Friday, January 27, 2017


"Guess and Check" by Thaddeus Rutkowski Is Released

Gival Press is pleased to announce that Thaddeus Rutkowski's latest book Guess and Check, creative nonfiction, has been released.

The book, a collection of stories, which is a Giron/Valdez Series for Unique Voices in Literature Book has work praised by John Barth as “ . . . tough and funny and touching and harrowing.” And most recently the review by Kirkus Reviews states: "A stark, engrossing, Hemingway-esque portrait of a life spent in the margins."

“Story by story, Thaddeus Rutkowski snaps into place the puzzle of a mixed-race kid playing dumb in Guess and Check’s Appalachia. Much more than the postmodern sum of its parts, Guess and Check is spare, subtle and deadpan, Charles Simic married to Joyce Carol Oates. A beautifully constructed delicate narrative, a near dream of a book, a place ‘vulnerable to anyone who wants to break through the glass.’”—Terese Svoboda, author of Bohemian Girl

About the Author:

Thaddeus Rutkowski grew up in central Pennsylvania. He is the author of the book Violent Outbursts (Spuyten Duyvil Publishing), Haywire (Starcherone Books / forthcoming from Blue Streak Press), Tetched (Behler Publications) and Roughhouse (Kaya Press). Haywire won the Members’ Choice Award, given by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York. He teaches literature at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and fiction writing at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Randi Hoffman, and their daughter, Shay. He received a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Visit him at

Photo by Buck Ennis.

To purchase a copy, please visit:

Guess and Check

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Thursday, December 15, 2016


Elaine Ray Wins the 2016 Gival Press Short Story Award

Elaine Ray of Stanford, California has won the 2016 Gival Press Short Story Award. Her story titled Pidgin was chosen by Thomas H. McNeely. The award carries a prize of $1K and publication in the ejournal, ArLiJo.

Praise for Pidgin:
“In fewer than twenty pages, Pidgin sketches a world of its narrator of color’s post-colonial migration, political activism, and imprisonment within the choices offered him by history. At the same time, it’s a narrative that seems shaped by mysteries that transcend and yet throw into sharp relief its political moment, the chief one being the brilliant voice of its narrator, who is at once mercilessly exposed and utterly enigmatic. Elaine Ray is a writer who plays by her own rules, and is a writer to watch.”—Thomas H. McNeely, judge and author of Ghost Horse

(photo by Linda A. Cicero)
About the Author:
Elaine Ray, a journalist and fiction writer based in Stanford, California, grew up in Pittsburgh, where she had many imaginary friends, characters. She has spent most of her career as a journalist, working for many years as an editorial writer for the Boston Globe and as an editor and writer for Essence magazine. She is currently a communications director at Stanford University. Her blog: My Father’s Posts, is a collection of her own commentary and the writings of her father, who was a journalist in Harlem from the 1920-1940s. She recently completed the online novel-writing certificate program offered by Stanford Continuing Studies and is working on the final draft of a novel titled Wanted.

Primal Voice by Dariel Suarez of Brighton, MA.
Late Chrysalis, Early Summer by Kate Simonian of Lubbock, TX.
The Passing of Diamond Dave by Lones Seiber of Morristown, TN.
Kumander Tisoy by Victoria Smith of Des Moines, IA.

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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


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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.

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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

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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.

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