Performances and Prizes


Dianne has traveled and read her poetry in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Detroit, Okemos, St. Johns, Warren, and Farmington, Michigan; in Michigan City, Indiana; in Erie, North East, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; in Williamstown and Richwood, West Virginia, Buffalo and Fredonia, New York; Kansas City, Missouri; Frostburg, Maryland; and in Elyria, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Wapakoneta, Columbus, Mansfield, Marion, Marietta, Painesville, Lakewood, Barberton, Shaker Heights, Parma, Euclid, Toledo, Youngstown, Akron, Canton, Sandusky, Millersburg, Perrysburg, Athens, Alliance, Amherst, Lewis Center, Portsmouth, New Concord, Coshocton, Lorain, Kent, and many other places in Ohio. 

Newsflash! I just found out today, November 23, 2023, that I will be headlining at Burning Love: A Celebration of Women in Poetry, a performing arts festival with musical act Jam Band Jovi. This festival will take place in Michigan on May 10 and May 11, 2024. Details to be announced soon. 

The following listing is a partial list of events in which she has been a featured reader and/or presenter:

Poem for Cleveland
Reading 2023 x 2

Word of Mouth at MOTR - Cincinnati, host Jim Palmerini - June, 2023

Lit Youngstown Fall Literary Festival 2022 - "NAG the Competition: A Guide to Titles & Marketing" Presentation (Oct.)
Lit Youngstown Celebrating 40 Years of the Womens Artist Show 
 YWCA, Youngstown, OH (2022) 
Visible Voice Books — Cleveland, OH (July, 2022) 
Noise Complaint at The Warehouse 
— Portsmouth, OH (July, 2022) 
The Poetry Showcase at the Ohio State Fair (sponsored by the OPA) — Columbus, OH (August, 2022) 
30th Annual Erie's Blues & Jazz Festival (100 Thousand Poets for Change)  Erie, PA (August, 2022)

The Edith Chase Symposium Birds of the Cuyahoga Reading 
— KSU Architecture Building, KSU, Kent, OH (2022) 
I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing 
— Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, OH (October, 2022) 
I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing 
— NFSPS Conference, Lewis Center, OH (June, 2022) 
I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing — McDonough Auditorium, Marietta College, Marietta, OH (April, 2022)

Literary/Poetry discussion & featured reading — Muskingum University, New Concord, OH (March, 2023) — In 2023, her book Raga for What Comes Next was studied as part of the Modern and Contemporary American Poetry course at Muskingum University in New Concord, OH.
Literary/Poetry discussion & workshop — Muskingum University, New Concord, OH (February, 2020)
Lit Cleveland Literary Mixer — Bookhouse Brewery, Cleveland, OH, 2019
FireFish Festival — downtown Lorain, OH (2019)
The Sun & Moon Poetry Festival — Glen Helen Nature Preserve, OPA, Yellow Springs, OH (2019)
The Edith Chase Symposium Resurrection River Poetry Reading — Wick Poetry Park, KSU, Kent, OH (2019)
Two Chefs & a Beat "Poetic Justice Edition" — Porco Lounge and Tiki Room, Cleveland, OH (2019)
"We're No Angels" — Speak of the Devil, Lorain, OH (2019)
Lit Youngstown Literary Festival 2018 — Kilcawley Center, YSU, Youngstown, OH (2018)
"Catherine Joslyn: Luminous Threads" at Art on Madison — Lakewood, OH (2018)
Athens Community Art & Music Festival/Hocking College — Athens, OH (2018)
Gallery NIght/Ekphrastacy Walk at the Erie Art Museum — Erie, PA (2018)
FountainVerse Poetry Reading at the InterUrban ArtHouse  — Overland Park, Kansas (2018)
11th Annual Western Maryland Independent Literary Festival  — Frostburg, MD (2017)
Pulp & Speakeasy — Underground Literary Festival, Michigan City, IN (2017)
Lit Youngstown/Youngstown Summer Festival of the Arts — Youngstown University, Youngstown, OH (2015, 2017)
The Offbeat's (MSU) Official Release Party 2017 — Schuler Books and Music, Okemos, MI (2017)
5th Not-Exactly-Annual Haiku Death Match — Dobama Theater, Cleveland Heights, OH (2017)
OPA Ekphrastic Anthology Release: A Rustling and Waking Within — Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2017)
The Lake Erie Folk Fest — Euclid, OH (2017)
Ekphrastacy at the Cleveland Heights Arts Gallery — Cleveland Heights, OH (2017)
Policies of Truth — at Burning Books, Buffalo, NY (7/2016)
Kansas City Poetry Throwdown! 3-Day Festival — at Prospero's Books, Kansas City, MO (4/2016)
Snap CracKCLE Kulchur — at Guide to Kulchur, Cleveland, OH (2016)
KC & CLE — at Mac's Backs Books on Coventry, Cleveland Heights, OH (2016)
Glass City Winter Words — at Glass City Roasters, Toledo, OH (2015)
Soul Speak — Lorain Art Council’s 767 Gallery, Lorain, OH (2015)
Beat x 2 — SUNY at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY (2015)
Beat Paths —  East End Book Exchange, Pittsburgh, PA (2015)
S. O. U. L. Farmington, MI (2015)
S. C. C. A. Presents Insight & Expression — Mosavat Gallery, Farmington,  MI (2015)
Poets & Painters at PACA — PACA Gallery, Erie, PA (2015)
An Evening  of Poetry with M. J. Arcangelini — Happy Dog East, Cleveland Hts,  OH (2015)
Youngstown Summer Festival of the Arts — YSU, Youngstown, OH (2015, 2017)
Lake Effect Poetry  Art Auction Fundraiser — Barberton, OH (2015)
Colliding with Cinema 3956 — Farmington, MI (2015)
West Toledo Branch Library, Toledo, OH (2015)
LevyFest 2014 at CSU — Cleveland, OH (2014)
Ekphrastacy at the Cleveland Heights Arts Gallery — Cleveland Heights, OH (2014, 2017, 2018)
Modern Formations Gallery — Pittsburgh, PA (2014)
Artomatic 419 — Toledo, OH (2011, 2013, 2015)
Cleveland Public Theatre's Station Hope — St. John Episcopal, Cleveland, OH (2014)
Full Cleveland Variety Talk Show — Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH (2014)
Community Festival — Columbus, OH (2014)
1st Annual Guide to Kulchur 24 Hour Zine a Thon —  Cleveland, OH (2013)
Broken Pulpit, Third Flight —   Visible Voice Books, Cleveland, OH (2013)
Coventry Village Holiday Fest  —  Cleveland Heights, OH (2013)
Queen City Poetry Slam —  Rohs Street Café, Cincinnati, OH (2013)
2nd Annual Poesies — Jitters Coffee House, Millersburg, OH (2013)
Slow Train Café — Oberlin, OH (2013)
Temple of Tolerance — Wapakoneta, OH (2012)
Ward Bakery Open Studio — Youngstown, OH (2011)
Rising in Hope at Ferndale Public Library —  Ferndale, MI (2011)
Rising in Hope at Poet's Hall — Erie, PA  (2011)
Love Bug Bites — Lorain Arts Council's 737 Gallery, Lorain, OH (2011)
Fat Fish Blue (benefit for literacy) — Perrysburg, OH (2011)
Croswell Opera House—Adrian, MI (2011)
BAYarts—Huntington Beach Reservation, Bay Village, OH (2011)
A Night at the Bar—Hambone's Pub, Pittsburgh, (2011)
Williamstown Bridge — Williamstown WV (2011)
Ohio's Smallest Church — Coolville, OH (2011)
Colin Lively Show — Blogtalk Radio (2011)
Feed the Gays  (benefit for LGTB CSU students) —  Union Station/Bounce, Cleveland,OH  (2009, 2010)
Cleveland Nonviolence Network: Music & Words for Peace — 2011 St. Paul's Community Church
Columbus Arts Festival 2011 — Columbus OH
Columbus Arts Festival 2010 — Columbus, OH
Ingenuity Fest — Cleveland, OH (20)
2010 Cherry River Festival — Richwood, WV (2010)
Sunday Brunch Invasion with Angelheart and Frankie Metro — Blogtalk Radio (2010)
Peace & War Summit Intergenerational Poetry Reading — Dively Hall, CWRU, Cleveland, OH (2010)
Poetry Super Highway — Blogtalk Radio (2010)
Ohio Poetry Association Annual Picnic  —  Marion, OH (2010)
Burning River at the Morgan Conservatory — Cleveland, OH (2009)
Burning River at Visible Voice Books — Cleveland, OH (2009)
Burning River at Mac's Backs Books —  Cleveland Heights (2010)
Mint Jam '09 (benefit to save the farm) — St. Johns, MI (2009)
RTA Poetry Sculpture Project (recording) —  Cleveland, OH (2009)
Northrops Books — Olmsted Falls, OH (2006)
Hessler Street Fair — Cleveland Heights, OH (1996)

Dianne is honored to have read for the following poetry series. The hosts are also listed.

Art & Performance Poetry — Jonie McIntire, Toledo, OH
Beat Café Poetry Series — William Burkeholder, Warren, MI
Black Cloister Brewing Company — Jonie McIntyre, Toledo, OH
Borderlands: Poetry on the Edge —  Mark Jordan, Main Street Books, Mansfield, OH
Broadsides & Ephemera — Julie Beckers, Loganberry Books, Cleveland, OH
Collinswood Art Center —  John Dorsey & Michael Grover, Toledo, OH
Dairy Barn Arts Center — Kari Gunter-Seymour, Athens, OH
Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour — Joshua Gage, Strongsville, OH
First Mondays at the Alcazar — Patricia Averbach, Cleveland Heights, OH
Latitudes Poetry Night  — Steve & Theresa Brightman, Akron, OH
Lit Youngstown — Karen Schubert, Youngstown, OH
Mac's Backs Second Wednesday — Suzanne DeGaetano, Cleveland Heights, OH
Madhouse Sessions — Leo Todd Jarret, The Ugly Mug Café & Roastery Ypsilanti, MI
Monday at Mahall's Poetry & Prose — Catherine Criswell, Lakewood, OH

Mr. Smith's Coffeehouse — Larry Smith, Sandusky, OH
Poetry & Music at the Nervous Dog Cafe — Michael DeBenedictis, Akron, OH
Poetry & Open Mic at the Bistro — Debra Rose, Amherst, OH
PoetryElyria — John Burroughs, Elyria, OH
Poetry Forum at the Rhumba Café & Bossy Grrls Pin-Up Joint — Steve Abbott, Columbus, OH
Poetry in the Woods — Barry Zucker, Shaker Heights, OH
Poet's Hall — Cee Willams, Erie, PA
Poetry Scene — Cee Williams, Erie, PA
Poets South of I70 — Athens, OH
Pumpkin Hollow Antiques & Café — Mark Hersman, Bellville, OH
Rodman Public Library — Byrun Reed, Alliance, OH
Second Friday Fete — Alexis Tremain-Mitchell, Columbus, OH
Shoreway Poets — Marian Anzalone, Cleveland, OH
Stardust Poetry at the Karma Café — Vertigo Xavier, Canton, OH
Sweet Epiphany — Karma Sweetmain Williams, Detroit, MI
The Poet's Haven — Vertigo Xavier, South Euclid, Cleveland,
3rd Thursday at the Root Café — Barbara Sabol, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Tongue-and-Groove Poetry —  Ray McNiece, Cleveland, OH
Uncloistered Poetry 
—  Jonie McIntire, Toledo, OH (forthcoming) 
Versify Reading Series — Bob Walicki, Pittsburgh, PA
Word of Mouth Cincinnati 
—  Jim Palmarini, Cincinnati, OH (forthcoming)
Words and Wine —  Margie DeLong & Tobin Terry, Painesville, OH
Writer's Lounge at Dreamers Bar & Grill — LS Royal, Parma, OH

Workshops, Panels and Interviews

Literary/Poetry workshop & featured reading — Muskingum University, New Concord, OH, March, 2023 — (Raga for What Comes Next was studied as part of the Modern and Contemporary American Poetry course at the University)
"Naming, Aiming, and Gaming — NAG the Competition, A Guide to Titles and Marketing," workshop at the Lit Youngstown Fall Literary Festival, 2022
Literary/Poetry discussion & workshop — Muskingum University, New Concord, OH, February, 2020

Ohio Poetry Association's "Poetry Publishing and Bookmaking Workshop' at the Thurber House, Columbus, OH, 2019

"The Power of Word: A Dialogue with Leading Writers" 
 SayMo Collective and Gallery, Cleveland, OH, 2019

"Grey Skies & Blue Hearts: A Poetry Workshop" 
 Sheri's Cafe, Norwalk, OH, 2019

A Day at Southview: Interacting with the Classroom 
 Southview Middle School, Lorain, OH, Wed, January 23,2019
"Punch Through the Envelope — How to Make an Editor Notice Your Work," workshop at the Lit Youngstown Fall Literary Festival, 2018

"Editor's Publishing Panel"
 Lit Youngstown Fall Literary Festival, 2018 
"UnionEyes: A Fusion of Art & Poetry" Lit Youngstown Fall Literary Festival, 2018 
"Step Up! Poetry Workshop and Open Mic" during the Lake Erie Folk Fest at the Shore Cultural Centre, Euclid, OH, 2018

"Incite: A Poetic Conversation with Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs" at Guide to Kulcher, Cleveland, OH, 2018

"Punch Through the Envelope 
 How to Make an Editor Notice Your Work," workshop in Toledo, OH for a group of writers at the Art and Performance Center of West Toledo, 2017

"Sustainable Literary Communities" panel at the Western Maryland Independent Literary Festival, Oct 2016

"Meet the Presses" panel at the Sanger Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, November, 2015

Workshop and Reading at the Queen City Open Mic at the Rohs Cafe in Cincinnati, OH 2013

 Service to the Literary Community

Judge for the Cleveland Institute of Art's annual Writing & Art Competition - 2023
Judge for the Cleveland Institute of Art's annual Writing & Art Competition - 2022
Judge for the Cleveland Institute of Art's annual Writing & Art Competition - 2021
Judge for the Cleveland Institute of Art's annual Writing & Art Competition - 2020
Judge for the Cleveland Institute of Art's annual Writing & Art Competition - 2019
Judge for the Cleveland Institute of Art's annual Writing & Art Competition - 2018
Judge for the Cleveland Institute of Art's annual Writing & Art Competition - 2017
Judge for the Cleveland Institute of Art's annual Writing & Art Competition - 2016
Judge for the 1st Annual Lorain Poetry Competition sponsored by Lorain's Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Judge for the Lorain Historical Society's Poetry Contest 2020 - "Women Who Empower"
Judge for the 
Lorain Historical Society's Poetry Contest 2022 - "Lorain and Lilacs"
Judge for the Nathan Perry Chapter Daughters of American Revolution Poetry Contest 2023 - "Honor American History"
Judge for the OPA contest "Bill Molina: Celebration of Life's Journey" - 2023


Voted "The Best Poet on the West Side" by Scene Magazine 2018

"Up the Mountain" by Dianne Borsenik was chosen to be performed by a professional actor during the Humanities Festival with the theme "How Do We Talk to Each Other? 
 — Cleveland Public Library, downtown Cleveland, OH, 2022 

Winner — Lit Cleveland's Humanities Festival "How Do We Talk to Each Other?" staged reading, Cleve. Public Library, April 9, 2022, with "Up the Mountain"
Winner — Lit Youngstown's "Words Made Visible" 2017 broadside competition, with "Train, Loud, Lonesome, Leaving Without Me"
Finalist  — Lit Youngstown's "Words Made Visible" 2017 poster competition, with "Cinco de Mayo Moon"
Pushcart Prize nomination — "Let's Get It On" from Thunderclap Amen (2015)
1st place Ekphrastacy Contest for Youngstown Summer Festival of the Arts 2015 (tote bag, tee shirts)
1st place — May 2014 Second Annual Best Cleveland Poem Competition
1stPlace — April 2014 Third Annual Poetry Slam at the Lorain Public Library
1st Place — May 2013 Best Cleveland Poem Competition
2nd Place — Second Annual Poesies Slam Competition
2nd Place — 2010 Columbus Arts Festival "Art Is Word" Poetry Competition
2nd Place — "It's In The Mind" category of Ohio Poetry Day 2010 Competition "Doubts and Redoubts"
Honorable Mention x2 — The Best of Ohio Writer 2006 Literary Competition (Writers On Writing category)
2nd Place — LCCC Literary Arts Poetry Competition 1997
1st Place — Lyricist Review 1998-1999 Lyric Writing Competition
3rd Place — Haiku Contest 1983 Kentucky State Poetry Society

Community Participation

Huron Public Library 2nd Annual Book Fest — Featured Writer, 2023
Poetry Intensives 
— Lit Youngstown, Youngstown, OH, 2022
Northeast Ohio Press Panel & Book Fair — Cuyahoga Public Library, South Euclid, OH, 2019 (as NBP)
— Lit Cleveland, 2018 (as NightBallet Press)
Writers In the Window 
— Apple Tree Books, Cleveland, OH, 2018
Western Maryland Indie Lit Fest — Frostburg Center for the Literary Arts, Frostburg, MD, 2017, 2018 (as NBP)
Underground Lit Fest Book & Zine Fair — Artspace at the Uptown Lofts, Michigan City, IN, 2017 (as NBP)
Spaces - Pedestrian Poetry at Cleveland Bazaar in Market Square Park — 09-05-2015
Pop Up Poetry 
 sponsored by Heights Writes and Mac's Backs  on Coventry in Cleveland Heights, 2012
Elyria Public Library Book Festival  Featured Writer (circa 2013)

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