"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. "
ČERVENÁ BARVA PRESS STUDIO
THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT THE ARMORY
Červená Barva Press Studio
Basement Room B8
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue
CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
FRIDAY JUNE 5, 7:00PM
Featuring: Jen Knox | Joani Reese
Jen Knox is the author of After the Gazebo (Rain Mountain Press, 2015). Her short fiction can be
found in The Adirondack Review, The Bombay Literary Magazine, Gargoyle Magazine, The Istanbul Review,
Per Contra, Room Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post, among others. Jen works as a writing coach and
educator in San Antonio. Find Knox here: http://www.jenknox.com
Joani Reese is the author of two poetry chapbooks:
Final Notes and Dead Letters and the hybrid collection
Night Chorus, from Lit Fest Press. Reese's poetry and fiction have been widely anthologized. She has been
poetry editor for THIS Magazine and senior poetry editor for Connotation Press—An Online Artifact.
Reese is currently editor of MadHat Lit. Reese has won the first Patricia McFarland Memorial Prize and
The Graduate School Creative Writing Award from The University of Memphis where she earned her MFA.
Reese won the 15th Glass Woman Prize in 2014. Reese lives and works in Texas.
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.
Release date June 1, 2015, Available for Pre-orders:
Ralph Pennel is the author of A World Less Perfect for Dying In, (by Cervena Barva Press, 2015).
His writing has appeared in The Cape Rock, Ropes, Open to Interpretation, Ibbetson Street, The
Smoking Poet, Unbound Press, Monologues From the Road and various other journals in the U.S. and
abroad. Ralph teaches poetry at Bentley University and literature at Bunker Hill Community College.
He has been a guest lecturer at Emerson College and served as the judge for the 2013 WLP Dean's
Prize for Emerson. Ralph also teaches workshops at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and for
Student Day of Poetry run by MassPoetry.org. He is a founding editor and the fiction editor for the
online literary magazine, Midway Journal (www.midwayjournal.com), published out of St. Paul,
Minnesota. Ralph Pennel lives and writes in Somerville, Massachusetts, and was a finalist for the
Poet Laureate of Somerville in 2014.
Cover art: "Rising Tide" by Resa Blatman
In the opening poem of Ralph Pennel's debut collection, the speaker lists things he looks for in a
poem: "Clear blue light / A single voice, cold, in need of fire" and "Everything I have ever
buried," making a concise introduction to A WORLD LESS PERFECT FOR DYING IN—a world which is, after
all, the imperfect but beautiful place where we live and die. "But I believe that we all, at the
very least, should have some. Beauty, that is." That persistent belief in beauty and the simple
kindnesses that one human being can offer another suffuses these poems—often filled with pain and
loss—with something like light.
—Joyce Sutphen, Poet Laureate of MN, author of Naming the Stars
"I’m writing all this down," Ralph Pennel says at the end of his frightening and beautiful poem
"Just Off The Hennepin Bridge": and he is writing it all down, a world haunted by both beauty and
despair. Again and again Pennel returns to the theme that echoes throughout the book, "the great
immeasurable hole /that only love lost can make." What a wonderful task to set yourself as a
poet, to take the measure of the immeasurable as best you can and to call this impossible task—this
ache you feel for the world—by its true name: love.
—Jim Moore, author of Invisible Strings
Ralph Pennel's poems situate us front and center in the speaker's intimate company. In a few
humble, trust-earning gestures, Pennel can take us great, often dark, distances. "Confiding in the
Prison Guard," written in the voice of John the Baptist on the eve of his execution, risks the one
harrowing image after another in service to empathy far transcending them; the poem closes with a
devastatingly vernacular plea. Whether he is slipping in and out of personae with the ease of a
shape shifter, or serving his subjects as a caring spy, Ralph Pennel has reminded this reader that
the single, irrefutable craft of poetry is graceful connection.
—Frannie Lindsay, author of Our Vanishing
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9861111-7-4 | 76 Pages
New Release April 21, 2015: Almost Too Much by Barbara E. Murphy
Barbara Murphy’s work has appeared in several literary journals including New England Review,
Green Mountains Review, The Threepenny Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She was nominated for a
Pushcart Prize and is the recipient of a Vermont Council on the Arts fellowship. Murphy has worked as president
of Johnson State College in Vermont since 2001 and has been recognized for her leadership roles in higher education.
She lives and works in northern Vermont with her husband Tom Garrett.
Almost Too Much both tactfully and relentlessly interrogates our human experience in these dehumanizing times.
There’s not a sliver of false hope in these pages, but reading them, we catch glimpses of the paradox of our
lives, that "The sound of geese /overhead, their thin cries clear /as night through the ceilings and roof / of
the house, is either the saddest /sound [we] will ever know / or one of great lifting joy." Barbara Murphy’s
quietly brilliant poems move us readers toward usable truth.
—David Huddle Author of Glory River and Blacksnake at the Family Reunion
Murphy’s lyrical narratives, lively and exact, speak of braveries and hesitations, fugitive beauties and stations
of calm. A lifetime of truths take the reader through first games of hide and seek, the boys so far away/lost in
their secret places/there was no way/they’d ever get home in time; first loves and second marriages where desire is
more of a casual friend./It will not/always be there breathless and flushed; loving children and step-children with
different needs in different time zones. These poems should be read aloud for their honesty and musicality.
They do the heart good. Almost Too Much is a stunning debut.
—Dzvinia Orlowsky Author of Silvertone and A Handful of Bees
Deeply intimate, each line a breath. In flashes of brilliance against a landscape of existential dread, these
poems flare up and stare down this given world until it surrenders its grace.
—Nancy Mitchell Author of The Near Surround and Grief Hut
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9861111-3-6 | 70 Pages
New Release February 18, 2015: some words suicidal by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu
Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, Ph.D. in French Language & Literature, is the
author of numerous collections of poetry published in the United States,
Romania and France. She writes poetry in English, French and
Romanian and her poems have appeared in Laurel Review, Asheville Poetry
Review, Wallace Stevens Journal, Seneca Review, Pleiades, Rhino, Louisville Review
among others, as well as in a variety of literary magazines in France,
Belgium, Luxembourg, Québec and Romania. She is the winner of
several International Poetry Prizes awarded for her French books,
including the Prix Amélie Murat (2013) and the Grand Prix de la
Francophonie (2014). A collection of her New & Selected Poems is
forthcoming from Orison Books Press. At the present she lives in
Cover Art: Icône en confidence by Michel Bénard
Poetry is the record of hidden things in commerce with one another, and only that mystery allows
us to live. Stella Vinitchi Radulescu's poetry is an alchemy, a magic of restraint and exposure,
revealing the machinations of our invisible feelings, motives, appetites and fears. That she is a
master of her condensary goes without saying, for this is a consummate language shaped with remarkable
skill, and the voyages that these poems take are brilliant excursions into our inner lives, secret
things pushed into the subconscious, broken promises and whispered asides. I have long admired Radulescu's
bilingual ability to bend sentences to her will and those constructions are filled with a cross-cultural
understanding that is consistently transcendent, that builds bridges into the landscapes of our shared
—Keith Flynn, author of Colony Collapse Disorder
Some Words Suicidal, Stella Radulescu's newest poetry collection, is all at once experientially
effusive and parsimonious, and is bravely so, both on and off the page. The meditative remittance of
these works reminds us just how language means. Radulescu is not afraid to insist her readers subsist
on the unnamable, in the spaces between ideas. The poems here thread rather purposefully through dimensions,
all the while rending artifice's will without the prudence of architecture, where "words are bees stars
ants roaming / on the page / beyond understanding" into truth. Radulescu takes nothing and everything
for granted, and at her behest, every word, every line, every stanza and poem reminds us we should too.
And, yes, every time, with absolute devotion.
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9861111-1-2 | 100 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.