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Matthew Pennock Wins the 19th Gival Press Poetry Award-2019


Congratulations to Matthew Pennock has won the Gival Press Poetry Award for his collected titled The Miracle Machine. The collection was read and chosen anonymously by judge C.M. Mayo. The award has a cash prize of $1,000.00 and the collection will be published this fall.

“With a craftsman\’s deftest precision and a thunder-powered imagination on DaVinci wings, the author recreates a lost world within a lost world that yet—when we look—shimmers with life within our world. Elegant, wondrously strange, The Miracle Machine is at once an elegy and a celebration, tick-tock of the tao. —C.M. Mayo, author of Meteor

About the Author Matthew Pennock is the author of Sudden Dog (Alice James Books, 2012), which won the Kinereth-Gensler Award. As per the terms of that award, he joined the board of Alice James Books in 2011, In 2014, he co-created AJB’s editorial board with executive editor Carey Salerno, and then became the board’s first chairperson, a position he held until 2020. He received his MFA from Columbia University and his PhD from the University of Cincinnati. His poems have been widely published in such journals as Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics, New York Quarterly, LIT, and elsewhere. He currently owns and operates a learning center outside of Washington, D.C.

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.

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