An Anthology with a Mission: Nothing But Red
Nothing But Red is an anthology of literary and visual artists, brings attention to the issue of violence against women worldwide. It also raises money for Equality Now, an international human rights organization that strives to help women of all faiths, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, with the support of dedicated volunteers who share a desire to promote equality.
Published in 2008, the anthology remains in the spotlight. One contributor, poet-teacher-writer-activist and phati’tude contributor and a contributor to this anthology, Andrena Zawinski, continues to promote Nothing But Red, because she believes that this groundbreaking anthology serves a worthy cause.
The back story behind Nothing But Red is this: In April 2007, seventeen-year-old Dua Khalil was pulled into a crowd of young men–some of them family members. They proceeded to stone and beat her to death, a supposed “honour” killing for being in the company of a man of a different faith.
The police stood by and did nothing, and several members of the crowd filmed the incident with camera phones. You can find the video on both CNN’s website and YouTube.
One month later, popular writer and filmmaker, Joss Whedon, posted his complete despair and outrage on a fan-run news blog, Whedonesque.com. Among his words was a call to action, the publication of the anthology, Nothing But Red which was published on the one-year anniversary of Aswad’s death.
Contributors in this anthology the gamut: men, women, feminists, activists or just everyday people who are publishing for the first time. They write passionately from personal experience, whether they are the abused or know someone who has suffered at the hands of an abuser. This 313-page collection in multiple formats at LuLu. For more information, check out Nothing But Red website.
Zawinski, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, lives on the city island of Alameda, CA and teaches writing in Oakland, CA She has authored several collections of poetry including Something About (2009, Blue Light Press, San Francisco), Traveling in Reflected Light (1995, Pig Iron Press, Youngstown as a Kenneth Patchen Prize), Greatest Hits 1991-2001 (2002, Pudding House), and Taking the Road Where It Leads (2008, Poets Corner Press ).
Something About won the 2010 Josephine Miles PEN Oakland award winner for literary excellence.