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Barbara de la Cuesta Wins the Second Annual Gival Press Novel Award

Gival Press is pleased to announce that Barbara de la Cuesta of Beachwood, New Jersey has won the Second Annual Gival Press Novel Award for her novel with a working title of Ordóñez. De la Cuesta will receive $3,000.00 and her novel will be published in 2007.

Barbara de la Cuesta is the author of the novel The Gold Mine, a long poem If There Weren\’t So Many of Them, and Westerly, a work of non-fiction in the field of arts therapy. Her fiction has appeared in California Quarterly and The Texas Review. She has received fellowships from the New Jersey Arts Council, the Geraldine Dodge Foundation to attend the Virginia Colony, and the Massachusetts Artists\’ Foundation, as well as a fellowship to Ragdale. Two of her plays have been produced off-off Broadway and she has been a visiting playwright at the Syracuse Stage. She currently teaches Spanish at Ocean County College and has taught literature and writing. She holds a master\’s degree in Creative Nonfiction from Lesley College as well as a masters in English Literature from Vanderbilt University.

Finalists: Breathing Sonatas by Wendy Bashant of Sarasota, Florida.

Motherhood: The Tall Take of Margaret Leeds, Convicted Witch of Timmins\’ Mill by Richard K. Weems of Hawthorne, New Jersey.

Rocket Surgery by Peter Stewart of Glen Ellen, California.

Twelve Rivers of the Body by Elizabeth Oness of Winona, Minnesota.

Judge: Her manuscript was read anonymously and chosen by the final judge Donald Berger, the Poet Laureate of Takoma Park, Maryland, and author of Quality Hill and The Cream-Filled Muse.

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