Tuesday, January 08, 2019


Meteor by C. M. Mayo Will Be Released at AWP 2019 in Portland, Oregon

Advance PraiseMeteor pierces the psyche with a dazzling presence and otherworldly light. Mayo delights in the pleasures of language and the possibilities of imagination. By leveling a playfully skeptical voice that is wholly her own, she transforms the quotidian into the outlandish while making the bizarre seem familiar and inviting. Through her inexorable wit and endless inventiveness, Mayo crafts the most unusual work--a book that is both challenging and fun to read.” —Linwood D. Rumney, judge and author of Abandoned Earth

(Photo by Teresa Castrane)

About the Author
C.M. Mayo has published poetry in literary magazines for many years, among them, Beltway Quarterly, Bordersenses, Gargoyle, Rio Grande Review, St Ann’s Review, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Southwest Review, and in numerous anthologies including those edited by Robert L. Giron, Poetic Voices Without Borders and Poetic Voices Without Borders 2. Mayo’s works of fiction include the novel The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, a Library Journal Best Book and the short story collection Sky Over El Nido, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award; her nonfiction books include Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madeo and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual; and Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico. She is also a noted translator of contemporary Mexican poetry and fiction, and is the editor of Mexico: A Traveler’s Literary Companion. A native of El Paso, Texas, she was raised in California, educated at the University of Chicago, and has been a long-time resident of Mexico City. In 2017 she was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. Visit her website: www.cmmayo.com

Monday, January 07, 2019


Joan G. Gurfield Wins the 2018 Gival Press Short Story

Gival Press is pleased to announce that Joan G. Gurfield of Santa Monica, California has won the 2018 Gival Press Short Story Award for her story titled The Resistance, which was chosen anonymously by judge Elaine C. Ray. Gurfield received a prize of $1K.

(Photo by Betty Sew Hoy)

About the Author
Joan G. Gurfield has been a professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, an actress and theater director, arts editor of a small newspaper and (briefly) a totally incompetent waitress. Two of her short stories have been published in literary journals, and a longer piece was optioned for a feature film. Recently, she has written a collection of stories centered on the World War II era.

To read the story, click on the link to ArLiJo Issue No. 112.

Nephilim by Bonnie Roop Bowles of Roanoke, Virginia.
The Last Usher by Lynn Miller of Los Ranchos, New Mexico
The Reincarnate Word by Matthew Pitt of Fort Worth, Texas.
Rubber Time by K. W. Oxnard of Savannah, Georgia.

Friday, January 04, 2019


William Orem Wins the 2018 Gival Press Novel Award

William Orem who lives in Newton, Massachusetts has won the 2018 Gival Press Novel Award for his novel titled Miss Lucy, which was chosen anonymously by the final judge John Domini. Orem will receive a cash prize of $3,000 as well as copies of his novel which will be published in the fall of 2019.

Advance Praise
“A master-chef's layer-cake, Miss Lucy serves up delights for every taste. It’s got Gothic nightmares to make the skin crawl, illuminating portraits of 19th-Century Dublin and London, X-ray insights into the workings of money and class, deft appropriations from a sumptuous library (Oscar Wilde, anyone?), and above all the tormented humanity of its central figure, Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. William Orem dreams Stoker to life with terrific vividness and subtlety, fluent in all the languages of late Victorian society. The story may, over a single long night riddled with shadows, travel from bejeweled aristocrats at the theater to the reeking slums that allowed Jack the Ripper to flourish. It offers a vision at once perverse and transcendent, a miracle that eludes the crush of history— a tour de force.”
— John Domini, judge and author of A Tomb on the Periphery and MOVIEOLA!

About the Author

William Orem’s first collection of stories, Zombi, You My Love, won the GLCA New Writers Award, formerly given to Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Richard Ford and Alice Munro. His second collection, Across the River, won the Texas Review Novella Prize. His first novel, Killer of Crying Deer, won the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in the Small Presses, and has been optioned for film. His first collection of poems, Our Purpose in Speaking, won the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

Meanwhile, his short plays have been performed around the country, winning both the Critics’ Prize and Audience Favorite Award at Durango Theatre Fest, and thrice being nominated for the prestigious Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

(Photo by Lauren Proll.)

A native of Washington, D.C., he currently is a Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College, where he teaches, among other things, classes on gothic literature. Details at williamorem.com.

The finalists:

Gimme Some Familiars by Jessica Mehta of Hillsboro, Oregon.
Run Run My Little One by John Blair of San Marcos, Texas.
Danny Fowler’s Killing by Jim Sanderson of Beaumont, Texas.
American Apparel by Rudy Ruiz of San Antonio, Texas.

Gival Press is an-award winning, small, independent press which sponsors awards for the best original English novel, short story, poetry collection and the best poem that reflects the LGBTQ community. In addition, it publishes selected work that best matches its mission. To date it has published over 100 works in print and ebook format. Its books are available via Ingram, Follett and various internet outlets, among them Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Saturday, August 18, 2018


"Invitation to a Country Called Aging"

by Patricia Garfinkel and Myra Sklarew

Illustrated by Blake Young

In this poetic memoir on aging, Garfinkel and Sklarew have given us much to absorb and contemplate, as we all will eventually travel the arduous journey, if we live to an old age. Here we learn of the anxieties of what to do and what not to do and the deep-rooted primordial fears of the human condition as the layer of years begin to wear down the resilience of the former selves we were. A resounding message that permeates the collection is that one needs to keep learning and moving forward, yet as Sklarew’s grandmother realized one best cultivate younger relationships, as with time the loss one is bound to experience is too hard to bear. Engaging the mind and spirit is key while protecting oneself from the social sharks that feed on the vulnerable while accepting all along that with summer comes the fall.

A compelling, instructive gift is given to us by these exceptional poets.

To purchase a copy, visit: Politics and Prose

Monday, February 19, 2018


"Dream of Another America" Is Released

Dream of Another America, winner of the Gival Press Novel Award, by Tyler McMahon, a Washington, DC native, is now available.

Chosen by John Domini, judge for the award, the novel has been well received. Kirkus Reviews (Dec. 11, 2017) had the following to say:

“McMahon’s contribution to the body of immigrant literature is entrenched in questions of nationality, poverty, and family. He achieves a storytelling feat by creating an incredibly realistic narrative that is as poignant as it is breathtaking.”
—To read the complete review, visit: KIRKUS REVIEWS - Dream of Another America

Advance Praise
Dream of Another America might at first seem the furthest thing from a dream. Yet Tyler McMahon has worked this desperate material into a headlong tumble of jeopardy and escape, sweeping up a remarkable array of souls—mostly Central American—in a spell so vivid it seems straight out of the deepest recesses of the unconscious.”
–John Domini, judge and author of Movieola!

Dream of Another America is a tautly-spun, dark and stirring migration parable, an ode to the impoverished, powerless, and double-crossed south of the proverbial border, and a sensuous, fast-moving train hop of a read that is every migrant’s nightmare, every inhabitant of Eden’s duty.”
—J. Reuben Appelman, author of The Kill Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit’s Most Notorious Serial Killer

“The ‘dream’ in Dream of Another America is both a noun and an imperative verb of hope: Tyler McMahon has written a Grapes of Wrath for contemporary America. Like Steinbeck’s classic, Dream of Another America urges readers to confront the costs and sacrifices of the American Dream. Beautifully written, emotionally gripping, narratively propulsive, and morally important, this book should be necessary reading for every American.”
—Shawna Yang Ryan, author of Green Island and Water Ghosts

About the Author
Tyler McMahon is the author of the novels How the Mistakes Were Made and Kilometer 99. He teaches writing at Hawai`i Pacific University, edits the Hawai`i Pacific Review, and organizes the Ko`oalu Writers Workshop.
Dream of Another America
ISBN: 978-1-940724-14-0
Perfect-bound paperback / 270 pages / $20
ebook / $9.99
Copyright date: 2017 / Release date: Feb. 19, 2018
Gival Press

To purchase a copy, please visit:
Dream of Another America
at Ingram, Amazon, BN, Gival Press, etc.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Rochelle Distelheim Wins the 2017 Gival Press Short Story Award

January 23, 2018. Congratulations to Rochelle Distelheim of Highland Park, Illinois whose story titled More Cousin's Club than Country has won the 2017 Gival Press Short Story Award, judged anonymously by Elaine C. Ray.

Distelheim's story is posted on the Gival Press website and will appear in ArLiJo. The award carries a cash prize of 1K.

Praise "In More Cousin’s Club than Country, Rochelle Distelheim deftly lures readers into a world that is at once intimately specific and universally resonant. Each of her characters is vividly drawn with dimension and agency. The narrator, Russian, Jewish and a woman, charms us with a voice full of vulnerability, wit and compassion. Set in Jerusalem in the early 1990s, the story explores the unsettling experience of leaving behind an oppressive culture and adjusting to a new but imperfect home. More Cousin’s Club than Country is grounded in history, imbued with humanity and threaded with that universal theme—hair.”
—Elaine C. Ray, judge

Photo by Lisa Barron.

Click here for the link to the Rochelle Distelheim webpage:
Distelheim (GPSS-2017), Rochelle

About the Author
Rochelle Distelheim has published in North American Review, Ascent, Other Voices, Descant, StoryQuarterly, Sequestrum, Nimrod, JewishFiction.net, PersimmonTree.org, and Press 53 Anthology, Everywhere Stories. She has received The Katharine Anne Porter Prize, Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and Fellowships,The Ragdale Foundation Fellowships, Glimmer Train Second Place, Emerging Writers, and nominations for The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Press Prize. Her debut novel, Sadie in Love (Abade Publishing) will be released in early May 2018.

The finalists include:
How to Juggle by Noah Weisz of Austin, Texas.
The Island of No Secrets by Louis Dellaguzzo of Washington, DC.
Captain Death by Susan Lowell of Tucson, Arizona.
My Brother Billy Penn by Brian Heston of Atlanta, Georgia.

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Dream Of Another America by Tyler McMahon

Tyler McMahon's Dream of Another America which won the 2016 Gival Press Novel Award will be released in early 2018.

“The ‘dream’ in Dream of Another America is both a noun and an imperative verb of hope: Tyler McMahon has written a Grapes of Wrath for contemporary America. Like Steinbeck’s classic, Dream of Another America urges readers to confront the costs and sacrifices of the American Dream. Beautifully written, emotionally gripping, narratively propulsive, and morally important, this book should be necessary reading for every American.”
—Shawna Yang Ryan, author of Green Island and Water Ghosts

Photo by Dabney Gough.

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