01 October 2016
final judge, Diane Seuss*
Welcome to the latest BULL PEN where we celebrate good news about our BCP friends and family. — Noah Stetzer
“I think there is an assumption that the first person “I” is always autobiographical in ways that the second and third person are not. I am of the school of thought that believes everything we write is autobiographical in as much as it reveals something about us: a thought process, aesthetic interests, obsessions etc.” —INCH 17 contributor, Phillip B Williams, interviewed at Vida.
“The news is only one voice, and I imagined whether trauma like this belongs to everyone, or to each individual who experienced it, or to some gray space in between. I wondered if this kind of tragedy would bring a community together—a township, a high school, an entire city—while also splintering the collective apart, since no one experiences grief in the same way.” —Anne Valente, author of An Elegy for Mathematics, interviewed at The Southern Review.
*ABOUT THE JUDGE
Diane Seuss’s most recent collection, Four-Legged Girl, was published in 2015 by Graywolf Press and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (2010) won the Juniper Prize and was published in 2010. Her first book, It Blows You Hollow, was published by New Issues Poetry and Prose. Her poetry has been published in a broad range of literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Iowa Review, New England Review, and The New Yorker. Her work has received a Pushcart Prize and been included in The Best American Poetry. She has received fellowships from Hedgebrook and The MacDowell Colony. Seuss’s fourth collection, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2018. She is Writer in Residence at Kalamazoo College.