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Gloria Mindock, Editor   Issue No. 60   November, 2010




Welcome to the November, 2010 Newsletter

Holiday Sale!

With the Holiday Season just around the corner, Červená Barva Press is having a "Holiday Sale" on 21 chapbooks. This sale will run from November 2nd-January 15th. Now is your time to stock up on chapbooks, or order them for gifts. A gorgeous red envelope will be sent with each book so that you can give it as a gift.

In October we released the following full-lengths and chapbooks

Two full-lengths were released in October...

Clear Eye Tea by Mary Bonina Everything Happens Suddenly by Roberta Swann
  • Clear Eye Tea by Mary Bonina
    Order here

  • Everything Happens Suddenly by Roberta Swann
    Order here

  • Two chapbooks were also released in October...

    Elegiac: Footnotes to Rilke’s Duino Elegies by Elaine Terranova Barbie At 50 by Jendi Reiter
  • Elegiac: Footnotes to Rilke’s Duino Elegies by Elaine Terranova
    Order here

  • Barbie At 50 by Jendi Reiter
    Order here

  • Červená Barva Press Fall Reading Series November 9th at the Pierre Menard Gallery

    On November 9th at 7pm, the Červená Barva Press Reading Series will feature:
    Mary Bonina, Joan Gelfand, Tam Lin Neville, and Chad Parenteau.
    All of the readers will be reading from their published Červená Barva Press books. Joan Gelfand will be here from California. Bill and I are very excited about this event so mark your calendar and join us for a wonderful literary night!

    Read author bios and more...

    Pierre Menard Gallery
    10 Arrow Street
    Harvard Square
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    Phone: 617.868.2033

    Červená Barva Press is busy working on getting Rane Arroyo's book, White As Silver released and also Letters to Saida by Denis Emorine.

    Joan Gelfand's new chapbook Here And Abroad, winner of the Červená Barva Press 2010 Fiction Contest will be released at the November 9th Červená Barva Press Reading Series at the Pierre Menard Gallery.

    We are also in the process of proofing many manuscripts thanks to Jennifer LeBlanc and all her hard work.

    Interviewed this month is Jason Wright who is interning with Červená Barva Press. I asked our other intern Jennifer LeBlanc to interview Jason who is the Publisher/Editor of Oddball Magazine!.


    My Soul Still A Virgin by Gulnar Ali Balata

    Some of you may have read the notice I put on Facebook and the e-mails I sent to a few of you regarding this loss. It is with great sadness that I inform you that a wonderful painter, Ghada Habib, has been taken from us. She was murdered by her ex-husband in her London apartment. He beat her to death. Ghada Habib was from Iraq originally. She did the cover art for a Červená Barva Press chapbook by Gulnar Ali Balata (Northern Iraq) called, "My Soul Still a Virgin."

    Červená Barva Press will be using another painting of Ghada's for a full length by Gulnar also. Our thoughts and prayers go to her family, friends, and to her dear friend Gulnar.

    Here are the links with information about her murder:

    On October 24th, Jack Powers passed away. He was founder of the reading series Stone Soup in Cambridge, MA.. This series is 39 years old and has been run by Chad Parenteau recently. So many great poets passed through the doors of Stone Soup over the years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

    The literary world also lost another, Ron Offen, editor and publisher of Free Lunch. I became familiar with his magazine when he lived in California. He would always send me a copy. When he moved to the Midwest, he continued the magazine. It was always free to anyone who wanted an issue. He published so many good writers and he will be missed.

    All three of these wonderful artists made our world a much better place and they all left something behind which will live on. Thank you Ghada, Jack and Ron for enriching our lives.


    3/03 by Chuck Wachtel
    Hanging Loose Press
    ISBN: 978-1-934909-18-8
    162 pages
    To order:

    Praise for Chuck Wachtel's fiction:

    "Wachtel has given us a memorable and altogether believable story of regeneration, reclamation and self-discovery."
    —New York Times Book Review

    "Wachtel achieves a gripping narrative because his eye for nuance and detail is exceptionally vivid, and because his knowledge of his characters' lives, the emotions they bear, is direct and unsparing."
    —Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Poets For Haiti An Anthology of Poetry and Art
    Edited by Kim Triedman
    Yileen Press
    ISBN: 978-0-615-39301-8
    57 pages
    All proceeds go to Partners in Health to support the people of Haiti.
    To Order:

    In this Anthology:
    Danielle Legros Georges, Afaa Michael Weaver, Kim Triedman, Daniel Tobin, Cauvin L. Paul, Barbara Helgott Hyett, Patrick Sylain, Wendy Mnookin, Nadia Herman Colburn, Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell, Jericho Brown, Frannie Lindsay, Tom Daley, Fabienne M. G. Casseus-Hilarion, Lucille Clifton, Rosanna Warren, Togiram, Fred Marchant, Gail Mazur, Robert Pinsky, Kim Stafford, Christina davis, and Jean-Dany Joachim

    The River and the Lakes Poems by Dorothy Derifield
    Poetry chapbook
    29 pages
    Published by Bates Communcations
    To Order:

    Dorothy Derifield is a poet and retired science writer who lives in Roslindale, MA. She directs the long-running literary series Chapter and Verse in Jamaica Plain, MA and teaches poetry in a local nursing home. Her poems have appeared in The Radcliffe Quarterly, Plainsong, and Geography.

    by Jennifer LeBlanc

    Jason Wright

    You edit Oddball Magazine!, and when I visited the website, I saw that you have almost 100 posts- congratulations on this milestone! When did you begin the magazine, and what inspired you in your vision for the journal?

    Well, first off, thank you. We worked very hard to reach 100 posts. Now we are a hundred and 3… how's that for prolific? To answer your question, I started Oddball Magazine online in 2009… I didn't start reaching out to poets and artists until the summer of 2010. However, Oddball Magazine has been around since 1998. Originally, the magazine was called Jagged Thoughts, and Oddball was considered the publishing company. It was Oddball Publishing presents Jagged Thoughts, the magazine for anyone who isn't anything. Then, as I grew up, it became Oddball Magazine- Poems for the intelligent and alienated. And when I began putting together the magazine in a serious fashion, we simply shortened it to Oddball (jt). We being Rob Martin and I with contributors like 3.14, Andrew Borne, and Rant Poet.

    Then I began the online route… and I plan on publishing a street mag for January 2011. Big news and exciting stuff for Oddball Magazine! in the near future. If you notice, many of the Oddball crew stop by to put something up… even Randy, the original Oddball, has stopped by to say what's up… and people like Tim Folan, who drew the cover art for the first magazine, stop by, too. It really is a family thing. Once you're a part of Oddball, you're part of mi familia. Did that answer your question?

    Yes! You incorporate various media on the magazine's website- video, photographs, artwork. Can you talk about the aesthetics of the magazine and your vision regarding the visuals that accompany the literature?

    Well basically, art is art, poetry is art, and poetry and art make beautiful sense to me. So when I am given a poem, I try and get whoever… be it Nawaz, or Rob, Leanna, Lisa, Pana, whoever… to work to put what I like to call the best post possible. Choosing art for a poem or piece is a process of working with the author and coming to a decision. Like when Rant wanted those pictures for her poem "Beautiful, Ugly Things," I was like, seriously, this is what you want for the magazine… and she was adamant, and we took the most beautiful ugly pictures of her possible. Rant is gonna kill me for that one. Also, the videos were a way of personalizing the magazine… I wasn't hiding behind any bullshit walls. You want to see me, here I am. Also, I think that there is a closeness to the readers, the poets, and artists. We strive for real.

    On the magazine's website, you express your interest in receiving reader feedback and comments via Twitter. How do you see new technology and social networking sites changing how writers share their work and the level of reader response/involvement?

    The Twitter experiment, however daunting, seems to work, however not as great as I wanted it to be. Let's be honest, not everyone has a reason to tweet. I just tweet to let people know about the magazine. I could care less about celebrities. Though I do follow The Grouch and Evidence.

    Reading some of your poetry in Oddball Magazine!, I noticed that you write about, among other topics, social justice, family, and work. What subjects and ideas are most important to your poetry?

    That's such a loaded question, I love it. What fuels me to write? I write because that's all I know how to do, besides managing my magazine and pulling CSR's (God, I just made a joke about work). I mean, I write about everything. Lately I have been letting other poets use the Oddball soapbox, but when I have something on my mind, I'll let it out. (Like the piece about Eyedea. His death fueled me to write.) Sad story, really. I guess to answer your question, what matters to me at the moment is what I write about. I guess the themes that you mentioned are quite accurate. Social Justice, like Guru said, "there's no Justice, just us."

    Many of your prose poems end with, "just another jagged thought by jason." (Wonderful rhythm and alliteration!) Can you comment on the meaning behind this, as well as your choice to write prose poems?

    When I can't think of anything to write, I call it a free prose. I just write as fast as I can, without stopping. What comes out is a poem, or a piece of shit. Either way, it has been therapeutic.

    By the way, Jagged Thoughts does have a story to it. When I was young, my first girlfriend gave me a journal as a gift. She peppered it with Beatles songs, and colors, and suns and whatever. She was a special person… anyway, her name was Kaitlyn O'Brien. She gave me the book, and that was the beginning of Jagged Thoughts. My first jagged thought was at the end of my first poem… it was so angsty. I was young, and it was great to be mad all the time… anyway, my first jagged thought was… Love is a fake feeling that turns to remorse, just another jagged thought. I kept it, and a much older and wiser editor I am, and when I write, I'll sign off with "just another jagged thought by Jason," usually when free prose is involved.

    Finally, what is your composition process?

    I believe poetry comes from the heart, and whatever my heart is beating, that's the rhythm, that's the process, that's what comes.

    Any last thoughts or comments you want to add?

    My advice for young writers is to do it because you have to, not because you want to. Writers do not choose to write. They are born with ink in their blood. Do it for the love. Do it for love, let it all out on the page, and don't think too long about it. Let this world of confusion make sense through your pen, if only through your pen. And of course, finally, read Oddball Magazine!.

    By the way, we are open to all kinds of submissions. Check out our submission guidelines, and become a part of something big.

    Poems for the intelligent and alienated. The magazine for anyone who isn't anything. For those who can't read, but love to write… Oddball. Haha. Thanks, Jennifer. This has been fun.


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