Monday, June 30, 2008


Boomerline Company Gives Back to Sound Organizations

I believe it is quite refreshing when a new company comes along with the principle of giving back to organizations that its partners believe in.

Taking the idea that many of us are approaching what used to be called the golden years, now most are calling the 80s the new elderly years, into the companies essence, Boomerline LLC has blossomed into being by its partners Mark and Craig Riley and Mike Lewis.

What is also unique is that proceeds from any sales go to support two very deserving organizations: American Humane Attachment and Trauma Network and American Humane's Pets and Women's Shelters (PAWS) Program.

By displaying its mascot, Boomer the dog, on shirts and hats Boomerline illustrates that the many things that Boomers enjoy from biking and boating to grilling and golfing can also support others in need.

The American Humane's Pets and Women's Shelters (PAWS) Program guides domestic and family violence emergency housing shelters toward permitting residents to bring their pets with them. PAWS acknowledges the richness of the bond between people and their pets, which often provide unconditional love and comfort to adult domestic violence victims and their children. For that reason - as well as for the safety of the pets - American Humane strongly advocates keeping domestic violence victims and their pets together whenever possible.

Click here for more information about this program:
American Humane's Pets and Women's Shelters (PAWS)Program

The Attachment and Trauma Network connects adoptive and foster families to resources and support groups worldwide to provide hope and healing for the children in their care. Active parent support and training, coupled with innovative therapeutic ideas, such as the use of therapy dogs, helps quiet the chaos and put these families on the path to health.

Click here for more information about this program:
Attachment and Trauma Network

So if you need a new hat or shirt and want to support a good cause in the process, click on the link below and Go For It!

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award June 27th Deadline Approaches

The 7th Annual Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple."—Oscar Wilde

June 27, 2008 (postmarked)
Our dates never change. If the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.

This award will be given to the best previously unpublished original poem written in English (of any length, in any style, typed, double spaced on one side only), which best relates gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgender life by a poet who is 18 or older.

Entrants are asked to submit their poems in the following manner: (1) without any kind of identification, with the exception of the title, and (2) with a separate cover page with the following information: name, address (street, city, and state with zip code), telephone number, email address, if available, and the title of the poem submitted. (3) A short bio should also be included.

Poems will not be returned, so poets should keep copies of their poems.

A short bio may also be included.

Reading Fee:
Poets must submit a reading fee of $5.00 (USD) for each individual poem submitted, regardless of the length. Checks or money orders drawn on American banks, routed through a USA address, such as Bank of America, should be made payable to Gival Press, LLC. Overseas money orders are not acceptable.

Mail to:
Robert L. Giron, Editor
Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award
Gival Press, LLC
P.O. Box 3812
Arlington, VA 22203.

Notification of the Winner:
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelop (SASE) for notification of the winner or visit our website (, where the winner and finalists will be announced.

The winner is usually announced on or before September 1.

The winner will receive $100.00 (USD), and the poem, along with information about the poet, will be published on the website of Gival Press ( The winner will be asked to sign a release form for payment.

In addition, Gival Press hopes to publish an anthology of the winners of this award along with the best poems submitted to the contest over a period of several years.

Poems will be judged anonymously by the previous winner of the award. The decision made by the judge will be final.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


GLBT Poets of Washington A Literary Walking Tour on June 21st

GLBT Poets of Washington A Literary Walking Tour Sponsored by Beltway Poetry Quarterly and Split This Rock Saturday, June 21, 10:30 am Beltway Poetry Quarterly and Split This Rock present: "GLBT Poets of Washington," a guided walking tour of the Dupont Circle neighborhood, June 21, 10:30 am to Noon. Led by Dan Vera, the tour costs $5 and advance reservations are required.

Celebrate Gay Pride Month and learn how gay literary culture has flourished from the 1970s to the present in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, with the influence of such writers as Essex Hemphill, Ed Cox, Tim Dlugos, Michael Lally, Lee Lally, Richard McCann, Andrew Holleran, and many others. Stops include Dupont Park, Lambda Rising Bookstore, the site of the Community Bookshop, and writer's homes. This is an expanded version of the tour first developed for the Split This Rock Poetry Festival in March 2008.

The tour takes approximately 1.5 hours and will run rain or shine. Limited to 25 participants. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and carry water. The tour starts outside the Starbucks Coffee where Connecticut Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue intersect with the northern part of Dupont Circle.

Dan Vera is Managing Editor of White Crane, a gay men's quarterly magazine, and co-publisher of Vrzhu Press, which publishes books of fine poetry. He co-curates two monthly public reading series, the Brookland Reading Series, and the OutWrite Series. His blog, "Wondermachine":

To register, please send your name, email, and phone to


NOT WHAT I EXPECTED: the Unpredictable Road from Womanhood to Motherhood READING at Montgomery College

Here is the latest news from Richard Peabody:

Notes from the Bell Tower
News from Gargoyle Magazine/Paycock Press/ and Richard Peabody

Join co-editors Donya Currie and Hildie S. Block, and a couple of the writers for a NOT WHAT I EXPECTED: the Unpredictable Road from Womanhood to Motherhood READING at Montgomery College, 7:30-8:30 Thursday June 19. Cookies, too, I hear. Maybe lemonade.

"As most of you know, this book is an anthology of women writing about the process of becoming's loving and heartbreaking, sad and yetfunny. Please join us in this celebration . . ."

On Thursday, June 19th

Montgomery College-Rockville
Humanities Building #009
at 7.30 to 8.39 PM
Rockville Campus
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850

Monday, June 02, 2008


Honey by Richard Carr Wins the Gival Press Poetry Award

Gival Press is very pleased to announce that Richard Carr of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the winner of the 9th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award-2007.

His manuscript was read anonymously and chosen by Barbara Louise Ungar, winner of the award for the previous year.

In addition to having his book published by Gival Press, Richard Carr will receive a cash award of $1000.00 and twenty copies of his book.

The finalists' names and place of residence are listed below:


Elusive as the Snow Leopard
by Arthur Ginsberg of Pasadena, California.

Rib of New Fruit
by Ronda Broatch of Kingston, Washington.

The Myth of Gravity
by Emily Lupita Plum of Atlanta, Georgia.

Why We Make Gardens
by Jeanne Larsen of Roanoke, Virginia.

Advance Praise for Honey:

"Honey is a tour de force. Comprised of 100 electrifying microsonnets, Richard Carr’s invention recalls Berryman’s Dreamsongs, for brilliance and wit, but is more readable. Open to any page: language and image startle and delight, like 'Einstein’s blown-fuse hairdo.' The whole sequence creates a narrative that becomes, like the Hapax Legomenon, a form that occurs only once in a literature."

—Barbara Louise Ungar, author of the award-winning collection The Origin of the Milky Way and final judge of the 2007 Gival Press Poetry Award

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