ČERVENÁ BARVA PRESS NEWSLETTER
Gloria Mindock, Editor Issue No. 7 January, 2006
Poetry Readings: Scroll down or click below
Happy New Year! The winner of the 2005 Chapbook Poetry Prize is The Whole Enchilada by Ed Miller.
His manuscript was just amazing. I am very excited about publishing it.
A huge thank you to every writer who entered the contest. I thought all the manuscripts were very well
written and very unique. I would like to compliment you on this. I really enjoyed reading them all.
The contest was judged blindly, and I spent tons of time with each manuscript. Thanks again for sharing your
work with me and sending to the press. I do feel honored to have read such good work.
Raves…for the new Issue of The Drunken Boat. What a great issue featuring Latvian poets/writers.
I thought this issue was just absolutely amazing. I loved the poetry. As many of you know, I love reading
work from that part of the world. Please read this issue. It is great!
Raves for the movie Capote. Go see it. I would like to share my experience with Truman Capote with you.
I met him in the 1970's at a private party in Bloomington, Illinois. It was a very small gathering.
Truman sat in a big over-stuffed chair, and I sat on the floor to the right of him. He was extremely charming,
witty and very funny. I remember thinking about what a high voice he had. I automatically liked him.
He was an interesting character. Definitely full of life. The one thing I deeply regret is that I don't
remember much of my conversation with him. It was so many years ago. If I did remember any, it would
remain private. I think it would be terrible to have a nice conversation with someone and then read about
it later. I'm glad I have high standards concerning this. In Cold Blood is being read again and discovered
by new readers. This is a good thing.
Thank you to Rebecca Seiferle, Editor of The Drunken Boat. She featured an article on
Červená Barva Press in her newest issue. I have received many responses about it. Check it out.
Chapbooks by Richard Kostelanetz, Ed miller
(winner of the chapbook poetry contest), Ian Randal Wilson are all forthcoming.
April is the ONE YEAR anniversary of the press. The newsletter will feature interviews by 4-5 writers/editors.
This will be a very special newsletter because of that. There also will be a poetry reading scheduled at that
time to celebrate in Somerville, MA.
National Writers Union-Boston will be celebrating books by authors published
in 2005 and January 2006.
Sunday, January 29th, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Cambridge YMCA
Jimmy Tingle will be the featured speaker.
Among the reader's Gloria Mindock will read from her new chapbook, Oh Angel.
Central Square YMCA
820 Mass. Ave.
Hope to see all union members there!
Open to the public and admission is FREE.
Describe the room you write in.
I write my first drafts of poems in many rooms and spaces. These first drafts are often written in restaurants,
or on trains. Sometimes they are written during concerts. Or outdoors. Music is very nurturing to me when I write.
I usually write first drafts in longhand on pads of paper. In recent years, I do final drafts on my computer
located in an office in my apartment. This office is filled with books and files, but has a large window which
face the street. I can look out this window when I write.
What are you working on now?
I am trying to finish a novel I began many years ago. It is a saga something like those novels written in
the 19th and early 20th century by European novelists who had many generations behind them who lived in one
place. My novel takes place in Erie, Pennsylvania, where I was born and grew up. My family settled there in
the late 1800s, but the place was also the home of a now extinct tribe of Native Americans called the Eries
(after which the lake and the city were named). The remarkable, and probably unique, geography of Erie has
much to do with the form of this book. In my generation, virtually everyone I knew left Erie, as I did, to
live elsewhere. This broke the pattern of generations remaining in the place where they were born. So it is
a fictional memoir and saga of a kind of American life that probably no longer exists.
You write political articles. How has this affected your poetry? How long have you been involved in writing about politics. Talk about it some.
I have not ever taken a course in journalism. I received my graduate degree from the Writers Workshop at
the University of Iowa, and then took a job as an editor at Harcourt Brace in New York City. After a year,
I moved to Minnesota, which I had visited to see my brother who lived there during the time I lived in Iowa.
I planned to start a book publishing company, rented an office and bought an IBM typesetter. The problem was
that I did not have enough capital. So, to pay my bills, I started a small newspaper in a Minneapolis new town
suburb where I lived. Another new town development began soon afterwards in downtown Minneapolis, so I started
another newspaper there. This grew and became successful, but after 12 years, I was worn out from selling ads,
layout, editing and publishing it. It was a great experience, and in many ways, my truest education. Among other
matters, I wrote about local, state and national politics for this newspaper. We had always talked politics at
my family dinner table. My father was a physician, but he loved to talk about politics. As I wrote articles and
editorials about politics, I realized my role as a journalist which, to me, is about fair and accurate reporting.
I strongly disagree with those who say that journalism and journalists should be propagandistic and ideologically
partisan. Like good poetry, the best journalism reveals truths, not imposes them. After closing down my newspaper,
I became a freelance writer about national politics. Today, I write a regular op ed column, and frequent articles
in various national publications on presidential politics, congressional races and international affairs. I am
perhaps the only full-time American poet who makes his living as a journalist. I try to keep them separate, and
I donąt know that my journalism has affected my poetry. I do think it has affected my fiction in that my writing
style, over the years, has become more economical. I suspect, however, that my poetry has affected my journalism
style in that I write about politics now with perhaps more with a sense of the inherent drama of history
Have you always lived in Minneapolis? What is the writing scene like there?
I have lived in the Twin Cities and environs or more than thirty years. I came here in my late 20s from
Erie, PA via Philadelphia, New York, Iowa City, Madrid, Barcelona, London and Paris. It took me five
years to learn to wear a hat in the winter. I kept getting bronchitis. It shows perhaps that being a doctorąs
son doesnąt make you smart about your own health. I was drawn here from the first time I came here. When I
began publishing my newspaper, I nicknamed the area the biomagnetic center. That was because there was so
much innovation and culture and entrepreneurial spirit here in the 1970s that people were drawn here, even
in spite of the notorious cold and isolation from the coasts. I have always traveled 2-4 months in most years
for my work, and that would include Florida and California in the winter where I have family. Other cities
have become biomagnetic centers now, and Minneapolis no longer has as much originality as it once had, but
I have many friends here. Good friends, as you grow older, become very important. There is, and has been, a
writing scene here, but I am not really part of it. I know many of the writers, but my work does not fit the
predominant Minnesota style. Poets are also not necessarily good company, and I find that I have more friends
who are chefs, musicians and actors.
What writers make you tick?
I feel sad that there are not more living or contemporary authors who make me want to read their work.
The writers who I read and reread include Lady Murasaki, Rilke, Musil, Gertrude Stein, the authors of the
Chasidic tales, Tomas Transtromer, the seven sages of the Bamboo Grove from 3rd century China, Rolf Jacobson,
Kafka, Calvino, Buzzati, Turgenev, Octavio Paz, Hawthorne, Melville, Donald Barthelme, Ortega y Gasset and
Abraham Lincoln. I can't imagine what ties that group together other than my odd brain.
Do you write poetry everyday?
I THINK about poetry every day. In recent years, I have been writing so much prose that I need to
discipline myself to sit down and write poetry. But the same kind of phenomena which stir me and inspire
me to poetry are always at work on me.
Talk about some of your publications.
My first published work was a short story that appeared in Portuguese in Brazil. A Brazilian writer,
Sergio Sant'Anna, who I knew from the International Writers Workshop in Iowa City, had, without telling me
in advance, translated the story and had it published in a major Brazilian literary review. Soon after that,
it was published in English. My first book of poems, The Rippling Water Sleeve, was published in a very
limited edition. Then my second book of poems, Equilibrium Fingers, was published by Kraken Press in 1978.
The great experimental American composer Kenneth Gaburo was also fascinated by language, and after we met in
the 1970s, he took an interest in my work. His Lingua Press published a small book on language that I wrote
called Language, A Magical Enterprise, The Body. This was later translated into Bengali by the Indian
troubador poet Deepak Majumdar. Gaburo then published a sequel Language Is Not Words and some of my poems.
He was very supportive of my ideas and experiments, as he was of many other composers and writers. His passing
was a huge loss. I began collaborating with the composer Randall Davidson in a performance work entitled
Among Dreams, and my friend Mike Finley at Kraken Press brought that out as a book of short stories.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, my poems were published in magazines all over the United States, including
American Poetry Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Boston Literary Review, Kansas Quarterly and many others.
Some of my work was translated into Portuguese, French and Bengali and published abroad. I have a book of
poems from that period called "The Boat of the Blue Rose" which is waiting for a publisher. I suppose I could
have been published more often if my style fit into a neat category, but my work is very idiosyncratic and
some editors perhaps have not been willing to publish my poems. Other editors have, however, and I am very
grateful to them.
THE NEW ENGLAND POETRY CLUB WINTER 2005 CALENDAR
founded in 1915 by Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, Conrad Aiken
* Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public*
PLEASE NOTE! The LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI GOLDEN ROSE READING is postponed until April,2006
PREVIEW OF 2006
January: [no meeting]
February 6th: Readings by ANDREW SOFER, LEN KRISAK and other NEPC members
February 14th: Members reading LOVE POEMS
March 7th: JORIE GRAHAM
April: Golden Rose Award to, and reading by, LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI
Thursday, January 12th, 2006 - 6:30 P.M. -FREE
A Tapestry of Voices
Hosted by Harris Gardner
With an OPEN MIC’ to follow
FEATURED POETS :
Marcia Karp, Ted Richer, Daniel Lynn Watt and Molly Lynn Watt
Borders Boston -Downtown Crossing
Corner of Washington and School Streets
Director of Tapestry of Voices
Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Sophie Wadsworth
Forest Hills Cemetary
Directions and info: http://www.foresthillstrust.org
Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Mad Poets' Cafe:
January’s featured poets are Cathleen Calbert and James R. Whitley, with public open mike segment.
Mad Poets is presented by the Warwick Museum of Art located in historic Apponaug Village
3259 Post Road
Warwick, Rhode Island
Visit www.warwickmuseum.org or call 401-737-0010 for further details.
The Mad Poets' Cafe features some of the area's best poets every month in the Museum's gallery space.
Host Harris Gardner invites budding poets or writers wanting to debut new material to take part in
the Mad Poets' open mike segment.
Sign-up begins at 7 p.m. and is open to all ages and skill levels.
Admission is $5.00 at the door and includes hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
For reservations or further details, please visit www.warwickmuseum.org
or call the Museum office at 401-737-0010.
Director of Tapestry of Voices
Sunday Jan. 1, 2006, 2:00p.m.-12 midnight
Alternative New Year's Day Extravaganza
Bowery Poetry Club, 308 The Bowery.
Hosted by Bruce Weber, others, Free
Thaddeus Rutkowski reads between 2 and 4
Jan. 8, Sunday, 6 p.m.,
Reading Thaddeus Rutkowski
Quetzal Quill reading
Cornelia Street Cafe,
29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan
With Paolo Javier, Sarah Gambito. Hosted by Rigoberto Gonzalez.
$6, includes drink.
Info: (212) 989-9319
Phoenix Reading: Saturday, January 14 @ 3p.m. (sharp)
THE PHOENIX READING SERIES AT SOCRATES
Readers: Susan Tepper, Charles Pierre, Sica, and
Michael Graves (also hosting).
101 Hudson Street
(corner of Franklin Street)
Nos. 1, 9 to Franklin Street
Sundays at 2 p.m. (sharp)
Feb. 12, Sunday, 5 p.m.
Hosted by Elise Miller
Reading Thaddeus Rutkowski
East Side Oral, The Living Room
154 Ludlow Street, (at Stanton Street)
www.eastsideoral.com or www.elisemiller.com
Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.
FilmAtMakor NY Premiere of MR.RIGHT - Makor (92nd Street Y) - NYC
Laurie Graff is featured in Mr. Right, director Dree Andrea's third documentary
about the search for sanity and a soulmate in New York City.
More more info, please go to: www.makor.org/film
35 West 67th Street
March 15, Wednesday, evening
Reading Thaddeus Rutkowski
World's End, across from 477 Main,
$3. Plus open reading
InterAct Theatre Company
Date: Monday, February 6
Place: Writing Aloud
InterAct Theatre Company
Susan Tepper's story "Deer" has been selected by InterAct Theatre Company
for their "Writing Aloud" series. Along with 4 other short stories, to be performed onstage by professional actors.
For Tickets and more information:
InterAct Theatre Company
2030 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 568-8077
Fax: (215) 568-8095
www.InterActTheatre.org (Writing Aloud)
MANAYUNK ART CENTER POETRY AND HUMANITIES SERIES 2005-2006
SIX ORGANIZER POETS: Autumn Konopka, Kelley White,
Bea Whelden, Jim Whelden, Eileen D'Angelo and Steve
Delia. Also, Remembering Jim Marinell & an Open Reading.
|SEPTEMBER 11, 2005
"THE JEW, THE HEART & WORDS" featuring Amy
Smith-McKinney, Hanoch Guy, Shulamith Caine,
Liz Abrams-Morley, Lisa Baron And an Open Reading
A CELEBRATION OF WALT WHITMAN: 150TH
ANNIVERSARY OF LEAVES OF GRASS
featuring John Timpane, Cynthia McGroaty, David Kozinski
& an Open Reading hosted by Peter Krok
SCHUYLKILL VALLEY JOURNAL CONTRIBUTORS
READING: Contributors In The Fall 2005 Issue
COMMON WEALTH POETS READ
Featuring a baker's dozen poets from the area who are
included in COMMON WEALTH, an anthology of poems
about Pennsylvania published by Penn State Press in the fall
CELEBRATING POE AND HIS BIRTHDAY
Featuring Elio Frattaroli, M.D. and Grover Silcox (as Poe)
JANUARY 29, 2006
VALENTINE'S DAY LOVE POETRY READING
Featuring George Economou and Lili Bita and an Open
Valentine's Day Reading
FOUR MONTGOMERY COUNTY POET LAUREATES
Featuring Marilyn Hazleton, Janet Roberts & others
SCHUYLKILL VALLEY JOURNAL PUBLICATION
Reading By SVJ Contributors To 2005 Spring Issue
CONFRONTATION LITERARY JOURNAL AND ITS POETS: FEATURING THE EDITOR, MARTIN TUCKER
All Manayunk Art Center (MAC) literary events are on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Requested donation fee is $4.00.
Refreshments are provided. The MAC is in Philadelphia at 419 Green Lane (rear). Zip code is 19128. Peter Krok is
Humanities/Poetry Director of the MAC. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. MAC Web site address is
www.manayunkartcenter.org. The MAC phone number is ( 215) 482-3363. The goal, as E. M. Forster wrote, is
"Only Connect." Please contact the MAC if you have any program suggestions.
The Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts,
The Magazine of the Manayunk Art Center,
just published issue # 21, Fall 2005, $6.00
To order: Manayunk Art Center
419 Green Lane (rear)
Philadelphia, PA 19128
For submission guidelines: www.manayunkartcenter.org
February 15, 2006 7:00PM
Poetry Reading by Rane Arroyo
Notre Dame Student Union
Notre Dame, Indiana
Dear friend of The Bardroom, (magyarul lejjebb) Happy New Year!
We'd like to invite you to our next event, which starts at 7.30 on Sunday, January 22, 2006. As usual,
entry is free, and as usual, it will be in Nyitott Muhely, Ráth György utca 4, near Déli train station.
Scott Alexander Young - filmmaker
(www.imdb.com/title/tt0487079/), witty raconteur, writer of British TV
comedy - will present some of his "Space Cadets" dubbed cartoons. He will also announce some of his ongoing projects.
Andrew Singer will read more of his poetry, which has been warmly received on previous occasions. Based in
Budapest since 1991, Andrew is also a cultural journalist, and has taught English verse and literary translation
at Hungarian universities.
We continue our collaboration with Pilvax magazine (www.pilvaxmag.com) by presenting Mátyás Dunajcsik,
reading his prose which was published in the latest issue.
Host Jeff Taylor will present another of his multimedia presentations - this time, exploring the topic of
evolution and orthodoxy.
If you have a taste for Darwinism, sign up for a five-minute open mic slot to showcase some of your own
material. Entertain the crowd, and you'll get a warm round of applause. Bore them, and they'll heckle you …
or just start talking amongst themselves.
Jeff's co-host will be David Hill (www.lyriklife.com), who will read some of his corny poems. And as usual,
Jeff and David will test the audience's minds with quiz questions and that ever-popular writing competition -
with wonderful prizes for the winners.
A range of refreshments is available at the bar. Based on recent events, we recommend that you arrive early,
to make sure you are already refreshed and seated by the time we begin.
See you there!
Kálmán, Jeff and David
Kedves Bardroom-barát! Boldog Új Évet!
Ezennel meghívunk következo estünkre, ami 7:30-kor kezdodik 2006 január 22-én, vasárnap. Mint mindig, a belépés
ingyenes, a helyszín a Nyitott Muhely (Ráth György utca 4, a Délinél).
Scott Alexander Young – filmes (www.imdb.com/title/tt0487079/), anekdotamester, TV-komédiaíró – be fogja mutatni
az általa „meghangosított" Urkadétok rajzfilmsorozatot; egyben beszélni fog jelenlegi projectjeirol is.
Andrew Singer, akit már korábban is hallhattunk a Bardroomban, verseibol fog felolvasni. Andrew 1991 óta lakik
Budapesten, kulturális újságíró, illetve egyetemi költészet- és fordítástanár.
A Pilvax magazinnal (www.pilvaxmag.com) történo közremuködésünk jegyében fellép majd Dunajcsik Mátyás, aki a
legutóbbi számban megjelent prózájából olvas majd fel.
Az est házigazdája, Jeff Taylor újabb multimédia-eloadással áll elo, ez alkalommal az evolúció és az ortodoxizmus
Aki szeretne Jeff darwinizmusával osztozni a színpadon, az az eloadás elott iratkozzon fel a szervezoknél,
és az est folyamán kap öt percet, amikor azt csinál a mikrofonállvány elott, amit csak akar.
Jeff társmusorvezetoje David Hill (www.lyriklife.com) lesz, aki sajátos költészetét fogja ajánlani a
nagyérdemunek. És mint mindig, lesz szokásos kvízjáték, íróverseny és nyeremények özöne.
A bárban széles italválaszték. Javasoljuk, hogy aki tud, valamivel korábban jöjjön, hogy elkerülje a tolongást.
Kálmán, Jeff és David
Feb. 21, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Poets for Oxfam
Reading Thaddeus Rutkowski
Oxfam Books & Music,
91 Marylebone High Street, London W1, England
Hosted by Todd Swift
Feb. 23, Thursday, doors 8:30 p.m.
Reading Thaddeus Rutkowski
The Camden Head pub, Camden Walk,
Islington, London N1, England
Hosted by Nathan Penlington.
- Workshops and private classes will be posted on the website
- Short Story Chapbook Contest information will be posted on the website
- Judy Ray's chapbook, Fishing in Green Waters, will be available for sale
- More poetry readings
- An interview with Poet Flavia Cosma
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