Home again! All of us at Bull City Press say “thank you” to all of you who came out at #AWP17 to say hello, to meet our authors, to attend our reading, and to show us the love. Here it is: this week’s BULL PEN where we celebrate our BCP friends and family. Have news to share? Send it my way at noah.stetzer@gmail.com.  Have a great week! –Noah

Dameron

“I wake in the middle of the night / to check my pulse, wonder how long after your heart stops / you keep living, or is it sudden gone? Grief / is a volley ball lodged behind my shoulder blades.”  —DéLana R.A. Dameron, INCH 8 contributor, featured at BuzzFeed.

INCH 16 contributor, Ron Riekki’s piece, “Reasons Not to Join” appears at the New Orleans Review.

“Storytelling and memory feel like siblings to me (though it’s nearly impossible to tell who is the firstborn.) Both are fundamentally intertwined and essential to what and how I write, but they are constantly interrupting the other to make a point.” —Michael Schmeltzer, INCH 22 contributor, interviewed at Prairie Schooner.

McFee

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Michael McFee–contributor to multiple issues of INCH–about his book, We Were Once Here (Carnegie Mellon), and about striking the balance between family grief and a poet’s need to write through love and loss at WCQS: Western North Carolina Public Radio.

Emilia Phillips–author of Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike–has a blog post, “Earing the Clink of Chisels: An Imperfect Love Letter to Reading Literary Magazines” up at Ploughshares.

“Every day, I look for myself in other women’s bodies. This is what happens when you never see yourself in television shows or catalogues or movies—you get hungry. In passersby, I seek out a faithful replica of my own full chest: my plastic-bag stomach pooched over jeans, my milk-carton hips, and my face with its peach-pit cheekbones set in coffee grounds. In this way, I see myself in pieces, mostly, and have to assemble my body in my mind.” —Carmen Maria Machado, INCH 20 contributor, with her amazing piece, “The Trash Heap has Spoken” featured at Guernica.

Nelson

Grind Good News: from Muriel Nelson with grind poems appearing at Hummingbird Journal and Smartish Pace.

Michael Martone–author of Memoranda–has established the “Martone Traveling Grant” for students who love to write.

Check out “Whispering Arch” by Anne Valente–author of An Elegy For Mathematics–appearing at Passages North.

Congratulations to Emma Bolden–contributor to multiple issues of INCH–who has been named a runner-up for the Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize from The Journal.