Friday, August 17, 2007

NOTHING BUT RED an anthology in response to Du'a Khalil Aswad's honor killing to benefit EQUALITY NOW 

Maria Raha, author of the amazing book CINDERELLA'S BIG SCORE is now working with Joss Whedon on a new anthology. Details from Raha below...

I recently got involved with a group assembling an anthology of art, poetry and nonfiction exploring honor killings and violence against women. The idea for the project occurred in response to the recorded stoning of D'ua Khalil Aswad in April 2007. Proceeds from the anthology will benefit Equality Now.

We're now collecting submissions, and I hope you'll either submit something for possible inclusion in the book, or forward this on to friends who might want to do the same. The press release is pasted below, and PR contact information is also enclosed for any writers, bloggers, etc. interested in covering the anthology.

Thanks for your time!

Maria Raha

For immediate release
Contact: Nick Monteleone


Proceeds from fan-organized anthology to benefit Equality Now

NEW YORK (8/1/07) — Nothing But Red, the anthology of literary and visual arts inspired by the impassioned plea of Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon in response to the "honor killing" of 17-year-old Du'a Khalil Aswad, is now accepting submissions. Proceeds from the fan-organized anthology will benefit Equality Now, an international human rights organization.

Aswad, an Iraqi adherent of the Yazidi religion, was stoned to death by family members and neighbors in early April 2007. The brutal beating and murder was captured in a graphic video and spread on the Internet. Shortly after learning of the murder, Whedon, creator of the television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly, penned an emotional response on the website Whedonesque.com. His post, which built from the topic of Aswad's murder to the contemplation of misogyny's transcendence of culture, religion and era, ended on an appeal to his fans to do something active to change the cycle.

"True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself," Whedon wrote. Nothing But Red was conceived as a response to Whedon's plea.

Taking its name from Whedon's description of Aswad's blood-drenched face at the time of her murder, Nothing But Red will be an open-format anthology of responses to Aswad's death and the topics raised by Whedon's post, which will also be included in the volume. Essays, short stories, poems, photographs, drawings and other kinds of literary or visual arts will be considered for inclusion. All submissions will be accepted electronically. Literary submissions should be limited to 3,000 words; visual arts submissions should easily translate to the size of a 6 x 9-inch trade paperback. Contributors will retain the copyright to their work.

Submissions will be accepted until November 1, 2007. Further information on how and where to submit work can be found at http://nothingbutred.wordpress.com/submissions.

Publication of Nothing But Red is currently planned for April 2008 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Aswad's death. The anthology will be self-published through Lulu.com. Equality Now was chosen as the recipient of the anthology's proceeds due to Whedon's public support of the organization and its mission to "[voice] a worldwide call for justice and equality for women," as stated on Equality Now's website.

As always, please contact Nick for any public relations related inquiries at nothingbutredbook@gmail.com

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