HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to the Bull Pen, where each week we round up good news, including links to new poems, essays, and stories from the literary citizens of the larger Bull City!  —Noah Stetzer

Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado

Congratulations to Carmen Maria Machado (contributor to Inch #20); her stories “Inventory” and “Observations About Eggs…” are both finalists for the 2015 Calvino Prize!

Ron Reikki, contributor to Inch #16, has two poems, “Frankenstein” & “In Paris We Watch the Thieves,” appearing in Issue #102, Winter 2015 of Chiron Review.

Year-end round-up of 2015 poems featured at The Good Men Project curated by poetry editor, Charlie Bondhus includes James Arthur, L. Lamar Wilson, Kelly Dumar, Alice Isak, and more.

Latest winner of the Frost Place/Bull City Press Chapbook Competition, Anders Carlson-Wee (Dynamite) has poems up at Narrative Magazine this month.

Michael Schmeltzer, contributor to Inch #22, has two poems, “Peristalsis/Bildungsroman” & “Between One Light and the Next, a Shudder” published at Luna Luna Magazine.

The New York Times Book Review asks, “What’s your favorite poem?”

Rio Cortez

Rio Cortez

Congratulations to Rio Cortez, winner of the first annual Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize from Cave Canem! Her chapbook, I Have Learned to Define a Field as a Space Between Mountains will be published by Jai-Alai Books in Spring 2016!

For the Brooklyn Poets‘ final feature of 2015, they celebrated the great Philip Levine, who passed away in February at age 87. In place of their usual interview, they offered tributes in poetry and prose from Levine’s friends, students and admirers. xo

Garth Greenwell’s Year in Queer Reading is a nice selection of LGBTQ titles including books from: D.Gilson, Michael Klein, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lori Ostend, and more.

Emma Bolden

Emma Bolden

Congratulations to Emma Bolden, Inch #23 contributor, for winning the So To Speak Journal poetry contest!

Read C. Dale Young’s moving poem, “At Lake Merced” nominated this year for a Pushcart Prize.

Phillip B. Williams, contributor to Inch #17, discusses his new book Thief of the Interior (Alice James Books) with Bettina Judd at RaceBaitR.

Robin Martin, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, is cohost of a reading series, #YeahYouWrite, in New York City featuring plenty of BCP friends including, Laura Van Den Berg (There Will Be No More Good Nights Without Good Nights) along with Grind Daily writers Ruth Dannon, Kelly Fordon, Imani Simms, and more.

Screenshot 2016-01-02 08.22.26Contributor to Inch #25, Rachel Richardson has a new book, Hundred-Year Wave (Carnegie Mellon U Press) due out this year.

You’ll be sure to find some awesome titles in Elisa Gabbert’s, contributor to Inch #16, year-end wrap of the books she read in 2015.  Check out her great list along with commentary on each title at her blog The French Exit.

JOB: 826DC seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization through the next exciting phase of growth in supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Screenshot 2015-12-23 05.47.36JAN 5: Deadline extended to apply for the Kundiman Retreat. In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian American writers, Kundiman sponsors an annual Retreat in partnership with Fordham University. GO HERE.

From The Indianola ReviewThe (Quadrennial) Leap Day Flash Fiction Prize w/ Guest Judge David James Puissant! SUBMIT HERE.

The Norton Girault Literary Prize: Old Dominion University’s MFA Creative Writing Program and Barely South Review are pleased to announce the 2016 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction! Submit one previously unpublished short story of no more than 5,000 words via our Submittable portal on or before April 15th, 2016.

JAN 25: 92Y Discovery/Boston Review Contest winners receive a reading at the 92Y, publication in Boston Review, and $500 each.  ENTER.

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