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


Meteor
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:
Amazon
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Indiebound
Book Depository

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

 

Meteor by C. M. Mayo Will Be Released at AWP 2019 in Portland, Oregon





Advance PraiseMeteor 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



(Photo by Teresa Castrane)

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: www.cmmayo.com

Monday, January 07, 2019

 

Joan G. Gurfield Wins the 2018 Gival Press Short Story

Gival Press is pleased to announce that Joan G. Gurfield of Santa Monica, California has won the 2018 Gival Press Short Story Award for her story titled The Resistance, which was chosen anonymously by judge Elaine C. Ray. Gurfield received a prize of $1K.


(Photo by Betty Sew Hoy)

About the Author
Joan G. Gurfield has been a professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, an actress and theater director, arts editor of a small newspaper and (briefly) a totally incompetent waitress. Two of her short stories have been published in literary journals, and a longer piece was optioned for a feature film. Recently, she has written a collection of stories centered on the World War II era.

To read the story, click on the link to ArLiJo Issue No. 112.
www.ArLiJo.com

Finalists
Nephilim by Bonnie Roop Bowles of Roanoke, Virginia.
The Last Usher by Lynn Miller of Los Ranchos, New Mexico
The Reincarnate Word by Matthew Pitt of Fort Worth, Texas.
Rubber Time by K. W. Oxnard of Savannah, Georgia.

Friday, January 04, 2019

 

William Orem Wins the 2018 Gival Press Novel Award

William Orem who lives in Newton, Massachusetts has won the 2018 Gival Press Novel Award for his novel titled Miss Lucy, which was chosen anonymously by the final judge John Domini. Orem will receive a cash prize of $3,000 as well as copies of his novel which will be published in the fall of 2019.

Advance Praise
“A master-chef's layer-cake, Miss Lucy serves up delights for every taste. It’s got Gothic nightmares to make the skin crawl, illuminating portraits of 19th-Century Dublin and London, X-ray insights into the workings of money and class, deft appropriations from a sumptuous library (Oscar Wilde, anyone?), and above all the tormented humanity of its central figure, Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. William Orem dreams Stoker to life with terrific vividness and subtlety, fluent in all the languages of late Victorian society. The story may, over a single long night riddled with shadows, travel from bejeweled aristocrats at the theater to the reeking slums that allowed Jack the Ripper to flourish. It offers a vision at once perverse and transcendent, a miracle that eludes the crush of history— a tour de force.”
— John Domini, judge and author of A Tomb on the Periphery and MOVIEOLA!

About the Author

William Orem’s first collection of stories, Zombi, You My Love, won the GLCA New Writers Award, formerly given to Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Richard Ford and Alice Munro. His second collection, Across the River, won the Texas Review Novella Prize. His first novel, Killer of Crying Deer, won the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in the Small Presses, and has been optioned for film. His first collection of poems, Our Purpose in Speaking, won the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

Meanwhile, his short plays have been performed around the country, winning both the Critics’ Prize and Audience Favorite Award at Durango Theatre Fest, and thrice being nominated for the prestigious Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

(Photo by Lauren Proll.)

A native of Washington, D.C., he currently is a Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College, where he teaches, among other things, classes on gothic literature. Details at williamorem.com.

The finalists:

Gimme Some Familiars by Jessica Mehta of Hillsboro, Oregon.
Run Run My Little One by John Blair of San Marcos, Texas.
Danny Fowler’s Killing by Jim Sanderson of Beaumont, Texas.
American Apparel by Rudy Ruiz of San Antonio, Texas.


Gival Press is an-award winning, small, independent press which sponsors awards for the best original English novel, short story, poetry collection and the best poem that reflects the LGBTQ community. In addition, it publishes selected work that best matches its mission. To date it has published over 100 works in print and ebook format. Its books are available via Ingram, Follett and various internet outlets, among them Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

 

"Invitation to a Country Called Aging"


by Patricia Garfinkel and Myra Sklarew

Illustrated by Blake Young

In this poetic memoir on aging, Garfinkel and Sklarew have given us much to absorb and contemplate, as we all will eventually travel the arduous journey, if we live to an old age. Here we learn of the anxieties of what to do and what not to do and the deep-rooted primordial fears of the human condition as the layer of years begin to wear down the resilience of the former selves we were. A resounding message that permeates the collection is that one needs to keep learning and moving forward, yet as Sklarew’s grandmother realized one best cultivate younger relationships, as with time the loss one is bound to experience is too hard to bear. Engaging the mind and spirit is key while protecting oneself from the social sharks that feed on the vulnerable while accepting all along that with summer comes the fall.

A compelling, instructive gift is given to us by these exceptional poets.




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