Here we go: The next Read America Read Project is Saturday, April 28th.
Leave a book for someone
to take anywhere you want. This time, ask two people you know to do this also. This way the project
will grow each month. I would like a book marker to go in every book so people know where they are
coming from. Please e-mail me at the following e-mail address and I will send you an e-mail back
with the book marker for you to print out and cut. Thank you for being a part of this project.
Lets make April 28th great! Send me photos too. I have a list of names of who
participated and as this grows, keep letting me know you are doing this. Thanks a zillion.
You all rock. Lets get America reading!!!!
Thanks so much,
April 13, 2018: 4 new chapbooks from Červená Barva Press
Small as Hope in the Helicopter Rain by Lisa Akus
Lisa Akus has published poems in Congeries, Lake Effect, Redactions, and in the anthology Double Kiss:
Stories, Poems, Essays on the Art of Billiards (2017 Mammoth Books). Her poem "Killdeer" received an honorable
mention for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Erie, PA with her partner and sometimes collaborator
Sean Thomas Dougherty, and their daughters Amara Rumi and Andaluzja Akhmatova who provided much
inspiration for these poems.
Small As Hope In the Helicopter Rain
Among the tall grass and clover flowers our youngest sits picking.
She squints an eye shut and holds one up to the light twisting at its
stem. Slow and careful. She wants to know how the sunlight breaks
through its petals and so begins pulling them out one by one. Her
sing-song voice counting them until they are all gone. What she
takes from this she will tell no one. Then a helicopter seed. And a
new question as she continues to pick it up and toss it into the air.
Despite it's falling back to the ground, every time. But soon they are
falling all around her. A strong wind has brought them almost fluttering
in a way she seems somehow familiar with. And suddenly she is spinning
with them. She, this girl we worried so much about her walking late.
Always tripping over nothing, and even now still unable to come down off
her toes. And yet she is spinning, and stretching her arms out as if to
welcome something back. Something we at some point lost? Something,
small as hope in the helicopter rain.
$7.00 | 29 Pages
The Elusive Heroine: My Daughter Lost in Magritte by Linda Nemec Foster
Linda Nemec Foster has published ten other collections of poetry including Amber Necklace from Gdansk
(finalist for the Ohio Book Award in Poetry), Talking Diamonds (finalist for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year),
and The Lake Michigan Mermaid (co-authored with Anne-Marie Oomen). Foster's work has appeared in such journals as
The Georgia Review, Nimrod, Connecticut Review, New American Writing, The North American Review, Paterson Literary Review,
and Quarterly West. Her poetry has also been published in anthologies in the United States and Great Britain,
translated in Europe, and produced for the stage. She has been honored with Pushcart Prize nominations and has
received awards from the Arts Foundation of Michigan, ArtServe Michigan, National Writer's Voice, the
Polish-American Historical Association, and the Academy of American Poets. Foster was selected to serve as
Grand Rapids, Michigan's first Poet Laureate from 2003-05. Her chapbook, Contemplating the Heavens,
was the inspiration for jazz pianist Steve Talaga's original composition which was nominated for
the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Foster's project, Cry of Freedom, is a collaboration with Hungarian
musician Laszlo Slomovits and was released on CD in 2013. Foster is the founder of the
Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College and in 2015 received the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Dyer-Ives Foundation for her work as a poet and advocate for the literary arts.
$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9984253-9-9 | 40 Pages
Seen/unseen (a father and son converse) poems by Benjamin Ostrowski and Steven Ostrowski
Steven Ostrowski is a poet, fiction writer, painter and songwriter. His work appears in numerous literary journals
and magazines, and he is the author of three previous chapbooks—two of poems and one of stories. New chapbooks from
Island Verse and, with Ben Ostrowski, Black Magic Media, are scheduled for 2018. He teaches at Central Connecticut
Benjamin Ostrowski is a current PhD student studying Organizational Behavior at Carnegie Mellon University. He has poems
published in The American Journal of Poetry, The Gyroscope Review, Blue Muse, The Dark River Review, and others. He has a
forthcoming chapbook co-authored with his father, Steven, from Black Magic Media.
Seen/unseen is an ecstatically authentic conversation, poetry full of unapologetic humanity. This is not just call and response
but challenge and answer, parry and thrust. Two voices calling each other higher, reveling in each other's performance.
We could not ask for more from such a talented father-son team.
-Will Hicks, author of Stargazer's Kitchen
Seen/Unseen gives us the visions that occur when each participant closes their eyes, opens themselves to the world and
speaks from one soul to another. The commonplace and the miraculous intertwine in this exchange of the gifts the father
brings the son, and the son brings the father, when both open their souls to the other and view what they
hold in their hearts.
$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-692-08026-9 | 31 Pages
The Day She Decided to Feed Crows by Hope Jordan
Hope Jordan is in the Creative Writing MFA program at UMass Boston. Her poems have recently appeared in such
publications as Nine Mile, Comstock Review, Naugatuck River Review, and Red Headed Stepchild.
She was the first official poetry slam master in New Hampshire.
Hope Jordan's small book is stripped to the bone precise-yellow jackets and sweet grass, ice fishing holes
and old Buicks mark the landscape of people struggling in small towns where "Housewives overdose after Halloween."
These are razor sharp poems that tell us only just enough, restrained by love, and terror.
-Sean Thomas Dougherty
$7.00 | 31 Pages
Released April 13, 2018:
Family Chronicles Poems by Andrey Gritsman
Andrey Gritsman is a poet, essayist and writer of short stories from Russia, writes in English and in Russian.
His works have appeared in many American, European and Russian magazines and anthologies. Gritsman is the author
of ten collections. Andrey runs Intercultural Poetry Series at Cornelia Street Café and edits poetry magazine
INTERPOEZIA. He lives in New York City and works as a physician.
This book is a poetic family memoir. It is roughly divided in three parts: "Childhood – Youth," "Parents"
and "America." Naturally, there is a significant overlap in terms of themes, moods and approach to the
material. For the reader it will be easier to go through this book since it relates metaphorically to biography.
My childhood and youth, the younger years, were spent in Russia, in Moscow where I was born and raised. My family
is Muscovites in several generations. I am also a third generation of doctors who graduated from the First Moscow
Medical School (Medical Faculty of the Moscow State University).
I came to the U.S. in the spring of 1981 with my family (my wife and two little children). For a year I worked as a
research fellow at the National Cancer Institute, then passed my medical exams and walked the usual path of the
American physician: Residency, Fellowship at the Cancer Center in Houston and eventually landed in Manhattan at
Lenox Hill Hospital, historical place on the map of the United States. Since then my life was closely connected
with the City, Hudson River and Hudson River Valley.
Upper East Side was place were my literary career in American poetry started: Master Class with
incomparable Amy Clampitt. The best creative years were years at the Vermont College MFA working with
such brilliant poets and mentors as Deborah Digges, Jack Myers, and Roger Weingarten. A special influence
on me has been my long term friendship with wonderful American poet Baron Wormser.
I am a poet and a writer of short stories and personal essays both in Russian and in English. This part of
bilingual writing is important facet of my combined sensibility. The reader might notice this bilingual feature
in the content of poems, but also in the usage of language and idioms.
Many of the poems are equipped with a short footnote, explaining some of the peculiarities and specificities of
the situation, explaining some of the historical events. But also, specific features of the Russian and Moscow
life at certain historical periods. Some of the footnotes are simply the explanations of certain family events
and their relation to the historical periods and events in Russia or in the U.S.
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9984253-3-7 | 70 Pages
Released April 13, 2018:
The Dishonesty of Certain Mirrors by Len Kuntz
Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State and an editor at the online magazine Literary Orphans. He is the author of
three books, The Dark Sunshine, I'm Not Supposed To Be Here and Neither Are You, and The Dishonesty of Certain Mirrors.
His latest story collection, The Deep End, is forthcoming from Ravenna Press in 2018. You can also find more of Len's
writing at: lenkuntz.blogspot.com
In this searing collection of personal poems, we encounter a myriad of everyday struggles and loss deftly turned on their
head. From dementia to child abuse to the disintegration of relationships, each subject is rendered with raw abandon as
well as an empathetic heart. There's lush music in the language of these poems, no matter their length. True to the
title's promise, there's also a magical pulling back of the curtain, so that we are not only voyeurs privy to the
author’s innermost life and experiences, but our own as well. Stepping inside these pages is like finding a diary
replete with secrets, hopes and broken dreams, a diary that could well belong to our closest friend, or perhaps, a diary
written by our own hand.
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9984253-4-4 | 94 Pages
Released January 5, 2018:
The Sun Eaters a novel by Alex M. Pruteanu
Alex M. Pruteanu is author of novella Short Lean Cuts, and Gears: A Collection (Independent Talent Group, Inc.),
both available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell's Books. He has published fiction in Guernica, [PANK],
Specter Literary Magazine, The Prague Revue, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and many others.
The Sun Eaters unravels the story of two brothers in a small village of an Eastern European country just
post World War II. The two boys and a handful of their colorful mates struggle to survive famine, desolation
and destruction, as well as repressive political ideology that has been forced upon their country. In the boys'
battle against what seems like all elements of life-turned-hostile, we discover the beauty of the enduring human
spirit and the coping powers of a child's imagination during difficult times.
$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9984253-5-1 | 156 Pages
Released December 8, 2017:
Rene Schwiesow came to the Boston Poetry Scene through drumming. In a fortuitous alignment of the planets and stars she
met the late, great Mike Amado at a drum circle and the rest is history. She is currently a co-host for the popular
South Shore poetry venue, The Art of Words, where she not only reads poetry and introduces features and open mike
readers, but also is maker of the meatballs served during intermission (recipe is strictly a secret, unless you ask her
nicely). Rene has been published in various publications including Muddy River Poetry Review, City Lights, Ibbettson
Street Press, The Aurorean, and Bagel Bard and Tidepool Poet Anthologies. When she is not writing, reading, or watching
Doctor Who, she can be found with a Tarot deck, aligning chakras with Reiki, or shopping for boots in support of her
obvious shoe fetish.
In this collection of heart echoes, the words reverberate moments strung along the poet's timeline. The poetry is a
showcase of laughter, heartache, growth, letting go, recognition, awareness, friendship, and love. Schwiesow has used
keyboard as paintbrush to create page after page of moving images. May you find your own echoes whispering in the gap
between each word, phrase, and poem that imprints itself upon your mind.
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9984253-0-6 | 77 Pages
ABOUT THE PRESS
ČERVENÁ BARVA PRESS was founded in April of 2005.
The press solicits poetry, fiction, and plays from various writers
around the world, and holds open contests regularly for its chapbooks,
postcards, broadsides and full-length books.
I look for work that has a strong voice, is unique, and that takes risks with language.
Please see submission guidelines for current information.
I encourage queries from Central and Eastern Europe.