C. D. Wright 1949-2016

C. D. Wright 1949-2016

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


Big congratulations to Miriam Bird Greenberg the winner of the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize!

And more congratulations are in order for Jaquira Díaz & Margaree Little who have been named the 2016-18 Kenyon Review Fellows.

And EVEN MORE congratulations for Grind Daily Writing series participant, Jenny Johnson named one of the 2016-2017 Hodder Fellows.

Phillip B. Williams

Phillip B. Williams

Inch #17 contributor, Phillip B. Williams has a new book just coming out, Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books). PBW was everywhere this week: at Vinyl with his article “The Spectacle of Black Death;” in the latest Kenyon Review with his poem, “Luminous, Whatever Honey;” interviewed at The Rumpus; and an announced February 18th reading with Rickey Laurentiis in St. Louis.

The latest Adriot Journal is packed with favorites. Head over to check out Inch #26 contributor Glenn Shaheen’s poem “The Object;” Inch #9 contributor Shane Jones’ “Off Days;” along with our good friend Keith Leonard’s poems, “Becoming the Boy” & “Dead Men Float.”

Lightbox Poetry is an online resource for students and teachers exploring the place of poetry in the classroom. Jericho Brown is their latest interview: The work of prayer and the work of poetry are the same in that they both ask us to broaden our awareness, to become more conscious of that which we’ve avoided or ignored.

Jamaal May

Jamaal May

Looking ahead to 2016, there are plenty of new books to be grateful for, including some from our own friends and family. Two contributors to our Grind Daily Writing series anthology, Another & Another have new books due soon: francine j. harris, Play Dead (Alice James Books) & Jamaal May, The Big Book of Exit Strategies (Alice James Books).  Emerging Writers Network has the list HERE.

The latest Kenyon Review is another collection of strong writers including our friend Solmaz Sharif (Look, forthcoming from Graywolf Press) and her poem “Desired Appreciation.”

“I do have a predilection toward darker subjects; I always have. It goes all the way back to my earliest poems. I had a conversation with a friend who joked that he couldn’t believe that I loved the work of Frank O’Hara because he had never seen me be remotely playful in a poem. I have several poems that arise out of these odd challenges that friends, even if they don’t realize they are making a challenge, have made.” Also with a new book due out this year, C. Dale Young (The Halo, Four Way Books) was interviewed at Divedapper.

Winner of the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition with Dynamite, Anders Carlson-Wee has a new poem up at Vinyl.

Dwane Betts, contributor to Another & Another, speaks with Larry King about his new book Bastards from the Reagan Era (Four Way Books) and is also featured on PBS Newshour.

Emilia Phillips

Emilia Phillips

“I love to be under a big sky, to be reminded that I live on a planet, in a galaxy.”  The amazing Camille Rankine interviewed at Indiana Review.

Emilia Phillips, author of Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike, has a poem, “The days that were have now” published at the Boston Review.



NOW: nominate an emerging LGBTQ writer for the 2016 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Deadline January 31.

NOW: U of A Press, CantoMundo Establish Poetry Prize. The $1,000 prize will be awarded to a book of poetry by a contemporary U.S.-based Latina/o poet. The University of Arkansas Press will publish the book. Deadline April 15.

NOW: The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference is accepting applications for this summer’s conference scheduled to run August 10 until August 20. APPLY. Deadline March 1.

NOW: 92Y Discovery/Boston Review Contest winners receive a reading at the 92Y, publication in Boston Review, and $500 each.  ENTER.  Deadline January 25.

JAN 15: The Sewanee Writers’s Conference begins to accept applications on January 15 for this summer’s conference scheduled to run from July 19 until July 31. APPLY.