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🌈“Love is love is love is love is love is love is love — cannot be killed or swept aside. Fill the world with music, love and pride.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda (acceptance speech, 70th Annual Tony Awards)  Like you, I am a mix of sadness and rage over the news out of Orlando. I send out love and peace to all my brothers & sisters and the good people of the great Bull City.  Here with news of some of our BCP friends and family is this week’s BULL PEN.  XO–Noah Stetzer


“So when I write, the standards I try to meet are my own: Do I want to read what I’m writing? It’s that simple. If I write a poem or an essay that I want to read and re-read after I’ve finished writing and editing it, then it’s good by my own lights.” –Elisa Gabbert, contributor to INCH #16, gives solid advice through the “Dear Blunt Instrument” column at Electric Literature.

Lesley Valdes

Lesley Valdes

Lesley Valdes, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, with “Clewiston” published at Shadowgraph Quarterly.

Kathleen Rooney, contributor to INCH #16, with “Homage à Mack Sennet” published at Cleaver Magazine.

Nathan McClainINCH #27 contributor–with poems “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and “On the City Bus” up at District Lit.

Donald Illich’s, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, poem “Farm”  included in the 365-day long project marking thirty-five years since AIDS reporting began in United States, HIV Here & Now.

Kevin McLellan

Kevin McLellan

Kevin McLellan, contributor to INCH #6, has a new poetry project out now: [box] (small po[r]tions) is a poem printed on transparencies that becomes the erasure it tackles.

“When I have to ask myself whether a metaphor about maternal feedback loops should be a poem, a story, or an essay, I begin to understand more precisely what it is about that idea that appeals to me, what aspect of it I really want to convey. While these categories sometimes help me at the start of a project, they always become blurry in the end, which is freeing.” –Rochelle Hurt, contributor to INCH #17, interviewed at The Collagist.

Bethanne Patrick, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, interviews Stephanie Danier about Danier’s debut novel Sweetbitter(Knopf) at The Literary Hub.

Abigail Wender, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, with “Sing Sing” at Kenyon Review Online.

Michael Schmeltzer, contributor to INCH #22, with “Sometimes James Franco Gets Sad” at Moonglasses Magazine.

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