We Celebrate Eight-Going-on-Nine-Years of NightBallet Press!

By Dianne Borsenik

Well, we’ve had an exciting year here at NightBallet Press, to say the least! Our year, or Season as we call it, runs from September to September. We’ve just completed Season Eight, and we couldn’t be more proud of the poets whose books we’ve produced over the past twelve months:

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NEW! Octopus Review #8 includes two of Juliet Cook’s poems (which also appear in the Blood Pudding Press chapbook, DARK PURPLE INTERSECTIONS)!

By Juliet Blood Pudding

Brimming with broom legs,

with bruises and veins,

uneven blood flow, pulsating heart beats

underneath my skin. I cut myself

shaving again, because the veins

bulged into the razor blade.

The ever alternating landscapes

of quantifiable feminism.


then mental evaporation

then excavation from underneath the cuts.

Juliet Cook is delighted to have a few poems appearing in Octopus Review #8! – https://theoctopusdiary.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-octopus-review-8.html?fbclid=IwAR08uim76Ha3FGzhy-uPFlb8PM95EAfo_QAxACHjcL88MVdfBDd4k_Ng53U

The two poems within Octopus Review #8 also appear within Cook’s poetry chapbook, “DARK PURPLE INTERSECTIONS”, published by Blood Pudding Press for Dusie Kollektiv 9 and available in its entire creepy little hand-designed print chapbook incarnation, HERE – https://www.etsy.com/listing/689260672/new-dark-purple-intersections-inside-my?ref=shop_home_feat_1

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Some NEW Notes about Juliet Cook’s DARK PURPLE INTERSECTIONS (inside my Black Doll Head Irises) (Blood Pudding Press for dusie kollektiv 9, 2019)

By Juliet Blood Pudding rob mclennan’s Ongoing notes on dusie kollektiv 9 chapbooks includes Dana Teen Lomax’s THE-IN-BETWEEN + Juliet Cook’s DARK PURPLE INTERSECTIONS(Blood Pudding Press)today.

Read his notes here – http://robmclennan.blogspot.com/2019/08/ongoing-notes-dusie-kollektiv-9-dana.html

Acquire your very own copy of DARK PURPLE INTERSECTIONS here – https://www.etsy.com/listing/689260672/new-dark-purple-intersections-inside-my?ref=shop_home_feat_1

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Chapbooks heading to a library soon!

By Juliet Blood Pudding

Poetry chapbooks (and one full-length poetry book) ready to be mailed to a library!

Acquire a few for yourself at the

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By Juliet Blood Pudding Juliet Cook will be a part of TWO poetry reading events the second weekend of August, for any available Ohio area poetry friends or fans who might be interested in attending and listening to poetry!

~Saturday August 10 – Sara Minges / Cat Russell / Juliet Cook :: Poetry Reading at Visible Voice Books – 7:30 to 9:30 PM
(2258 Professor Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113)

View the facebook event HERE – https://www.facebook.com/events/633846990458452/

~Sunday August 11 – Uncloistered Poetry at Calvino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar – 6 to 9 PM
(3143 W Central Ave, Toledo, Ohio 43606)

View the facebook event HERE – https://www.facebook.com/events/1259818494186066/

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A Very Sad Loss

By Juliet Blood Pudding

Very saddened and upset to find out that Vertigo Xi’an Xavier has suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. This is awful, terrible, and totally unfair.
Vertigo was a genuinely unique, truly one-of-a-kind, supportive, open-minded, oddly-amusing, creative, hard-working poetry creature who performed, wrote, Slamminstrated, edited and published (he started his small press, The Poet’s Haven, way back in 1997!).
He was a weirdo and he was super-duper nice. I never heard him trash or attack anyone else (which seems to be a rare trait to come by these days), except for via Super Villian Politics (“We oppose everything that has been doing the world harm and will force the world back on to the path of forward progress… whether it wants us to or not.”).
He invited me and my teeny tiny press to poetry readings and events when I was relatively new to the area and felt like I hardly had any friends and he helped get me involved with poetry stuff around my new location.
At the end of April, he bought my recent poetry chapbook, “DARK PURPLE INTERSECTIONS” at a little coffee shop book fair that both of our presses had tables at – and then just this past May, his press published my most recent poetry chapbook, “Another Set Of Ripped-Out Bloody Pigtails”.
He always had tons of new creative projects in the works and it is extremely upsetting that he is suddenly gone way too soon.
He will be missed by many members of the poetry community and he will be missed by my Blood Pudding Press and by me.
Vertigo and Juliet

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Juliet Cook’s Malformed Confetti inside another home!

By Juliet Blood Pudding

Kit Rae Torque​ found a copy of Juliet Cook’s Malformed Confetti poetry book at a bookstore (The Book Loft of German Village)!

You can acquire your very own copy of Malformed Confetti from Crisis Chronicles Press, HERE – https://ccpress.blogspot.com/2018/10/Cook102.html

Or from Amazon, HERE –https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1640929738/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_myi?m=AXH8DEUFPPU2O

Or if you would like a signed copy directly from the author, you can get one from the Blood Pudding Press shop, HERE –https://www.etsy.com/listing/641070988/malformed-confetti-by-juliet-cook-2018?ref=shop_home_feat_3

Published by Crisis Chronicles Press in late 2018.

Gorgeous cover art by Simona Candini.

100+ pages of poetry by Juliet Cook.

(thank you to Kit for this photo!)

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Juliet Cook’s DARK PURPLE INTERSECTIONS has found another new home!

By Juliet Blood Pudding

Sara Minges received her copy of Juliet Cook’s DARK PURPLE INTERSECTIONS (inside my Black Doll Head Irises)!

This new 2019 poetry chapbook by Juliet Cook was published by Blood Pudding Press for the Dusie Kollektiv 9 in May 2019.

It is available within the Blood Pudding Press shop and you can find out more about it here – photo by Sara Minges

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SUNSHINE STATE by Gregg Shapiro

By Dianne Borsenik

Gregg Shapiro observes and writes about his adopted state with wisdom, passion, a quiet humor, and a sharp eye for detail.

“When you live/in a state shaped like a gun, everything/is a bullet, a target.”

“Hurricanes want grave/and dodgy names that inspire terror, words that cause the speaker and/the listener to wince, struggle for breath. Hurricane Motherfucker./ Hurricane Bloodbath. Hurricane Apocalypse. Hurricane Armageddon.”

His poems also sing about Florida’s beauty. In his poem “Wynwood Walls,” he writes

“Maureen told me about them first, in a poem/she read at Los Manos Gallery in Andersonville./Her detailed and vivid description made my eyes/and mouth water simultaneously.”

In “Making Light,” he observes

“The days are long and/filled with more daylight than anyone could possibly use./It’s a losing battle to keep your face from turning towards/the glow…”

Shapiro reveals having “Peas for Breakfast” and bemoans “Because of Facebook.” And he celebrates beloved dogs.

“Adopting a dog was not in the plans, a little/more than a week after k.d. died, but Sharon said/it was bashert, a mitzvah, to provide her with a new/home when Willie grew too ill to care for her.”

Sunshine State contains 28 pages of 17 poems. The poems are printed on a richly textured ivory paper. The cover card stock is a creamy matching ivory; the inside card stock is a warm textured pumpkin color. The gorgeous cover art, “Electric Entrance, 2014,” by Cleveland artist Timothy Gaewsky, explodes with life and light.

Gregg Shapiro is the author of Fifty Degrees (Seven Kitchens, 2016), selected by Ching-In Chen as co-winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. Other books by Shapiro include the short story collections How to Whistle (Lethe Press, 2016) and Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories (Squares and Rebels Press, 2014), the chapbooks GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 (Souvenir Spoon Press, 2012), and More Poems About Buildings and Food (Souvenir Spoon Press, 2019), and the poetry collection Protection (Gival Press, 2008). His poetry was recently featured in South Florida Poetry Review, Gay and Lesbian Review, Chelsea Station Magazine, the 2018 anhinga press anthology Reading Queer, and the anthology Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman (Handtype Press, 2018). An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his husband Rick and their dog Coco.

Shapiro will begin a book tour in August, and will make a Cleveland appearance on his tour. He will read and have copies of his book…and NightBallet Press will be there!

The 2019 Summer Tour itinerary is as follows:

Aug 3 OutWrite 2019 – Washington D.C.

Aug 4 Outlandish – Cleveland, OH

Outlandish Imprint Zine Fair
9740 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH

Aug 7 Women & Children First Books – Chicago, IL
Aug 8 Outwords Books – Milwaukee, WI
Aug 14 Southland Books (w/musical guest Jeff Heiskell) – Maryville, TN
Aug 15 Charis Books and More (w/Collin Kelley) – Decatur, GA

Shapiro’s poems will warm your heart and singe your senses, in the best of ways! Published today, here in the dog days of summer, Sunshine State is a seasonal reading list must-have!

Bask in the light of the Sunshine State…buy today for only $10 plus $4 s/h!

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The NEW July Flock of Thirteen Myna Birds is HERE!

By Juliet Blood Pudding

he stumbled into his “vanishing box” – decomposing beneath unbroken skin – ghosts walk upside-down across the ceiling – salivating over evidence – decayed buildings – the crazy in her twinkled – the tip into the fleshlight – turned up it floats faster – it’s mutiny you know to be human inside of this sex show – she wanted him to feel intimidated and to feel as insignificant as she did
The July flock of Thirteen Myna Birds is HERE – Monster magnolia by MISH

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