Sunday, April 30, 2017

You'll Go Wild for The Wildness of Flowers by Beverly Zeimer!

We here at NightBallet Press are publishing our 100th title,
and we couldn't be more pleased or excited about this milestone!

It is our pleasure to present The Wildness of Flowers by Beverly Zeimer!


The Wildness of Flowers, a poetry collection by Ohio poet Beverly Zeimer, is the long-awaited follow-up to her award winning chapbook Pick a Way (Pudding House Publications, 2009). From burning movie magazines to keep warm, to playing Grandma and Jesse James, to the mama doll she got for Christmas one year, Zeimer remembers, explores, and celebrates, with vivid detail and a deft hand, rural life in southern Ohio.

Beverly Zeimer was awarded a grant by the Greater Columbus Arts Council in 2013 to further her work in encouraging aspiring writers to preserve their varied traditional cultures in poetic form. She has been published in various journals and anthologies, including Love Poems and Other Messages for Bruce Springsteen (Pudding House, 2009), A Community of Voices: Reflections on Identity and Diversity (College of Wooster, 2010), and Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press, 2015).  She lives in the Darby Valley near Big Darby Creek, where she enjoys the quiet of nature.

Excerpted from her author's statement in Pick a Way:

"My interest in poetry dates back to childhood when my mother, inspiring a lifetime love for the language, taught me verse.  Migrating from the Appalachia, my grandparents, and parents, were tenant farmers, and our family learned to make the most of its resources, the ancient tradition of poetry free for the taking.  I spent hours memorizing poems, and each Sunday, I recited a piece in church.

A member of a writer's group, I work with other regional poets, welcoming their critiques, and I revise many times to mold my poems into colorful detail.  I write in narrative free verse, as in keeping with the freedom of rural living.

My desire is to record these stories and pass them on, assuring that no account of my relationship with Ohio's rich cultural heritage is left out.  My hope is that one day, the lifestyles of tenant families, migrant workers, and farm laborers will be preserved in a larger, comprehensive collection of poems."

The Wildness of Flowers contains 28 pages of 21 poems, and is printed on crisp white paper.  The cover is a textured white cardstock with a bright coral cardstock insert, and a cover photo (taken at the OPA's recent ekphrastacy anthology release) Photo Pro-ed by the editor.  But the best parts of the book are the poems contained within!

This book is available now, for only eight dollars (which includes the three dollars postage). And best of all?  You can order it right here, right now, through PayPal!  You don't have to have a PayPal account to order--just a debit or credit card. NightBallet Press also takes checks and money orders, but please contact the editor first.

Help us celebrate the release of our 100th title(!) and treat yourself to the loving and soulful reminiscence that permeates Zeimer's The Wildness of Flowers!

A One Year Subscription to NightBallet Press has been made available, with eight titles already available for mailing, plus several more scheduled to be published by September 2017, and The Wildness of Flowers is one of those eight!  This incredible offer means that you'll receive every book that NBP publishes during its sixth season--September 2016 to September 2017--free of postage charges--for a one-time payment of only fifty dollars/$50.00!  If you wish to be a "wingman" and celebrate with us the art and heart of poetry, hit the PayPal button below and I'll put your package of books in the mail pronto!

Friday, April 21, 2017

You'll Be Begging for A Beggar's Prayer Book by Nathanael William Stolte!

To continue National Poetry Month festivities, NightBallet Press proudly announces the publication of A Beggar's Prayer Book by Buffalo poet Nathanael William Stolte!

A Beggar's Prayer Book is NBP's 99th book, and we couldn't be more pleased about it. We met Nathanael when we read with NBP poet Joey Nicoletti in Buffalo last year.  He is an engaging and dynamic performer, and his poems touch both heart and soul with their insights and longing.
                                                         photo by Amanda Giczkowski,
                                                               used with permission

Nathanael William Stolte
is the acquisitions editor for CWP Press.  His poems have appeared in GTK Creative Journal, Poems-For-All, and numerous online publications.  He is the author of four previous chapbooks, some of which can be found at  Stolte is a madcap, flower-punk, DIY, Buffalo-bred and corn-fed poet; he was voted Best Poet in Buffalo in 2016 by Artvoices' "Best of Buffalo."
A Beggar's Prayer Book is 20 pages and contains 12 poems.  The cover is a textured, pale ivory cardstock with a heavy cinnamon-and-cream cardstock insert.  The text is printed on matching textured ivory paper. 

You will beg for more, more, MORE, once you've read Stolte's poems in A Beggar's Prayer Book!  It can be yours for only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling.  You can order it HERE, right through PayPal!  It will also be available on Amazon. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Get Ready...Get Set...Get LIPSMACKED! (Year 5, at long last)

NightBallet Press is enormously pleased (and relieved) to publish Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NightBallet Press, Year Five 2016, just in time to celebrate the beginning of April, National Poetry Month!  And no, this isn't an April fool's joke!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to postpone Lipsmack's publication from October, 2016 until April, 2017.  But the poems have been marinating all this time, and man, are they ever suh-weeeet and tasty now!

This anthology contains eleven poems by eleven super poets, plus an illustration by an amazing artist, all of them published this past season by NightBallet Press. The poems, poets, and the NBP books published this past year, are listed: 

DANCE WITH IT STEADY by George Wallace    (Drugged by Hollywood)
Graveyard Shift
by Andy Roberts                        (Yeasayer)
Head & Shoulders
by Joey Nicoletti            (Counterfeit Moon)
California Dreamin’
by Chansonette Buck          (unfinished litany)
by John Burroughs                                      (Beat Attitude)
End of the World 2.0
by Lenny DellaRocca        (The Sleep Talker)
The Pink Chamber by D. R. Wagner                   (The Generation of Forms)

Critique of Certain Vacation Photos by Steve Abbott (The Incoherent Pull of Want)
by Robert Walicki                                      (The Almost Sound of Snow Falling)
by Wolfgang Carstens                                   (Rented Mule)
illustration for “now” by Janne Karlsson                (Rented Mule)
How I Got Here by M. J. Arcangelini                    (Room Enough)

(To check out or buy any of the books listed, simply click on the title and you will link to the original blog and a PayPal button.)

With a succulent cover photo by the talented photographer Chandra Alderman, Lipsmack! is a mouthwatering treat!

Yes, we were rather male poet oriented last year—except, of course, for Chansonette Buck—but this, too, was beyond our control.  While we strive to maintain a balance, several of our female poets slated for year five publication opted to have their manuscripts moved to a later time in the year.  That means year six will have no less than nine women poets represented!

Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NightBallet Press, Year Five, 2016 is on the table. To obtain your bite, simply click on the PayPal button below, and it will be delivered to your door, ready for consuming.  ONLY $5; NightBallet Press will pay the postage!

(sorry!  postage free only in the U.S.! outside the U.S., please contact me for payment details)