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!