Ram Prasad Devineni

2004 EP. NO. 9
RAM PRASAD DEVINENI is the publisher of Rattapallax Press and a film-maker who has had films shown at the Cairo International Film Festival, San Jose Film Festival, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, etc. and has appeared on television programs in New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was an Eagleton Associate at the Eagleton Institute for Politics at Rutgers University where he studied political theory and campaign management. He has organized several state and federal elections. He also integrates new technologies (e.g networks, SANs) for Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup.

Devineni also became the coordinator of an international poetry series arranged through the United Nations, titled “Dialogue Among Civilizations” which offered 160 readings held starting on March 30, 2001 in 130 cities around the world, including readings from Antarctica and from atop Mt. Everest (www.dialoguepoetry.org). Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa was joined by renown author Joyce Carol Oates, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and James Ragan for an evening of “Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry” to kick off the series at the United Nations in New York City. Rattapallax Press’s website is at http://www.rattapallax.com.

artistic statement
My philosophy and eventually the press’s approach to poetry, was to make poetry accessible to the public without reducing it’s substance. I was determined to publish the first issue like a rock concert or major political campaign. We would become a national publication with our first issue and not wait for the gradual progression. I set up 35 readings in 25 cities around the US and spent a lot of money on advertising. The journal was professionally printed and the accompanying CD was pressed with an imprint. It looked like a book that people would want to buy. We had our launch reading at the Mid-Manhattan library in New York and in about two months read all over the New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Camden, Princeton, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and at 11 venues in Los Angeles in 5 days. The magazine was picked up by three distributors and available in about 200 bookstores around the country. With the second issue (2000 copies) we were making a profit, which is almost unheard of in poetry publishing.

Last updated 2009.

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