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Congratulations to George Klawitter of Notre Dame, Indiana who has won the 19th Annual Oscar Wilde Award-2020 for his poem titled Twenty. Michael Rodman last year’s winner served as the judge, who read the entrees anonymously. George Klawitter received a cash prize of $500.00 and his poem is published at Gival Press websites.

Marsha P. Johnson Is Arrested for the One-Hundred-and-First, and Last, Time
by Arnaldo Batista of Dania, Florida.

When I Realized I Was a Green Tree Frog in Another Life
by Grant Chemidlin of Los Angeles, California.

Acetate Love
by Natasha Dennerstain of Oakland, California.

Love Potion #9 (Revisited)
by Octavio Gonzalez of Wellesley, Massachusetts.

We are happy to announce that Matthew Pennock of Clifton, Virginia has won the 2019 Gival Press Poetry Award. His collection The Miracle Machine was chosen by last year’s winner C.M. Mayo.

The Finalists:
Death and His Lorca by Naomi Lowinsky of Pleasant Hill, California.
Judas Salt by John Blair of San Marcos, Texas.
Heavier than Sky by David Moolten of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
No Angels by Mary Makofske of Warwick, New York.

We are happy to announce that A. J. Rodriguez of Chicago, Illinois has won the 2019 Gival Press Short Story Award. His story Efímera was chosen by last year’s winner Joan Goldsmith Gurfield.

The Finalists:
Slow Down This Time by Matthew Pitt of Ft. Worth, Texas.
A Question of Time by Rachel Hope Crossman of Berkeley, California.
Benediction by Margarite Landry of Southborough, Massachusetts.
Kuka - The Aztec Mother by Lupe Ruiz-Flores of San Antonio, Texas.

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Miss Lucy
Winner of the Gival Press Novel Award-2018
by William Orem

  “Orem (Killer of Crying Deer, 2010, etc.) delivers a fictionalized account of the life of Dracula author Bram Stoker and the incidents that led him to create one of literature’s greatest monsters.
  . . .
  A brilliant and imaginative tale of love, death, and literature.”

  KIRKUS REVIEWS, July 21, 2019
  Miss Lucy

“[William Orem’s] Stoker is a sensitive and haunted figure shaped by childhood memories of the Irish Famine and shocked by the brutalities of a Victorian underworld where seamstresses toil to service the theatre’s creation of beauty . . . This is a gripping and richly textured novel which speaks to our time as well as to Stoker’s.”
—Dr Catherine Wynne, author of Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage, University of Hull, England

Praise from the Judge
  “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, author of A Tomb on the Periphery and MOVIEOLA!

  Miss Lucy


Leave Smoke
by Jeff Walt

“Jeff Walt’s wonderful poems tell unforgettable stories of the exasperating, heartbreaking, tomcat screw-ups among us, whom we’re never able to shoo away from the screen door of our heart—mostly because they are us, we are them.”
—Patrick Donnelly

Leave Smoke celebrates all the ways intimacy arrives in unexpected places: among regulars at a bar, during the supper rush in a restaurant kitchen, hiding in roadside weeds. These poems listen to the music of violence and love spun in clubs, at kitchen tables, by lovers’ bodies, and sing it back to us with enough yearning to draw us into each new day, ‘another irresistibly damned dawn.’”
—Jennifer Perrine

“In Leave Smoke, Jeff Walt balances a shrewd and biting wit with heart-wrenching poems of ache and loss. Scenes of black magic, joy rides, and bar rooms invite the reader into a seedy yet seductive universe.”
—Jeannine Hall Gailey

“In Leave Smoke, everything is dangerous, especially the mundane: the everyday eight-to-five, the stray dog, the addiction, the gray hairs, and the confession, to the priest or to the mirror, that the power to destroy and create lays waiting in all our fingertips. So this is the poetry of possibility, too. Yes: these poems tell us what will kill us and what will try, but they also expose the magic that makes the grind worth it.”
— Bryan Borland

Leave Smoke


Theory and Praxis: Women’s and Gender Studies at Community Colleges

Co-Edited by
Genevieve Carminati & Heather Rellihan

Community colleges enroll over 40% of all undergraduates, catering to historically underserved, less privileged, and minority populations. Women’s and gender studies programs, with their focus on connecting the personal and political, exposing the constructedness of knowledge, centering the experiences of the oppressed, and emphasizing the connection between knowledge and activism, are thus critical sites of learning on community college campuses, and these spaces at community colleges are important points of intervention for the larger field of women’s and gender studies.

Despite their importance, women’s and gender studies at community colleges are woefully under-researched. Theory and Praxis: Women’s and Gender Studies at Community Colleges is the first book on this topic.

By bringing together voices from faculty, researchers, program administrators, and students, this edited collection provides a comprehensive look at the promise and challenges of these important sites of higher education.

The topics addressed include: historical narratives and current data on women’s and gender studies at community colleges; theoretical discussions of critical and liberatory pedagogies in the community college classroom and an articulation of these spaces as inherently activist sites; strategies and suggestions for curriculum development, co-curricular programming, and assessment; and critiques of the positioning of community colleges within neoliberal frameworks.

Theory and Praxis

Winner of the 18th Gival Press Poetry Award
by C.M. Mayo

“The narrative poems of Meteor are both funny and thoughtful, turning ordinary situations on their heads and capturing strange, surprising scenes.”
Foreword Reviews
Clarion Rating: 5 out of 5

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


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