Thursday, July 21, 2016


"Barrow's Point" To Be Released in Oct, 2016

Robert Schirmer's novel Barrow's Point which won the 2015 Gival Press Novel Award will be released in October 2016.

Advance Praise: “There’s a serial killer on the loose, and in the fishbowl setting of Robert Schirmer’s Barrow’s Point, ‘shadow selves’ of fear overtake the town’s residents. No one can be trusted. Schirmer peoples his remarkable book with characters conflicted by their own discordant passions and prejudices. The writing is sensuous, the plot unpredictable, and the upshot brilliantly captures the unease of our times.”
—Ann Cummins, author of Red Ant House and Yellowcake

“Already distinguished for his short fiction, Schirmer now has given us Barrow’s Point. Schirmer’s fans will find, in addition to well-earned suspense, a richly nuanced portrayal of the McGregor family, Iris and her three sons, whose complex, private troubles raise an eerie echo of their small town’s responses to the murders of a series of gay men.”
—Elizabeth Evans, author of As Good as Dead and Carter Clay

Barrow‘s Point is an eye-opening, engaging and emotionally touching novel. Ostensibly, it is a murder mystery: Gay men are being killed one by one in a college town in Wisconsin. A gay cop and the rest of the police force have few, if any, leads in their search for the killer. Within this frame, a complex story of family dynamics and intimate relationships emerges. There are incidents of rage, sorrow and reconciliation. We learn how gayness or straightness brings people together or, more often, pushes them apart. There are no simple answers in this story of several people who live with or close to each other, but for whom intimacy is a state that is needed but not easily achieved.”
—Thaddeus Rutkowski, judge and author of Violent Outbursts

Photo by Joan Jastrebski.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


"Haint: poems" by Teri Ellen Cross Davis

Gival Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Haint: poems by Teri Ellen Cross Davis to be released in June. The debut collection was chosen as the inaugural publication in the Giron/Valdez Series for Unique Voices in Literature.

As Myra Sklarew adeptly noted “Teri Cross Davis has the courage to make this complex experience come to life, to address it, to let her readers know what it feels like, and to tell them she will go on, facing and giving life to a new level of understanding that is seldom addressed.”

Cornelius Eady writes “Haint is a book of life. Not a book of survival, though the poet survives, not a book of reckoning, though the poet comes to terms with many things. Haint is a book of choices, and witnessing. A book of learning the bodies territories, pleasures and sorrows. A book that constructs the irrepressible center of a soul, page by page, plank by plank. A book a reader will put down after reading and mutter ‘yes’ to themselves, haunted.”

This moving collection can touch readers on so many different levels and as Ross Gay states “Although heartbreak is the origin of so many of these poems, it's love that makes them go. Love to which they plead and aspire and pray.”

Haint: poems by Teri Ellen Cross Davis
ISBN: 978-1-940724-04-1
Perfect-bound paperback
Release date: June, 2016
Gival Press
100 pages

About the Author:
Teri Ellen Cross Davis is a Cave Canem fellow and has attended the Soul Mountain Writer’s Retreat, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work has been published in many anthologies including, Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade, Growing Up Girl, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC, and Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees. Her work can also be read in the following publications: Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Gargoyle, Natural Bridge, The Sligo Journal, ArLiJo, Mi Poesias, Torch, Poet Lore and is forthcoming in the North American Review and the Puerto Del Sol blog. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband, poet Hayes Davis and their two children.

Photo by Mig Dooley Photography.
About Gival Press:
Gival Press, a member of the Association of American Publishers and an-award winning independent literary press, was established in 1998 to promote literary works with a message. Its over 65 books in print represent both established and emerging authors from around the world, and its works are in English, French and Spanish, with a Chinese-to-English translation planned in the near future. Its books are available from Ingram, Follett, Brodart as well several internet venues.

Monday, May 23, 2016


"Sexy Liberal! Of Me I Sing" by Stephanie Miller To Be Released

Gival Press is pleased to announce that Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal! Of Me I Sing will be released in book form very soon.

Stephnaie Miller is the host of The Stephanie Miller Show which is the #1 liberal talk radio show in the country. With Arbitron ratings clocking over 3+ million listeners a week and simulcast daily in 37 million homes on Free Speech TV, where she is also the number one show, her strongest numbers are in the grand prize demographic of highly educated males 25-54, despite, or maybe because of, her status as an out gay woman. It probably explains the sublime effectiveness of her national billboard slogan: “Stephanie Miller...making men rise in the morning”. Stephanie also headlined the country’s number one comedy tour, “Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour”, as well as the number one comedy album, “Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Album”.

“Stephanie Miller is like ice cream for breakfast, or box-wine through a Krazy Straw: pure pleasure that some people say is bad for you, but you know better. Sexy Liberal! is deeply, deeply profane, big-hearted, surprising, and it might make you pee your pants a little. Just what you need! Read this book. Stephanie Miller for Everything, 2016!”

—Rachel Maddow, host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” and author of Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

Ask for Sexy Liberal! Of Me I Sing at your local bookstore and look for it on and

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

“’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

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.

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

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.

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