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Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Cervena Barva, a Somerville-based literary small press publisher,
kicks off a new poetry series for 2007 –2008 on September 19 at
Pierre Menard Gallery, Arrow St. in Harvard Square, Cambridge. The
inaugural reading will feature Lucille Lang Day, F.D. Reeve, and
Diana Der-Hovanesian.

Lucille Lang Day, whose poetry reflects her interest and
studies in science, especially in the field of zoology, is from
Oakland, California and the author of God of the Jellyfish, a new
title from Cervena Barva Press. She has four other poetry
collections, including Self Portrait with Hand Microscope, for which
she received the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award. She is
founder and director of Scarlet Tanager Books and runs The Hall of
Health, an interactive children's museum in Berkley.
F.D. Reeve currently lives in Vermont. He has edited Poetry
Review, served on the Poetry Society of America's governing Board
and was one of the founders of Poet's House in New York City. A
prolific author himself, he has also translated literary criticism,
poetry, plays, and fiction of Russian authors, including the
forthcoming The Story About Seven Who Were Hanged by Leonid
Andreyev. Two excerpts of Reeve's novel, My Sister Life (2005,
Other Press) ran in the New England Review. His most recent
publication is The Return of the Blue Cat with a CD of his reading
with the jazz trio, Exit 59. The Toy Soldier and Other Poems is
scheduled for release this fall.

New England-born Diana Der-Hovanesian was Fullbright Professor
of American Poetry at Yerevan State University in 1994 and 1999.
She is author of twenty-two books of poetry and translation, and has
received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry
Society of America, PEN Columbia Translation Center, Paterson Poetry
Center, PEN New England, Armenian Writers Union, Writers Union of
America, Prairie Schooner, and the American Scholar. She is
president of the New England Poetry Club.

Other writers scheduled to date to read for the series, which
will run through April 2008, include John Minczeski, Mark Pawlak,
Susan Tepper, Harris Gardner, Tam Lynn Neville, and Mary Bonina.
The Pierre Menard Gallery, which is hosting the readings,
shows work by modern and contemporary artists in a variety of
mediums. John Wronoski, owner of Lame Duck Books, located in the
same building downstairs, opened the Gallery in August 2006.
Invested in both the literary and visual arts, Pierre Menard has
become a unique and celebrated venue of literary events, exhibits of
foreign and local artists, and is proud to produce a series of
artist catalogues.

Cervena Barva Press was founded in 2005 by Gloria Mindock.
The Press publishes an international collection of chapbooks and
books, plays, and poetry postcards featuring the work of prestigious
award-winning writers including Gary Finke, Eric Pankey, Simon
Perchik, Michael Burkhard, Catherine Sasanov, John Minczeski, David
Ray, and others. A monthly on-line newsletter includes interviews
with writers, editors, and publishers from all over the world, gives
listings of author reading schedules throughout the U.S., and
announces book releases of literary interest as well as its own
recent publications. The Press accepts work by solicitation only
but welcomes queries, especially from Central and Eastern European
writers. Annual poetry and fiction chapbook competitions sponsored
by Cervena Barva Press are open to all and announced on their
website. The Press also offers writers and publishers
internationally, the opportunity to sell their books on consignment
through an on-line bookstore, The Lost Bookshelf.

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