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ČERVENÁ BARVA PRESS STUDIO
THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT THE ARMORY

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Basement Room B8
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA


CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 7:00PM

Featuring: David Gullette | Frannie Lindsay | Carla Schwartz

David Gullette was one of the first editors of PLOUGHSHARES, where he has published poetry, fiction and essays. He taught English for many years at Simmons, and is currently Literary Director of the newly-reborn Poets' Theatre. He has written two books about revolutionary poetry in Nicaragua, and his own book of poems, QUESTIONABLE SHAPES, will be published by Cervena Barva Press in 2015.

Frannie Lindsay's fourth volume of poetry, "Our Vanishing," has been awarded the 2012 Benjamin Saltman Award by Red Hen Press. It was released in March, 2014 and is available through the press, on Amazon, or at independent bookstores. Her other books are Mayweed (2009 Washington Prize, The Word Works); Lamb (Perugia Prize, Perugia 2006); and Where She Always Was (May Swenson Award, Utah State University Press, 2004). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Carla Schwartz is a poet, poetry filmmaker, and lyricist. She has performed and read her work in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in several journals, including Fulcrum, 05401, Wordgathering, Common Ground, Review, Stone Highway Review, Literary Juice, Ibbetson Street, Emerge Literary Journal, Enizagam, and Equinox, among others. Her poetry book, Mother, One More Thing is published by Turning Point Books.


Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.


Cervena Barva Press Announces a Chapbook Launch
for "The AfterImages" by David P. Miller
Saturday October 4th at 2:00PM

Come help us celebrate at the Cervena Barva Press Studio, Basement Room B8

Readers: David P. Miller | M.P. Carver | Lee Varon

The Afterimages Poems by David P. Miller

David P. Miller's poems have appeared in print in Meat for Tea, Stone Soup Presents, Ibbetson Street, Stone's Throw, and the 2014 Bagel Bards Anthology, and online in the Muddy River Poetry Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, and the Boston and Beyond Poetry Blog. He has three "micro-chapbooks" available from the Origami Poems Project website. David was a member of the multidisciplinary Mobius Artists Group of Boston for 25 years, and is a librarian at Curry College in Milton, Mass. He studies with Tom Daley, and has been seen in the company of one or more of the Bagel Bards.



Lee Varon is a writer and social worker. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and been published in various journals including: A & U AIDS Magazine, Black & White, Cottonwood Magazine, Euphony, Fox Cry Review, High Plains Literary Review, Milkweed Chronicle, Oddball Magazine, Oyez Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Permafrost, Pleiades, Prick of the Spindle, RE:AL, Southern Poetry Review, Sliver of Stone, Spare Change News, Studio One, Willow Review, Words And Images, and Writers Forum. She is a regular reader at Stone Soup.

M.P. Carver, poet, lives in Salem, MA. She is a member of YesNo Press - publisher of the Zig Zag Folios - and Poetry Editor of Soundings East. She will also be assisting organizers for the 2015 Massachusetts State Poetry Festival. Her work has appeared in various local journals, and she has featured at multiple venues across the state.

Parking available in the lot in the back of the building
Refreshments served.


CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8, 7:00PM

Featuring: Cindy Hochman | Karen Neuberg

Cindy Hochman, from Brooklyn, New York, is the president of "100 Proof" copyediting services. She is the editor-in-chief of the online journal First Literary Review-East and is on the book review staff of Pedestal Magazine. Recent poems published (or forthcoming) in the New York Quarterly, Arsenic Lobster, Pirene's Fountain, MonkeyBicycle, Levure Literraire, Glimpse (Canada) and Kiyi (Turkey). Her chapbook, The Carcinogenic Bride, has been recommended on Winning Writers.

Karen Neuberg, a Brooklyn-based writer, is the author of two chapbooks - Myself Taking Stage (Finishing Line Press) and Detailed Still (Poets Wear Prada). Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bluestem Magazine, Levure Literraire, Nassau Review, Paper Nautilus, Right Hand Pointing, and Tinderbox. She holds an MFA from The New School and is associate editor of the online journal First Literary Review-East.


Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.


CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 7:00PM

Featuring: Alexandria Peary | Ayshia Stephenson

Alexandria Peary's third book, Control Bird Alt Delete,received the 2013 Iowa Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Iowa Press in March 2014. Other poetry book publications include Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers (Backwaters 2008) and Lid to the Shadow (Slope Editions 2011). Her work has received the Joseph Langland Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Slope Editions Book Prize, and the Mudfish Poetry Prize, with poems recently appearing or forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Denver Quarterly, Volt, Chariton Review, and New American Writing. She is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Salem State University.

Ayshia Stephenson is an award-winning poet, actress and playwright from Brooklyn, NY. She earned her MFA in Writing from The California Institute of Arts, has an MA in Sociology from UMass Boston, and teaches at Salem State University. She fuses poetry and storytelling for a provocative performance of race, gender and culture. Ayshia has been invited to present her work locally at The Somerville Arts at the Armory, The Cantab, Speak-Up (feature), Cervana Barva Press (feature), and The Mass Poetry Festival. Published by Imaginary Friends Press, Boston University Press, Open to Interpretation, and A Gathering of Tribes, Ayshia is also Executive Director of Performing Fusion Theatre.


Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.


CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15, 7:00PM

Featuring: Michael Daley | Tomas O'Leary

Michael Daley, born and raised in Dorchester, left a seminary and religious life and was wild in the streets at 21, seeking a life of experience. His books are: The Straits, To Curve, and Moonlight in the Redemptive Forest. He translated Alter Mundus by Italian poet Lucia Gazzino. Recent poems are in Off the Coast, Rhino, Gargoyle, and North American Review. A graduate of UMass Boston with an MFA from UW Seattle, he lives in Washington State.

Tomas O'Leary is a poet, translator, musician, singer, artist and expressive therapist. His published books of poetry are A Prayer for Everyone, The Devil Take a Crooked House, and Fool at the Funeral. In the Wellspring of the Ear, a volume of new and selected poems, is due from Lynx House Press by Winter Solstice. He has taught literature, creative writing and journalism at the college level, creative writing and Spanish at the high school level, and basic Spanish to little kids. He works with people who have Alzheimer's.


Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.


CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
THURSDAY OCTOBER 16, 7:00PM

Featuring: Diane Lockward | Jennifer Markell | Tam Lin Neville

Diane Lockward is the author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications, 2013) and three poetry books, most recently Temptation by Water. Her previous books are What Feeds Us, which received the 2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, and Eve's Red Dress. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Against Perfection and Greatest Hits: 1997-2010. Her poems have been included in such anthologies as Poetry Daily: 360 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website and Garrison Keillor's Good Poems for Hard Times, and in such journals as Harvard Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Gwarlingo, and The Writer's Almanac.

Jennifer Markell's first book of poetry, Samsara, was published this year by the Turning Point imprint of WordTech Communications. Her poems have appeared in journals nationally and internationally, including The Aurorean (Featured Poet), Consequence, The Hawaii Pacific Review, Rhino, and Poetry from Sojourner, A Feminist Anthology. Her poetry has been displayed at Boston City Hall, and she was selected to read her work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Tam Lin Neville is the author of two poetry collections: Journey Cake (BkMk Press, The University of Missouri-Kansas City, l998) and more recently, Triage, from Cervena Barva Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Harvard Review, Mademoiselle, American Poetry Review, Ironwood, and Threepenny Review. She is co-editor of Off The Grid Press, a press for poets over sixty. She also works for Changing Lives Through Literature, an alternative sentencing program.


Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.


Directions & parking:
The Center for the Arts is located between Davis Square and Union Square. Parking is located behind the armory at the rear of the building. Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MTBA Red Line. You can also find us by using either the MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get to us from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.

Inside the Armory:
Go inside main doors and walk straight ahead about 30 feet, look for the door on the right to the stairs down to the basement. (There is an elevator just after the stairs.) Once in the basement walk through the basement lobby straight ahead about 20 feet, first door on the right is the Červená Barva Press Studio.



New Release September 3, 2014:
Les cahiers de Val-David Festival Notebooks Los cuadernos de Val-David 2009-2014 Anthologie brève by Flavia Cosma (Editor)
Les cahiers de Val-David Festival Notebooks Los cuadernos de Val-David 2009-2014 Anthologie brève by Flavia Cosma (Editor)
The Trilingual Anthology "Les cahiers de Val-David, Festival Notebooks, Los cuadernos de Val-David, 2009-2014" reunites, thanks to a generous grant from CLD Laurentides, some of the most talented international writers who participated so far in the Festivals at Val-David. (The International Writers' and Artists' Residence at Val-David, Quebec, Canada) The anthology is in English, French, and Spanish with many translators bringing the language of the International writers available for us to read. The International Festival of Writers and Artists is held twice a year at the International residence and is directed by Flavia Cosma, a well-known writer whose poetry, prose and children literature is published in English, French and Spanish, as well as her native Romanian. She welcomes at her residency, year after year, new talents from all corners of the world. They have the opportunity to share their poetical-artistic experience with other fellows through festivals where poetry and prose readings, book launches, conferences, round tables, improvisations, music and exhibitions are giving poets and artists of all ages and styles an opportunity to perform their work in the language of participants, most frequently English, French, Spanish, Romanian and even Ancient Greek. (www.flaviacosma.com) This anthology will take you on a journey reading the work of international writers from so many different countries and cultures.
Contributors: David Brême, Alan Britt, Christopher Bowen, Gordon Bradley, Philip Brunst, Julie Burtinshaw, Claudia Cáceres Franco, Luis Raúl Calvo, Rodica Gabriela Chira, Flavia Cosma, Carmen Doreal, Hélène Dorion, Sharl Dubé, Louise Dupré, Denis Emorine, Adrian Erbiceanu, Anna Louise E. Fontaine, Jacobo Fijman, Antoine Gravel-Bilodeau, Talleen Hacikyan, Eva Halus, Diana Haïk Hambardzumyan, Hugh Hazelton Louis-Philippe Hébert, Clelia Ifrim, Jeanne Jutras, Anna Levine, Ana López, Frédérique Marleau, Gilles Matte,Felicia Mihali, Ljubica Milicevic Gertrude Millaire, Gloria Mindock, Michael Mirolla, Pierre Mondou, Ofelia de Santos, Mel Sarnese, N. A’Yara Stein, Czandra Mostly Luminita Suse, JÜRI TALVET, Patricia Gonçalves Tenorio, Jeremiah Wall, Cheryl Antao-Xavier
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-692-28317-2 | 122 Pages


New Release September 21, 2014:
What Wakes Us Poems by E.K. Mortenson
What Wakes Us
Poems by E.K. Mortenson
E. K. Mortenson is the author of the chapbooks, The Fifteenth Station (Accents Publishing, 2012) and Dreamer or the Dream (Last Automat Press, 2010. His work also appears in both print and online journals as well as anthologies. He was the 2008 recipient of the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize, the 2012 Accents Publishing Chapbook Award, and is an instructor in the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing program at Western Connecticut State University. He writes and teaches in Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife and two children.

Answer: Attention, which is a kind of compassion.
[Somewhere between Charles Wright's obsession with the shadows where the physical and the spiritual worlds meet and David Kirby’s laughably brilliant ability to find the gut-rooted humor in both worlds, we find E. K. Mortenson's poems of celebration and grief, of laughter and agony, of people in dreams and people in our arms, all recycling: the hands of a lost grandfather come again in the hands of a toddler fascinated with water; the world refashions itself as another day, every day; what's out there is born again in the brain, and that loop makes a mind and something at least like a soul.]
Q: What is the central energy in the universe?
—Brian Clements, author of And How To End It and Jargon
E. K. Mortenson's What Wakes Us is a delightful exploration of the world at hand. The poems experiment with lineation – seeing what's possible both with the fractured line of Ferlinghetti's early poems, and with a more sustained line reminiscent of C.K. Williams. The final section of the book abandons the device of lineation altogether in a sequence of prose poems. But throughout the book, there are pleasures to be found. There is the startling comparison of eyes "the blue / of the continental shelf / on a pull-out map / from one of his National Geographics / with which I would wallpaper my room." There is the worry of a father holding a sick child, who is "terrified to wake you, / to spill the overfull cup of your sleep." And there is the accuracy of moments like this: "Small boats creak in the harbor, with only a token strain at their mooring lines, dangling kelp and dulse and carrageen." The reader of Mortenson's work will find many such pleasures.
—Charles Rafferty, author of Appetites and A Less Fabulous Infinity
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-3-8 | 72 Pages


New Release August 12, 2014:
Midway Through Life's Journey 24 poems by Michael Estabrook
Midway Through Life's Journey
24 poems by Michael Estabrook
After 40 years of working for "The Man" and sometimes "The Woman" Michael Estabrook is finally free. No more useless meetings under florescent lights in stuffy windowless rooms. He can concentrate instead on making better poems and on pursuing his other interests including: history, art, music, theatre, opera, and his wife who is still the most beautiful woman he has ever known.

Midlife Crisis
Wasn't until my mid-fifties
that Sam-the-Tattoo-Artist
from Cambridge, Massachusetts, etched
my first tattoo onto my left shoulder:
a pair of red roses encircling one another
on a mat of shimmering green leaves.
Robin, our youngest daughter,
was in cahoots with me,
driving me to the tattoo parlor,
in the room watching the whole while.
Our other daughter, Laura,
was excited and gleeful, yelling
to her husband, "Chris come and see,
you're not going to believe it,
my Dad got a tattoo!"
On the other hand, my son
was stunned, dumbfounded,
not sure what to say.
While my wife, my poor wife,
she's away on business, hasn't seen it yet,
doesn't know of it either. But she can't
be too mad, I reason, seeing as this tattoo
was drawn by her, not as a tattoo,
of course, but as an embellishment
for a book of my poems. So she can't
be too upset because it's her art and,
as Laura said, "it is such a romantic thing
to have Mom's art on your body, forever."
$7.00 | 35 Pages


New Release July 30, 2014: Herding by Anne Harding Woodworth
Herding by Anne Harding Woodworth
Herding by Anne Harding Woodworth
Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of five books of poetry and three chapbooks. She lived on a farm in New York State during much of her childhood, where her fondness for cows began. It has stayed with her in spite of living in New York City; Detroit; Athens, Greece; and Frankfurt, Germany. She now divides her time between a cabin in the mountains of Western North Carolina and a home in Washington, D.C., where she is a member of the Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library. (www.annehardingwoodworth.com)

In Herding, cows rush in where angels fear to tread, as Anne Harding Woodworth finds the human in the cow and the cow in the human. Cows serve as figurative and literal witness here, be they standing by during a speaker's contemplative walk through a country morning or dressing up as a contest winner's best man, "forced to masquerade / as a bull masquerading as a best man // wearing a tailor-made bovine tuxedo." Woodworth's poems are funny and even ridiculous at times, but don't be fooled into thinking this is light verse. Here, we find the essential: our place on and of the earth, and in the immediate and more general human relationships that make up our personal herd.
—Ruth Foley, Managing Editor of Cider Press Review and author of Dear Turquoise
$7.00 | 32 Pages | In Stock


New release July 29, 2014: Fugitive Hope by Bruce Lader
Fugitive Hope by Bruce Lader
Fugitive Hope by Bruce Lader
Bruce Lader is the author of four other volumes of poetry, most recently, Embrace (Big Table Publishing, 2010) and Landscapes of Longing (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2009). Discovering Mortality (March Street Press, 2005) was a finalist for the 2006 Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Winner of the 2010 Left Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition, his poems have appeared in Poetry, New York Quarterly, Confrontation, The Humanist, New Millennium Writings, Fulcrum, Harpur Palate, Against Agamemnon: War Poems anthology, and over 100 other magazines and anthologies. He has received a writer-in-residence fellowship from The Wurlitzer Foundation and an honorarium from the College of Creative Studies at UC-Santa Barbara. Formerly a Special Education teacher, he is the Director of Bridges Tutoring, an organization in Raleigh, North Carolina, educating multicultural students. His author Website is www.BruceLader.com.

Bruce Lader’s new collection, Fugitive Hope, begins with attractive, jazzy pizzazz and over four sections deepens, broadens, and sweetens, as a pastoral symphony might, into gratitude for life, nature, and his wife, who bears the mysteries of faith and hope. In the lovely “Hide & Seek,” the speaker is only “certain of this abracadabra / moment ludicrous with / giddy freedom.” Witty and cutting, “Memo from Another Planet” imagines Earth’s quick, quiet capitulation to conquest. Near book’s end, we are listening to “covert concerts in these woods,” and in “Vision of Uncertainty,” the poet dreams of seeing spring’s advent in his wife’s eyes after his death. It is an astonishing journey, beautiful and hopeful.
—Kelly Cherry, The Retreats of Thought: Poems
In Fugitive Hope, Bruce Lader is an adept guide covering the vast territory of this fresh, lively collection. He offers compelling, sympathetic portraits of a wide range of individuals, from soldiers to judges, from Diogenes to Orpheus. A skilled craftsman, he knows just when to pull up at the end of his poems, put on the brakes, and send us flying.
—Jim Daniels, Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry
These are tightly structured, tightly controlled poems profuse with passion and a sometimes hidden but always savage lust for life, formed of "the legacy of gargoyle and...of cherubs hovered in balance."
—Jared Smith, The Collected Poems of Jared Smith: 1971-2011
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-8-3 | 81 Pages | In Stock


A new book from Muddy River books:
turtle grass a series of shadows by Irene Koronas
turtle grass a series of shadows by Irene Koronas
Irene Koronas has a fine arts degree from Mass College of Art in Boston, MA. She is a multi-media artist working with paint, collage, mono-printing, artists books, poetry and photography. She is poetry editor for Wilderness House Literary Review. Her poetry has appeared in journals, magazines, and online zines. Her poetry is in eight anthologies, and she has two full length books, self portrait drawn from many (Ibbetson Street Press), pentakomo cyprus (Červená Barva Press) and two chapbooks, Emily Dickinson (Propaganda Press) and Zero Boundaries (Červená Barva Press).

Cover art: Irene Koronas

Experimental, intelligent, and environmental, turtle grass, a series of shadows, April 12, 2014; ISBN 978-1-304-97193-7, ($17.95) is Irene Koronas' third full length book of poems. Her language resonates, melts into the past and jointly falls forward. Her verse includes traditional form, informational writings on nature, and romantic musing; she remains true to her own style, eclectic. She is a well known local poet and painter, a Mass College of Art, graduate.
The poems stroke the page with pigments; like green field paintings, poems float across the pages. Grass is an ordinary plant, it grows everywhere, from high ranges to dry land. Grasses are so common, often overlooked by pedestrian and poet. The poems stem from this ordinariness.
Her experiments are found in the direct use of descriptions, definition as poetry. Personal experiences blend with the tender shoots, underwater broad-blade grass, and flat grasses. The poems grow from a nurtured environment, and sing from an inner verse.
Zvi A. Sesling
Muddy River Books
Brookline Massachusetts
muddyriverbooks@gmail.com
$17.95 | ISBN: 978-1-304-97193-7 | 88 Pages | 4 copies



New from Muddy River Books: Pleasure Trout by Gloria Mindock
Pleasure Trout by Gloria Mindock
Pleasure Trout by Gloria Mindock
Gloria Mindock is founding editor of Cervena Barva Press, editor of the Istanbul Literary Review based in Istanbul, Turkey, and one of the USA editors for Levure Littéraire in France. She is the author of La Portile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, 2010, Romania) translated into the Romanian by Flavia Cosma, Nothing Divine Here (U Šoku Štampa, 2010, Montenegro), and Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson, 2007). Gloria's poetry has been translated and published into the Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, and French.
Widely published, her work has appeared in Murmur of Voices, Vatra Veche, UNU: Revista de Cultura, and Citadela in Romania. Other literary journal publications include: Arabesques, Poesia, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Blackbox, River Styx, Bogg, Ibbetson St., WHLR, Web Del Sol, Lost in Thought, and in the anthology Hildagards Daughters (Belgium). Her flash fiction has recently been published in Thrice and Thunderclap. She has work forthcoming in Bliss.
Gloria has had nominations for the Pushcart Prize, St. Butolph Award and was awarded a fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council. She was co-founder of Theatre S & S. Press, Inc. and was one of the founding editors of the Boston Literary Review/BLuR from 1984-1994. Theatre S. received grants from the Polaroid Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Globe Foundation, NEFA, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Somerville Arts Council.
Gloria works as a social worker and freelances teaching workshops. She facilitates events in her Cervena Barva Press studio, located in the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
The poems in this chapbook are all mistranslations taken from poems in languages unknown to me. Sometimes a foreign word would remind me of a word in English. I wrote what I thought the poems were saying knowing that I was wrong in my interpretation. The whole purpose was to write as quickly as I could while looking at the foreign language. I mostly used poems written in Romanian, Serbian, Italian, Spanish and Polish. This is one of my favorite ways to write. This is a work of fiction. Don't try to understand what is written here. Just enjoy the nonsense.
$7.00 | 42 Pages | In Stock


Some pictures from the Muddy River Books Chapbook Launch for
"Pleasure Trout"
by Gloria Mindak/Mindock

Pleasure Trout by Gloria Mindak/Mindock


Pictures courtesy of Zvi Sesling
Editor, Muddy River Books




Gloria Mindock interviewed by Rodica Draghincescu
in the new issue of Levure Littéraire.

Please check it out.
There are many photos of Červená Barva Press authors included.
The interview is also translated into the French by Cécile Oumhani.

http://levurelitteraire.com/gloria-mindock-2/

http://levurelitteraire.com/


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

ABOUT THE EDITOR

Gloria Mindock

Gloria Mindock, Editor

Gloria Mindock is editor and publisher of Červená Barva Press. In 2007, she took over as editor of the Istanbul Literary Review, an online journal based in Turkey. In 2010, she co-founded an experimental journal, X Peri, with Irene Koronas.

She is the author of two chapbooks, Doppelganger (S. Press), Oh Angel (U Šoku Štampa) and is the author of three books, Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson St. Press, 2007), Nothing Divine Here (U Šoku Štampa, 2010), and La Portile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, Romania, 2010), translated into the Romanian by Flavia Cosma.

Gloria has been published in numerous journals including River Styx, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Blackbox, Ibbetson St., WHLR, Poesia, Arabesques, and Bogg. In Romania, her poems can be found in UNU: Revistă de Cultură, Gând Românesc, Citadela and the anthology Murmur of Voices (Cogito Press) with translation by Flavia Cosma. Other anthologies include: Bagel With the Bards No.1 and No. 2, WHLR Anthology # 1, and City Lights.

Recently, she was interviewed by Luis R. Calvo and Flavia Cosma in the literary magazine, Generación Abierta (Buenos Aires, Argentina). The interview was translated into Spanish by Flavia Cosma.

Gloria has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, St. Botolph Award and was awarded a fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council.

From 1984-1994, she edited the Boston Literary Review/BLuR and was co-founder of Theatre S & S. Press, Inc. Theatre S. received grants from the Polaroid Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Globe Foundation, New England for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Somerville Arts Council.

With an extensive background in theatre, Gloria has written and performed numerous performance pieces including BIG BOMB BUICKS, WHERE DID ALL THOSE BIRDS AND DOGS COME FROM?, I WISH FRANCISCO FRANCO WOULD LOVE ME, and SKIN CELLS, MAGGOTS, AND OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST. Her poetry collection called Doppelganger was a text of a theatre piece of the same name performed by THEATRE S. A review by STAGES stated she took great liberties with Poe and "captured the romantic desperation of "William Wilson," a tale of self-destructive double-identity."

Gloria has performed, acted, composed music, and sang in the theatre. Her newest performance piece is called WALKING IN El SALVADOR. Gloria works as a Social Worker and freelances editing manuscripts and conducting workshops for writers.

Gloria Mindock's Website is currently under construction.

Nothing Divine Here by Gloria Mindock
U Šoku Štampa Press, 2010

Nothing Divine Here by Gloria Mindock

Gloria Mindock is the author of the forthcoming book, La Porile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, 2010, Romania) and Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson Street Press, 2007). She is editor of Cervena Barva Press and the Istanbul Literature Review, an online journal based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has had numerous publications including Poet Lore, River Styx, Phoebe, Blackbox, Poesia, Bogg, Ibbetson, WHLR, UNU: Revista de Cultura, Citadela, Aurora, and Arabesques. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, St. Botolph Award, and was awarded a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council distributed by the Somerville Arts Council.


From the Preface

Passionate and rebellious, Gloria Mindock’s poetry jumps forcefully from the page, grabs the reader by the collar of his coat and holds and hangs on to his/her attention.

In unison with the poet’s heart, the nature of things is in big turmoil here, forever searching for the elusive Divine Harmony, the only force capable of rearranging the world into one of love and understanding.

In a perpetual state of sadness and grief, these poems descend to the very core of the raw discourse of the soul, devoid of artifice and pose. The stark simplicity of their statement disarms us and leaves us vulnerable in front of the bitter reality of life.
—Flavia Cosma, author of seventeen books of poetry, a novel, a travel memoir, and four books for children

The stunning thing about Mindock’s work is its overwhelming sense of the real world in real time. It’s “poetic” in its own way, well-crafted, agile, nicely balanced, but in terms of content, you move into Mindock’s world and you’re suddenly in a basic, essential reality that hardly anyone in the poetry world touches: “I see your skull veiled by a cloud/Eyelids sunk/Hands pressed on knees/Heart gone/A sight of secrets//I think living is brave/Death is a release/The dog knows -- heaven is nothing but a frill.” (“Dog Dance,” p.41). An interesting mixture of existential toughness crowned by an ultimate sense of final nothingness.

It’s interesting how Mindock’s world-view combines a dispairing sense of expanding out into the horrific Now with a vision of everything eventually dissolving into nothingness: “Living on this earth is/one big nightmare.,/This landscape frightens me./Too much death./Think about it.//I refuse to fall short of detail so/ here it is: Death of emotion/Death of love/Death of skin...//I’m going away to where I really belong./To me, this is uplifting.” (“Aftermath,” p.63).

Very few style-games here. This is poetry as a minimalist Declaration of Finality. And the very fact that Mindock doesn’t play style-games makes her vision a thousand times more effective/powerful than the word-game players who turn poetry into a kind of syntactical basketball.
—Hugh Fox

In Nothing Divine Here, Mindock invokes a resurrection, the power of love to spring eternal from the hurt we all know. She looks at the personal and the political, that haunting polarity, and weaves a gentle but brave hopefulness between them.
—Afaa Michael Weaver, Simmons College

Gloria Mindock is a fearless poet. She gets right in the face, in the very nostril of death. She confronts her past lovers, her dreams, dashed or otherwise, not with cool detachment, but with a visceral lyrical and emotional engagement. She has made her pain into high art, into the high holy. Mindock, is a force to be reckoned with, so watch your back!
—Doug Holder, Arts Editor The Somerville News, Founder Ibbetson Street Press


Review by Michael Parker at Unlikely Stories: http://www.unlikelystories.org/blog/

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-578-04760-7 | 87 Pages | In Stock


Blood Soaked Dresses by Gloria Mindock
Ibbetson Street Press, 2007

Blood Soaked Dresses by Gloria Mindock

In her fascinating poem cycle, Gloria Mindock jolts back into memory the roots of El Salvador's present day violence. Mindock coaxes to the page the voices of the dead who lie, less in peace, than in restless obsession with the atrocities they suffered. She brings forth as well the voices of the living who seem startled to find that they died somewhere between the horrors they witnessed and the grave they have yet to lie down in. Blood Soaked Dresses is a beautiful, harrowing first book.
--Catherine Sasanov

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"El Salvador, 1983" was translated into Serbian by Berislav Blagojevic:
http://hiperboreja.blogspot.com/2011/05/el-salvador-1983-glorija-mindok.html

Berislav Blagojevic's Blog:
http://berislavblagojevic.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/el-salvador-1983/

To read reviews go to:
Boston Globe review by Ellen Steinbaum

Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene Reviews:
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/search?q=lo+gallucio
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/search?q=irene+koronas


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