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


Emma Bolden

Emma Bolden

Emma Bolden, contributor to INCH #3, #6, #19, & #23,  has work at Ithaca Lit, “I Was Told Not to Write About the Body.”

Dwayne Betts, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, winner of the 2016 PEN New England Award for Poetry, reads at the award ceremony.  Betts’ book Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books) is shortlisted for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, is a finalist for the Firecracker Award in Poetry, is a finalist for the 2015 IndieFab Book of the Year Award, and made Library Journal’s “Best Books 2015: Poetry” list.

You came into this world, creamy—full of alkali and burn, 
like a baby born of hard labor. Ruler of all things straight 
and acceptable. (T. Clark)

–Tiana Clark is the winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, read two poems from Clark here at HEArt Online.

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.

We are super excited for Solmaz Sharif’s upcoming Graywolf Press title, Look. In preparation for Look’s release, Sharif has put together a “behind the scenes” tumblr.


Carlson-Wee Bros.

Anders Carlson-Wee, author of 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition winning title, Dynamite (Bull City Press), with his brother Kai Carlson-Wee at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Society festival with their documentary short, Riding the High Line.  Read a review written by Shawn Delgado of Carlson-Wee’s Dynamite in the latest issue of storySouth.

Congratulations to Rick Barot on winning the 2016 PEN Open Book Award with his book Chord (Sarabande Books)!

Rick Bursky’s, participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, poem, “I’m Now Prepared for the New Exuberance,”  appears in the latest issue of Crazyhorse along with Elizabeth Scanlon, with her #grind poems, “Escapism,” “Waltzball,” and “The Odds.”

B. J. Hollars, author of In Defense of Monsters, originally published by Origami Zoo Press(coming to Bull City Press in 2016), writes at Indiana University Press blog about Michael Martone, author of Memoranda, an editors’ selection from the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.

UnknownGet to know this year’s fellows selected for the 2016 Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Writers.

The latest issue of Black Warrior Review has a hot line-up of writers, including: Rochelle Hurt, contributor to INCH #17, and Karyna McGlynn & Arisa White, both participants in The Grind Daily Writing Series.

Michael Schmeltzer, contributor to INCH #22, has two poems, “Elegy for 16th Avenue” & “Seventeen Ways Through Grief” at The Collapser.

Last week, POET.TIPS had taken social media by storm.  Find out about how this provocative site came about at Robert Peake’s website.



FOR $10!

Editor’s Selection in the

2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.

Coming soon!


Matthew Olzmann, BCP editor & author of Mezzanines (Alice James Books) and the forthcoming Contradictions in the Design (Alice James Books), has work available to hear at From the Fishouse.

Christopher Citro, contributor to INCH #10, has two poems, co-written with Dustin Nightingale, up at Juxtaprose Literary Magazine.

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–Aimee Nezhukumatahil, contributor to INCH #3, has a poem at BuzzFeed Reader  and is interviewed by Michaelsun Knapp in Mud City Journal.

Our very own Ross White, BCP Executive Director, has a new poem, “If I Don’t Black Out” up at The Collagist.

The Spring 2016/Issue 41 of storySouth puts forth a superstar line-up, including: upcoming BCP author, Chloe Honum, editors’ selection from the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition along with former BCP managing editor, Marielle Prince.

The Spring 2016 issue of Ploughshares, guest edited by Alan Shapiro & Tom Sleigh, includes works from BCP author, Emilia Phillips, author of Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alikean editors’ selection from the 2014 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.

JC Todd

JC Todd

Congratulations to J.C. Todd, participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, her #grind poem, “The Morning After” has been commended for the 2016 Hippocrates Prize Open and NHS Commendations.


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.

APPLY: The Gregory Pardlo Scholarship for Emerging African American Poets — The winner will receive a full scholarship to attend the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, July 31 – August 5, 2016, including room and board (valued at approximately $1,550), and will give a featured reading at the Seminar. APPLY HERE.

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.