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Gloria Mindock, Editor   Issue No. 55   May, 2010




Welcome to the May, 2010 Newsletter!

There are no interviews this month. Interviews will resume next month.

Cervena Barva Press Happenings for May

May 1st

Cervena Barva Press took part in the Charles River Literary Fair today. It was held at George Sherman Union at Boston University. This event was organized by Boston University Literary Society and Clarion Magazine. Thank you for organizing this event.

May 3rd and 4th

Annual Chapbook Fair

Come visit the Cervena Barva Press at table 17 from 11:30AM to 7:00PM (both Festival days in the Proshansky Auditorium Lobby, C Level) at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC. I have volunteers at this table helping the press since I can't be there. My volunteers know the press well. Come chat and check out our chapbooks!

Susan Lewis, winner of the 2009 Cervena Barva Press Poetry Chapbook Contest will be reading from her winning chapbook on Monday, in the time slot 3:00-4:00 PM along with readers from BOOK Works, Booklyn Business Press, and Concrete Wolf Chapbook Press.

Readings held in: C Level Breakout Rooms

For more information visit:

Some of the participating publishers include: 2nd Ave Poetry, BookThug, BOOK Works,Corollary Press, Cy Gist Press, DoubleCross Press, Finishing Line Press, Flying Guillotine Press, Greying Ghost Press, Instance Press, Love Among the Ruins, Pen Press, Poets Wear Prada, Poinciana Paper Press, Portable Press at Yo-Yo Lab, Sarabande Books, Seven Kitchens Press, Slapering Hol, Spire Press, sunnyoutside, Tarpaulin Sky Press, The Physiocrats, Toadlily Press, Ugly Duckling Presse, X-ing Press/Agriculture Reader

Workshops will include: Producing Chapbooks: A Workshop for Poets, Producing Chapbooks: A Workshop for Publishers, Do-It-Yourself Chapbooks: Make and Distribute Your Own, and Chapbooks as Art Objects. Co-sponsored by The Office of Academic Affairs, The Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center and MFA Programs in Creative Writing of the City University of New York, The Center for Book Arts, Poets House, Poetry Society of America, and Poets & Writers.

May 12th

Cervena Barva Press reads at the Cornelia Street Café
Intercultural Reading Series
Host: Andrey Gritsman

The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
New York, New York 10012

6:00 PM
Cover: $7.00 (Includes one house drink)

The Intercultural Reading Series hosts Cervena Barva Press.
Cervena Barva Press Readers:
Andrey Gritsman, Gloria Mindock, Catherine Sasanov, and Susan Tepper.

Cervena Barva Press is launching, Live Landscape, by Andrey Gritsman

All of us are celebrating our new books! Catherine Sasanov will read from Had Slaves, (Firewheel Editions, 2010), Susan Tepper will read from Deer, (Wilderness House Press, 2009), Andrey Gritsman will read from Live Landscape (Cervena Barva Press, 2010), and Gloria Mindock will read from Nothing Divine Here (U Soku Stampa, 2010).

Come by and join us!

Sneak Preview of June:

I will be on two panels representing Cervena Barva Press at Marymount College/Manhattan and at the William Joiner Center, UMass/Boston.
More details soon.

Poets for Peace and Justice Poetry Reading
Friday, May 7, 2010
7:00 p.m.

Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue (at Mass. Ave.)
South End, Boston
MBTA line: Orange line, Mass. Ave. stop - Walk down Mass. Ave. to Columbus Ave (one block) and take a left.
On-street parking only

Local poets will read from their work in support of peace and justice.
Readers include: Francis Alix, Gloria Mindock, Fred Marchant, Lisa Beatman, Marguerite Bouvard, George Kovach, Tony Artuso, Enzo Surin.

Coming soon!

Chapbooks by Charles P. Ries, Daniel Y. Harris & Adam Shechter, and Gulnar Ali Balata
Books by Denis Emorine, Rane Arroyo, Roberta M. Swann, Flavia Cosma and Luis Raul Calvo

We have so many chapbooks and books coming out this year! 2010 is a very exciting year for us.

New arrivals in The Lost Bookshelf will be in next month's newsletter

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GAHA NOAS ZORGE: a selection
Babes of the Abyss Become Friendly
by Jesse Glass
New Sins Press, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-9796956-2-9

"What I really enjoy is Jesse's individual fix on things-the 'strange and wonderful world of Jesse Glass'-there are not enough poets who have 'strange and wonderful worlds' or if they dothey are not brave enough to display it. There are far too many who give anecdotal stories in short lines or conversely they are in thrall of the latest theory-bod lauded by academe. It is a breath of fresh air to hear someone who is a real exployer."
-Gerald Monk

To order:

Wave and Metronome by John Flynn
Pudding House Chapbook Series, 2010
ISBN: 1-58998-650-4

John Flynn published a book of poems, Moments Between Cities, four chapbooks (two of them with Pudding House), and a book of translation from the Romanian poet Nicolae Dabija, Blackbird Once Wild Now Tame. He earned writing awards from the NEPC, Worcester County Poetry Association, and the U.S. Peace Corps.

To order:

Blessings and Curses by Anne Whitehouse
Poetic Matrix Press, 2009
113 pages, price $15.00
ISBN 978-0-9824276-3-7

Blessings and Curses (by Anne Whitehouse) is a candid and powerful work of beautifully observed moments that shed her visionary light on art, on friendship, on social history, on nature, on Buddhism, on writers and writing, on memory, on the fleeting and the eternal, and on God. This is a deeply satisfying journey through a poet's life and soul, shared with an intimacy that is both simple and profound.
-Gina Browning, author of Roses of the Heart

To order:

Burning the Arson Dictionary
Poems for Thomas McGrath by Dan Nowak
Rocksaw Press, 2009
Mankato, MN

Dan Nowak is pursuing his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the co-founder of Imaginary Friend Press, an editor for New Sins Press, and an editorial assistant for the Cream City Review. His first book, Recycle Suburbia, won the 2007 Quercus Review Poetry series Award. Dan currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

To order:

Dancing At Funerals/Selected Plays by Rane Arroyo
ahadada books, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-9812744-4-7

Rane Arroyo began his writing career as a performance artist in Chicago in the 1980's. Seeking collaborations, he became a playwright and his work has been internationally valued. He is the author of ten books of poems and one book of short fiction. When asked to describe his plays, he insists that "it's chaos theory falling in love with soap operas." Rane is gay, Puerto Rican and a Midwestern writer who seeks inclusion in his work and his activism. He works and writes in Toledo, Ohio, with his partner and many cats. Dancing At Funerals: Selected Plays invites readers to a world of violence, passion, and comedy. Rane creates characters and plots that capture the hard work that is required to understand tenderness.

(Reprinted from the back of the book)

To order:

invisible staircase/poems by Jeff Kass
Winged City Chapbooks, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-9796956-7-4

"Seeing and hearing Jeff Kass is galvanizing in precisely the way poetry is suppose to be galvanizing-surprising, delighting, piquing and always moving us. through the spoken word, he immerses his audience in the culture and soul of poetry. Powerful."
-Baron Wormser, former Poet Laureate of the state of Maine

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