❄️We’ve got a jam-packed issue this week: nominees, awards, publications, interviews, and links to AWP panel featuring BCP authors. Every week, Bull Pen presents the latest and greatest news about our BCP friends and family. If you have news you’d like to share send it my way at: [email protected] Happy Holidays good readers! –-Noah Stetzer

” ‘What Are We Not For’ is a kind of synecdoche for the book. The sensibility of the poem and the way it behaves enacts a belief about the body—it is all too willing to harm and be harmed. In the book, there is suspicion of the body’s motives and the lengths it is willing to go in the name of self-fulfillment.” —Tommye Blount discusses his title poem of the latest BCP release What We Are Not For and shares insights about his writing process at Speaking of Marvels.

BCP associate editor, Matthew Olzmann with “Raising Lazarus” featured at Poetry Daily.

“It’s hard to know where to start in describing the many ways that Mahogany L. Browne has given to the poetry community, and more broadly to the current cultural moment.”  –check out this conversation between Mahogany L Browne & Stevie Edwards (both participants in the Grind Daily Writing Series) posted at Ploughshares Blog.

Abi Polokoff

INCH 31 contributor, Abi Polokoff is in the new issue of Calamity Poetry.

We are so happy for all the talented writers & valuable organizations that have been recognized this year with fellowships & grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. We are especially proud to announce Emma Bolden, contributor to INCH 23, 19, 6, 3 & Landon Godfrey, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, have both been awarded fellowships.

Spend time with Ross Gay Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press) in conversation with Tiana Clark, BCP author of Equilibrium, winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, up at the Nashville Review.


Check out this talented line-up of amazing voices in Poets & Writers 12th Annual Look at Debut PoetsYou’ll find BCP pals: Solmaz Sharif Look (Graywolf Press), Justin Boening Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last (Milkweed Editions/National Poetry Series);  Caroline Ebeid You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior (Noemi Press) along with INCH 17 contributor Phillip B Williams Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books) among this very talented lineup of poets.

Chloe Honum

We are proud to be publishing in 2017 Chloe Honum’s manuscript, Then Winteran Editors’ Selection from the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition; in the meantime, here is Honum’s “At Skull Creek In Fayetteville, Arkansas” published at the Nashville Review.

Landon Godfrey, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series and an NEA Fellow this year (see above), has a poem, “Cigarette” in the latest Bennington Review.

Hearty congratulations to all the nominees named for the NAACP Image Awards! We are especially happy for two poets from the BCP family: Jamaal May Big Book of Exit Strategies (Alice James Books) & Phillip B Williams Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books).

INCH 16 contributor Kathleen M Rooney’s recently published book Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (St. Martin’s) is loosely based on Margaret Fishback’s life story; in her essay, “It’s Glorious! It’s Grand!” Rooney writes about Fishback for Poetry Foundation.

2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Washington Convention Center
& Washington Marriott Marquis
February 8 – 11, 2017

BCP at #AWP17–Mark Your Calendars

Check out these panels where BCP authors are scheduled to appear:

Emilia Phillips–BCP author of Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alikean editors’ selection from the 2014 Frost Place Chapbook Competition–The Art & Importance of the Poetry Interview.

Michael Martone–BCP author of Memoranda, an editors’ selection from the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition–Together with All That Could Happen: A Teaching Roundtable Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Organizing and Structuring Story Collections.

and of course A 10th Anniversary Reading from Bull City Press