Saturday, October 08, 2016

 

Fall Gival Press Releases


Barrow's Point by Robert Schirmer

Winner of the 2015 Gival Press Novel Award

“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
Photo by Joan Jastrebski.

About the Author
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.


Abandoned Earth by Linwood D. Rumney

Winner of the 2015 Gival Press Poetry Award

“In Abandoned Earth, Linwood Rumney creates a world both menacing and comforting at once. While wide-eyed with wonder at life’s sorrows, joys and mysteries, he maintains an understated tone that enables him to relate even the strangest events with a measured and convincing voice. This beautifully written collection contains what few books of poetry manage: high spirits, a keen eye and, above all, an embracing wisdom.” —John Skoyles, Ploughshares Poetry Editor and author of Suddenly Its Evening: Selected Poems

Author photo by Jessica Hahn.

About the Author
Linwood Rumney’s poems have appeared widely in journals, including The Southern Review, Hotel Amerika, Puerto de Sol, New Millennium Writings, Ploughshares, and North American Review, and they have appeared in the anthologies Intimacy (Jacar), Weatherings (FutureCycle), and To Unsnare Time’s Warp (Main Street Rag), among others. Translations of Aloysius Bertrand, an early practitioner of the modern prose poem in French, have appeared in Arts & Letters, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. An Associate Editor for Black Lawrence Press and a previous Poetry Editor for Redivider, he has received awards from the St. Botolph Club and the Writer’s Room of Boston, as well as a residency from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. Originally from central Maine, he currently lives in Cincinnati, where he completed a PhD as a Charles Phelps Taft Fellow.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

 

 

Tyler McMahon Wins the 2016 Gival Press Novel Award



Gival Press is pleased to announce that Tyler McMahon of Honolulu, Hawai'i has won the 2016 Gival Press Novel Award for his novel titled Dream of Another America, which was chosen by the final judge John Domini, author of Movieola! McMahon will receive a cash prize of $3,000 as well as copies of his novel which will be published in the fall of 2017.

Advance Praise
“So gritty about every least detail, so frank about its people’s needs, 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. As his protagonist Jacinto makes his way north to Los United, McMahon puts the reader too up against the worst monsters of that odyssey, now baking in the desert, now clinging to a train. The novel’s likewise unsparing about the burdens on the family back in El Salvador, most impressively Jacinto’s wounded but resourceful wife. Even if the man can survive the trip, and by some miracle get his family North as well, his story will long disturb the sleep of our all-too-comfortable slumber.” — John Domini, judge and author of Movieola!


Photo by Dabney Gough.

About the Author
Tyler McMahon is the author of the novels How the Mistakes Were Made and Kilometer 99. He studied at the University of Virginia and Boise State University. He teaches writing at Hawai’i Pacific University, edits the Hawai’i Pacific Review, and organizes the Ko’oalu Writers Workshop.

The finalists were:

A Kind of Paradise by Bev Jafek.
Wild Girl by Rita Ciresi.
Water by Nagueyatti Warren of Lithonia, Georgia.
A Different Kind of Fire by Suanne Schafer of San Antonio, Texas.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

 

The Passing of Zachary Benavidez


It's with a heavy heart that I share the news about my dear colleague and fellow writer, Zachary Benavidez.

His family would greatly appreciate any kindness you can lend with regard to helping them with the loss, as they live in Arizona, while Zach lived in Washington, DC.

See below:
Our family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Zachary Benavidez. On Saturday, August 20th, we received a call that he was found unconscious in his apartment. Words cannot describe how shocking and unexpected this announcement was. Committed to his educational pursuits Zachary lived away from home most of his adult life. Living thousands of miles away from his family was not easy but he managed with the loving friendships he made along the way. Thank you for being there for him to offer your love and support.

We appreciate your heartfelt condolences and desires to share donations in memory of him. Help spread the word!
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Monday, August 08, 2016

 

Kevin McLellan Wins the 2016 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award


Kevin McLellan of Cambridge, Massachusetts has won the 15th Annual Oscar Wilde Award for his poem titled Anonymity. Kevin McLellan received a cash prize of $100.00 and his poem has been published by Gival Press. Gina R. Evers served as the judge.

Kevin McLellan is the author of Tributary (Barrow Street); the chapbook Round Trip (Seven Kitchens), a collaborative series with numerous women poets; and the book arts project [box] (Letter [r] Press). McLellan won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize, and his poems have appeared in journals including American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, West Branch, Western Humanities Review, Witness, and several others. He lives in Cambridge MA.

Honorable Mentions:
Midwestern Gothic by Laura Mayron of Chesnut Hill, MA
The Pulse by Catherine Johnson of Livermore, CA
Taken by Kevin McLellan of Cambridge, MA
Good Humor Man by Teresa Stones of Hartford, CT

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
$15


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 Amazon.com and BN.com.

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