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a runner up in a previous Gival Press contest with The Look Thief, a contemporary novel with a historical setting still unpublished; and in a Faulkner Pirate’s Alley competition for an earlier novel.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.

Sunday, September 07, 2014


What's new at ArLiJo and Gival Press?

Please visit ArLiJo to read the latest short story by DC writer/poet Elisavietta Ritchie in Issue 69.

Ritchie's story Hosiah and Mike and Sukie and her Damned Melon currently is available.

Also, if you are looking for ebooks to read, please consider these recent releases at Gival Press:
At Amazon: Gival Press ebooks in Kindle Format
Julia & Rodrigo, Winner of the Gival Press Novel Award, by Mark Brazaitis
The Day Rider and Other Stories, Winner of the San Francisco Book Festival Award for Gay Literature, by J. E. Robinson
Box of Blue Horses, Winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award, by Lisa Graley

At Barnes and Noble: Gival Press ebooks in Nook Format
Julia & Rodrigo, Winner of the Gival Press Novel Award, by Mark Brazaitis
The Day Rider and Other Stories, Winner of the San Francisco Book Festival Award for Gay Literature, by J. E. Robinson
Box of Blue Horses, Winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award, by Lisa Graley
Grip, Winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award, by Yvette Neisser Moreno
Riverston Noir, Winner of the Gival Press Novel Award, by Perry Glasser

Look for these upcoming Fall 2014 releases from Gival Press:
Ghost Horse, Winner of the Gival Press Novel Award, by Thomas H. McNeely

We Deserve the Gods We Ask For, Winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award, by Seth Brady Tucker

Cover Art: Filling Little Thoughts With Little Ears.
Painting by Joe Sorren, All Rights Reserved.

The Best of Gival Press Short Stories edited by Robert L. Giron

Monday, July 07, 2014


Reading Material for a Long Plane Ride

I can't wait to get my new reading glasses which will accelerate by reading speed as I have a long list of items which have been sitting around for a while.

These aren't listed in any particular order other than poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Some are for a second read, well deserved.


Handmade Love by Julie R. Enszer
Guinevere in Baltimore by Shelley Puhak
Watching the Spring Festival by Frank Bidart
The Book of the Body by Frank Bidart
Come, Thief by Jane Hirshfield
horoscopes for the dead by Billy Collins
Over the Misty Plains by Alessio Zanelli
He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices by Stephen S. Mills
Gareth by George Klawitter
Blitzkrieg by John Gosslee


Purgatory by Jeff Mann
Professed by Lowell Mick White


Metaphysical Odyseey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and his secret book, Spirist Manual by C.M. Mayo
And Lo!: The Old Gods!: Restored Interpretations of Old Myths compiled and edited by Charles W. Leslie
Poetics by Aristotle
Awaken the Inner Shaman by Jose Luis Stevens


Catch Grace Cavalieri and Kristin N. Faatz in ArLiJo

Take a few minutes in the day to read poetry by Grace Cavalieri and new fiction by Kristin N. Faatz in the latest issue of ArLiJo.

Click on the link: ArLiJo

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award Deadline is June 27th

The deadline for the Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award for the best poem which depicts LGBTQ life is coming up on June 27th. Visit: Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award Guidelines.


Reflections on "God Loves Uganda" and Ugandan Anti-LGBTQI Law (Stonewall "redone?")

The anniversary of Stonewall is approaching and as we do sadly we need to reflect upon the actions governments across the globe are taking against LGBTQI communities.

This past Friday, MC Pride and Allies held its Third Annual Consortium and among our activities we screened God Loves Uganda directed and produced by Roger Ross Williams.

Rather than reiterate what my colleagues at Montgomery College said, I encourage you to visit ArLiJo and read their comments.

Also, I encourage each of us to think about ways in which we can electrify the love taught by major world religions and that we challenge all religions to take the words: "Love thy neighbor as thyself." or "Do unto to others as you would have them do unto you." to heart and perhaps change the world one person at a time.

Friday, May 23, 2014


Gival Press Novel Award Deadline Is Approaching

The 10th Annual Gival Press Novel Award contest deadline for the best previously unpublished novel in English is coming up on May 30th.

The prize is $3K plus book publication. There is a reading fee of $50 for each manuscript submitted; for complete details, visit: or email:

Past winners have included Thomas H. McNeely, Mark Brazaitis, Perry Glasser, Peter Leach, David Winner, Lowell Mick White, Elizabeth Oness, Barbara de la Cuesta, and Kiki Denis.

Thursday, May 08, 2014


Seth Brady Tucker Wins the 2013 Gival Press Poetry Award

Seth Brady Tucker of Lafayette, Colorado has won the 15th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award-2013. His manuscript titled We Deserve the Gods We Ask For was read anonymously and chosen by Lisa Graley the previous winner of the award. Seth Brady Tucker will receive the cash award of $1000.00 and copies of his book after its publication this fall.

Seth Brady Tucker's first book, Mormon Boy, won the 2011 Elixir Press Editor's Poetry Prize (2012), and was a Finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Award. He has won a number of writing awards in poetry and fiction, and in 2013 one of his stories won the Shenandoah Bevel Summers Fiction Prize and the Literal Latte Short Fiction Award. His work has been published in such magazines and journals as the Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Verse Daily, Apalachee Review, River Styx, Chattahoochee Review, storySouth, Crab Orchard Review, among many others. Seth has served as the Carol Houck Smith Scholar at Bread Loaf, and he is an instructor in the inmate literacy program, Words Beyond Bars, in Colorado. Seth has degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, Northern Arizona University (where he resurrected and worked as Poetry and Fiction Editor for Thin Air magazine), and Florida State University (PhD, 2012). Currently, Seth is writing a novel about his experiences growing up in Wyoming and his time in the Persian Gulf, and his first short fiction collection was recently a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award. Both are represented by Alex Glass at Trident Media Group, New York. He teaches poetry and fiction workshops at the Light House Writer's Workshop in Denver, and lives and teaches at the University of Colorado near Boulder. He is originally from Wyoming, and served as an Army 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper in the Persian Gulf.

The finalists for the award include the following:

Snake Country
by Gary Lark of Grants Pass, Oregon.

If You Doubt
by Diana Woodcock of Doha, Qatar.

by Richard Brostoff of Belmont, Massachusetts.

by R. Flowers Rivera of McKinney, Texas.

Saturday, May 03, 2014


2014 Ventura Valdez Poetry Contest Winners Are Announced

The 2014 Ventura Valdez Poetry Contest winners at Montgomery College have been announced.

Rachel DiLima has won the Ventura Valdez English Award for her poem titled The Hero and Natalia Schoch Lopez has won the Ventura Valdez Spanish Award for her poem titled Eloí. Each of the winners received a cash prize of $100, which was sponsored by Gival Press.

The Hero

With her copper pot helmet
and her wooden spoon sword,
she piloted a swing upward
to the moons of Mars.
There she scooped stardust
in between slices of toast
and dined on galactic memories,
leaving only the crust.
On her way to Earth
she played hopscotch with the Sun
leaving her burned but undeterred,
her crooked smile showed she'd won.
And as she searched for gnomes
to demand they grant her wishes,
I knew her heart just forming
for it was green and bold and fearless.
So whilst gazing at the little knight
as she combed through the grass
I whispered to my captured gnome,
Don't let her heart grow old,
let her be a Hero to the last.

Copyright © 2014 by Rachel DiLima.

Honorable Mentions:
Delirium Tremens by Angela Niño.
Petal Storm by Livia Abramoff.


Su presencia inunda mi cuerpo,
acelera latidos salados,
y frena amargos pensamientos.

En cada átomo de carbono
graba su esencia líquida.
¿Al azar del infinito?
No creo en tales cosas,
¡que me arroje una mentira!

Hacia él fluyen mis lágrimas,
hacia el eterno retorno.
En su pecho brota una fuente,
tapizada de algas
verdes, pardas, cencidas.

Con precisión integrada,
cada célula de su piel
sugiere una madera noble,
de árticos boreales.

Sumido en el insomnio
recorre rojas mis arterias,
de plutonio-238
y tungsteno radioactivo.

Sus pulmones exhalan vida,
vientos de bonanza
y estíos al sol navegables.
Me estremezco,
mi mente a comprender no alcanza.

Lo marca suavemente,
el tempo, con su mano desnuda
sobre las pecas de mi espalda.
Añoro momentos de tangos y
rítmicos trémolos de la Pampa.

Calla esta vez y escucha,
sólo su vieja guitarra,
de cuerdas magistrales,
desbordando entera mi alma.

Así es, de inocentes sinfonías,
y piruletas infantiles.

Copyright © 2014 by Natalia Schoch López.

Honorable Mentions:

Aroma de una Reminiscencia by Melissa Díaz.
Distante by Christian Chávez.

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