Sunday, March 29, 2020


Stay Safe

During this trying pandemic that has basically brought the world to a stand still, with hundreds of thousands sequestered in their homes, we would like our readers and followers to know that we value your lives and appreciate you, so please follow the guidelines issued by the CDC or your respective health agencies, so that we can all be healthier and hopefully survive this pandemic.
We would also like our authors who are located and reside in several continents to know that we value them and their work. We are committed to our mission and will continue to run our contests, publish books as well as continue our online journal, ArLiJo.
Stay safe and keep in touch,
Robert L. Giron

Friday, February 07, 2020


Matthew Pennock Wins the 19th Gival Press Poetry Award-2019

Congratulations to Matthew Pennock has won the Gival Press Poetry Award for his collected titled The Miracle Machine. The collection was read and chosen anonymously by judge C.M. Mayo. The award has a cash prize of $1,000.00 and the collection will be published this fall.

“With a craftsman's deftest precision and a thunder-powered imagination on DaVinci wings, the author recreates a lost world within a lost world that yet—when we look—shimmers with life within our world. Elegant, wondrously strange, The Miracle Machine is at once an elegy and a celebration, tick-tock of the tao.
—C.M. Mayo, author of Meteor

About the Author
Matthew Pennock is the author of Sudden Dog (Alice James Books, 2012), which won the Kinereth-Gensler Award. As per the terms of that award, he joined the board of Alice James Books in 2011, In 2014, he co-created AJB’s editorial board with executive editor Carey Salerno, and then became the board’s first chairperson, a position he held until 2020. He received his MFA from Columbia University and his PhD from the University of Cincinnati. His poems have been widely published in such journals as Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics, New York Quarterly, LIT, and elsewhere. He currently owns and operates a learning center outside of Washington, D.C.

Death and His Lorca by Naomi Lowinsky of Pleasant Hill, California.
Judas Salt by John Blair of San Marcos, Texas.
Heavier than Sky by David Moolten of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
No Angels by Mary Makofske of Warwick, New York.

Friday, January 10, 2020


A. J. Rodriguez Wins the 2019 Gival Press Short Award

Gival Press is pleased to announce the winner of the 16th annual Gival Press Short Story Award-2019. Efímera by A. J. Rodriguez of Chicago, Illinois was chosen by last year’s winner Joan Goldsmith Gurfield. The author received a cash prize of $1K and the story is published on Gival Press’s website and its online journal, ArLiJo.

About the Author
A.J. Rodriguez was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but he currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. In 2018, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University with a dual major in English and Latinx Studies. During his time as an undergraduate, A.J.’s mentor and award-winning author Helena Viramontes helped him discover and develop his distinctly Burqueño voice. As illustrated in Efímera, A.J. articulates his prose through an intersectional Nuevo Mexicana/o/x milieu and aims to investigate how the individual makes sense of simultaneously occurring issues swimming within machismo, race, and family. His short story, Paloma en Fuego, was published in Chapter House Journal’s 2016 Spring Issue and was a finalist in the Epiphany Magazine 2016 short story competition. In 2020, A.J. plans to begin his Master of Fine Arts in fiction with the hope of completing and publishing his debut collection of short stories.

Click here to read the story Efímera

The Finalists
Slow Down This Time by Matthew Pitt of Ft. Worth, Texas.
A Question of Time by Rachel Hope Crossman of Berkeley, California.
Benediction by Margarite Landry of Southborough, Massachusetts.
Kuka--The Aztec Mother by Lupe Ruiz-Flores of San Antonio, Texas.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019


Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019


Peace on Earth

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


Review of "The Taste of the Earth"

Review of The Taste of the Earth
by Hedy Habra ((Press 53, 2019)

In The Taste of the Earth, Hedy Habra lays out a topography of the spirit, for as one’s “face is a map” of one’s history so too is one’s poetry. Our memories are rooted to the earth that we ask: “…does it make a difference if the root remembers?” One would say yes for one’s memories are chiseled into each crevice on one’s face, landscaping our past, present and future.

Memories can be vivid and long lasting—”a fluid mirror clouded with ripples, rippling memories”—as deep as an olive tree that when “chopped down and burned, / their roots too deep to uproot, their veins spread, shoots [speak] in tongues, mapping the field,”—the field of one’s memories and cultural roots that cannot be forgotten or ignored. For even if cut to the ground, one’s roots like that of the olive tree are deep in the earth of one’s ancestors such that their “stories and wisdom” never die. And even if memories become dust among the countless paths we take in life, we “visit dreams” like “grains of sand” beneath “our feet.” The silence at the beach shrouds us “with dust of legends.” Habra’s collection covers present and ancient ground, knowing that all ground is sacred because our ancestors walked it and cultivated the land from which the future emanates.

Read The Taste of the Earth, a deep and moving collection, and know that you will not be lost among memories and legends but instead will discover the wisdom embedded in the lines and spaces between words like history left in the cracks in sandstone and marble citadels, looking out across the topography of human experience. —Robert L. Giron, author of Songs for the Spirit

About the Author
Hedy Habra was born in Egypt and is of Lebanese origin. She has authored Under Brushstrokes, finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Award and the International Book Award for Poetry, and Tea in Heliopolis, winner of the 2014 USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Book Award for Poetry. Her story collection, Flying Carpets, won the 2013 Arab American National Book Award's Honorable Mention and was finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award and the USA Best Book Award. Her book of literary criticism, Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa (2012), explores the visual and interartistic elements in the Peruvian Nobel's fiction. Habra holds a B.S. in Pharmacy. She earned an M.A. and an M.F.A. in English and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish literature, all from Western Michigan University where she has been teaching. A recipient of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award, she won Honorable Mention from Tiferet and was finalist for Nimrod's Pablo Neruda Award. A fourteen-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the net, her multilingual work appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Bitter Oleander, Cimarron Review, Connotation Press, Cutthroat, Diode, Drunken Boat, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Gargoyle, Letras Femeninas, Mizna, New York Quarterly, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Pirene's Fountain, Solstice, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily and World Literature Today.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Michael Rodman Wins the 2019 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award

Gival Press is pleased to announce that Michael Rodman of Milford, New Hampshire has won the 18th Annual Oscar Wilde Award 2019 for his poem titled Document (Undocumented). Kailee Pedersen last year’s winner served as the judge, who read the entrees anonymously.

Michael Rodman received a cash prize of $100.00 and his poem is published at Gival Press websites.

Click on the link: Document (Undocument)

About the Author
Michael Rodman’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Defenestration, MAD magazine, SPY magazine, Oddfellow magazine, Talking River Review, and elsewhere. His work has been adapted and presented onstage by Lively Productions in New York City. A native of Metro Detroit, he lives in New Hampshire.


Dreaming of Top Surgery at the Vince Lombardi Rest Stop by Jendi Reiter of Northampton, Massachusetts

Oh Lord I Wanna Be a Drag Queen by Raymond Luczak of Minneapolis Minnesota

Dyke March, 2050 by Laura Mayron of Brighton, Massachusetts

Fruiting by Charlie Lefever of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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