Welcome to the latest edition of 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

“The oldest poem in the book (Figuring, Editor’s Selection in the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition) is “Self-Portrait as Smaller Moon.” It was my husband’s and my 10th wedding anniversary, and my parents had taken our daughter and son (then age 4 and 18 months) for the night. I was sitting in a coffee shop waiting for him to get off work so we could go out, and I was noodling around with the idea of writing when I came across a story in The Guardian (I think) about a new theory that there had once been two moons orbiting earth, one smaller and one larger, and that the gravitational pull of the larger one had gradually attracted the smaller one until it crashed into one side of the larger, resulting in our current moon with one smooth face and one rocky, mottled face (the remains of the smaller moon).”  —Anna Ross discusses her BCP chapbook at Speaking of Marvels.



FOR $10!

Editor’s Selection in the

2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.

Coming soon!



Mary Jo Thompson, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series and a contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Serieshas a poem, “What the Woman Waited For,” in the Spring Issue of the North American Review.

Mary Jo Thompson

Mary Jo Thompson

We’re happy to hear of the announced winner of the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, James Hannaham for his novel, Delicious Foods (Little, Brown).

The second issue of new literary journal Horsethief from Horsethief Books includes: Rebecca Hazelton, BCP editor; and Karyna McGlynn, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series.

“I love terrible gorgeousness.” Phillip B Williams, contributor to INCH #17/Spring 2012 & author of Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books), is interviewed by Kaveh Akbar at Divedapper.

Keith Leonard, good citizen of the Bull City, has his first full length book on sale now, Ramshackle Ode (Mariner Books).

Noah Stetzer, regular participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series and your stalwart Bull Pen editor, has two poems (both conceived as “Grind Poems”) at Beltway Poetry Quarterly.

Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney, contributor to INCH #16/Fall 2011, has two poems in the latest issue of Kettle Blue Review.

Emilia Phillips, author of Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alikean editors’ selection from the 2014 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, is on tour to support her brand new book Groundspeed (Univ of Akron Press).

“I never know when I’m shaking her, making her / wake up to listen to whoever’s speaking / with my mouth” —Michael Walsh, contributor to INCH #10, has work in the latest Fiddleblack.

Congratulations to all the 2016 winners of John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships!


Kate Angus

Kate Angus‘, regular participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, new book So Late To The Party (Negativity Capability Press) is available for preorder. Kate will participate in the Poor Mouth Poetry reading series in New York City on April 13.

The 2016 Frost Place/Dartmouth Poet in Residence is Rose McLarney!

Daye Phillippo, regular participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, has work up at Foliate Oak Literary Magazine.

The stone would \sink

            the heel, \ the stomach, sink

/the throat split

            by crag/by

                        barnacle, buoy weight/\by

            eelgrass/baleen. (f j harris)

–francine j harris, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Serieshas work in The Columbia Daily Tribune and at Literary Hub.

Jamaal May, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Seriesreads in the The Midwest Literary Walk; an annual literary event the last Saturday in April aimed at highlighting the power of literature and poetry in everyday life.  Jamaal talks at WDET about his career and how he deals with being viewed as an authority on the city.

Michael Schmeltzer

Michael Schmeltzer

Michael Schmeltzer, contributor to INCH #22/Fall 2013, has joined the editorial group at Floating Bridge Press.

We are thrilled to see Bennington Review is back! And also that it’s first issue includes many BCP authors: Michael Martone, author of Memoranda, an editors’ selection from the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition; Emily Kendal Frey, contributor to several issues of INCH #9, #12, #17; and Monica Sok, finalist in the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.

Tiana Clark

Tiana Clark


Bull City Press and The Frost Place are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press is Equilibrium by Tiana Clark of Brentwood, Tennessee. Equilibrium will be published in summer 2016.

Chloe Honum

Chloe Honum


In addition to Equilibrium, the editors at Bull City Press have also selected Then Winter by Chloe Honum for publication.  Then Winter will be released in early 2017.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Saturday, April 23, 2016. We will be at the NC Writers’ Network 2016 Spring Conference! The North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Creative Writing Program at UNC Greensboro bring you a full day of Master Classes, breakout sessions, conversations, and more. This year’s Spring Conference again will be in UNCG’s MHRA Building, on the corner of Spring Garden and Forest Streets, and in the Curry Auditorium next door, offering classes on the craft and business of writing and publishing.

EXTENDED DEADLINE 4/15: 2016 Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry; awarding publication of a book-length collection, a Four Way Books sponsored reading in NYC, and $1000.00. Judge: Vievee Francis.

APPLY:  The Frost Place is taking applications for summer conferences & seminars! Send in your application today to be considered for one of their summer programs. Study with incredible 2016 faculty and fellows: Dawn PotterTeresa CarsonKerrin McCaddenRich VillarAfaa M. WeaverMartha RhodesMaudelle DriskellGabrielle CalvocoressiRachel Eliza GriffithsMichael Klein,  Matthew OlzmannCollier NoguesPatrick DonnellyIlya KaminskyCleopatra MathisLyrae Van Clief-Stefanon.

SUBMIT: The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Judge: Gabrielle Calvocoressi. Deadline 4/30.

SUBMIT: Pittsburgh Poetry Review is accepting submissions now through 4/30.