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!

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

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 and

Tuesday, February 09, 2016


Julyan Peard Wins the 2015 Gival Press Short Story Award

Julyan Peard of San Francisco, California has won the 2015 Gival Press Short Story Award, which has a cash prize of $1K, for her story titled The Constellation of Scorpio. The short stories submitted for the award were read anonymously and the winner was chosen by the previous winner Steven J. Cahill.

Photo by Maxine Zylberberg

“’Nothing here is as pristine as it looks.’ An astronomer is told this by his Argentine hosts when he arrives with his family to set up an observatory and map the southern skies. He intends to contribute to science while pursuing his dream of recording and cataloguing more stars than any astronomer in history. His wife and daughters enjoy the hills and streams of the Argentine countryside, but while their hosts are away she inadvertently discovers their disturbing artwork.

Using a meridian circle telescope from Repsold with a four and a half-inch aperture, the astronomer looks into the firmament and explores the Constellation of Scorpio. He is able to capture its mysterious beauty with celestial photography.

Using a multi-voiced narrative including diary entries and letters, the author looks into her characters’ hearts and explores their earthly deceit and betrayal. She is able to capture the punishment with prose that flows like an Argentine river.

‘The wheels of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.’ Indeed they do. And after the astronomer commits his earthly sins but believes he has made retribution, we are taken gently by the hand and allowed to see exactly how fine the wheels of God do grind.

The bright stars in the skies of the southern hemisphere were reputed to affect men’s behaviors in strange ways. The bright lights of Julyan Peard’s writing show us the results of those behaviors in The Constellation of Scorpio.”— Steven J. Cahill, judge for the 2015 Gival Press Short Story Award

Julyan Peard was born in Argentina and educated in Argentina, England and the US, where she has lived for over twenty years. She has taught Latin American history with a focus on travel narratives, and for the last decade she has been writing short stories, all of which are linked to Latin America and informed by history.

My fiction has been published in The Missouri Review and The Chariton Review. She recently completed a book length biography of her great-grandmother titled An American Teacher in Argentina: Mary Gorman’s Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from New Mexico to the Pampas, to be published by Bucknell University Press in 2016.

As an historian of Latin America, she has published a scholarly book, Race, Place, and Medicine: The Idea of the Tropics in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Medicine (Duke University Press, 1999) and articles in historical journals. She has received funding from a number of institutions, including fellowships from the Spencer Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies and two summer stipends from the National Endowment of the Humanities. In 2015, she was awarded a month-long residency at Ragdale Foundation to focus on fiction writing.

Garden for Loss by Jan Bowman of Columbia, Maryland.

Like Cherries by Kyle Lucia Wu of Brooklyn, New York.

When the black voices of crows by Jo Gardiner of Woodford, Australia.

Meat by Doug Haines of Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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