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:

Sunday, October 05, 2014


Elizabeth Harris Wins the 2014 Gival Press Novel Award

Gival Press is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Harris of Austin, Texas has won the 2014 Gival Press Novel Award for her novel titled Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman, which was chosen by the final judge John Domini, author of A Tomb on the Periphery. Ms. Harris will receive a cash prize of $3,000 as well as copies of her novel which will be published in the fall of 2015.Congratulations, Elizabeth Harris!


Photo of Elizabeth Harris by Diane Bowman.

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 will be her second book. She was a runner up in a previous Gival Press contest with The Look Thief, a contemporary novel with a historical setting still unpublished; 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

Advance Praise:
A great novel gives us Genesis, and so Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman calls a world into being. We get not only the odor and crackle of rural Texas beginning a hundred years ago, but also the spirits of that time and place. We suffer with a rancher’s wife, a woman catastrophically misunderstood. Violence proves inevitable — but then comes the real miracle. Elizabeth Harris summons up not one world but several, in rich and moving succession. Itʼs as if redemption were sympathy: as if to peer deeply into anyone is to understand everyone. If this sounds less like a God and more like a great storyteller, well, thatʼs what weʼve got. Harris squeezes palaver and tears from her Texas clay, even while making sure we see the gifted hands at work. — John Domini, author of A Tomb on the Periphery and other novels, as well as stories, criticism, and poetry.

Finalists this year include:
Pissed Away by Jim Sanderson of Beaumont, Texas
The Dieter by Mark Connelly of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Epiphany by Jan Breen of Glassboro, New Jersey
Where Paths Meet by Cleda Hedrich of Bonita Springs, Florida



Fall 2014 Releases from Gival Press

Gival Press is pleased to release Ghost Horse by Thomas H. McNeely, winner of the 2013 Gival Press Novel Award. This moving and compelling novel has received accolades of which the two listed below are only the beginning.

"An elegy for a lost father, an unforgettable fable of the power of art, Ghost Horse weaves a singular spell, captivating the reader and never letting go." --Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

“The rich interior life of a boy among boys whose home life has gone disastrously wrong; the origins of evil; the secrets, and the secret codes, of school bullies; the terrible things that we do to find, or avoid, sex; how adults manipulate each other, and what they try to get from children; ancient Rome; stop-motion animation; the binding of Isaac; the story of Cain; the history of race and class in Houston; the fallout of what looks like a slow-motion divorce--these are just some of the pieces that click into place within McNeely's terrifyingly sensitive novel, which finds a whole world of deceit and imagination among a couple of families and a boys' grade-school cabal. McNeely's prose--superbly attentive to what goes on in Buddy's head, and why--sets up scenes few readers will forget: it's a novel whose beautiful sentences match the wrong-way turns, the blood-red futilities, and the available insights, of its rough lives.” Stephen Burt, author of Belmont and Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry

To order, click on one of the following:
Ghost Horse at

Ghost Horse at

Ghost Horse at The Gival Press Store

Gival Press is also pleased to release We Deserve the Gods We Ask For by Seth Brady Tucker, winner of the 2013 Gival Press Poetry Award. Once you pick up this collection will want to complete it in one setting.

“I loved Seth Brady Tucker's first book, Mormon Boy, and I love this one more. Whether he is speaking of (as) Wile E. Coyote metaphorically, or speaking as a man who jumped out of airplanes (not for fun) and fired and was fired upon, or when he is speaking his remarkable love poems, you know you are hearing (I'm purposefully using speaking and hearing instead of writing and reading) something authentic, and true.”--Thomas Lux, author of God Particles and Split Horizon

“The poems in Seth Brady Tucker’s We Deserve The Gods We Ask For are acrobatic and epic and make me happy that poetry is still a place where we can re-envision the old questions about life and the spirit. In the book, I hear echoes of our great American masters, like Ashbery, Hemingway, Plath, Merwin, and Stein, infused in a new voice with the rhetorical bravado of a 100 swallows swarming the forest, 1000 preachers booming the word of the soul, and 10,000 conductors of a never-ending symphony of being that extends from this world into the next. Bravo to this poet, who tells us so nonchalantly it’s: ‘God here. As in big G God. As in, listen up.’ Listen up. Read this book.”--Dorothea Lasky, author of ROME

To order, click on one of the following:
We Deserve the Gods We Ask For at

We Deserve the God We Ask For at

We Deserve the Gods We Ask For at The Gival Press Store

Coming later this fall:
The Best of Gival Press Short Stories edited by Robert L. Giron

This collection includes works by: Daniel Degnan, Kristin FitzPatrick, Perry Glasser, Marie Holmes, Tim Johnston, Tim Mullaney, Karenmary Penn, Iqbal Pittalwala, Lynn Stegner, and Mark Wisnieswski.

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