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Two weeks into our Open Summer Reading period, two weeks to go–get your manuscripts in!! I skipped town to spend a week writing in the West Virginia mountains*, forgive me for a briefer BULL PEN.  BULL PEN where every week we celebrate the work of our BCP friends and family. PS Get your chapbook submissions in ASAP!!! –XO Noah Stetzer 

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“I have a theory that change, even superficial change, produces temporary happiness. This is why people feel buzzed after quitting something or forming a new habit and start proselytizing to their friends.” Elisa Gabbert, contributor to INCH 16, with “TIME, MONEY, HAPPINESS: On mortality & the difficulty of buying a mattress” at Drexel University’s The Smart Set

Double congratulations to JC Todd, regular participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series–her poem, “The Girl in the Square” (Fall 2015 Grind poem) won the 2016 International Literary Award’s Rita Dove Poetry Prize AND her poem “The Morning After” (2015-16 Grind poem) was awarded a commended poem prize in the 2016 Hippocrates International Open Poetry and Medicine Contest sponsored by the London Medical Society!  

Now Hear This: BCP’s very own, Matthew Olzmann’s “Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised As A Love Poem” featured in Episode 8 of The Poetry Gods. Listen HERE

A storm and so a gift. 
     Its swift approach 
          lifts gravel from the road. 
A fence is flattened in 
     the course of the storm’s 
          worse attempt at language

from “First Words” by Phillip B Williams, contributor to INCH 17, featured at PoemoftheWeek.org. 

“I was told not to think / of the body & so I made the body / into a night.” –from “I Was Told Not to Write About the Body” by Emma Bolden, contributor to INCH 23, 19, 6, & 3one of two poems featured at IthacaLit

Kenji Liu, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, with “Still pushing through us” and “The colonized are under constant revision” at Waxwing Literary Journal

Ron Riekki, contributor to INCH 16, interviews Terry McMillan for The Oakland Press.  Check out Ron’s poem, “My Cousin Got to Be a Zombie on The Walking Dead” featured at deComP magazinE.

Vievee Francis, contributor to INCH 26, with a two poem video featured at VOLUBLE.

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Lost River, WV

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