Bull City Press is pleased to announce that we will be publishing three chapbooks submitted during our summer 2017 Chapbook Open Reading Period: collections of poetry by Leah Silvieus and Connie Voisine, and a fiction chapbook from Ryan Napier.

Born in South Korea and raised in Montana and Colorado, Leah Silvieus now travels between Florida and New York as a yacht chief stewardess. She is the author of a chapbook, Anemochory (Hyacinth Girl Press 2016) and a books editor for Hyphen magazine. She is also a Kundiman fellow and the recipient of awards and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, Fulbright, and the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation. She holds an MFA from the University of Miami. You can visit her at leahsilvieus.com.

Connie Voisine is the author of the book of poems, Calle Florista, from University of Chicago Press. Her previous book, Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream, also published by University of Chicago Press, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She has poems published in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She lives in New Mexico with her husband and daughter.

Ryan Napier holds degrees from Stetson University and Yale Divinity School, and is a PhD candidate in English at Tufts University. His stories have appeared in Entropy, Noble / Gas QtrlyQueen Mob’s Tea Houseminor literature[s], and others. He lives in Massachusetts. More information at ryannapier.tumblr.com.

When we opened submissions under the “pay what you want” format, we committed to publishing one collection.  The support we received from our community of readers and writers allowed us to increase that to three chapbooks.  A hearty thanks to everyone who embraced our vision for this reading period– one of access for all writers, regardless of socioeconomic status.  We will hold another open reading period in summer, 2018.