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C.M. Mayo Wins the 2016 Gival Press Poetry Award


(Arlington, VA) Gival Press is pleased to announce that C.M. Mayo of Mexico City has won the 18th Gival Press Poetry Award for her manuscript titled Meteor. The ms was chosen anonymously by last year’s winner Linwood D. Rumney. As part of the prize of $1K, the ms Meteor will be published in fall 2018.


Photo by Teresa Castrane.

Advance Praise “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 is the author of several books of literary fiction and nonfiction, including The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (a Library Journal Best Book of 2009) and Sky Over El Nido: Stories, winner of the Flannery O\’Connor Award. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have been widely published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, among them, Beltway Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction, Gargoyle, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Southwest Review, and the anthologies edited by Robert L. Giron, Poetic Voices Without Borders and Poetic Voices Without Borders 2. In 2017 Mayo was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters. A native of El Paso, Texas, raised in Palo Alto, California and educated at the University of Chicago, she lives in Mexico City. http://www.cmmayo.com

The finalists for the award include the following: Kopy Kat by Ellen McNeal of Summerville, SC & Michael Sickler of Minoa, NY. Divining Bones by Charles Bondhus of Bridgewater, New Jersey. Man on Terrace with Wine by Miles David Moore of Alexandria, Virginia. Hex by Jeff Walt of San Diego, California. Concerto for the Left Hand by John Isbell of Edinburg, Texas.

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