“Not a cruel song, no, no, not cruel at all. This song is sweet. It is sweet. The heart dies of this sweetness.”brigitpegeenkelly_newbioimage_credit-brianpalmer

RIP Brigit Pegeen Kelly 1951-2016

Welcome to this week’s BULL PEN where we gather some of the good news of our BCP friends and family. If you have news you’d like to share email it to [email protected] –Noah Stetzer🙂


Rochelle Hurt’s, contributor to INCH 17, poem, “The Garage,” appears at Drunken Boat.

Ron Reikki

Ron Reikki

Check out INCH 16 contributor Ron Riekki’s essay, “Guns” up at New Orleans Review.

“How to Suppress Women’s Criticism: on Neil Gaiman, Shirley Jackson, and the importance of not erasing women’s writing” is INCH 20 contributor Carmen Maria Machado’s brilliant essay at Electric Literature.

Congratulations to Anders Carlson-Wee, BCP author of Dynamite, selected by Jennifer Grotz as the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition winner, who has placed first in the Blue Mesa Review poetry contest and has been selected as one of the fifty finalists in this year’s Best New Poets anthology.

Penny Guisinger

Penny Guisinger

Check out Penny Guisinger’s, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, piece up at The Authenticity Experiment.

Anne Valente, BCP author of An Elegy for Mathematics, interviewed at So to Speak Journal.

Kathleen Rooney, contributor to INCH 16, appears at The Collagist.

Magical Thinking: A Conversation with Michael Martone, BCP author of Memoranda, an editor’s selection from the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition appears at Tupelo Quarterly.

Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis

Congratulations to INCH 26 contributor, Vievee Francis on winning the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry.

Ellen McGrath Smith, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, appears at Verse Daily with her poem, “A Local Joan of Arc.”

“Residing and Resisting in Nashville as an Artist: the MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University Poetry Editor for Nashville Review Reflects on Living and Being a Poet in Nashville”–BCP poet Tiana Clark, winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition with Equilibrium, appears at Artober.

Diane Seuss, final judge for the 2017 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, appears at the latest Waxwing.


Now Open: The 5th Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition   Submission Period: October 1, 2016 – January 5, 2017. Application Fee: $28.00. Applications are only accepted online unless other arrangements are made with The Frost Place office. Look for the link to our submission manager, as well as information about summer programs at The Frost Place, on the home page of The Frost Place website: www.frostplace.org.

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from Tommye Blount