Sunday, May 31, 2015


Eric Nelson Wins the 2014 Gival Press Poetry Award

Eric Nelson, formerly of Statesboro, Georgia but who recently moved to Asheville, North Carolina, has won the 16th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award-2014. His manuscript titled Some Wonder was read anonymously and chosen by Seth Brady Tucker the previous winner of the award. Eric Nelson will receive the cash award of $1000.00 and copies of his book after its publication this fall.

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.

The finalists for the award include the following:
An American Grammar by Nancy Keating of Babylon, New York.
The Breakup Variations by Kathleen Spivack of Watertown, Massachusetts.
Original Face by Jim Peterson of Lynchburg, Virginia.
My Place in Hell by Richard Cecil of Bloomington, Indiana.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


"Kid Victory" at Signature Is Victorious

"Kid Victory" now showing at Signature Theatre​ is quite a play. Be prepared to be entertained but you might need a drink after the play which runs without an intermission. The acting is on target and the lead actors leave one a bit drained. But that's what good theatre should do.

Lead character, Jake Winn, who plays Luke has the innocence and tenderness called for and his counter part Michael, played by Jeffry Denman, equally displays the ambiguity that these roles need in order to weave this story for the audience. The tricky part is that none of this was overdone and the subtly and nuances were all equally measured for a dramatic effect. Certainly the song "You, If Anyone" sung by Jeffry Denman gets under our skin and we find ourselves conflicted having witnessed the truth of the matter.

I need to signal out "The Last Thing He Needs" sung by Christine Noll and Sarah Litzsinger also is a high point in the play. All to say that the music by John Kander, who also did the story and book/lyrics with Greg Pierce, is moving and troubling at the same time. Director Liesl Tommy's approach to the play has delivered what I would imagine Kander wanted from this play which will be talked about for some time.

Now showing through March 22:

Signature Theatre

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Steven J. Cahill Wins the Gival Press Short Story Award

Congratulations to these fine writers:
Winner of the 2014 Gival Press Short Story Award
Progressive Linkage by Steven J. Cahill of East Burke, Vermont.

Photo by Cindy L. Smith.

The short stories were read anonymously and the winner was chosen by the previous winner Lynn Stegner.

Runner Up: An Original Sin by Colin Brezicki of Ontario, Canada.
Vacancy by Aaron Tillman of West Roxbury, Massachusetts.
The Rockbury Sisters by Karen Loeb of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Don Juan and the Gringo by Nick T. Watson of Bluffton, South Carolina.

“The characters in Progressive Linkage may know their way around a souped-up Chevy but Steve Cahill, the story’s author, knows his way around the terra infirma of the human heart. What begins as a reasonably healthy sibling rivalry takes a dark turn fueled by misunderstanding, casual intent, and the small, almost-sins of carelessness. Cahill plays the language like the instrument it is meant to be, with a driving intensity and exuberance. The extended metaphor that indirectly celebrates the internal combustion engine never once falters, even while on another level it transports the characters into the landscape of callow passion and its unanticipated consequences.”
—Lynn Stegner, judge

S. J. Cahill lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont where his creative nonfiction and memoir pieces have been published in Vermont Magazine, North Country Journal, and Good Living Review. His prize winning fiction appearing in Gemini Magazine was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Dzanc Book Award, and three of his short stories were chosen for New Hampshire fiction anthologies. His work is also included in a Hurricane Press collection and the Catamount Arts poetry anthology.

Sunday, February 01, 2015


Put the Splendid Wake 3 on Your Calendar

If you are getting ready for Poetry Month, you really need to think about attending the 3rd annual Splendid Wake event on March 20, 2015.

A Splendid Wake 3
3rd Annual Public Program Celebrating Poetry in the Nation’s Capital from 1900 to the Present Friday, March 20th, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 P.M. at George Washington University Gelman Library, Suite 702, 2130 H Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. (near Foggy Bottom Metro stop). Free and Open to the Public!

Join us for our 3rd incarnation of A Splendid Wake as we continue our work of documenting poets and poetry movements in the Nation’s Capital from 1900 to the present. Our focus this vernal equinox is on Georgia Douglas Johnson and the “Saturday Nighters,” poet May Miller, the Federal Poets, Poetry Workshops born during “Poetry and the National Conscience” conferences, and the Modern Urban Griots.

For program information contact Joanna Howard

Monday, January 12, 2015


Teri Cross Davis & E. Laura Golberg on ArLiJo

Happy New Year!

Ring in the new year by reading some poetry by Teri Cross Davis and E. Laura Golberg. Click on the link below and follow it to ArLiJo.

Let's hope that the year brings us good things and that the recent events in Paris do not become the norm. Our democratic principles must not be compromised yet out of common decency many of us follow political correctness in our speech and actions. This fine dance on the tight rope is crucial but under no circumstances must any one's life be endangered or taken.

Friday, December 12, 2014


What's New at ArLiJo?

The holidays are around the corner but if you are craving a bit of nostalgia click on the link below and read Merrill Leffler's poem "Breakfast" which echoes William Stafford.

Merrill Leffler, currently Poet Laureate of Takoma Park, Maryland and a prominent literary figure in the Washington, DC area, is the author of Mark the Music, his most recent book. He has been active in the Washington area as a professor, editor, publisher of Dryad Press, and a mentor for countless authors for more than forty years.

The other poet featured on ArLiJo is Jacqueline Jules, who recently published poetry chapbooks, Field Trip to the Museum (Finishing Line Press) and Stronger Than Cleopatra (ELJ Publications). She lives in Arlington.

Click here to follow the link to ArLiJo:
ArLiJo Issue No. 72

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Michael Larrain and Miles David Moore Featured on ArLiJo

The cold weather has certainly hit the Washington, DC area so now's the time to have a warm cup of tea and read some poetry.

ArLiJo is featuring poetry by Micheal Larrain and Miles David Moore. Take a quick peak by clicking on the link below:

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