Every version of this story is equally 
useless. Because no matter how far 
we try to pull away from each other, 
no matter how far we ride these coal-
dusted rails over our own Dakotas, 
it’s always the same old story 
with us. 💥

–from “Soft Hunting” Anders Carlson-Wee

Read Anders’ poem at AGNI, follow links to poems from francine j. harris, check out Stevie Edwards’ “Letter of Resignation” at Rust + Moth–all this and so so much more in this week’s Bull Pen where every week we try to collect the latest and greatest news about the good citizens of Bull City.  –Noah Stetzer

We’re very excited to announce that we now have available four titles (Figuring, Memoranda, Dynamite, and Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike) available to order through Small Press Distribution!

Tiana Clark

Tiana Clark

Congratulations to Tiana Clark — winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition with Equilibrium which will be published in September, 2016 — for being awarded the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference!

Anders Carlson-Wee — winner of the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition with Dynamite — with “Soft Hunting” up at AGNI Online.

Our own, Ross White, BCP executive director and participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, with two poems up at Body Literature.

Luke Hankins, contributor to INCH #23, translates work from Stella Vinitchi Radulescu’s Journal with Closed Eyes at Verse.

Rochelle Hurt

Rochelle Hurt

Congratulations to Rochelle Hurt, contributor to INCH #17 and a finalist for the Indiana Review‘s 2016 Poetry Prize!

Ron Reikki, contributor to INCH #16, has “The Gun Shop” published now at Mad Swirl.

Michael Schmeltzer, contributor to INCH #22, with his poem “Even Invisible I Go With a Bang” up at Gulf Stream.

Kevin McLellan, contributor to INCH #6, is included in the stellar line up of the Spring/Summer Issue #27.1 of December Magazine.

Landon Godfrey, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, with her #GrindPoem “Ice Bucket” at 100 Word Story.

Stevie Edwards, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, with her poem, “Letter of Resignation” at Rust + Moth.

Colleen Harris-Keith

Colleen Harris-Keith

Colleen Harris-Keith, contributor to INCH #14, with three poems at Today People Poetry Journal.

francine j. harris, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, with four poems at PEN American.

Robin Black’s, BCP editor/alum, book Crash Course: Essays from Where Writing and Life Collide (Engine Books) reviewed at the Huffington Post.

Phillip B. Williams’, contributor to INCH #17, Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books) reviewed at Blackbird.

Diana Spechler

Diana Spechler

Diana Spechler, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, with “Among the Healers–Therapy, medication and yoga couldn’t cure my anxiety. Maybe Rafael could.” at the New York Times.


APPLY: Matthew Olzmann, BCP editor and participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, will be on faculty this summer at The Frost Place which is accepting applications today to be considered for one of their summer programs. Study with incredible 2016 faculty and fellows: Dawn Potter, Teresa Carson, Kerrin McCadden, Rich Villar, Afaa M. Weaver, Martha Rhodes, Maudelle Driskell, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Michael Klein, Collier Nogues, Patrick Donnelly, Ilya Kaminsky, Cleopatra Mathis, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. Scholarships are available. SUBMIT