Tuesday, December 01, 2015


Artwork by Sven Geir


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.

Saturday, October 17, 2015


Robert Schirmer Wins the 2015 Gival Press Novel Award

Gival Press is pleased to announce that Robert Schirmer of Brooklyn, New York has won the 2015 Gival Press Novel Award for his novel titled Barrow's Point, which was chosen by the final judge Thad Rutkowski, author of Violent Outburts. Schirmer will receive a cash prize of $3,000 as well as copies of his novel which will be published in the fall of 2016.

Photo by Angela Starita.

Robert Schirmer is the author of the collection of short stories titled LIVING WITH STRANGERS (NYU Press) and the winner of the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. His stories have appeared in a wide range of literary journals such as BYLINER, GLIMMER TRAIN, THE SEWANEE REVIEW, EPOCH, NEW ENGLAND REVIEW, FICTION, CONFRONTATION and THE BEST OF WITNESS. In addition, he has won an O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Walter E. Dakin fellowship to the Sewanee Writers Conference, and a fellowship from the Chesterfield Film Company Writer's Film project. His screenplays have been optioned by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Brothers. He has also been a Visiting Writer at the Southwest Writers Series and at Stetson University as part of the Tim Sullivan Endowment for Writing series.

Musical Theater in Hell
by Charles Jensen of Pasadena, CA

The Trial of Leopold Plotkin
by Jere Krakoff of Pittsburgh, PA

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful
by Kenneth Miller of Walnut, CA

Time and the Tears of Children
by Michael McGuire of Jalisco, Mexico

Visit Gival Press for more details.

Monday, October 05, 2015


Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman by Elizabeth Harris Is Released

The winner of the 2014 Gival Press Novel Award Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman by Elizabeth Harris is now available.

“...Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman is one of the most intimate, vivid, and textured literary evocations of a bygone time and place and woman’s life that I have read, yet also one of the most mysterious. That’s because Harris possesses a combination of craft and wisdom found only in the finest historical novelists: the craft to render the past luminously in imagination, and the wisdom to recognize that that past can only be imagined, never known. Gripping, haunting, elusive, Mayhem is an extraordinary achievement.”
‐Evan Carton, Plougshares, September 4, 2015.

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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 is her second book. She was a runner up in a previous Gival Press contest with The Look Thief, a contemporary novel; 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.

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.

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