Wednesday, May 29, 2019

RESURRECTION RIVER READING 2019



Friday, June 7, in Kent, Ohio, the 2019
Edith Chase Symposium "Resurrection River" reading will take place, featuring

Dianne Borsenik
Cameron Gorman
L. J. Graham
Ursula Williams
Carly Sachs
Mary Greer
Clarissa Jakobsons
Laura Grace Weldon
Luba Gawur
Justine Horning
David Hassler
Pauline Thornton
Terry Murcko
Jonathan Graham
Toomas Tubalkain
Michael Whitmore
Charles Malone
Barbara Sabol
RC Wilson
James Sutman
Stephanie L. Stearns
Jeremy Proehl
Steve Thomas
Dave Lucas
Frank Rosen
Adam Brodsky
Maj Ragain, as read by LuAnn Csernotta
David J. Adams
Diane Lueptow

I am honored to be reading with this fine collection of poets from across Ohio. This performance, recognizing and honoring the Cuyahoga River, will begin at 4 p.m. sharp in the Wick Poetry Park (located by the Wick Poetry Center, 126 S. Lincoln Street, Kent). Parking is available across the street in the parking lot of the Kent State Fashion Museum. In case of rain, we'll be gathering at the Wick Poetry Center.

This event will also feature the release of the new Resurrection River Poems anthology. The cover design and art, shown in the photograph above, is by Rachel Bishop and Audrey Bishop. Many, many, thanks to RC Wilson, who has deftly organized both the anthology and the reading, and who has given me the opportunity to be a part of both.

There will be an 
Opening Reception for River Stanzas at the Kent State Downtown Art Gallery, 141 E. Main Street, Kent, following the reading. The Opening Reception is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Please join us for a truly remarkable afternoon of poetry!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

RAGA FOR WHAT COMES NEXT

I am SO excited about this news...
as we move forward into this New Year, my full-length collection of poetry,
Raga for What Comes Next,
has been accepted by Stubborn Mule Press
and is slated for publication this month, January, 2019!



This is the gorgeous front cover, designed by Jeanette Powers, photo by Jon Lee Grafton!


Raga for What Comes Next is seventy-four pages long, and contains forty-eight poems separated into four sections: Sitar, Shenai, Bansuri, and Tabla. The poems include many of the ekphrastic pieces I've written in response to art in Heights Arts Gallery and the Erie Arts Gallery. Also included are the poems "Sitting Next to Paul McCartney in Bomba's One Week After the Autumnal Equinox," "Paul Simon Sees Angels in the Architecture, But I See Scooby Doo in a Flake of Rust," and the performance piece "If the Son of a Motherless Goat Tries to Stare You Down." Many of the poems contained within are recent and unpublished. When Stubborn Mule accepted my manuscript on December 22, it was like getting an early Christmas present. When I hold them in my hands at my book release January 24, it will be like getting an early birthday presentI'll turn sixty-four on February 2!


The Color of Oxygen

"Singing is like a celebration of oxygen."Björk

Tree releases oxygen,
which becomes a raga.

Earth sings in tabla of thunder,
the bansuri of wind.

Birds pluck the strings, multi-tonic
melody in ascent, descent.

Each time it rains, another
improvisation blooms.




Nicole Robinson read the manuscript and wrote this about Raga:

Dianne Borsenik’s Raga for What Comes Next offers a framework of poems that burn with wit and wisdom. We learn to rely on the improvisational style of these poems: their turns, their moments between moments where – upon a closer look – empty is not so empty. Even a discarded bottle has “a shaft of sunlight” to refill it. Borsenik shows us how we all have an “unspooling of identity,” both individually and as a community. But she also reminds us – with sharp imagery and musical riffs that lift from the page – that we return to ourselves and must wait for what comes next. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait in the unknown alone. We have these poems – that sing with music, art, and pop-culture – to show us the joy, beauty, and fun that exists in our waiting.—Nicole Robinson, poet, writer

And Puma Perl wrote:


Ragas, jazz, Dylan, Björk, oxygen, Japanese legends, Lennon, McCartney, origami, Tarantino, Michelle Obama. I could go on in listing the inspirations Borsenik provides, tied together in four parts, each one an instrument that contributes to the rhythms. From the sitar to the tabla, the poems read like a double album, one you will play many times, finding something new with each listen. As Borsenik concludes, “the real prize is not knowing.”—Puma Perl, poet, author of Retrograde

Many thanks to Jeanette Powers and Jason Ryberg for this sparkly miracle! I love the cover, and the formatting is beautiful and sleek. We are working on final edits now. The plan is to have it in my hands in time for my big reading in Lorain, Ohio, on January 24th, 2019.


 
We're No Angels will be presented at Speak of the Devil between 6:30 and 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 24th, 2019. Speak of the Devil, a craft-cocktail bar, is located at 201 West 5th Street, Lorain, Ohio. The team behind the bar at Speak of the Devil excels at their craft, and the drinks will make you think you're in heaven. You also may order kick-ass pizza at SotD.

We're No Angels is a free event and is open to the public. You'll want to get there early, as there are only so many seats and tables available!

We're No Angels will be a poetry performance, not a reading! We are John Burroughs (nationally touring poet and founder of Crisis Chronicles Press), Dianne Borsenik (poet, publisher/editor at NightBallet Press), and Dave Lucas ( current Poet Laureate of Ohio). Together, we plan to rock your world!

This will be a landmark event; it will be Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas' first reading this far west of Cleveland!

We are also planning a very important announcement concerning...well, we don't want to spoil the surprise. You'll just have to be there to hear it.

I am grateful for all the opportunities this new year offers. I am grateful for Stubborn Mule Press and Speak of the Devil. I am grateful for dear friends and loved ones. I am grateful for James, who has made my life a happy raga. I am grateful to be alive, well, and writing poetry another year.

My wish is that your New Year sparkles with bright sequins of love, light, and opportunity, and that the confetti of happiness and dreams-come-true inundates you. Happy 2019, my friends.




(Below is the PayPal button if you wish to pre-order Raga for What Comes Next.
The price is fifteen dollars. As soon as it's up, I'll also include a link to buy it directly from Stubborn Mule Press.) NOTE! 1/13/19: Raga for What Comes Next is printed and in my hands! If you order a copy, I'll sign it and pop it right in the mail! So EXCITED! Thank you!



 
 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

So THIS Happened!

 
So many fun and wondrous things happened recently, and I wanted to share them before they slipped away into the Holidaze!

A couple of Sundays ago, I was astonished to find my friend and NightBallet Press poet Andy Roberts reading his poetry on television! The reading was from 2014, and I thought it might be a one-time thing. But another Ohioana show was on this morning's television. If you want to check it out, it's WVIZ/PBS/Ohio Channel.





I had the pleasure of traveling with John Burroughs to hear Concrete Wink read in Mansfield in October -- Concrete Wink is Rikki Santer, Chuck Salmons, and Sandy Feen, all from the Columbus, Ohio area -- and they were fabulous! The poets displayed their wares, and it made my heart bubble with delight to see all the NBP books included. Rikki has a new book just out from Crisis Chronicles Press, Dodge, Tuck, Roll. The event was held at Main Street Books, hosted by the lovely Llalan. We all had a wonderful after-party at Cypress Hill Winery.


During the course of the reading, Sandra Feen surprised me with a gorgeous bouquet of fall flowers as thanks for the book I released for her that day -- Fragile Capacities. My heart was truly touched by her kind words and generous gesture.


 


Then it was back to work at the press. These packages, mostly for subscribers to NightBallet Press, were mailed Friday. Another large package went out Saturday.


But I've found time to write, too! I have two poems in The Main Street Rag: "Grand Reflections" and "When You Read the Poems of the Dead." Many thanks to editor M. Scott Douglass for publishing my work.



And I have three poems, "This Can't Be Oklahoma," "Seeing Jim Morrison in Giant Eagle on the First Day of Autumn," and "Finding Myself Inside a Quentin Tarantino Movie in Cleveland at Four O' Clock in the Afternoon" in this gorgeous journal, Gasconade #3 - Gas Station Famous. It was just published, and I don't even have my contributor's copy yet. I can't wait to get my hands on it! Much gratitude to John Dorsey and Jason Ryberg for the honor and privilege to be a part of it!

I found time to do one more (sneaky) thing...I hand painted and lovingly detailed a "Day of the Dead" box for my husband James. It wasn't easy to surprise him, with him being around all the time, but I managed to keep it from him until November 1st. I painted the inside of the box with Glow-in-the-Dark paint, and added glitter. Oh, and it lights up, too.


October was a great month, filled with happy moments, good friends, and loved ones. Thank you, each of you, all of you, who were a part of it in any way. Big hug! Now, on to the Holidaze!
 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival 2018

Tomorrow, Friday, October 5, 2018, I'll be setting out bright and early to attend the 12th Annual Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival in Frostburg, Maryland!


I'm riding with John Burroughs, who will be representing Crisis Chronicles Press.  I'll be there as NightBallet Press with a table at the Book Fair, and NBP will be releasing a new book at the same time (for more information on the book, visit the NBP website after Monday, October 8, 2018. That's the day the publication will be posted.) We'll be spending the entire weekend, and will be enjoying not only the Fest and the Book Fair, but the Saturday event Frostoberfest...which sounds like a lot of fun!

James is going to be holding the fort while taking care of John's Leda...something he's really looking forward to! He has Big Plans for Sunday, as well, hitting both a model car show and Cinema Wasteland.



This will be my third Frostburg Indie Fest, and the second one with John. We'll meet up with friends old and new, and who knows what adventures we'll have on this trip?

I'm sure photos will post soon. It looks like the day will begin on a chilly note, but things heat up steadily over the course of the weekend, and Sunday promises to be a hot one. Oh, and you know what? I don't have to go to work on Monday...I'm on vacation!  Yeah, baby!
                         


Friday, May 18, 2018

DIANNE'S EKPHRASTIC POETRY TOUR!



Well, to be accurate, it isn't really a tour, unless my driving from Elyria, Ohio, to Erie, Pennsylvania, and then, from Elyria to Cleveland Heights, counts. I have two upcoming readings that will incorporate several brand-new ekphrastic poems: one is today, Friday, May 18, 2018, and the other is next week, Thursday, May 24, 2018!

This evening, I'll be reading poems written especially for Erie Art Museum's current exhibition, the 95th Annual Spring Show, which "presents a juried selection of the best regional art from artists residing within 250 miles of Erie, PA."
The event has been described to me as two separate walking tours of the Art Museum, with us reading to the attendees about the pieces that inspired us. I'll be reading with several fine Erie poets, including Chuck Joy, who invited me to join them.

The poems I'll be reading are "Grand Reflections, " after "Grand Reflection," oil on canvas, 2017, by Lydia Owens, and "This Can't Be Oklahoma," after "Yoder Farm," watercolor on paper, by William Daniel Simon. "Grand Reflections" was recently accepted by Main Street Rag for publication, and tonight is the first time I'll be reading it to an audience. I did write a third poem, "Wearing Mail," after "Priority Male Dress Shirt 2018," a piece by Deborah Sementelli, but I won't read it aloud tonight - based on puns and wordplay, it's better on the page than on the stage.

The art in this exhibition is stunningly gorgeous, so if you can come out to see it, do so!  You won't be disappointed.


Erie Art Museum
411 State Street (enter on E. 5th Street)
Erie, PA
Friday, May 18, 2018
7 pm to 10 pm

 
 
 
Then, next week, I'll be participating in EKPHRASTACY: Artists Talk + Poets Respond, a series hosted by Heights Arts Gallery in Cleveland Heights, a "cross-pollinating public program that brings together visual artists and local poetry communities." This exhibition is composed of pieces by Heights Arts members, and runs from April 27, 2018 to June 10, 2018. The pieces are varied and wonderful; catch it if you can!

At EKPHRASTACY, I'll be reading poems about several pieces that really spoke to me. I submitted three poems for the show: "Tangled Up in Blues" after the digital print "Tangled Up in Blue" by Janet Mikolajczyk, "A Quotidian God" after "Quotidian Gauge," cardboard, paper, string, by Julianne Edberg, and "Women's World War" after the photo "Women's March on Washington, January,2017" by Joan Lederer. I also wrote "Raga That Plays In Between" after the painting my Diane Farr, "Marion, Waiting," but I wasn't satisfied with it at the time the poems were due, so I held it back. I've since revised and refined it, but I don't expect to read it next week.

I'll be reading with Eris Eady and Siaara Freeman, and we'll be hosted by the new Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, Damien McClendon. Past EKPHRASTACY events were filled with fun and friendship, and I can't wait to do this one!

EKPHRASTACY
Heights Arts
2175 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Thursday, May 24, 2018
7 pm to 8:30 pm

I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had to participate in ekphrastic readings; I've found visual art to be a great kickstarter for my creative flow. If you can, come out and dig the vibes tonight in Erie, and next week, in Cleveland Heights. Both evenings promise to be entertaining, enlightening, and filled with visual and vocal art. I'd love to see you there!
 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The 2018 Plunging Into the Heart of America Tour!

I'm extremely happy to report that I will be going on a reading tour this April
with my friend and fellow poet, John Burroughs!



The Plunging Into the Heart of America Tour
will take us to St. Louis, Missouri, Overland Park, Kansas, and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
It will be my first time reading in St Louis, Kansas, and Arkansas. (When we read at Kansas City in April of 2015, it was in Kansas City, Missouri.)
 

Burroughs and Borsenik Foaming at the Mouth

Foam
3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
St. Louis, MO

Friday, April 13, 2018
7 pm


FountainVerse Poetry Reading

InterUrban ArtHouse
8001 Newton Street
Overland Park, Kansas

Saturday, April 14, 2018
6 pm

We will be joined at this reading by Jason Prue and Jeanette Powers.
Powers' new NBP book, Gasconade, will debut here.


Impromptu Riverview Reading

Miami, Oklahoma
Sunday, April 15, 2018



Brew-Zing II - Thirst Quenching Poetry by Burroughs and Borsenik

Brews
2 Pine Stree
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Monday, April 16, 2018
4pm

I couldn't be more excited about revisiting old friends, meeting new friends,
and seeing the sights as we share our poetry across the heartland of America.
If you live near any of these places, please join us in celebrating National Poetry Month!


 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE!

Happy New Year's Eve! As 2017 closes its sleepy eyes, I have a few literary updates to share with you, dear friends.

I'm extremely honored to announce my poems appear recently in three wonderful publications!



Common Threads, the annual anthology published by the Ohio Poetry Association to showcase the work of its members, published two of my poems: "Paradigm for Unraveling" and "Sometimes, Ordinary."  A big thanks to Steve Abbott, editor, for the opportunity to appear in Common Thread's pages. The Ohio Poetry Association supports poets with publications, readings, contests, workshops, and more. You can check out their website here, and OPA's blog here.

Chiron Review, published by Michael Hathaway, arrived in my mailbox this past week with three of my poems between its covers:  "Hagiography," "The Same River Twice," and "Illumination."  Chiron Review is a truly handsome journal.  You can check out the website at www.chironreview.com.

and Oct Tongue 2, a magnificent anthology from Crisis Chronicles Press, long anticipated and exceeding all expectations. John Burroughs, editor/publisher, did a beautiful job with it. Oct Tongue 2 is comprised of eight sections, each section authored by a poet who wrote a poem-a-day during the month of October, 2014. The other poets who participated are Kathleen Cerveny, Juliet Cook, Mark Sebastian Jordan, George Wallace, Margaret Bashaar, Eric Anderson, and Lyn Lifshin. Their poems are, as you would expect them to be, simply brilliant.

My section of thirty-one poems contains several "bookend" poems, looking at things from two different perspectives, and three "moon" poems where I play with the shape of letters to express the moon's changing appearance. Although about a fourth of the poems have been published in various journals and anthologies, this is the first time the collection has appeared intact; I think of my section as Two Moons Over Ohio. You can check it out and get your very own copy directly from Crisis Chronicles Press here!  (And yes, there was an Oct Tongue 1...check it out here.)

Much love and gratitude to all the editors who accepted and published my work this past year, and to the hosts of reading series, bookstores, and libraries, who invited me to come and share my poetry. To those of you who buy my books and read my poetry, please know how very much I appreciate you, now and always.

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It's exciting to think of 2018 and all the things that might. await in the coming months. Solid plans include:

Attending the opening of Lit Youngstown's Words Made Visible at the Soap Gallery in Youngstown, Ohio, on February 3 (2 pm to 5 pm).  My poem "Train, Loud, Lonesome, Leaving Without Me" will be on display as a broadside (designed by the Cranky Pressman).

Dressing one of the windows at Apple Tree Books in Cleveland Heights for April's National Poetry Month with NightBallet Press titles. The emphasis will be on Ohio poets.

Participating as a reader in Kleft Crisis 2018, a three day extravaganza of poetry (details
here).

A trip to Kansas City in April for a Fountainverse feature reading with John Burroughs (and others to be announced). Details forthcoming. It will be my first time heading that far west since 2015.

On the non-literary front, I plan to curl up at home tonight with my husband James, our two dogs Bodhi and Angelo, and the big Red Lobster platter of shrimp cocktail we've ordered, to watch the ball drop on television.

However you plan to spend this evening, whatever plans you have for tomorrow and in the New Year, please stay warm and safe, and know that I'm sending love and light your way. Happy New Year!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017


 


 

 This autumn is going to be busy...and filled with beauty! 

First up, on Friday, October 13, I'll be heading to Frostburg, Maryland, for the 11th Annual Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival, where NightBallet Press will participate with a display of tasty titles. Ohio poets will be well-represented by their books; other featured categories include Beat-Era, African-American Storytellers, LGBTQ, and Outlaw. It's a vibrant, well-attended festival with readings, panels, and roving groups of editors and publishers. On Saturday, October 14, at 2:00 pm, I'll be feature reading my own poetry, along with Crisis Chronicles Press founder John Burroughs. I'm really looking forward to the drive there and back...it's the height of the change-of-seasons for the trees, and it was like driving through liquid gold last year.

Then, a week later, on Saturday, October 21, I'll be driving to Alliance, Ohio, for a featured reading at the Rodman Public Library, hosted by Byrun C. Reed. I'm honored and thrilled to be joining Molly Fuller, Mary Biddinger, Steve Brightman, Azriel Johnson, and Noor Hindi, and I can't wait to hear everyone's poems! 

November sees me cranking into high gear with three poetry events:


On Wednesday, November 8, I'll be "sitting in the window" at Apple Tree Books in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, to celebrate NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  Hosted by Jane Rothstein, I'll be there from 2 pm to 4 pm, writing my poetry "live and in person" for the passing public. Stop in, chat with me, and check out the wonderful Apple Tree bookstore!

Saturday, November 18 will find me driving down to Main Street Books in Mansfield, Ohio, for the last-ever Borderlands: Poetry on the Edge gathering at 2 pm.  Host Mark Jordan has said this popular (and one of my favorite) poetry series is ending...but it will go out with quite a bang!  Crisis Chronicles Press will co-emcee the long-awaited, long-anticipated release of Oct Tongue 2.  Five of the eight poets published in Oct Tongue 2 will be feature reading:  moi, Kathleen Cerveny, Margaret Bashaar, Juliet Cook, and Mark Jordan. The bookstore is a gem, and Llalan Fowler, who runs it, polishes it beautifully. Be sure to check out the "Ohio writers" shelves.

Then, right after Thanksgiving, on Monday, November 27, I'll be featured reader at Ohio's longest running poetry series The Poetry Forum at Bossy Grrls Pin-Up Joint, 7 pm, in Columbus, Ohio.  Hosted by Steve Abbott, I'll have two sets of readings during the evening, and I plan to do the two sets totally differently.  It's a relaxed, welcoming venue, and I can't wait to see everyone again!

The main thing in all of this is that I'll get to be with a lot of fun, fabulous, and very talented writers and friends, with whom I can share poetry, laughter, and beer.  I can't wait! 


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Borsenik's 2017 Boldly Going Car Trek Poetry Tour!

(photo by Jeanette Powers, 2016)
 
With summer coming fast upon us, I'm announcing
Borsenik's 2017 Boldly Going Car Trek Poetry Tour!

I'm spaced out about poetry, and I have a number of new pieces, written over this tumultuous past year. Some poems are actually about space.  Outer.  Inner.  Making.  Taking.  The space between us all.  (Yes, I'm referencing "Within You, Without You," one of my very favorite songs of all time.) 

Of course, I shall continue to be irreverent and naughty.

The following is a list of dates and venues where I'll be powered by poetry!

I'd love to hook up with all y'all for some summer grooviness, with poetry and hugs abounding!  The good times are gonna be...out of this world!

See the Upcoming Events page on this blog for the details about each event. 
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(update, August 7, 2017: the events here have been completed, and were a blast!)
 
Tuesday, June 6 -- Words and Wine -- Rider's Inn --Painesville, OH
Saturday, June 10 -- The Killer Bs of Poetry Sting Sandusky! -- Mr. Smith's Coffee House -- Sandusky, OH
Thursday, June 15 -- A Decade of Poets! 10 Features -- Mac's Backs -- Cleveland Heights, OH
Saturday, July 8 -- 2017 Summer Festival of the Arts -- Youngstown, OH -- Kilcawley Center, Y.S.U
Saturday, August 5 -- 11am to 5pm -- Book & Zine Fair at the Indie Lit Fest
Saturday, August 5 -- 2pm to 4pm -- Sidewalk Pulp reading at the Indie Lit Fest
Saturday, August 5 -- 7pm -- Speakeasy reading at the Indie Lit Fest -- Michigan City, IN
Sunday, August 13 -- Workshop "Punch the Envelope: How to Make an Editor Notice Your Work" -- Toledo, OH
Sunday, August 13 -- Poetry Uncloistered -- Calvino's Wine Bar -- Toledo, OH
Friday, September 8 -- The Second Friday Fete -- Mikey's Late Night Slice -- Columbus, OH
Saturday, October 14 -- Frostburg Indie Lit Fest -- Frostburg, MD
Saturday, October 21 -- Rodman Public Library -- Alliance, OH

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(update, August 7, 2017: the events here are upcoming, and are going to be a blast!)



Wednesday, November 8 -- Apple Tree Books -- Cleveland Heights, OH

Saturday, November 18 -- Poetry on the Edge with Oct Tongue 2 release --Mansfield, OH

Monday, November 27 -- The Poetry Forum -- Columbus, OH