Tuesday, February 09, 2016

 

Julyan Peard Wins the 2015 Gival Press Short Story Award

Julyan Peard of San Francisco, California has won the 2015 Gival Press Short Story Award, which has a cash prize of $1K, for her story titled The Constellation of Scorpio. The short stories submitted for the award were read anonymously and the winner was chosen by the previous winner Steven J. Cahill.



Photo by Maxine Zylberberg

Praise:
“’Nothing here is as pristine as it looks.’ An astronomer is told this by his Argentine hosts when he arrives with his family to set up an observatory and map the southern skies. He intends to contribute to science while pursuing his dream of recording and cataloguing more stars than any astronomer in history. His wife and daughters enjoy the hills and streams of the Argentine countryside, but while their hosts are away she inadvertently discovers their disturbing artwork.

Using a meridian circle telescope from Repsold with a four and a half-inch aperture, the astronomer looks into the firmament and explores the Constellation of Scorpio. He is able to capture its mysterious beauty with celestial photography.

Using a multi-voiced narrative including diary entries and letters, the author looks into her characters’ hearts and explores their earthly deceit and betrayal. She is able to capture the punishment with prose that flows like an Argentine river.

‘The wheels of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.’ Indeed they do. And after the astronomer commits his earthly sins but believes he has made retribution, we are taken gently by the hand and allowed to see exactly how fine the wheels of God do grind.

The bright stars in the skies of the southern hemisphere were reputed to affect men’s behaviors in strange ways. The bright lights of Julyan Peard’s writing show us the results of those behaviors in The Constellation of Scorpio.”— Steven J. Cahill, judge for the 2015 Gival Press Short Story Award


Biography:
Julyan Peard was born in Argentina and educated in Argentina, England and the US, where she has lived for over twenty years. She has taught Latin American history with a focus on travel narratives, and for the last decade she has been writing short stories, all of which are linked to Latin America and informed by history.

My fiction has been published in The Missouri Review and The Chariton Review. She recently completed a book length biography of her great-grandmother titled An American Teacher in Argentina: Mary Gorman’s Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from New Mexico to the Pampas, to be published by Bucknell University Press in 2016.

As an historian of Latin America, she has published a scholarly book, Race, Place, and Medicine: The Idea of the Tropics in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Medicine (Duke University Press, 1999) and articles in historical journals. She has received funding from a number of institutions, including fellowships from the Spencer Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies and two summer stipends from the National Endowment of the Humanities. In 2015, she was awarded a month-long residency at Ragdale Foundation to focus on fiction writing.

Finalists:
Garden for Loss by Jan Bowman of Columbia, Maryland.

Like Cherries by Kyle Lucia Wu of Brooklyn, New York.

When the black voices of crows by Jo Gardiner of Woodford, Australia.

Meat by Doug Haines of Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

 

Happy 2016!!!


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

 

Artwork by Sven Geir


 

Artwork by Sven Geir


 

Artwork by Sven Geir


Monday, October 26, 2015

 

"Some Wonder: poems" by Eric Nelson Is Now Available

Some Wonder: poems, winner of the 2014 Gival Press Poetry Award, by Eric Nelson has been released by Gival Press. The collection was selected by last year's winner Seth Brady Tucker.



“I love the voice in these poems, so accessible, so conversational, yet frequently able to extract from the ordinary places and everyday moments of our lives a kind of holy instant, of joy, of tenderness, of wonder, of insight that is ‘crisp as snapped fingers.’ Eric Nelson's poems are peopled with chickens, guns and lovers, poets and writers, mountains and dogwoods and camellias, and lots of birds. Plus more than a couple of dogs. And his poems have something of the genius of dogs about them, knowing when and exactly how to roll around in dead and earthy things, and consistently sniffing out the ‘loamy aroma of love.’”
—Paul Hostovsky, author of The Bad Guys and Selected Poems

“In his powerful new collection, Some Wonder, Eric Nelson takes his reader ‘abroad’ (and beyond) in the most refined sense of those directives. He takes us deeply into experience and into the uniqueness of place. The language is lucid, lyrical, and exactly narrative. Yet the mystery of small moments is everywhere present: in each stanza, every poem.”
—Katherine Soniat, author of The Swing Girl and Bright Stranger

“With its signature tenderness for human vulnerability, an expansive sense of place, and crystalline language threaded with wit, Some Wonder is a collection that appeals on every page.”
—A. E. Stringer, author of Late Breaking and Human Costume

“The wonders of this superb book begin with its clear, graceful, and accessible language. Whether writing about backyard chickens, dead friends, bodily odors, dog walking, punctuation marks, or the ordinary joys and sorrows of family life, Nelson shows that there is nothing more wondrous, finally, than ordinary life passing through the lens of a rich imagination.”
—David Graham, author of Second Wind and Magic Shows

“Eric Nelson is a barker in a language bazaar, and Some Wonder is, well, some wonder of lyric and imagistic intensity… Some Wonder is filled with poems that take risks, ‘like a circus tent in flames,’ where we ‘begin to look for the alarm we missed.’ Don’t miss reading this terrific book of poems.”
— Seth Brady Tucker, judge and author of We Deserve the Gods We Ask For

Eric Nelson’s five previous poetry collections include The Twins, winner of the Split Oak Press Chapbook Award; Terrestrials, winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Award; and The Interpretation of Waking Life, winner of the Arkansas Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Oxford American, The Sun, and many other venues. He and his wife, the writer Stephanie Tames, live in Asheville, North Carolina.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

 

Robert Schirmer Wins the 2015 Gival Press Novel Award



Gival Press is pleased to announce that Robert Schirmer of Brooklyn, New York has won the 2015 Gival Press Novel Award for his novel titled Barrow's Point, which was chosen by the final judge Thad Rutkowski, author of Violent Outburts. Schirmer will receive a cash prize of $3,000 as well as copies of his novel which will be published in the fall of 2016.

Photo by Angela Starita.


Biography:
Robert Schirmer is the author of the collection of short stories titled LIVING WITH STRANGERS (NYU Press) and the winner of the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. His stories have appeared in a wide range of literary journals such as BYLINER, GLIMMER TRAIN, THE SEWANEE REVIEW, EPOCH, NEW ENGLAND REVIEW, FICTION, CONFRONTATION and THE BEST OF WITNESS. In addition, he has won an O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Walter E. Dakin fellowship to the Sewanee Writers Conference, and a fellowship from the Chesterfield Film Company Writer's Film project. His screenplays have been optioned by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Brothers. He has also been a Visiting Writer at the Southwest Writers Series and at Stetson University as part of the Tim Sullivan Endowment for Writing series.

Finalists:
Musical Theater in Hell
by Charles Jensen of Pasadena, CA

The Trial of Leopold Plotkin
by Jere Krakoff of Pittsburgh, PA

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful
by Kenneth Miller of Walnut, CA

Time and the Tears of Children
by Michael McGuire of Jalisco, Mexico

Visit Gival Press for more details.

Monday, October 05, 2015

 

Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman by Elizabeth Harris Is Released



The winner of the 2014 Gival Press Novel Award Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman by Elizabeth Harris is now available.

“...Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman is one of the most intimate, vivid, and textured literary evocations of a bygone time and place and woman’s life that I have read, yet also one of the most mysterious. That’s because Harris possesses a combination of craft and wisdom found only in the finest historical novelists: the craft to render the past luminously in imagination, and the wisdom to recognize that that past can only be imagined, never known. Gripping, haunting, elusive, Mayhem is an extraordinary achievement.”
‐Evan Carton, Plougshares, September 4, 2015.

Click here to follow link to Amazon.com: Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman

Biography:
Elizabeth Harris is a native Texan who grew up in Ft. Worth and in Pittsburgh, PA. She won the John Simmons Prize, awarded by University of Iowa Press, for her first book, The Ant Generator, a collection of stories praised for their “sense of wonder and comedy” and “acid-etched existentialism.” Those and uncollected stories appeared in Antioch Review, Epoch, Chicago Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, and other magazines, and have been anthologized in New Stories from the South, Best of Wind, The Iowa Award, and Literary Austin. Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman is her second book. She was a runner up in a previous Gival Press contest with The Look Thief, a contemporary novel; and in a Faulkner Pirate’s Alley competition for an earlier novel. She taught fiction writing and modern literature for a number of years at the University of Texas in Austin, where she and her husband live.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

 

Mike Zimmerman of NYC Wins the 2015 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award



Mike Zimmerman of New York, New York has won the 14th Annual Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award for his poem titled Summer Rainstorm. Mike Zimmerman received a cash prize of $100.00 and his poem is posted below. The poem was read and chosen anonymously by last year's winner Gina R. Evers.

Summer Rainstorm

I barely think of myself at fourteen, when, for
a summer, I walked to work trimming Douglas firs
into tender triangles. I recall the smell of wet pine,
the sticky sap, the squeaking shears, the aching pain
in my skinny arms. With a rag, I’d mop the sweat and dirt
from my skin then look at the sky. Clouds had begun to dart,
gray to black, then settle up above that day. After work,
though the rain was pounding, to get home, I had to walk.

Slopping through puddles, a ride home from an older
friend was a welcome thing. He found me on the side
of the road, honked twice, grinned. Sitting next to him,
I kept quiet. The car radio was on and he started to hum.
I can’t be the only boy he raped. I barely think of it, said
Nothing about his car’s backseat, his hand on my shoulder.

Copyright © 2015 by Mike Zimmerman.

Biography:
Mike Zimmerman is a writer of short stories and poetry, as well as a high school English teacher in the South Bronx. His previous work has been published in Wilde Magazine, Cutbank, and The Painted Bride. He finds inspiration and ideas from the people and places he loves. Mike lives in New York City with his partner and their cat.


Honorable Mentions:

Bonnie the Butch Cross-dressing Bartender
by Jeff Walt of San Diego, California.

The Mother’s Day
by Beverly Burch of Oakland, California.

Our Beautiful Names
by Dan Vera of Washington, DC.

Risk
by Shetachai Chatchoomsai of Mission Hills, California.

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