Take the Knight Off — March 9, 2018

By Writing Knights Press

Take the Knight off and experience poetry with us!
Bring a pen(cil) and something to write with and jot down lines and build on that. Bring a brush and some canvas. Whatever you want. However you want to express yourself, let our features inspire you!
Introducing:

John Walters loves his poetry and does it because it feels good
Emerging author Aurora Mehlman: a new voice in the Cleveland lit-activist scene
Atomic Houdini: flamenco-tinged prog-folk to jazzy/funky/soulful pop

Sugg. Donation: $5 or 10 Used Books for Donation
(no one will be turned away)
Unmoderated Open Mic After the Features (2 min per person)
Bring $$ for Books & Art

Social Media: #writingknights #taketheknightoff

In the mean time, Take the Day Off with our sponsors: (print off the flyer in the photo section of this event or pick up a flyer at any of these locations or Writing Knights Gallery at Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre)
@The Local (address above) — Our Venue (for some reason it isn’t pulling up in our drop downs.
Cultured Coffee & Waffles – 1 Free Large Coffee, also BUY WAFFLES!
Crooked River Alliance of TimeBanks Members can get 3 Time Credits for attending!
Modern Ritual is providing swag as door prizes.
Cantonology also is providing door prizes.
Jen Pezzo Photography – Anyone who calls mentioning Writing Knights will get $25 OFF a photoshoot.

We are ALWAYS looking for more sponsors to give us SWAG to share with our attendees!

Source:: Writing Knights Press

LITTLE EPIPHANIES by Allison Joseph

By Dianne Borsenik

When the world pairs opportunity with synchronicity, something very special happens.
Little Epiphanies by Allison Joseph
is one of those very special things.

NightBallet Press has been given the opportunity to take on Little Epiphanies, and we couldn’t be happier. Originally published by Imaginary Friend Press in 2015, this title was soon orphaned after the closure of the press. We are proud to give Little Epiphanies a new life as part of the NBP family.

The poems in this book are intriguing and accessible, impudent and impish, with titles such as “Thirty Lines About the Fro,” “Sundown Ghazal,” “The Truth About Public Transportation,” and “A Prayer for Women’s Bodies.”

Little Epiphanies contains fifteen poems on 24 pages. The cover features a beautiful photograph, “a new experience – dragon fruit,” by Alex Gildzen. The text is printed on textured ivory paper.

Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. Born in London, England, to parents of Caribbean heritage, Joseph grew up in Toronto, Canada, and the Bronx, New York. A graduate of Kenyon College and Indiana University, she serves as poetry editor for Crab Orchard Review. Her books include Mercurial (Mayapple Press, 2016), The Purpose of Hands (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), and What Once You Loved (Barefoot Muse Press, 2017). She is the literary partner and wife of poet and editor Jon Tribble.

Your own little epiphanies await you…order a copy of Little Epiphanies for only $5 plus $3 shipping, right here through PayPal! You don’t have to have an account with PayPal; just use your debit or credit card to pay. (For customers outside the USA, please pay $13 to cover shipping charges. Use the Donate button in the left column to pay.) This is a sweet deal for a Valentine’s Day release; get your copy today!

Source:: NightBallet Press

By Dianne Borsenik

Source:: NightBallet Press

The Halcyon Code by Jeff Kosiba

By Writing Knights Press

$10.00 USD
Chapbook
(plus Free PDF)


https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1983461326/
Coming Soon
Coming Soon
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38487707-the-halcyon-code
Paint me into your memory
before dementia
lies beside you early one morning
like kids fingernails scraping
inside window permafrost,
as we are forced to remain apart
like two prizefighters
saved by the bell.

I will wait for you Nadia
in this cold-war of aggression
we have waged upon each
other’s emotions.
Out go the candles for now.

-The Dimensions of Nadia


About the author: I never say goodbye, I say instead, goodnight.
-Jeff Kosiba

Source:: Writing Knights Press

Take the Knight Off — February 9, 2018 (Raw Footage)

By Writing Knights Press

Take the Knight off and experience poetry with us!
Bring a pen(cil) and something to write with and jot down lines and build on that. Bring a brush and some canvas. Whatever you want. However you want to express yourself, let our features inspire you!
Introducing:

Jesse James is Mister Fabulous Himself: Queer, Acoustic, Stories, Horror, Love, Weird (2 parts)

Su Flatt: wrapping words around stuff since New Wave was actually new.

Jacob King tells truths in many voices



Sugg. Donation: $5 (no one will be turned away)
or
10 Used Books for Donation
Unmoderated Open Mic After the Features (2 min per person)
Bring $$ for Books & Art

Social Media: #writingknights #taketheknightoff

In the mean time, Take the Day Off with our sponsors: (print off the flyer in the photo section of this event or pick up a flyer at any of these locations or Writing Knights Gallery at Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre)
@The Local (linked above) — Our Venue
Cultured Coffee & Waffles – 1 Free Large Coffee, also BUY WAFFLES!
Crooked River Alliance of TimeBanks Members can get 3 Time Credits for attending!
Modern Ritual is providing swag as door prizes.
Cantonology also is providing door prizes.
Jen Pezzo Photography – Anyone who calls mentioning Writing Knights will get $25 OFF a photoshoot.

Source:: Writing Knights Press

A few more photos from the Words Made Visible Reception

By Juliet Cook

Adding a few more photos from the Lit Youngstown Words Made Visible Reception (February 3, 2018).

These photos were taken by Melanie Rae Buonavolonta.
Darryl and Juliet looking at art inspired by poetry.

Ceramic art, created by Sean Staser, inspired by Juliet Cook’s poem, “Every Hole is Broken”.

Juliet Cook reading her poetry

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

Words Made Visible (A Lit Youngstown literary-visual art collaboration & exhibit at The Soap Gallery)

By Juliet Cook

At Lit Youngstown Presents Words Made Visible, a literary-visual art collaboration & exhibit at The Soap Gallery, February 3, 2018

Ceramic art created by Sean Staser, inspired by Juliet Cook’s poem “Every Hole is Broken”.
(The poem that inspired the art – Photos of the art – A photo of Cook reading her poetry – A photo of the poet and the art and the artist)
***

EVERY HOLE IS BROKEN

You inserted small
bugs into my body
like it was just another
machine
until you lost
and I lost.

You just moved on
to the next slot
and didn’t seem to care
that my slot had
stopped working.

Screaming on the other side
of a fallen down mirror.
Imprisoned inside my own
twisted cells. Gagging out
bloody coins until drained.

~Juliet Cook~
(previously published in Issue 2 of Rogue Agent)

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HARD TO SWALLOW by Pat & Bill Hurley

By Dianne Borsenik

NightBallet Press is enormously pleased, honored, and humbled, to publish
a remarkable new collection of poems:
Hard to Swallow, co-authored by Pat Hurley and her late husband Bill Hurley.


This book, as Pat describes it, “documents their individual perspectives on his esophageal cancer journey, through poetry.” With Pat’s poems on pages opposite Bill’s poems, we get a unique mirror perspective of their lives during this most difficult time. We find ourselves exploring their labyrinths of love, humor, wonder, fear, dread, and anger through poems filled with reflections, revelations, tenderness, and truth.

Hard to Swallow contains 28 poems on 40 pages. Its front cover features a photograph taken by Bill Hurley on 02/02/2012, captioned “Some say this glass is half empty. They are pessimists. Some say the glass is half full. They are optimists. I say that it is a 12 ounce glass with 6 ounces of water. I am a realist. What are you?” The cover is a textured card stock, with a faded denim card stock insert. The text is printed on crisp white paper, with Bill’s poems appearing in italics.

Pat’s iron dedication and loving concern walk hand-in-hand with Bill’s sardonic humor and quiet reflection. In one poem, Bill Hurley muses about what would happen if his ashes were stored in a Metamucil bottle and consumed by an unwitting sufferer. In another, Pat recalls their fortunes:

Drama

At the Chinese lunch
Following the oncology appointment
We crack our fortunes open.

You: “A long and happy life”
Me: “Little time, much opportunity”
“Ironic,” you say.

The collection opens with this introduction by Bill Hurley:

Do what you can for as long as you can
And then when you can’t, stop.
Surrender to the labyrinth.
Though your steps grow silent,
The journey continues,
And you’ll always be a part of it.

photo by Kar Shepherd

Pat Hurley writes a regular humor column, “Balancing Act,” for ThisWeek Community News newspapers in Columbus, OH, and has authored a book, The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life. At the urging of her late husband Bill, she ventured into poetry. Her poems have appeared in various publications, including Still Crazy, Common Threads, and A Rustling and Waking Within, the Ohio Poetry Association’s exphrastic poetry anthology.

photo by Pat Hurley

Bill Hurley, a retired video producer and amateur astronomer, first appeared on the Columbus, OH, poetry scene in 2012 and quickly became a popular reader at regional open mics. Before his death from cancer in 2016, he published his first poetry collection, No Weeds in Wahkeena (Bent River Press, 2015). His work has appeared in Common Threads, a publication of the Ohio Poetry Association, and TheNewVerse News, an online journal.

NightBallet Press is grateful to Pat for giving us her poems, Bill’s poems, and the opportunity to offer this book as a memorial to a remarkable man. Be a part of the journey. Get your copy of Hard to Swallow for $12 plus $3.00 shipping.

Source:: NightBallet Press

Announcing ENVELIT – Envelopes of Literature!

By PoetsHaven.com

The Poet’s Haven is pleased to announce the launch of a long-awaited, long-in-the-works program:

Envelit is a subscription service that brings our readers an envelope stuffed with books of poetry and short fiction every other month. Think of it like a “Loot Crate” full of books from the best small-press publishers around.

The first shipment will arrive in mailboxes this April. There will never be more than one book from a single author in a shipment, and we won’t repeat authors for at least one year. Each book in a shipment will be from a different press. (Also, not every shipment will have a Poet’s Haven title in it.) Books included in our shipments will be stand-alone titles: you won’t get stuck with a book that is number 7 in a 12 part series and have to track down all the earlier books before you can read the title we sent. Plans are in the works for shipments selected by guest curators, and we are planning to have books make their debut in Envelit shipments before being available to the general public. Perhaps the biggest thing we’re going to do different than other subscription box services is that we will announce what is in the upcoming shipment and give you time to request a substitution if you already own one of the titles. As exciting as it is discovering what is inside a blind shipment, it is very disappointing to open a subscription box and pull out something you already have. If we’ve selected a title you already own, let us know and we’ll get it switched out with something else from our inventory.

To subscribe, head over to envelit.com!

Source:: The Poet’s Haven

This Saturday February 3, Words Made Visible!

By Juliet Cook

This Saturday! Poetry and art!
Words Made Visible is a literary-visual art collaboration, associated with Lit Youngstown and Youngstown State University. Poems and prose by Ohio-affiliated writers were chosen to be printed on posters, broadsides and stamped into sidewalks. Students in YSU art classes chose poems and stories and responded to them through visual art.
More details here – https://www.facebook.com/events/418501788552920/

Source:: Blood Pudding Press