Words Dance in the NightBallet

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Words Dance in the NightBallet is a collaborative event between Words Dance Publishing out of Western PA & NightBallet Press out of Cleveland, OH!

Dianne Borsenik, Amanda Oaks, John Dorsey, John Burroughs, Nikki Allen, Karen Lillis, Heather McNaugher, Jason Irwin, Karen Lillis & Jason Baldinger will being reading at Modern Formations in the dark, with the featured poets going round-robin reading their poems one after another! There will be multiple books released! It’s going to be a good time!


Poetry in the Dark

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Pittsburgh, PA 15224


Dianne Borsenik is active in the northeast Ohio poetry scene, and has performed throughout four United States (OH, WV, PA, and MI) and in two altered states (coffeed and beerified). She cofounded and coproduced the legendary Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest series, and is founder/editor of NightBallet Press. Her poems have appeared in Slipstream, Rosebud, Pudding Magazine, Lilliput Review, The Magnetic Poetry Book of Poetry, and Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac, among others. Recent chapbooks include Fortune Cookie (Kattywompus Press), Blue Graffiti (Crisis Chronicles Press), and published in January of this year, Corpus Lingua (Poet’s Haven Press).


Amanda Oaks is the founding editor of Words Dance Publishing. Her works have appeared in numerous online & print publications, including Stirring, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Glamour, Elle, Parenting & Artful Blogging. Her chapbook, Hurricane Mouth, was published this year by NightBallet Press.

John Burroughs is a northeast Ohio poet and publisher who co-founded the monthly Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and almost annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest. He is the author of many chapbooks including It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change [2013, The Poet’s Haven Press], Barry Merry Baloney [2012, Spare Change Press], Water Works [2012, Recycled Karma Press], Electric Company [2011, Writing Knights Press], and (with Bree & Douglas Manson) Identity Crises [2009, Green Panda Press]. His first full-length poetry collection, The Eater of the Absurd, was published in late 2012 by NightBallet Press.


John Dorsey is the author of sev­eral col­lec­tions of poetry, includ­ing Teach­ing the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw’s Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jer­sey (Amer­i­can Met­tle Books, 2010), Leaves of Ass (Unadorned Press, 2011) & Tomb­stone Fac­tory (Epic Rites Press, 2013). His work has been nom­i­nated for the Push­cart Prize. He may be reached at archerevans@yahoo.com.


Karen Lillis is the author of four novels, including Watch the Doors as They Close (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012) and i, scorpion (Words Like Kudzu Press, 2000). Her writing has appeared in The Boog City Reader, Evergreen Review, Everyday Genius, Free State Review, Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, Sensitive Skin Magazine, Toad Suck Review, Trip City, and many more. She has a poetry chapbook forthcoming from Cleveland’s Night Ballet Press, and her writing will appear in two anthologies in 2014: Wreckage of Reason (Spuyten Duyvil) and From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream (Autonomedia). She blogs at Karen the Small Press Librarian and runs Small Press Pittsburgh, a pop-up indie press bookstand.

Jason Baldinger has spent a life in odd jobs, if only poetry was the strangest of them he’d have far less to talk about. Somewhere in time he has traveled the country, and wrote a few books. The latest of which “The Lower 48” (Six Gallery Press) and the chapbook “The Studs Terkel Blues” (Night Ballet Press) are slated to be released in 2014. A short litany of publishing credits include: The New Yinzer, Shatter Wig Press, Blast Furnace, B.E. Quarterly and Fuck Art, Let’s Dance. You can also hear audio of some poems on bandcamp.


Heather McNaugher is the author of System of Hideouts (Main Street Rag, 2012). She teaches poetry, nonfiction, and literature at her alma mater, Chatham University, and is poetry editor of Fourth River. Her work has appeared in 5 A.M., The Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Leveler, and The Cortland Review, and on the radio show, Prosody. Her chapbook, Panic & Joy, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2008. She worked as a house cleaner and barista in Seattle, as a dog walker in Brooklyn, and then got her Ph.D. in English from The State University of New York at Binghamton. While working for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, she almost became a librarian. She’s tried living elsewhere, but keeps coming back to Pittsburgh.


Nikki Allen is the author of numerous chapbooks, including “Gutter of Eden,” “My Darling Since,” and “Quite Like Yes.” Her poetry has appeared on a plethora of stages and pages including The New Yinzer, Crash, Open Thread Regional Review Vol. 2, out of nothing, and Encyclopedia Destructia. Her latest collection of writing, “ligaments of light tigering the shoulders,” will be available June 2014 via Night Ballet Press. She loves couscous and garlic breath.

Jason Irwin grew up in Dunkirk, NY and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. His first full-length collection, Watering the Dead, won the 2006/2007 Transcontinental Poetry Award and was published in 2008 by Pavement Saw Press. Some Days It’s A Love Story won the 2005 Slipstream Press Chapbook Prize. His poem “Main Street” was nominated for a Pushcart in 2005. Most recently he’s had work published in Poetry East, Grey Sparrow, & Future Cycle Press’ anthology American Society: What Poets See.

We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda on Facebook or at wordsdancepublishing@gmail.com.