Monday, April 28, 2008


A Tomb on the Periphery Is Released

Gival Press is pleased to announce the release of A Tomb on the Periphery, by John Domini, a work of fiction set in Southern Italy that tells the story of Fabbrizio, who becomes involved in dealing counterfeited ancient jewelry, with his accomplice Shanti, a smooth-talking American.

This contemporary crime story echoes the likes of Patricia Highsmith or Orhan Pamuk, but Domini’s rightful talent, recognized and applauded by Alan Cheuse and Robert Olen Butler, carries through beyond his last novel Earthquake I.D., which Richard Ford called a “wonderful…a rich feast.”

A Tomb on the Periphery has received advanced praise:

“Few novels can stand up to the promise of tour de force, but here, John Domini is at the top of his form, writing beautifully, humming along like Fabbrizio on his Suzuki. This is a delightful crime novel, with a setting to die for, and at the same time a moving story that should interest a wide range of readers. A Tomb on the Periphery is a wonderful read.”—Jay Parini

“…A simple tale about a stolen necklace turns into an insightful commentary on the collision of cultures in contemporary Italy.”—Rita Ciresi

“…John Domini is a master of suspense and of psychological complexity. The result is an edgy, richly peopled and thoroughly absorbing novel.”—Margot Livesey

About the author: John Domini has won awards in all genres, publishing fiction in Paris Review, Ploughshares, and anthologies, and non-fiction in GQ, the New York Times, and elsewhere, including Italian journals. The Times has praised his work as “dreamlike… grabs hold of both reader and character,” and Alan Cheuse, of NPR's All Things Considered, described it as "witty and biting." His novel, Talking Heads: 77, was acclaimed by the Pulitzer winner Robert Olen Butler as "both cutting-edge innovative and splendidly readable….”

To order a copy at, click here:
A Tomb on the Periphery

Available from BookMasters (419.281.1802) and Ingram (800.937.8000).

Gival Press is a member of the Association of American Publishers.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


English/French Poetry Volume by G. Tod Slone Is Released

Gival Press is pleased to announce the publication of the English/French volume of poetry by literary critic G. Tod Slone entitled Where a Poet Ought Not / Où c'qui faut pas.

Slone who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nantes (France) is the founding editor of the nonprofit literary journal The American Dissident and has taught at several national universities.

This French/English collection of poetry inspired by French poets Léo Ferré and François Villon and the Québec poet Raymond Lévesque is what Slone characterizes as a need to speak up. "In other words, a poet should speak the truth as he sees it and fight his damndest to overcome all the forces encouraging not to."

A sample from the book:

Sur le déclin

Je suis un mort en instance et je vous regarde.
—Léo Ferré

De grands zeppelins dans le pâle ciel grisâtre aujourd’hui
À jamais dissipant comme le temps lui-même
Lorsque je tourne et retourne autour du champ
L’avenir, tellement sombre
Les feuilles agissent leur raide mort indifféremment
Mais la verte lueur du lichen et de la mousse radie
Quoique seulement la morte lumière du cosmos

La locomotive de mon souffle, et moi aussi en déchéance
Je suis un mort en instance et je regarde le vaste champ vide…

On the Crest of Decline

I am a dead man waiting and looking at you.
—Léo Ferré

Great zeppelins in the pale gray sky today
Forever dissipating as time itself
As I round the field o’er and again
The outlook, oh so somber
Leaves rattling their stiff death apathetically
Yet the green glow of lichen and moss radiating
Though only the lifeless light of the cosmos

The locomotive of my breath, and I too am on the wane
I am a dead man waiting and looking at the vast empty field…

Copyright © 2008 by G. Tod Slone.

To buy a copy at, click here:
Where a Poet Out Not / Où c'qui faut pas

Available from BookMasters (419.281.1802) and Ingram (800.937.8000).

Gival Press is a member of the Association of American Publishers.

Monday, April 21, 2008


UTEP Bilingual Creative Writing Program Is Looking for Online Faculty

University of Texas at El Paso/UT Telecampus. UTEP’s Creative Writing Department seeks applications for part-time, non-tenure-track, online Lecturers (in all disciplines, including Poetry, Fiction Writing, Creative Nonfiction Writing, Playwriting and Screenwriting) to teach graduate courses in its innovative online MFA program beginning Fall of 2009.

Minimum Requirements: an MFA or PhD and significant publications. Bilingual applicants writing in English and/or Spanish are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have some experience and access to computers with applicable software, Internet connection and several hours a day to monitor students’ coursework. Intensive online training is available to help Lecturers develop and teach their courses. Lecturers are expected to teach one online graduate course per semester.

The only one of its kind in the U.S., the on-campus MFA at UTEP offers a fully bilingual course of study in fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, and non-fiction. The MFA students come from all over Latin America and the United States. Recent graduates have won the highly prestigious 2006 Premio Clarín de Novela, the 2005 Premio Nacional de Cuento de Colombia, the 2005 Chicano-Latino Literary Award sponsored by UC Irvine, the 2004 Concurso Nacional de Novela Joven de Mexico (National Mexican Prize for Young Novelists), the 2004 Premio Nacional de Poesía Joven “Elias Nandino” (National Prize for Young Poets), the Premio Bienal Copé de Poesía (Perú 2002) and the 2004 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. The online MFA is designed as a “borderless,” program for gifted students anywhere in the world, Latin America and the U. S.

We wish to develop a roster of lecturers and will accept applications on an ongoing basis. Interviews will be conducted by telephone and/or via teleconference. Please send all application materials—a letter of application and c.v. listing all publications and teaching experience—to Lex Williford, Online MFA Director, University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Creative Writing, LARTS 415, 500 University Blvd., El Paso, TX 79968. You may also send all materials electronically to For more information about our program, please visit our website at The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation in the provision of services.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Call for Readers of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Works

Here are the details from writer/poet Kim Roberts:

"The Big Read DC is coming! We'll be celebrating F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece of American literature, The Great Gatsby, from April 24 through May 24, 2008. Please join us by reading (or re-reading) the book. The program, part of a national initiative spearheaded by the NEA, is designed to revitalize the role of reading for pleasure in American popular culture. Festivities in DC will include: book discussions, films, performances, art deco architecture tours, Charleston dance lessons, storytelling for adults, a student essay competition, an exhibition at the MLK Library, and a reading by area novelists influenced by the book. A full schedule of events can be found at Bid Read.

There's one part of the festivities I am particularly proud of: I have written a tour called "Jazz Age Stories of the Rich and Scandalous" that leads you through the Dupont and Kalorama neighborhoods. The tour gives a glimpse of the world F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in and chronicled in The Great Gatsby, with stops at great houses of the very rich, a Prohibition speakeasy, houses connected to political scandals such as the Red Scare and Teapot Dome, and much more.

You can take the tour on your own, using the downloadable brochure that will be available shortly on the website of the Humanities Council of Washington. The tour takes an hour and a half to two hours if viewing only the exterior of buildings, more if you decide to take museum tours.

I will also be leading two guided tours on Saturday, April 26 and Saturday, May 10. The guided tours start at 10:30 am and last approximately two hours. The tour begins upstairs in the atrium of the Mayflower Hotel at 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW (Farragut North Metro). Please note that the tour route will involve climbing stairs.

The tour is limited to 30 persons and advance reservations are required. You can reserve your spot by emailing or by calling (202) 387-8391."

Saturday, April 12, 2008


Poetry Event In Reston, VA on April 17th

DC Poets Against the War Kyle G. Dargan, Susan Tichy, and Melissa Tuckey will be featured at a unique event in Reston next week, the Greater Reston Art Center's Art with a Twist Program - part of their Conflict exhibit. Please join us. Details are below.

Art With a Twist

Thursday, April 17
7:30-9 pm
Greater Reston Art Center

DC Poets Against the War, Kyle G. Dargan, Susan Tichy, and Melissa Tuckey at Greater Reston Art Center's Art with a Twist Program as part of their "Conflict" exhibit. Cost is $15 for Greater Reston Arts Center members, $20 for non-members. Cost includes cocktails and appetizers from Clydes.

Kyle G. Dargan a member of the creative writing MFA faculty at American University in Washington, D.C. and founding editor of Post No Ills magazine. His debut collection of poems, The Listening, won the 2003 Cave Canem Prize, and his poems and non-fiction have appeared in publications such as Denver Quarterly, The Newark Star-Ledger, Ploughshares, and Shenandoah. Dargan has received fellowships to attend the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, as well as a scholarship to attend The Fine Arts Work Center. His second collection of poems, Bouquet of Hungers, was recently released by the University of Georgia press.

Susan Tichy is the author of Bone Pagoda, A Smell of Burning Starts the Day, and The Hands in Exile, a National Poetry Series volume. Her poems and mixed-genre works have appeared in the U.S. and Britain, and have been recognized by awards from the Eugene Kayden Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at George Mason University and also serves as Poetry Editor of Practice: New Writing + Art. When not teaching, she lives in a ghost town in the southern Colorado Rockies.

Melissa Tuckey is a literary activist and poet living in Takoma Park, DC. She is a recipient of Artist Fellowship Awards from the Ohio Arts Council and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Her chapbook Rope as Witness is published by Pudding House Press. Melissa's poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Painted Bride Quarterly, Southeast Review, Verse Daily, and others. She is Assistant Director of the Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation and Witness and she teaches in the Professional Writing Program at University of Maryland.

GRACE is located on the corner of Market St. and Saint Francis in the Reston Town Center. From the Dulles Toll Road (route 267), exit at Reston Parkway and go north (right), turn left on Bluemont, then right on St. Francis (just past the bus stop). There are only a few parking spaces available on the street so you may have to park in one of the parking lots that you pass on Bluemont. The address is 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston, VA 20190. Phone 703.471.9242.

Split This Rock Poetry Festival


Call for Black Gay & Lesbian Writing


Mighty Real : An Anthology of New Black Gay and Lesbian Writing
Edited by Royce Bryant Smith and Darius Omar Williams

This is a call for submissions for a book entitled Mighty Real: An
Anthology of New Black Gay and Lesbian Writing with an introduction
by one of the most groundbreaking writers from the same gender loving
community. Due to a previous submission call which resulted in a
limited number of submissions, we've decided to broaden our call to
the entire black gay and lesbian community regardless of regional
location. The anthology will offer a collection of poetry, fiction
and essays by black gay and lesbian writers throughout the U.S. and
abroad. Not only will this book reflect contemporary issues of
racism, sexism and homophobia, it will give literary and political
voice to the experiences of brothers and sisters from numerous black
SGL communities. Finally, this book will introduce new black gay and
lesbian writers in addition to introducing new work by more
established writers.

Please submit five poems, three short stories or a critical essay on
a topic of your choice reflective of your individual identity and
aesthetic. Feel free to submit work from all three genres. Documented
articles should follow MLA format. Previously published work WILL NOT
be accepted. Please mail two hard copies of your submission along
with full contact information and a short bio (to be included in
anthology) to:

Darius Omar Williams
c/o Mighty Real
5213 Northtowne Blvd. Apt. A
Columbus, OH 43229


Royce Bryant Smith
roycbsmith@yahoo. com



How to Get Published Panel Set for May 15th in Long Island City, NY

How to Get Published Panel

WHAT: An expert panel of literary agents, publishers, and established
writers discusses the dynamics of the publishing industry and offers
strategic advice for literary artists. The panel will provide a critical
review of pre-selected pitches from the participants.

WHEN: Thursday, May 15, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Creek and The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave.,
Long Island City, NY

WHO: Moderated by Marcela Landres, an Editorial Consultant who
edits manuscripts, critiques proposals, and advises on how to
launch and manage a writing career. She was formerly an editor
at Simon & Schuster and is the creator of Latinidad, one of Writer's
Digest magazine's 101 Best Web Sites for Writers. A member of the
Women's Media Group, she has acted as a judge for the PEN/Beyond
Margins Award and speaks frequently at writing conferences and
literary events. List of panelists TK.

PITCH SUBMISSION: To submit your pitch for critique at the
workshop, please send a typed cover letter and literary pitch to:
Independence Arts Builds Community Submissions, Queens
Council on the Arts, One Forest Park at Oak Ridge, Woodhaven,
NY 11421-1166, or via email to:
Submissions should be based on an existing work you hope to get
published. Only a limited number of submissions will be discussed
at the workshop. A submission is not required for registration.

REGISTER: Admission is free. Registration is required. Space is
limited. To register, please email your name, address, telephone
number, and artistic discipline to
For a list of all my upcoming workshops, visit
Marcela Landres
Editorial Consultant
Helping writers get published.
Writer's Digest 101 Best Web Sites for Writers

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Poetry in Translation at Kensington Row Bookshop on April 24th

Thursday, April 24th, 7:00pm
Kensington Row Bookshop

In honor of National Poetry Month, join poet and translator Yvette Neisser Moreno for her 2nd annual open discussion of the April issue of Poetry magazine, which is devoted to poetry in translation. This is a fantastic and fascinating issue featuring some of the most prominent poets from all over the world, from ancient times to the present, as well as some of the most preeminent translators. Each poem is accompanied by a commentary by the translator, providing a window into the translator's approach and process. Featured poets include Anna Akhmatova, Ovid, and Rilke; translators include Eavan Boland, Robert Bly, Peter Cole, Jonathan Galassi, and Mary Kinzie.

If you’re interested in participating, please sign up at Kensington Row Bookshop or contact Yvette at Free copies of the magazine are available for the first 10 people who sign up. (You can also pick it up for $3.75 at most major bookstores in April.) For a sneak peak at the magazine, check out

Anyone who loves to read and talk about literature and language is encouraged to come, regardless of whether you have any background in the topic!

For address and directions, call the bookshop at (301) 949-9416 or go to

Thursday, April 03, 2008


ArLiJo Features John del Peschio, Thomas Rain Crowe and Steve Fellner

ArLiJo is currently featuring poetry by John del Peschio and Thomas Rain Crowe and fiction by Steve Fellner.

For a direct link to ArLiJo click here below:

Biographies of the featured writers:

John Del Peschio lives in Brooklyn Heights. His work has appeared in lodestarquarterly and modern words. He often walks past a wooden building that in the 1840s was a meniac's hairdressing parlor as he likes to think Whitman went there.

Thomas Rain Crowe is an internationally recognized poet and translator whose work has been published in several languages. He is the author of twenty books of original works, translations, anthologies and recordings including The Laugharne Poems, written at the Dylan Thomas home in Laugharne, Wales and published by Welsh publisher Carreg Gwalch; Thomas Rain Crowe & The Boatrockers LIVE, which received praise by such poet-musicians as Joy Harjo and by Pete Townshend of The Who; and the multi-award winning book of nonfiction Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods, published in 2005 by the Univ. of Georgia Press. As an editor, he has been an instrumental force behind such magazines as Beatitude, Katuah Journal and the Asheville Poetry Review. As a translator, he has translated collections by poets such as Hafiz and Yvan Goll. His archives have been purchased and are collected by the Duke University Special Collections Library. He lives in the Smoky Mountains of rural western North Carolina.

Steve Fellner's first book of poems Blind Date with Cavafy won The Third Annual Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize, judged by Denise Duhamel. It was released early this year. He currently teaches at SUNY Brockport.

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