Tuesday, June 21, 2011


10th Annual Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award Due June 27th

The 10th Annual Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award

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

June 27, 2011 (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This award will be given to the best previously unpublished original poem written in English (of any length, in any style, typed, double spaced on one side only), which best relates gay / lesbian / bisexual /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 (www.GivalPress.com), 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.

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

Monday, June 20, 2011


Help Stop Discrimination Against Gays in Costa Rica

Jeff Rivera and his partner recently visited Costa Rica and because they simply held hands they were asked to leave the restaurant and now a case is going before the Supreme Court in Costa Rica.

Please help Jeff River, Editor-in-Chief of Gatekeepers Post, and his partner help stop discrimination against gays and others in Costa Rica and perhaps the rest of Latin America if this case gets the attention it deserves.

Please visit his site below and read about it in his own words. Then below I have listed the email addresses you are encouraged to write to in Costa Rica asking that this case be decided in favor of non-discrimination.

Jeff Rivera's blog entry on this case

Here are the email addresses of the offices to contact regardng this case in Costa Rica:

lpmora@poder-judicial.go.cr, info@usembassy.or.cr, ezapata@casapres.go.cr, lchacon@ict.go.cr, gcordero@ict.go.cr, presidencia@poder-judicial.go.cr, zvillanueva@poder-judicial.go.cr, jvarela@poder-judicial.go.cr, ambsanjose@state.gov, rvega@poder-judicial.go.cr, lchinchilla@casapres.go.cr, ernestojinesta@gmail.com, jeff@onlyincostarica.com, acssanjose@state.gov, vcantillo@poder-judicial.go.cr

---My email letter to them---

Dear Magistrate,

I am in full support of Geovanny Delgado Castro and Jeff Rivera. Discrimination should not be tolerated whether it is against gays, lesbians, blacks or Asians.

To show my support my family and I do not plan on visiting Costa Rica until this issue is resolved in a fair and just way.

Please make the right decision regarding this case: #Exp 1149-81-0007-CO.

Robert L. Giron
Publisher, Gival Press

Sunday, June 19, 2011


New Poetry Award for Mid-Atlantic Poets

—————————The ArLiJo Poetry Award Guidelines—————

Arlington Arts Center and Gival Press are pleased to announce the ArLiJo Poetry Contest. All poets who live or work in the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, or Pennsylvania, are eligible to enter.

Poets may submit one poem, previously unpublished, in English which must not be longer than 25 lines in any style or form, any subject/topic.

The poet's name must not appear on the actual poem. A cover sheet for the poem should include:

telephone number
email address
title of poem

The poem must be submitted by email to:
givalpress@yahoo.com with ArLiJo Poetry Award in the subject line, with the poem attached in a Word or Rich Text Format document.

Deadline: September 30, 2011, by midnight.

There is no entry fee.

The winning poem will be published in the online journal ArLiJo, with a short bio.

A certificate will be presented to the winner on Oct. 23, 2011 at the Arlington Arts Center (3550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-2348) or mailed, if the person is not able to attend the Gival Press Poetry Reading, featuring John Gosslee, author of 12: Sonnets for the Zodiac, and Clifford Bernier, winner of the 2010 Gival Press Poetry Award for his manuscript titled The Silent Art.

The poetry reading will be held on Oct. 23, 2011 at 5 pm. An honorarium of $100 will be granted if the winning poet is able to attend to present his/her winning poem.

In addition, the winning poet will get feedback, be it in person, phone or email, from the two poets reading on Oct. 23.

The entries will be read and judged anonymously by Robert L. Giron, publisher of Gival Press and editor of ArLiJo, an online journal.

The winner need not be present to win.

Arlington Arts Center and Gival Press.

Arlington Arts Center

Gival Press

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Clifford Bernier Wins the 2010 Gival Press Poetry Award

Winner of the 2010 Gival Press Poetry Award
The Silent Art
by Clifford Bernier

Gival Press is very pleased to announce that Clifford Bernier of Alexandria, Virginia, is the winner of the 12th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award-2010.

His manuscript was read anonymously and chosen by Cecilia Martinez-Gil, winner of the award for the previous year. Clifford Bernier will receive a cash award of $1000.00 and twenty copies of his book. The book is due to be released in October of this year.

Cliff Bernier is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Earth Suite, The Montserrat Review’s Best Chapbook Summer 2010 and recently nominated for a Library of Virginia award, available from Finishing Line Press; and Dark Berries, one of The Montserrat Review’s Best Books for Spring Reading 2010, available from Pudding House Publications. In January 2010 he appeared on the National Public Radio show “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress.” He has published in the Potomac Review, The Baltimore Review, the online journals Notjustair and Innisfree, and elsewhere, and is featured on a CD of poetry duets, "Poetry in Black and White," as well as on two jazzpoetry CDs, "Live at IOTA Club and Cafe" and "Live at Bistro Europa." He is anthologized in poem, home, an anthology of "Ars Poetica." Bernier has been featured in readings in San Francisco, Seattle, Buffalo, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the Washington, DC area, including the Library of Congress, the Arts Club of Washington, George Washington University (where he is a member of the Washington Writer’s Collection) and the Writer's Center. He is founder and former host of the Washington, DC-area poetry reading series, Poesis. He has been a reader for the Washington Prize and a judge for the National Endowment for the Arts' Poetry Out Loud recitation contest. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net Award.

The finalists in the contest are listed below:


Stealing Bacchus
by Christopher Bursk of Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania.

Rumors of Fallible Gods
by Peter Ludwin of Kent, Washington.

by Dean Kostos of New York, New York.

Tea in Heliopolis
by Hedy Habra of Portage, Michigan.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


This and That--Reading for Gay Pride Month

June has arrived in a flash and with it the heat, though the rain this evening in Arlington has cooled things down a bit.

Here are some ideas for future reading this Gay Pride Month.

ArLiJo is featuring a personal essay by John Trumbo titled Castaways. John lives in Alexandria and is currently studying at the Johns Hopkins Writing Program.

Click on the link:

Teresa Bevin who found her way to Santa Fe after a long sojourn in the Washington, DC area has yet another book out. Her latest titled Papaya Suite is about a woman who leaves Cuba, her homeland, and travels to Spain and then eventually to the USA. Naturally there is a lesbian liaison which makes it a good match for Gay Pride Month.

Click on the link:
Papaya Suite

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