Welcome to this week’s BULL PEN where we celebrate the great good news of BCP friends and family. This week, we are thrilled that Tiana Clark’s EQUILIBRIUM has officially begun shipping–your copy will be arriving soon if it hasn’t already. Good reading to you! — Noah Stetzer


…Tiana Clark’s Equilibrium is almost impossible to draw a conclusion about. It belongs to that rarest category of poetry collections – one where the name is impossible to extricate from not just one, but all poems. Equilibrium investigates the uneasy balance between contemporary and classical, experimental and expected, and what works and what doesn’t in a way that seesaws through the entire collection. It is a collection of courage, openness, and skinned knees both well-gained and well-deserved. Katherine Frain, poetry editor The Blueshift Journal


Happy Pub Day to Tiana Clark! Equilibrium, winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition selected by Afaa Michael Weaver, officially began shipping last week.

final_cover300Congratulations to Michael Martone, author of Memoranda, an editors’ selection from the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, Michael was among the finalists in the Spring 2016 Black River Chapbook Competition.

image_miniHe [Magritte] seemed to define mystery as a form of poetry—a super-saturation of sense and meaning in the world all around us, one which we are obligated to explore and engage through curiosity, even as we should remember, with humility, that we’ll never fully appreciate or understand the world. I think he was a great example, with this idea of mystery, of someone who understood the act of paying attention as a form of curiosity and love. Kathleen Rooney, contributor to INCH 16, interviewed at Arts + Literature Laboratory about René Magritte:  Selected Writings, edited by Rooney & Eric Plattner, from University of Minnesota Press.

l_heure_bleue_webPreorder Elisa Gabbert’s, contributor to INCH 16L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems now from Black Ocean Press.

(If you read this story out loud, please use the following voices– Me: as a child, high-pitched, forgettable; as a woman, the same. The boy who will grow into a man, and be my spouse: robust with his own good fortune. My father: Like your father, or the man you wish was your father. My son: as a small child, gentle, rounded with the faintest of lisps; as a man, like my husband.  All other women: interchangeable with my own.)  –opening instructions from Carmen Maria Machado’s, INCH 20 contributor, “The Husband Stitch” published at Granta.

You’re always driving so far from me towards the me I worry, without you, is eternity. –from “The Poem You’ve Been Waiting For” by Tarfia Faizullah, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, published at Poetry Foundation.

Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us WhiteHuge congratulations to Jill Osier whose Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us White, 2013 winner of the Frost Place Chapbook Competition, has entered its FIFTH printing!