Monday, March 16, 2009


The New York Center for Independent Publishing Hosts a Special Reading on Wed., March 18th at 6:30 PM

Gival Press is pleased to announce the release of Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, an international anthology including over 150 poets, including Philip Levine, Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, Naomi Shihab Nye and many other well-known poets. The anthology is edited by Robert L. Giron.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 6:30 PM The New York Center for Independent Publishing will host a special reading in celebration of Small Press Month with the following poets: Stanley H. Barkan, Cliff Browder, John Del Peschio, John Domini, Isaac Goldemberg, Donna J. Gelagotis Lee, Marta Lopez-Luaces, Mercedes Roffe, Thad Rutkowski, Ron Singer, Rodrigo Toscano, and Barbara Louise Ungar. The poets will read from the anthology and their current work. Their bios follow.

The voices found within these pages are passionate and enlightening while echoing a desire in their own way to transform, to change, to transcend borders, be they personal, cultural or national, in a poetic manner as if to say that within literature there isn’t a border for the human spirit, for it is that energy that keeps us going.

Tim W. Brown, author and Board Member, of The New York Center for Independent Publishing will open the event at 20 West 44th St (between 5th and 6th Avenues in midtown Manhattan), New York, NY 10036. For further information, please call 212.764.7021.

In Celebration of Small Press Month and the Release of Poetic Voices Without Borders 2

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 6:30 PM
The New York Center for Independent Publishing
20 West 44th St. (between 5th & 6th Avenues), NY 10036 ~ 212.764.7021

A Special Reading with the Following Poets

Stanley H. Barkan is the editor/publisher of the Cross-Cultural Review Series of World Literature and Art, which in the past thirty-six years has produced about 350 titles in fifty different languages. His translations and co-translations, besides Spanish, include Bengali, Hebrew, Italian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, and Sicilian, while his own poetry has been translated into twenty-two different languages.

Clifford Browder’s poetry has appeared in Snake Nation Review, Hawaii Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Heliotrope, Runes, and elsewhere. He is also the author of two published biographies and a critical study of the French Surrealist poet Andre Breton.

John Del Peschio lives in Brooklyn Heights. His work has appeared in and modern words: a thoroughly queer literary journal. He often walks past a wooden building that in the 1840s was a men's hairdressing parlor; he likes to think Whitman went there.
John Domini has won awards in all genres, most recently an Iowa Major Artist grant for creative non-fiction. His poetry has appeared in Meridian and elsewhere, and his latest novel is A Tomb on the Periphery (Gival Press, 2008).

Isaac Goldemberg, born in Peru, has lived in New York since 1964. He is the author of three novels, a collection of short fiction, 12 collections of poetry and two plays. His novel The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner was selected by a panel of international scholars convened by the National Yiddish Book Center as one of the 100 greatest Jewish books of the last 150 years. He is the recipient of the 1977 Nuestro Award in Fiction, the Premio Estival de Teatro (2003), and of the Orden de Don Quijote (2005), an award received in previous years by such authors as Camilo José Cela, Fernando Arrabal, and Elena Poniatowska.

Donna J. Gelagotis Lee's book, On the Altar of Greece (Gival Press, 2006), winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award, received a 2007 Eric Hoffer Book Award: Notable for Art Category and was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in New Jersey but lived in Greece for many years. Website:

Marta López-Luaces has published two books of poetry, Distancias y destierros (Red Internacional del Libro, 1998) and Las lenguas del viajero (Huerga y Fierro, 2005) and a plaquette entitled Memorias de un vacío (Pen Press, 2000). A selection of her work appeared in English in the Revel Road’s chapbook series (2004) and in the literary journal, Literary Review (New Jersey, 2003). She is the co-director of Galerna, a Spanish-language literary journal published in the USA. She was awarded speaker for the New York Council for the Arts and the Humanities (2003-05).

Mercedes Roffé, an Argentine poet, has been widely published in Latin America and Spain. Her work has also been translated into Italian, French, and Romanian. An anthology of her work in English translation, Like the Rains Come: Selected Poems 1987-2006, has recently appeared in England (Shearsman, 2008). Since 1998 she has edited the New York-based poetry series, Ediciones Pen Press. Among other distinctions, she was awarded in 2001 a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry.

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the novels Tetched (Behler Publications) and Roughhouse (Kaya Press). Both books were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award. He teaches fiction writing at the Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA in Manhattan, where he lives with his family. Visit:

Ron Singer trawls the genres: poetry, fiction, satire, journalism about Africa, and librettos for two operas. His essay-review on The Caine Prize for African Writing appeared in the Summer 2007 Georgia Review, and a second printing of his chapbook, A Voice for My Grandmother (Ten Penny Players, Inc.), was issued in Fall 2007. Visit:

Rodrigo Toscano is the author of To Leveling Swerve (Kruspkaya Books, 2005), Platform (Atelos, 2004), The Disparities (Green Integer, 2002) and Partisans (O Books, 1999). His new manuscript, Collapsible Poetics Theater, won the National Poetry Series 2007, while his poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry 2004, War and Peace (2004), War and Peace (2007) and In the Criminal's Cabinet: An Anthology of Poetry and Fiction (2004), Junta: An Anthology of Experimental Latino Poetry (2008), and The Gertrude Stein Awards Anthology. Originally from the Borderlands of California, he lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan at the Labor Institute.

Barbara Louise Ungar is the author of The Origin of the Milky Way, winner of the 2007 Gival Press Poetry Award and The 2007 Adirondack Literary Award for the Best Book of Poetry, among other awards, and Thrift, which was a finalist for many awards including the May Swenson Poetry Award and the Tupelo Prize, as well as the chapbooks Sequel and Neoclassical Barbra, and Haiku In English. Her poems have appeared in Salmagundi, The Minnesota Review, The Cream City Review, The Literary Review, and other publications. She’s an associate professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.

Robert L. Giron, founder of Gival Press, has written five collections of poetry and is the editor of the Poetic Voices Without Borders series and the online journal He teaches English and creative writing at Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Maryland, where he also serves as a poetry editor for Potomac Review.

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