Thank you to everyone who submitted manuscripts to the Fourth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press.


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


Matthew Olzmann

The world seemed to stop last week and collectively read this earth-shattering poem,”Letter Beginning with Two Lines by Czesław Miłosz,” from Bull City alum, Matthew Olzmann.

Hearty congratulations go out to Phillip B. Williams, contributor to Inch #17, on winning the 25th annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize from The Missouri Review.  Phillip’s new book, Thief in the Interior, is due out this year from Alice James Books.

Poetry Magazine’s January 2016 issue really starts the new off with a bang. The stellar line-up includes so many: Danez Smith, Eleanor Wilner, Javier Zamora, and Jamaal May, contributor to Another and Anotherwith his poems, “Water Devil” & “Respiration.”

Great to see so many friends and family in the article at The Millions: The Whispered Language of Secrets and Fears: Ten Poems for People Who Hate Poetry. You’ll find Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Ada Limón, Gregory Pardlo, & Kerrin McCadden (participant in the Daily Grind series).

NPR looks ahead to 2016 and there are a great many terrific books coming out: look for Another and Another contributor francine j. harris’ Play Dead (Alice James Books) & good friend of the Bull City, Solmaz Sharif’s Look (Graywolf Press).

DynamiteAnders Carlson-Wee, author of Dynamite (Winner of the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition) is the subject of one of the most-read interviews of 2015 at Speaking of Marvels.

Inch #4 contributor, Sebastian Matthews, is included in the latest issue of American Poetry Review.

A good friend of the Bull City, Sam Ross, has two poems, “Vox Humana” and “Vox Inaudita,” up at The Volta.

After the Kennedy Center Honors broadcast, Liz Ahl, participant in the Daily Grind Series, published this stunner of a poem called “Aretha Drops Her Fur Coat to the Stage” at Paris Press.

The stylish and talented poet David Tomas Martinez gets the Dinnerview Interview treatment at Entropy Magazine.

The amazing Aimee Nezhukumatathil, included in Inch #3, has a poem, “When All of My Cousins Are Married” up at Indiana Review.

Ellen Bryant Voigt

Ellen Bryant Voigt

We love when Ellen Bryant Voigt’s work suddenly pops up on an internet site. Her poem, “Geese,” was posted at Women’s Voices for Change.

Elisa Gabbert, contributor to Inch #16, interviewed at The Rumpus.

Laura Van Proven’s, participant in the Grind Daily Writing series, poem “Elegy for My Mother’s Mind” was published in Prairie Schooner and also nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Our good friend, Meghan Dunn, has her poem, “Owen Hart,” featured at Narrative Magazine.

Contributor to Inch #19 and all around amazing writer, Roxane Gay provides five answers to five questions from Dorothea Laskey at the LA Review of Books.

Robin Martin, participant in the Grind Daily Writing series, has a piece in Borderline Stories (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform).  This is a collection of the short listed stories of the Eyelands’ 5th International Short Story Contest. and Strange Days Books hold this contest every year. In 2015 theme of the contest was: On the Verge.