As we say goodbye to 2016, here are some highlights from our year at Bull City Press:

What Are We Not For

 

December “Blount’s sinewy poems are bound together with countless silken ties of desire, fear, and affection for the world in all of its wounding might. Ranging from tightly made free verse, to sonnet, to villanelle, these poems perpetually shrapnel into each other. Each poem shuts its mouth “around the rough ramble of wordlessness” ” —Dante Di Stefano The Best American Poetry blog.

 

 

 

August “Equilibrium has reached out to the unexpected, pulled it apart, and tried to put it back together – sometimes crookedly, sometimes perfect, and sometimes in ways that would make a Cubist blush. And yet every experiment is colored with a dedication that makes even the slips fascinating to watch and valuable to see. This is a book I’ll be picking up again.” —Katherine Frain The Blueshift Journal

 

 

Figuring

 

April “…Anna Ross’s self-portraits urge change and undoing, which beget the continual act of remaking identity: as mother, as body, as part of nature. ‘You think of bodies made and unmade / within you—the ones who found breath, / the ones who didn’t know the place they’d left,’ she writes. In fact, these poems seem to argue that domestic work is the act of creation and re-creation, and that the mother, like the fox leaving behind the ‘den where . . . blue-eyed kits / burrow themselves in sleep,’ is continually ‘unmasked / by sun’ to a sense or image of self, and then another and another.” —Emilia Phillips


In 2016 at Inch–our quarterly magazine devoted to the most compressed literary work, whether it’s poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction–we were thrilled to publish prose from: Cameron Quincy Todd, Nick Admussen, Landon Godfrey, Michael Parker, & Fred Muratori; along with poetry from: Anna Bernstein, Ellen C. Bush, Maddy Raskulinecz, & Abi Pollokoff.

 


In June, when we opened submissions under the “pay what you want” format, we committed to publishing one collection.  The support we received from our community of readers and writers allowed us to increase that to two chapbooks.  A hearty thanks to everyone who embraced our vision for this reading period– one of access for all writers, regardless of socioeconomic status.  Look for these two BCP titles to come out in 2017:

L.A. Johnson and her poetry chapbook, Little Climates

Johnson received her MFA from Columbia University and is currently pursuing her PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Southern California, where she is a Provost’s Fellow. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry ReviewThe Southern Reviewthe Antioch ReviewIowa ReviewMassachusetts Review, and other journals.

 

Michael Parker with his fiction chapbook, Everything, Then and Since.

“What makes Mr. Parker so satisfying a writer: his bone-deep affection for his characters; his love of clear, crisp, pungent language. . . his confidence in the possibility of redemption.” —Frederick Busch, The New York Times Book Review

We will hold another open reading period in summer, 2017.


Along with Johnson and Parker’s chapbooks, look ahead in 2017 for:

BJ Hollars’ In Defense of Monsters (re-issue)

B.J. Hollars

“B.J. Hollars, in his essays and fiction, reminds us that the world remains—despite our attempts to name and classify—mysterious and uncharted. Sasquatch, Nessie, monster turtles in Indiana? I’m grateful to B.J. for giving this skeptic some reasons to believe.” —Susan Neville, author of The Invention of Flight

 

Chloe Honum’s Then, Winter (Editors’ Selection from the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition)

Chloe Honum“…a tremendously talented poet who we’ve had the chance to publish a few times now. Her first collection, The Tulip Flame, came out in 2014 to many well-deserved accolades across the poetry world. . .Trained as a ballet dancer, you can sense an almost muscular, but always graceful, control in her lines; the emotional register is as powerful and lithe as a leaping dancer.” —Emily Nemens, coeditor & prose editor of The Southern Review

The winner of 5th Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press, TBD

In summer 2017, the winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press, and the winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 300), and a $250.00 stipend. The winner will also receive a full fellowship to attend the five-and-a-half-day Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place in August 2017, including room and board (a cash value of approximately $1,500.00), and will give a featured reading from the chapbook at the Seminar. In addition, the chapbook fellow will have the option to spend one week living and writing in The Frost Place House-Museum in September 2017 (peak leaf season in the White Mountains), at a time agreed upon by the fellow and The Frost Place.


In 2016, we packed up & took
our show on the road to AWP 2016 in LA and to the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Spring Conference. Look for us a these venues again in 2017!

Wishing everyone all the best in the New Year!