paul Simon Project by Karen Lillis are featured in Fusion Magazine: HERE


We’ve had a lot of great reviews (will post more as I find them in my emails):

Review of Irwin’s Where You Are by CL Bledsoe (Revolution John Magazine)

Review of Lillis’ The Paul Simon Project by Michael Fournier (Cabildo Quarterly)

Review of Litzky’s Jerry in the Bardo by Mindy Kronenberg (Mom Egg Review)

Review of Burroughs’ The Eater of the Absurd by Kristin D. Scott (Knot Magazine)


Our books now appear as part of the permanent collections in both the Ohioana Library (Columbus, OH), and the Lockwood Library (University of Buffalo).

Big congrats to Margie Shaheed, who has sold over 800 copies of her chapbook Mosaic! NightBallet Press first published Mosaic in May of 2013, and Margie has ordered at least 40 copies a month since then, spreading her poetry throughout Ohio, Tennessee, and New York. I wish we could bottle her magic!
NightBallet Press now uses a local professional print shop for our covers, Elyria Print and Copy LLC, instead of a big-box store’s printing services. We are getting more personalized service, and the print jobs are consistently excellent. I strongly urge you to use small-business services wherever possible; they are unbeatable and invaluable!
We’ve had a lot of outside individual orders for titles, and we’ve had a lot of orders for reprints. This means our poets are out there doing readings and advertising their product. I’ve been very busy doing the actual printing, which has slowed down my working on new titles. But the upswing of it is that more and more people are buying NBP titles, and we are succeeding in getting the Poetry Word out there!

Thank you, thank you, to all the wonderful people who have made this past year a huge success: you, the poets who have entrusted me with your fine…nay, outstanding!, and you, the (obviously discriminating!) readers who have supported us through buying books and attended featured readings by NBP authors. A big thank you to the artists and photographers who have given us permission to use your work on our covers and helped to make us look so classy. A bear hug and thank you to you who have sent donations to support the press throughout this past year…I appreciate you, from the bottom of my heart.


We’ve had several inquiries about one-year subscriptions, so as a SPECIAL THANK YOU for your support, I am making the NightBallet Press Season Four titles available to you as a one-year subscription for only $100.00 (one hundred dollars). For this one-time payment of one hundred dollars, you will receive a copy of each and every NBP title, as they are published, between September 2014 and September 2015, including the Lipsmack! anthology to be published in September 2015. This will include the already-published George Wallace’s Riding with Boom Boom and Russ Green’s Gimme Back My Radio (published Oct 2014), plus brand new books (scheduled) by

Lyn Lifshin,
RA Washington,
Alan Catlin,
Geoffrey Landis,
Mary Turzillo,
Andy Roberts,
Kathleen Cerveny,
Connie Everett,
Margie Shaheed,
Marisa Moks-Unger,
Steve Brightman,
John Burroughs,
Jake St. John,

and who knows who else! Postage is included with this special offer. Many of these books will be selling individually for $10 plus $4 shipping/handling, so you can see where the savings can be had in purchasing a one-year subscription. I guarantee your money’s worth! The subscription button appears at the top of the right column. (Please inquire if you wish a subscription to any previous year, and I’m sure we can work it out.)

If you know of any reviews I’ve missed or special events I should report, please let me know at Thank you thank you thank you, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I can’t wait to see what this year has in store!

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#ThisIsCLE: An Anthology of the 2014 Best Cleveland Poem Competition (CC#63)

By John Burroughs

cover photo by Steven B. Smith
Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the imminent publication of #ThisIsCLE: An Anthology of the 2014 Best Cleveland Poem Competition on 5 January 2015.
The second annual Best Cleveland Poem Competition was held on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at the Willoughby Brewing Company. #ThisIsCLE features contest highlights including poems by Geoffrey Landis, Theresa Göttl Brightman, Jeffrey Bowen, Mary Turzillo, JP Armstrong, Anita Herczog, Danya Eichhorn, Michael Murray, Steven B. Smith, Frannie Lograsso, S. Renay Sanders, two-time Best Cleveland Poem winner Dianne Borsenik and competition emcee Ray McNiece.

The book is 40 pages, perfect bound, 6×9″ and a steal at only $10 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, Ohio 44111.

Available now by mail and online — and soon from particular independent bookstores across the country! Please join us for the official #ThisIsCLE release party on January 5th 2015 during Mondays at Mahall’s Poetry and Prose series at Mahall’s 20 Lanes, 13200 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio. Meet and hear many of the contributors there.

Project editor for #ThisIsCLE: Dianne Borsenik

Executive editor: John Burroughs

For more information about the annual Best Cleveland Poetry Competition sponsored by attorney Tim Misny, please click here.

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Electric Company by John Burroughs

By Writing Knights Press

$8.00 USD
Back of the Book:
“steeple chased
because some animal
church wants to make me
foxtrot in tempo
with the braying
boy Pinnochio
wants to make me
hog its slops like
Pigpen McSomething
grateful and dead”
– Alarm Blocks

“Electric Company” is a collection of poems about lit lovers and others who’ve given John Burroughs a charge. Sizzling with current, stimulating and sometimes even shocking work, this chapbook promises to plug into you, turn you on and leave you tingling all over. No batteries required. About the author:
John Burroughs, a.k.a Jesus Crisis, is a poet and publisher born in West Virginia, raised in Elyria and currently living in Cleveland, Ohio. Educated at Lorain County Community College and Ohio University, John for several years served as playwright-in-residence for Marion Correctional Institution’s Ministry of Theatre. He later won the first poetry slam he ever competed in and has authored nearly a dozen chapbooks. Since 2008, John has continued his creative evolution as the editor and publisher for Crisis Chronicles Press. John co-founded the Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and the annual Snoetry winter wordfest.
He now hosts the Monday at Mahall’s reading series in Lakewood.

Publication Date:
Dec 24 2014
1505576504 / 9781505576504
Page Count:
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Poetry / General

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The Way Things Used to Be by Martin Willitts Jr.

By Writing Knights Press

$8.00 USD
Underwear keeps dark secrets.
You can learn much from
a discarded pair.
When hope springs eternal,
underwear collapses.
There is a spring in the step.
Underwear reveals suggestions
of light.
– What Underwear Does When No One is Looking
About the author:
Martin Willitts Jr. poetry books include Waiting for the Day to Open Its Wings (UNBOUND Content), Art Is the Impression of an Artist (Edgar and Lenore’s Publishing House), Swimming in the Ladle of Stars (Kattywompus), and national contest winner Searching For What Is Not There (Hiraeth Press).
Publication Date:
Dec 24 2014
1505575095 / 9781505575095
Page Count:
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Poetry / American / General

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Yellow Wolf by Grant Tarbard

Dec 18 2014

By Writing Knights Press

S8.00 USD
Yellow wolf, frozen
in one point of the
incision, the burnt
crystal blue reaping
of a killers joy.
– First Cut
About the author:
Grant Tarbard has worked as a journalist, a contributor to magazines, an editor, a reviewer and an interviewer. He is now the editor of The Screech Owl and co-founder of Resurgant Press.

His work can be seen in such magazines as The Rialto, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Bone Orchard Poetry, BLAZE, The Journal, Southlight, Sarasvati, Earth Love, Mood Swing, Puff Puff Prose Poetry & Prose, Postcards Poetry and Prose, Playerist 2, Lake City Lights, Medusa’s Kitchen, The Open Mouse, Weyfarers, Miracle, Poetry Cornwall, I-70, South Florida Review, Stare’s Nest, Zymbol, Synchronized Chaos, BLUEPEPPER, Every Day Poetry, Tribe, Verse-Virtual and Decanto.

Publication Date:
Dec 17 2014
1505383560 / 9781505383560
Page Count:
Related Categories:
Poetry / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

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