GASCONADE by Jeanette Powers!

By Dianne Borsenik

NightBallet Press is incredibly honored and proud to announce the imminent publication of a new book of poems:
Gasconade, by Jeanette Powers

Gasconade is a delightful romp through the little moments that matter, the big stories that define a life, and the special people one never forgets. Powers artfully tells tales and repeats conversations, letting the reader in on secrets, epiphanies, and hilarities, sometimes thrilling, sometimes gruesome, always fascinating.

Gasconade features a beautiful front cover art piece, “Opossom Gorget 11.9.16 Collage” by Bree, and contains sixteen poems on thirty-two pages. The cover is a thick, textured ivory card stock and the textured card stock insert is a pale robin’s egg blue. The poems are printed on creamy ivory paper. The initial print run is seventy copies.

Jeanette Powers, is a lover of writing, rivers, and solitude, with a conviction about irreverence and an impish delight in disobedience. Her books of poetry range from wild surrealism to feminist rage, but Gasconade is the first to explore storytelling about her country to city life. She is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Perfectly Good Muses (Spartan Press, 2017). She’s been published a bit here and there, performed a bit once and again, and focuses much of her time community building with the generative performance venue Uptown Arts Bar and the residency program at Osage Arts Community. And yes, her eyes really are that blue.

Gasconade will be released on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the FountainVerse Poetry Reading, Overland Park, Kansas, at the InterBurban ArtHouse, 6 to 8 pm. Loss and Foundering, the powerful new book of poetry by John Burroughs, will be available at this event as well, with Powers, Burroughs, Jason Preu, and Dianne Borsenik feature reading from their books.

Gasconade is available for mail order beginning TODAY, Thursday, April 11 (although, as NightBallet Press is going on the road over the next week, no copies will be mailed before April 18). At $5 plus $3 shipping/handling, it’s a real steal! You don’t have to be a member of PayPal to order; just have a credit or debit card handy. (USA customers only; for outside the US, please email the editor at for postage costs.) (Pre)order your copy today!

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Where Never Was Already Is – by Steven B. Smith (CC#98)

By John Burroughs

I am so very excited to announce the publication of underground art legend Steven B. Smith‘s magnum opus, Where Never Was Already Is, a collection of decades worth of his best poetry interspersed with a liberal array of his renowned collage art.
If not for discovering Smith and his work, I might never have attended a live poetry event or become a publisher. I cannot overstate his importance and influence, but not just on me. He is a master of language and rhythm and distilling innumerable harmonious essences from disparate parts. His humor is delightful and biting. His sensitivity and insight are unsurpassed. And no one is better at wordplay. Mix in love, lust, brain dust, the news, the blues and a lifetime of experiences that would make one hell of a series of movies and out comes Where Never Was Already Is, the must-have book of 2018.

Where Do You Want It?
United States $15.00 USDElsewhere $20.00 USD
Where Never Was Already Is by Steven B. Smith is perfect bound, 6″ x 9″, featuring 27 collages and roughly 250 poems. Cover collage and author photo also by Smith. ISBN: 978-1-940996-49-3. Available for $15 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.
Smith: poet 55 years, artist 54 years. His books include Zen Over Zero – Selected Poems 1964-2008 on City Poetry Press; Unruly on Crisis Chronicles Press; Hip Cat Femur Whack Give a Doc a Bone on NightBallet Press; and his memoir Stations of the Lost & Found, a True Tale of Armed Robbery, Stolen Cars, Outsider Art, Mutant Poetry, Underground Publishing, Robbing the Cradle, and Leaving the Country by Smith & Lady on City Poetry Press.

See his art and poetry on, Smith & Lady’s blogs on, and his songs on where he sort of sings his words with music by Peter Ball and Billy Clarksville.

Smith says his greatest achievement is finding and marrying Lady K. 13 years ago and their selling his place to live for 31 months in 10 countries on 3 continents.

Source:: Crisis Chronicles Press


By Dianne Borsenik

Today is a very special day in the NightBallet universe: Today, we get to celebrate National Poetry Month with a Release, a Reading and a Reception!

We are ecstatic to announce the publication and release of a new collection of poems by John Burroughs, Loss and Foundering!

Loss and Foundering contains poems written by John Burroughs during the past nine turbulent years of his life. Confessional and raw, these poems reveal a heart both broken and healing through the power of love.

Diane Kendig, author of Prison Terms (Main Street Rag, 2018), writes:

“And while the poet is experiencing all these losses and his ‘bark founders,’ … his poetry boat stays afloat … to the fantastic music of puns, echo puns, rhyme and chime and rhythm.”

Alex Gildzen, author of The Arrow That Is Hollywood Pierces the Soul That Is Me (2011) and Son of Hollywood (2018), writes:

“John Burroughs finds himself in a ‘city of lost places.’ that means he discovers himself living there but it also means that in that living he finds himself. by allowing us to follow him we recognize our losses & learn their light.”

Loss and Foundering contains 36 pages of 24 poems. Front cover artwork is a collage, “Ohm 10.26.17” by Bree, enhanced with raindrops by Dianne Borsenik with Photo Lab PRO.The cover card stock is a linen-textured, pale dove gray, and the card stock insert is a deep royal blue. The poems are printed on a crisp white paper. To buy Loss and Foundering, you may use the Buy Now button to order directly from the press, or you contact John Burroughs through his website for a signed copy.

John Burroughs is a dynamic, nationally-touring poet and performer from the Cleveland area, and is the author of a dozen-plus books, including Beat Attitude and The Eater of the Absurd, both from NightBallet Press. In various past lives, he served as playwright-in-residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Marion Correctional Institution, his blog was ranked #1 on MySpace, he won the first poetry slam he competed in, and he cofounded the infamous Lix & Kix Poetry Extravaganza reading series and the almost-annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest. He is probably most proud of his work since 2008 as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press. Learn more at Crisis Chronicles.



Loss and Foundering makes its debut at the Appletree Books Reading and Reception this evening (Friday, April 6, 2018) at 6 pm, with John Burroughs present to sign his books.

Appletree Books
12419 Cedar Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH

The Reception celebrates National Poetry Month, and honors NightBallet Press for decorating Appletree’s two front windows with eleven NBP titles (all by Ohioan or former Ohioan poets). The theme of the window dressing is “Poetry Is SO Succulent!” and will remain in place during the entire month of April.

The Reading highlights NightBallet Press poets, and we are OVER THE MOON to feature three fantastic poets, Rikki Santer, Steve Abbott, and Chuck Salmons. Huge thanks to these poets for graciously consenting to make the trek from Columbus, Ohio, to Cleveland for the event. They will be reading and signing their books between 6 pm and 8 pm, and we invite you to join us – the event is free and open to the public!

Books featured in the windows include Toledo-area poets Jonie McIntire and Kerry Trautman, Columbus-area poets Pat Hurley, Steve Abbott, Rikki Santer, and Chuck Salmons, former Clevelanders Alex Gildzen and M. J. Arcangelini, and Cleveland poets Christine Howey, Margie Shaheed, and John Burroughs. Cover art by former Clevelander Bree and Ohioan Kevin Eberhardt are featured.

Many thanks to Lynn Quintrell and Jane Rothstein for inviting NBP to decorate the windows at Appletree Books, and for giving us the privilege of not only attending tonight’s Reception, but for allowing us to have John Burroughs’ book release and signing in the bookstore. You know you rock!

NightBallet Press is grateful to all its poets, wingmen, readers, supporters, and friends for the opportunities given it to publish and promote the wonderful world of poetry. Hugs!

Source:: NightBallet Press

Fully Formed by Alexis-Rueal

By Writing Knights Press

$10.00 USD
(plus Free PDF)
Coming Soon
Coming Soon

Here resides wonder,
here, our hope lives on.
Here, a cherished sight.
Here, we love the light.
— “Here We Love the Light”

About the author: Alexis-Rueal was born in Kentucky, raised in Marion, Ohio, and has been a fixture in the Columbus, Ohio poetry scene since 2011. Since moving to Columbus, she has authored the Chapbooks, “Letter to 20,” (Poet’s Haven Press) and “According to the Results,” (Writing Knights Press) along with performing at festivals and venues throughout Ohio and Kentucky. She was a member of The Women of Appalachia: Women Speak project in 2016-17. Her first full-length collection, “I Speak Hick,” was published by Writing Knights Press in 2016.

When not writing and performing,
ballroom dances, and spends time with her family.

Source:: Writing Knights Press

500 Cleveland Haiku by Michael Ceraolo

By Writing Knights Press

$15.00 USD
Full Length Book
(plus Free PDF)
Coming Soon
Coming Soon

An undrained swamp—
the Garden of Eden
for all the world’s mosquitoes

Man on a park bench—
a dead ringer
for the Cowardly Lion

Funeral rite—
another building now
ashes to ashes, dust to dust

About the author: Michael Ceraolo is a retired firefighter/paramedic and active poet. His publications include Euclid Creek (Deep Cleveland Press), and the chapbooks Cleveland Haiku (Green Panda Press), More Euclid Creek and Cleveland Scores Early (Kendra-Steiner Editions), and Readings/The Road: Two Poems from Euclid Creek Book Three (Crisis Chronicles Press).
This is his second full-length book of poetry.

Source:: Writing Knights Press

New in Moon Cycle Magazine – “Dropping Point” by Juliet Cook

By Juliet Cook Juliet Cook’s poem “Dropping Point” now appears in the Pink Moon issue of Moon Cycle Magazine, HERE –

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

The New March flock of Thirteen Myna Birds is here!

By Juliet Cook

The NEW March flock of Thirteen Myna Birds is HERE –

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

National Poetry Month 2018 – 10/30 (10 pieces in 30 days)

By Writing Knights Press

While there’s nothing wrong with 30/30 challenges for National Poetry Month, we at Writing Knights believe there is more to effective writing than just writing piece after piece (we do not want to discourage you from writing as many pieces as you want for NPM, you do what you do). Writing is also about sharing pieces and editing those pieces to make them better.

Anyone interested can join the new Writing Knights Roundtable group on Facebook and share pieces there (videos are preferred, but shy people can copy/paste their words if they want feedback). URL:

Any questions can be directed to WK Pressman on Facebook (please send a message referencing National Poetry Month):

This entry will be updated daily. Savvy internet users can work ahead if they choose.

05-01 to 05-10: Submit your pieces to The Wayward Sword at Subject line: “National Poetry Month 2018”. Depending on how many submissions, they will be included in either the Grand Tournament adjacent release in July 2018 or the Break the Mold collection in May 2018.

04-01: Prompt A: Write a piece equating love and foolishness with the struggle of life and death.

04-02: Prompt B: Write a piece from the point of view of a side character in a story, show, or movie you like, BUT don’t mention any names or the media.

04-03: Prompt C: Write a piece directed at someone you find attractive, but are out of reach for whatever reason (a celebrity, for example), BUT don’t mention any names.

04-04: Share A: with someone you care about.

04-05: Prompt D: Pick a monster and write a piece from their point of view as they interact with the world (brownie points if you make up your own monster).

04-06: Share B: with someone who is also a fan of that story, show or movie.

04-07: Share C: with someone you also find attractive (or a significant other), ask them how the piece makes them feel, take notes.

04-08: Prompt E: Write a parody piece of a well known song/poem. Change it enough to make it unique and/or funny, but keep it similar enough that someone would know the original.

04-09: Edit A: for cliché and over used terms.

04-10: Prompt F: Ask yourself five questions and answer them as thoroughly as possible in 100 words or less.

04-11: Share D: with someone who knows a lot about monsters. Take notes on what they thought.

04-12: Edit B: for stronger hints toward the character without mentioning names.

04-13: Prompt G: Describe someone you know only using poetry terms (example, your nose is the punctuation of the sonnet of your face).

04-14: Edit C: by incorporating the notes into the original piece, turn non-concrete words into something more easily imagined.

04-15: Prompt H: Write a piece where you are purposefully cliché. Go so far down the rabbit hole that the poem comes out the other end as brilliant.

04-16: Share E: with someone who is a fan of the song/poem you parodied. Take notes.

04-17: Edit D: using the notes you took, shape your monster with more concrete imagery. Let your monster run wild.

04-18: Prompt I: Remember a time when you felt vulnerable. Use concrete images to describe these times. Focus especially on how your body reacted, but don’t neglect the world around you and how it acted toward you.

04-19: Share F: with someone who knows you well and ask for their answers to those questions. Take notes.

04-20: Prompt J: Set a timer for 10 minutes. Close your eyes and free type whatever comes into your head for those 10 minutes. Don’t worry about correcting anything spelling wise, just keep going. If you can’t type without looking, do your best to handwrite with your eyes closed. Have many pieces of paper close by or use a bound notebook.

04-21: Edit E: incorporating the notes from your share session, make the parody tighter to the original piece while still holding onto the uniqueness and/or humor.

04-22: Edit F: incorporating the best of both answers into 5 solid stanzas.

04-23: Share G: in the same room as the person the piece is about (if possible) and get their reaction to it. Don’t take notes, instead, remember the feelings they express.

04-24: Share H: with a small group of other writers and take notes on other clichés they offer.

04-25: Edit G: including physical manifestations of the feelings this piece was about.

04-26: Share I: in the mirror to yourself. Don’t take notes, instead observe your own bodily reactions as you share the piece.

04-27: Share J: with other writers and ask for any feedback. Take notes.

04-28: Edit H: incorporating the cliché notes into the original pieces, cutting out some that are less obvious.

04-29: Edit I: by remembering your reactions as you observed them from reading them to yourself in the mirror. Run through the piece and cut out anything that seems clichéd.

04-30: Edit J: by typing the piece, then using the notes the other writers offered. Then incorporate line breaks where you feel they are most appropriate.

Source:: Writing Knights Press

Juliet Cook’s Upcoming Poetry Events

By Juliet Cook Blood Pudding Press editor Juliet Cook’s Upcoming Poetry Events, including the Columbus State Community College Writer’s Conference on May 5, at which Blood Pudding Press will have a table.

Juliet Cook’s Upcoming Poetry Events

~April 2018 – Poets 2018 for Read + Write: 30 Days of Poetry
– National Poetry Month website for April at the Cuyahoga County Public Library – starting April 1st, a new poem will appear on this site every day (a poem of mine will appear on Saturday April 28)
(The page it all happens on:

To sign up for emails:


~Saturday April 21 – Kleft Crisis 2018 – at Mac’s Backs-Books in Coventry – 7-10 PM(1820 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118)

This poetry reading is part of a Kleft Jaw Press and Crisis Chronicles Press event, the weekend of April 20 and 21)

See more information here –


~Friday April 27 – Nervous Dog Akron Poetry Night – at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar – 6-9 PM
(1530 W. Market St., Akron, OH. 44313)

This is a poetry/art/music event with 8 features, hosted by Michael DeBenedictis – and I will be one of the poets.

(link coming soon)


~Saturday May 5 – Columbus State Community College Writer’s Conference – 10 AM – 4 PM

(Columbus State Community College, 550 East Spring St., Columbus, OH. 43215 at the Workforce Development Center, 315 Cleveland Avenue)

Me and my Blood Pudding Press will have a table at the Book Fair


~Wednesday June 6th – Coast Line Poetry Reading Series at Lakewood Public Library – 7:00 PM
(15425 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107)

I’ll be one of three featured readers


~Tuesday October 16 – Art on Madison, Poetry Plus monthly reading series – 7:00 PM
(13703 Madison, Lakewood, Ohio 44107)

Featuring the release of my poetry book, Malformed Confetti, from Crisis Chronicles Press. This will be my last poetry reading event at the age of 45, since it’s one day before my birthday.

See more information here –

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

Serving – by Kari Gunter-Seymour (CC#97)

By John Burroughs

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Kari Gunter-Seymour’s highly anticipated new poetry book, Serving, on 26 March 2018.

“The poems in Kari Gunter-Seymour’s Serving are so tender, reading them hurts, but it’s a sweet ache, the kind worth enduring. The collection begins with the speaker’s memory of her son as a young boy, in ‘Oshkosh bibs and tiny / red tennis shoes,’ but in the next poem, he is a young adult, deploying with his ‘tactical gear’ and ‘newly shaved head. Why isn’t this juxtaposition jarring? Because that fierce, abiding love is a kind of umbilicus between a mother and her child, regardless of age or distance. The poems in Serving are so much about place, about home, whether Appalachia or Kandahar. As Gunter-Seymour shows us, poem after masterful poem, serving is not only about sacrifice, what those in the military do for our country. Serving is also what we do for one another, for the people we call home, no matter where they are.”
Maggie Smith, Author of Good Bones (Tupelo Press).

“Kari Gunter-Seymour’s Serving is a heartbreaking and honest portrayal of the life of a war veteran’s mother. Gunter-Seymour juxtaposes the horrors of combat with perfectly rendered images of childhood, domesticity, and home, allowing the reader to experience a perspective we don’t often hear about. This collection is eye-opening, unapologetic, unforgettable, and absolutely necessary.”
Logen Cure, Juror, 2016 Yellow Chair Review Chapbook Contest and author of Letters to Petrarch (Unicorn Press).

Where Do You Want It?
United States $7.00 USDElsewhere $10.00 USD

Serving was the 2016 Yellow Chair Review Chapbook Contest runner up. It is perfect bound, 6×9″, and features 18 poems on 28 pages. Cover design by Kari Gunter-Seymour. ISBN: 978-1-940996-48-6. Available for $7 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134.

Join us for Just When You Think You Know Her…, Kari’s official Poet Laureate reading (and hometown debut of Serving) on 4/26/2018, 7 p.m., at ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701.

Twice a Pushcart Prize nominee, Kari Gunter-Seymour blames her method of writing on the rich Appalachian Ohio soil, her wildly eclectic family, her neighbors and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She holds a B.F.A. in graphic design and an M.A. in commercial photography and is an instructor in the School of Journalism at Ohio University. She is the Poet Laureate for Athens, Ohio. Her poems can be found in numerous literary journals, Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, The American Journal of Poetry, The Los Angeles Times and on her website at

Kari is the founder/curator of the Women of Appalachia Project, an arts organization she created to address discrimination directed at women from the Appalachian region.

Source:: Crisis Chronicles Press

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