"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. "
We are currently reading poetry and fiction manuscripts until February 10th, 2016.
Read America Read will have its fifth event Saturday, February 20th.
Here we go: The next Read America Read Project is Saturday, February 20th.
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 February 20th 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,
Olivia Bush is currently a junior at Simmons College, an all-women's college in Boston, Massachusetts,
and is studying English and Communications. After she graduates, she aspires to become an editor.
Born and raised in Central New Jersey, many of her poems are inspired by its scenery from the factories
on the Turnpike facing the city skyline, to the picturesque shore. She is a poetry buff,
who enjoys reading and draws inspiration from works from a variety of eras. Besides writing,
she is an immature distance runner, and currently works as the director of a mentoring program
for ninth and tenth graders. Despite the usually dark undertones present throughout most of
her works, she enjoys a good comedy, and one of her long-term dreams is to write for a cartoon.
Your peculiarity stuck me like a pin,
As I am a peculiar soul;
It met my delicate skin, drawing blood,
Which dripped to the floor
It was surprising: just a pin
drew such abundant blood;
but the bleeding roused my fancy,
as it poured from veins to the air
When it collected in a puddle, stained the rug;
I knew I had to do something
To stop the bleeding—
I eventually learned bandages only go so far
$7.00 | 18 Pages | In Stock
Milorad Pejić was born in Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1960. Since 1992 he has lived in Sweden.
His books of poems include The Vase for the Lily Plant (1985), The Eyes of Keyholes (2001, 2012),
and Hyperborea (2011, 2013), for which he received the "Slovo Makovo-Mak Dizdar" prize
in Bosnia in 2012.
Omer Hadžiselimović, formerly a professor at the University of Sarajevo, is now an
adjunct professor of English at Loyola University Chicago and at North Park University, Chicago.
He has published works in American studies, English literature, and travel writing.
In recent years he has been translating poetry from Bosnian into English and from
English into Bosnian, published in various venues.
I mourn for the cypresses I brought
from Hvar: under tiny days, like through
sunglasses deficient they grow, breathing
with deaf leaves as if through a button.
From their horrible disease, like a thin trail
of ink spilled on a newspaper, they bleed out
at night over the yard wall into the moonlight.
The long winter is drying out the boats down
at the lake, a small church above smoking
roofs looks like a fishing buoy. No one from
anywhere to unlock me from the cypresses.
Planted in the snow, they traipse after me with
their shadows' needles like after a vial of lavender.
$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-1-0 | 44 Pages | In Stock
Ed Hamilton is the author of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and
Outlaws of New York's Rebel Mecca (Da Capo, 2007). His fiction has appeared in dozens
of small journals, including Limestone, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, SoMa Literary
Review, Exquisite Corpse, Bohemia, Omphalos, and in translation in the Czech Republic's
Host. His non-fiction has appeared in The Villager, Chelsea Now, The Huffington Post,
and Living With Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog. Ed lives in New York City. Visit his
website at www.edhamilton.nyc
Just as Soylent Green is people, so The Chintz Age is now. Everything is cheaper and
chintzier than in the past, from consumer products to culture itself. Our great cities,
and, in particular, New York, are being transformed as we speak, as rising rents
squeeze out the artists and bohemians who honed and burnished the city's glittering
cutting edge. So should we look backward in teary-eyed nostalgia for the glorious past,
or grit our teeth and move forward, accepting the inevitability of change in order to
carve out a place for ourselves in this Brave New New York? This book of gritty urban
fairy tales represents a heartfelt prayer for the future of the arts in New York, as
well as a blueprint for a moral and spiritual resistance to the forces of cultural
In seven stories and a novella, Ed Hamilton takes on this clash of cultures between the
old and the new, as his characters are forced to confront their own obsolescence in the
face of this rapidly surging capitalist juggernaut. Ranging over the whole panorama of
New York neighborhoods—from the East Village to Hell's Kitchen, and from the Bowery to
Washington Heights—Hamilton weaves a spellbinding web of urban mythology. Punks,
hippies, beatniks, squatters, junkies, derelicts, and anarchists—the entire pantheon
of urban demigods—gambol through a grungy subterranean Elysium of dive bars, cheap
diners, flophouses, and shooting galleries, searching for meaning and a place to make their stand.
PRAISE FOR THE LEGENDS OF THE CHELSEA HOTEL
"There's something remarkable about the way the author manages to celebrate the Chelsea's
singular atmosphere — the exuberant aspiring artists, the divorced movie stars, the
disheveled blonde who may have Tourette's and who lingers in the lobby hissing like a
snake — without ever forgetting how toxic the air is for many of the people who come
desperate to breathe it."
—Jeff Giles, The New York Times Book Review
$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9861111-9-8 | 284 Pages | In Stock
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.