Editor’s Selection in the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition

Anna Ross’s poems blaze with the terror of the next moment. Even in the heart of happiness, the unspeakable lurks. A child dies; a bullet flies from another child’s gun. Her self-portraits are our mirror shattered by beauty and the other.”
Barbara Hamby on Figuring available at preorder price $10.


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

The Spring 2016 issue of Waxwing is here! And in it along with a fine collection of writers you’ll find Inch #17 contributor Nathan McClain and his poems, “How to Build a Lighthouse” & “Power Outage Elegy.”

Dilruba Ahmed

Dilruba Ahmed

Dilruba Ahmed, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, is featured at The Collagist with her poems: “Tale,” “Ghazal,” & “Resolution.”

A few years ago at a conference, I read a section from my long poem “Sublimation” in which the speaker describes a miscarriage that, in its vicious pain and effusions, wakes her up in the middle of the night. After the reading, as I was mingling my way toward the wine, two women approached me. They were kind and complimentary, and I was surprised and admittedly flattered. I thanked them, but then one of them said, “I’m so sorry about your miscarriage. Are you okay?”  Emilia Phillips, author of Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alikean editors’ selection from the 2014 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, begins her essay “On and Of the Page: The Life–Art Collapse” at Ploughshares.

You can find more new work by both Emilia Phillips & Dilruba Ahmed along with a roster of strong writers in the new Memorious Issue 25.

Marielle Prince

Marielle Prince

Congratulations! to BCP alum Marielle Prince on being semi-finalist for the TQ9 Poetry Prize with her poem, “Salvo.”

An essay is something that tracks the evolution of a human mind. It tracks the evolution of a single consciousness in order to give us an experience—an experience of looking for something and then finding ourselves in a different place by the time we’ve finished our journey. John D’Agata’s  “What We Owe History,” an interview about writing essays featured at Guernica.

Congratulations! to Rachel Richardson, contributor to Inch #25, on being a finalist for the TQ9 Prose Open Prize with her story “We The Dogs.”

Nickolas Butler

Nickolas Butler

Nickolas Butler, contributor to Inch #16, is featured along with a vibrant schedule of programming organized by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. Find out all about it HERE.

“Carlson-Wee’s strangely practical lyricism offsets sentimentality and points us back to the moment and its violence.”  Read the latest review of Anders Carlson-Wee’s Dynamite at Rain Taxi Review.

Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College is an annual literary magazine featuring poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers from across the United States. Washington College undergraduates participate in all facets of the journal’s production. Issue number two includes many of our favorite Bull City citizens: Matthew Olzmann, Emilia Phillips, Vievee Francis, and the list goes on & on!


NOW: Spring fiction contests at Passages North are now open  for submissions! Waasnode Fiction Prize Send your best fiction up to 10,000 words.  Neutrino Short-Short Prize Send your best short-short fiction, nonfiction, hybrid essays, and prose poems under 1,000 words. Up to three shorts may be submitted in one document. All contest entrants will receive a complimentary copy of the contest issue, Passages North #38. SUBMIT.

NOW: The Tin House Summer Workshop is a weeklong intensive  of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by the editors of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books. and their guests – prominent contemporary American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The program combines morning workshops with afternoon craft seminars and career panels. Evenings are reserved for author readings and revelry. APPLY.

NOW: Vermont Studio Center is accepting applications for a Writing Program Coordinator. This is a one-year, live-in, 29-hours per week staff-artist position. Compensation includes private room, studio, meals, access to Visiting Writers, and a stipend of $200 per week. APPLY.


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“We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death.” RIP Umberto Eco

MTE4MDAzNDEwNTk2MjM0NzY2“It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” RIP Harper Lee