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.

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.

by Shetachai Chatchoomsai of Mission Hills, California.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


"The Best of Gival Press Short Stories" Is Released

The anthology including the last 11 award-winning stories of the Gival Press Short Story Award are featured in the collection The Best of Gival Press Short Stories edited by Robert L. Giron.

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This anthology contains the winners of the Gival Press Short Story Award for the past 11 years.

These award-winning stories both inspire and instruct. They deal with the complexities in one’s everyday life which can lead to tragedy Water by Tim Johnston to the revelation of the moment that can stun I-95, Southbound by Perry Glasser to one’s betrayal Void by Karenmary Penn to mysterious and ambiguous motivations that drive our impulses Harvest Cycle by Marie Holmes to a family member who discovers his sexuality Legacy by Iqbal Pittalwala to one’s partner who can’t feel the music that liberates The Music She Will Never Hear by Kristin FitzPatrick to entering the loneliness of a young man’s aspirations On the Verge by Tim Mullaney to echoes of the ancient Cain and Abel rivalry Progressive Linkage by Steven J. Cahill to how we calculate our decisions and live our difficult lives Fat Tails by Daniel Degnan to how we struggle to connect with others Better Terms by Mark Wisniewski to understanding the complexities of others’ relationships For All the Obvious Reasons by Lynn Stegner. In short, these stories will hold your attention because they are vividly cast and the characters are so real you are bound to identify with them on different levels, even if you may not be walking in their footsteps.

This collection is a good choice for general pleasure reading or for creative writing students wishing to learn from contemporary master writers of fiction. This anthology is also a good companion reader for courses of composition, introduction to literature / fiction, or creative writing.

Biography of Editor:
Robert L. Giron is the founder and editor-in-chief of Gival Press. He is the author of five collections of poetry and the editor of several award-winning collections, including Poetic Voices Without Borders and The Sligo Journal. He co-edited the award-winning anthology An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Women’s Studies with his colleague Brianne Friel. He’s an associate editor of the Potomac Review and is the editor of the online journal ArLiJo which features art, fiction, and poetry.

Steven 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.

Daniel Degnan is a recipient of the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. His work has been published in the anthology, 2Do Before I Die, and online by Opium Magazine and Poets & Writers. He was a Sarah Lawrence submission to Best New American Voices and a finalist in Opium Magazine’s 500-word memoir contest. In addition to writing, he is CFO of Winston Preparatory School, a school for learning disabled students with campuses in New York, NY and Norwalk, CT. He holds a BS in Art and Design from MIT and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence. He lives in River Vale, NJ, with his wife, Dao, and his son, Daniel.

Kristin Fitzpatrick is the author of My Pulse is an Earthquake, a short story collection (West Virginia University Press, 2015), which was a semi-finalist for the 2014 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. FitzPatrick’s work has appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, The Southeast Review, and Epiphany. Her writing has also been chosen for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, The New Short Fiction Series, and Stories on Stage. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Jentel Artist Residency Program and The Seven Hills School. Originally from the Midwest, she now lives and writes in southern California.

Perry Glasser author of Metamemoirs (Outpost19, 2013) has also written four other books of prize-winning prose. Riverton Noir was recipient of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award; Dangerous Places (BkMk Press, 2009), a short fiction collection that received the 2008 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize; Singing on the Titanic (The University of Illinois Press, 1987), a book recorded by the Library of Congress for the blind, and Suspicious Origins (New Rivers Press, 1984), short fiction, winner of the Minnesota Voices Competition. In 2012 he was named a Fellow of The Massachusetts Cultural Council for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir. He has been in residence at The Norman Mailer House, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Yaddo, and Ucross, earned his MFA in Fiction at the University of Arizona, and teaches professional writing at Salem State University.

Marie Holmes was raised in various places, but mostly in Portland, Oregon. She lives in New York and earned an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her stories have appeared in the Coe Review and Blithe House Quarterly, and Teacher’s Voice. She teaches Spanish in New York City.

Tim Mullaney is a 2005 recipient of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Van Lier Fellowship. His shorty story Beanstalk was published in Washington Square. His play What to Say was given a reading by TOSOSII Theater as part of the Robert Chesley/Jane Chambers Playwrights Project and his short play Close Your Eyes was workshopped at the StageLeft Theatre in Chicago. Mullaney is a graduate of the Creative Writing for the Media Program at Northwestern University, where he received the 2001 T. Stephen May Award for Excellence in Scriptwriting. As an actor, he has appeared in various productions, notably the Goodman Theatre’s world premiere of the Philip Glass opera Galileo Galilei, directed by Mary Zimmerman.

Tim Johnston is the author of the novel Descent (Algonquin Books, 2015), the story collection Irish Girl, and the Young Adult novel Never So Green. Published in 2009, the stories of Irish Girl won an O. Henry Prize, the New Letters Award for Writers, and the Gival Press Short Story Award, while the collection itself won the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Johnston’s stories have also appeared in New England Review, New Letters, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, Double Take, Best Life Magazine, and Narrative Magazine, among others. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2011-12 he was the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellow at The George Washington University, and he teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Memphis.

Karenmary Penn who lived in Bermuda for several years now lives in southern California with her husband, Kevin, and her daughter, Chloe. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. She was a Schaeffer fellow at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. She has published stories in Indiana Review, Red Cedar Review, Willow Springs, Gulf Coast, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Glimmer Train, and the Chicago Tribune. She has received a Henfield fellowship, a Nelson Algren Award, and an artist fellowship grant from the Nevada Arts Council.

Lynn Stegner is the author of five works of fiction, three of them novels--Because a Fire Was in My Head (which won the Faulkner Award for Best Novel and was a Literary Ventures Selection, a Book Sense Pick, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice), Undertow, and Fata Morgana--and the novella triptych Pipers at the Gates of Dawn (Faulkner Society Gold Medal in the novella category). She has also written an extended critical introduction to an assembly of her father-in-law’s short fiction, the Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner, as well as editing and writing the foreword to a Penguin edition entitled Wallace Stegner: On Teaching and Writing Fiction. She also has taught writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Vermont, the National University of Ireland, Galway, the Santa Fe Writers’ Workshop, and Stanford University where she is currently teaching in the Continuing Studies Program. Among other honors, she has been the recipient of a Western States Arts Council fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland, the Bridport Prize, and a Raymond Carver Short Story Award. The anthology, West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West, which she co-edited and introduced, was published in September of 2011, and her volume of stories titled For All the Obvious Reasons is forthcoming. She divides her time between San Francisco, California and Greensboro, Vermont.

Mark Wisniewski’s novel Watch Me Go (Penguin Putnam) was released this year. His other novels include Show Up, Look Good (Gival Press, 2011) and Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman, as well as the collection of short stories All Weekend with the Lights On and the book of narrative poems One of Us One Night. His fiction has appeared in magazines such as The Southern Review, Antioch Review, New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale Review, Boulevard, The Sun, and The Georgia Review, and has been anthologized in Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories. His narrative poems have appeared in such venues as The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry International, Ecotone, The Hollins Critic, and Poetry. He’s been awarded two University of California Regents’ Fellowships in Fiction, an Isherwood Fellowship in Fiction, and first place in competitions for the Kay Cattarula Award for Best Short Story, and the Tobias Wolff Award. In addition, his stories have won a Pushcart Prize. He lives with his wife on a lake in upstate New York.

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.

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