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Kate Monaghan Wins the Gival Press Poetry Award

Updated: Mar 16



Photo by Jesús I. Castillo.


Gival Press is pleased to announce that Kate Monaghan of New York City has won the Gival Press Poetry Award-2021. Her collection Disputed Site, which was chosen anonymously by Matthew Pennock, will be published in October of this year.


About the Author

Kate Monaghan holds a BA in Studio Art and English from Yale and a PhD in classical Chinese poetry from Harvard. Her poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, the Yale Review and elsewhere. She lives between New York City and Oaxaca, Mexico.


Advance Praise

Planetary in ambition and alive with forms as varied as the world it portrays, Kate Monaghan’s Disputed Site reminds us our bodies, no matter how much we may resist or deny, remain intrinsically linked to nature. We feel every rusted out chassis, toxic ash heap, garbage patch, and oil spill as damage to our physical being, but with every wound, she leaves us an opportunity to heal. With every death—a chance to be reborn.

—Matthew Pennock, PhD, judge and author of The Miracle Machine and Sudden Dog



The finalists for the award include the following:

Trinity by John Blair of San Marcos, Texas.

Music from an Open Door by Jamie Ross of Carsen, New Mexico.

Self-Portrait with Erosion by Mary Foulk of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Omohundros Siding by Janet Joyner of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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