Tuesday, April 23, 2019


What I'm reading lately--"Lovejets" edited by Raymond Luczak

I was thrilled to have been chosen to be featured in the anthology Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman edited by Raymond Luczak, a prolific writer, in praise of Walt Whitman, my favorite poet of all times. Whitman was the poet who inspired me as a high school student when I didn't know much about anything, really. I read Leaves of Grass and knew intuitively that Whitman and I had more than one thing in common. Later, of course, I would see the light of day and the rest is history.

“This wide and impressive range of poetry echoing the spirit of Walt Whitman and his literary forebears demonstrates the essential embrace of community that we’ve always needed to feel whole with ourselves and among others, especially now during these tumultuous times. Celebrating what had to be largely hidden from view during Whitman’s day, the living queer male poets who grace the pages trumpet a glorious and unforgettable spectacle of passion and compassion.” —Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet

There are numerous poets included in this fine collection, but some of my favorites are: Shane Allison, Charlie Bondhus, Alfred Corn, Jim Elledge, David Groff, Trebor Healey, Scott Hightower, Walter Holland, Jee Leong Koh, Michael Lassell, Daniel W.K. Lee, Timothy Liu, Chip Livingston, Raymond Luczak, Jeff Mann, Jaime Manrique, Marcos L. Martínez, Stephen S. Mills, Felice Picano, Gregg Shapiro, David Trinidad, Edmund White, and Walt Whitman. As I said, there are numerous poets in the collection so there is something for everyone.

Pick up a copy and start reading.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Art Work by Mark Yale Harris

Mirror Image
Copyright © 2019 by Mark Yale Harris.

About the Artist
Mark Yale Harris, a New Yorker, has created an evolving body of work in stone and bronze, now featured in public collections, museums and galleries worldwide, including: Hilton Hotels; Royal Academy of London; Marin MOCA; Four Seasons Hotels and the Open Air Museum - Ube, Japan. The purpose of his artwork is to invoke an awakening of the sensual. Stimulating a perceptual, internal, and intellectual response for the viewer: a visual that speaks to life’s experiences. Creating symbols of universal connection underscores the relationship that one has to another and to nature. Art conveys his nonverbal view of life. An ongoing portrayal of himself, his behavior, adventure, exploration, risk taking, and non-acceptance of convention and the status quo. Constantly in search of the new and different, he is fascinated with the unconventional. Life has a hard, aggressive side, as does much of his work, represented by rigid, angular lines. However, the soft side is also apparent, visible as curves and soft forms. Using the invaluable experience of the mentorship of Bill Prokopiof and Doug Hyde, along with his own vision, he has created an evolving body of work in alabaster, marble, limestone, and bronze. Combining different elements, he brings forth a duality in the sculptures that he creates.

Awakening III
Copyright © 2019 by Mark Yale Harris.

Thursday, April 11, 2019


Meteor by C. M. Mayo Is Now Available

Gival Press is pleased to present Meteor, winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award, by C. M. Mayo. The collection chosen by judge Linwood D. Rumney was released at AWP 2019 in Portland, Oregon.

"The narrative poems of Meteor are both funny and thoughtful, turning ordinary situations on their heads and capturing strange, surprising scenes." —Foreword Clarion Review, Feb. 2019

"...Mayo's best work—perfect words without artifice; characters and situations made permanent; a triumph of language as a natural art...." —Grace Cavalieri, The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress

(Photo by Teresa Castrane)

"Mayo creates magic, in poems that transform the ordinary into something more marvelous and strange...." —Kim Roberts, author of A Literary Guide to Washington, D.C.

“Meteor pierces the psyche with a dazzling presence and otherworldly light. Mayo delights in the pleasures of language and the possibilities of imagination. By leveling a playfully skeptical voice that is wholly her own, she transforms the quotidian into the outlandish while making the bizarre seem familiar and inviting. Through her inexorable wit and endless inventiveness, Mayo crafts the most unusual—work a book that is both challenging and fun to read.” —Linwood D. Rumney, judge and author of Abandoned Earth

About the Author
C.M. Mayo has published poetry in literary magazines for many years, among them, Beltway Quarterly, Bordersenses, Gargoyle, Rio Grande Review, St. Ann’s Review, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Southwest Review, and in numerous anthologies including those edited by Robert L. Giron, Poetic Voices Without Borders and Poetic Voices Without Borders 2. Mayo’s works of fiction include the novel The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, a Library Journal Best Book and the short story collection Sky Over El Nido, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award; her nonfiction books include Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madeo and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual; and Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico. She is also a noted translator of contemporary Mexican poetry and fiction, and is the editor of Mexico: A Traveler’s Literary Companion. A native of El Paso, Texas, she was raised in California, educated at the University of Chicago, and has been a long-time resident of Mexico City. In 2017 she was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. Visit her website: http://www.cmmayo.com

ISBN: 978-1940724164 | Paperback ($15.00), 106 pages
eISBN: 978-1940724171 | ebook ($7.99)
Release date: March, 2019
Available from Ingram (bookstores), Gival Press
and other venues:
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

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