Friday, February 28, 2020

Viva Retirement!


Dianne Borsenik is retired! The Big Day was January 31, 2020, and as of February 2, 2020 (0-2-0-2-2-0-2-0), I am a sixty-five year old retiree on Medicare, and I'm ready to rrrrrrrrrumble! The future is wide-open now, with time to devote to all those things I love most. I've already written three "retirement" poems, based on Wallace Stevens' Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. They are

13 Ways of Looking at Retirement, With Only 19 Working Days to Go
13 Ways of Looking at Retirement from the Other Side (After the Party)
13 Ways of Looking at Retirement on Yet Another Monday Off Work

And, I've written a poem for all my friends, in celebration, with love.


Ice Cubes

Friends are ice cubes in the cocktail of life.
We chill together, tinkle and clink our way

out of the shaker and into the glass, mix
with sass and effervescence, irreverence

and unabashed joy; we entertain one long-
pour, united in spirit, no matter the garnish.

Crush us, we stay frosty; swizzle-stir us, we
go with the flow. We get juicy, we get saucy,

we get what it means to melt together as
we age, diluting the bad times, enhancing

the good times, just enough bump and
tumble to let them know we were here.

Friends are ice cubes in the cocktail of life.
This is our celebration. This is our Happy Hour.


The poems mentioned above are part of a new poetry manuscript I'm working on, also titled Ice Cubes. Other poems in it include

What You Need
I Tell James Not to Hit Jesus as We Circle the Walmart Parking Lot on Halloween
Lori Says Her Father Liked to Camp, But Doesn't Know He'd Want to Be a Bullet
Coming from the Cafeteria, I See Gerard Butler Walking with His Head Down, and I Wonder

I'm excited about what's possible in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. Some of my plans include the following appearances:

Poet-in-Residence at Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH
Saturday, April 11, 2020
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Featured Writer at the Ohioana Book Festival
Columbus Metropolitan Library
96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH
Saturday, April 25, 2020
10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Featured Reader at Words & Wine
Steele Mansion Inn
358 Mentor Ave., Painesville, OH
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


NightBallet Press is active, with a number of manuscripts being formatted and edited, with an eye to publishing one title a month.

I'm acting as a judge for a local poetry contest. I have an independent editing job, aside from the press. I just applied for a fellowship. I have poems accepted for publication in Chiron Review (summer issue), Goddess (a National Beat Poetry women's anthology - this year), and What But the Music (a Baby Boomer music anthology - late spring).

Both James and I celebrated big birthdays this month of February (he turned 70 years old), and we've celebrated Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and Mardi Gras, as well. We had a retirement party at Speak of the Devil, and I feature-read at Poetry & Open Mic at the Arabica Bistro in Amherst, Ohio. Went along on a road trip to Toledo and saw/read with friends, and on another road trip visited Muskingham University to participate in a panel and classroom study group. I joined the Winking Lizard Tour of Beers, and I'm forty-six beers away from a golf umbrella...and only ninety-six beers away from a Winking Lizard jacket! LOL

I'm keeping busy. I'm having fun.

All we need now is for it to warm up enough to put the top down on the convertible!
Viva Retirement!


Thursday, January 23, 2020


I can't believe it, but my retirement is only one week and one day away! There will be no more "wearin' o' the scrubs" for this Irish lass after 1 pm next Friday! I would be honored and ecstatic if YOU would join me in joyous celebration at Speak of the Devil--that's next Friday, January 31st!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed + Book Tour 2019 - 2020

I am delighted to announce my new book, Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed, is published by Stubborn Mule Press!

Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed contains sections of 23 pages of poetry each from Dianne Borsenik, Juliet Cook, Puma Perl, and Jeanette Powers.

In Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed, I continue the poetry journey that began in Raga for What Comes Next (published by Stubborn Mule Press in January, 2019), with many new poems written this year specifically for this collection. I actually wrote one of them four days after the deadline for the manuscript!

Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed features gorgeous cover art "Alone at Night" by Amy  Scherer and superb edits by Linzi Garcia. This book is 116 pages long, and is only $15 (plus $3 for postage)!
In the words of my publisher, you will be reading the works of "four radical femme poets"! Oooh, baby!

I've included the PayPal link here, and I've also posted a PayPal link on this website (right column). You can order the book directly from me, and I'll be happy to sign it for you!

I've just returned from Yellow Springs, Ohio, where I attended the Ohio Poetry Association's Sun & Moon Poetry Festival at Glen Helen Nature Preserve--the event was fabulous! We read, workshopped, and hiked our poems. Earlier this week, I also performed at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio, and at Poetry Plus at Art on Madison in Lakewood. I'm honored to have several more poetry events scheduled in September, October, and November of this year. I'm taking a break from reading very far from home during December, January, and February (I do have one reading in Amherst, Ohio, in February), but I'll begin traveling again in March. I  hope you'll join me at these events to celebrate the living art of poetry!

Dianne's 2019 - 2020 Book Tour

FireFish Festival 2019

September 21, 2019
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Downtown Lorain, Ohio

Poetry performances on stage — Dianne Borsenik, Kelly Boyer Sagert, Debra Rose, and others to be announced.  Dianne will be reading from 2 to 2:20 p.m.

Art & Performance Poetry

October 25, 2019
6 P.M.

Art & Performance Center of West Toledo
2702 W. Sylvania Ave.
Toledo, OH

Dianne Borsenik will be reading from her two new Stubborn Mule Press books,
Raga for What Comes Next, and Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed. Leonard Kress will also feature read. Jonie McIntire hosts this event.

Broadsides & Ephemera

November 14, 2019
7 p.m.

Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd.
Cleveland, OH

Dianne Borsenik will read from her new books,
Raga for What Comes Next and Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed.

Borderlands: Poetry on the Edge

November 16, 2019
2 to 4 p.m.

Main Street Books
104 N. Main Street
Mansfield, OH
Host Llalan Fowler

Dianne Borsenik will read from her new Stubborn Mule Press books,
Raga for What Comes Next and Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed. John Burroughs will read from his new Venetian Spider Press book, Rattle and Numb.
Open mic will follow; light refreshments in attendance.

Streetlight Imaginations: Poets Read from Recent Books

November 23, 2019
2 pm to 4:30 pm

Cuyahoga County Public Library
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

NightBallet Press travels to South Euclid, OH, to co-present, along with John Burroughs and Crisis Chronicles Press, a selection of NBP and CCP poets. Hear from eight poets, all with recently published books.

From NBP:

Karen Schubert
Lisa & Sean Thomas Dougherty
Julio Montalvo Valentin

From CCP:

Nick Gardner
Nicole Hennessy
Cat Russell
Elaine Schleiffer

The Poetry Forum

November 25, 2019
7:00 p.m.

Bossy Grrls Pin-Up Joint
2598 N. High St.
Columbus, OH
Hosted by Steve Abbott & Rose M. Smith
What fun it will be to see all my Columbus area friends again at this longest-running poetry series in Ohio! I will be reading from my two new (2019) books, Raga for What Comes Next, and Heaven We Haven't Yet, I promise, some brand-new poems written just for the occasion!

Poetry and Open Mic at the Bistro

February 8, 2020
5 pm to 7:30 pm

254 Park Ave.
Amherst, OH

Theme: Celebration!
Dianne Borsenik will feature read from her new Stubborn Mule Press books
Raga for What Comes Next
and Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed. Open mic will follow. Hosted by Debra Rose.

Music & Drama Club of Cleveland

May 14, 2020

Details to be announced

Words & Wine

May 20, 2020

Painesville, OH
Hosted by Margie DeLong

details to be announced

Wednesday, May 29, 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


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


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!

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

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

2 Pine Stree
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Monday, April 16, 2018

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! 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

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

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!