So much good news this week… we are very proud to announce our Frost Place Competition winner & editor’s selection; last year’s winner continues to impress; we’re headed west; and much, much more. Every week, Bull Pen, rounds up good news, including links to new poems, essays, and stories from the literary citizens of the larger Bull City! –Noah Stetzer

Tiana Clark

Tiana Clark


Bull City Press and The Frost Place are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press is Equilibrium by Tiana Clark of Brentwood, Tennessee. Equilibrium will be published in summer 2016.

Chloe Honum

Chloe Honum


In addition to Equilibrium, the editors at Bull City Press have also selected Then Winter by Chloe Honum for publication.  Then Winter will be released in early 2017.

Visit Bull City Press table #943 at the 2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair Los Angeles Convention Center & JW Marriott Los Angeles, March 30-April 2. Get all the [email protected] information in our special Bull Pen/#AWP16 Supplement.


Anders Carlson-Wee

Anders Carlson-Wee

Congratulations go out to Anders Carlson-Wee, author of Dynamite winner of the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, on winning the McKnight Fellowship! Anders has also been named a runner-up in this year’s 92Y Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest.  His short documentary, Riding the High Line, which he produced with his brother Kai, is an official selection at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Society Festival.

“The impossible / to remove of it. The stand-in for something else of it.” —Landon Godfrey, a regular participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, has three poems at Juked.

Ron Reikki, contributor to INCH #16–Fall 2011, has a story, “Her Son” at Scholars & Rogues.

Congratulations go out to Reginald Dwayne Betts, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, who has won the PEN New England Award in Poetry for his book Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books)!

Emilia Phillips

Emilia Phillips

“The autobiography of the imagination writes itself, one could say. It writes every time we write, every time we dream or daydream. It is its own captain’s log, the transaction and receipt. It reveals the self to make the self into a stranger, twisting the to wring out a you.” Emilia Phillips’, author of Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike, “The Autobiography of the Imagination: Toward a Definition” up at The Ploughshares Blog.

“I’ve come outside with the knots in my skull / to see what the spring sunlight can do.” –Christopher Citro’s, contributor to INCH #10, poem “The Sweet of Being Made Right” published at The Sixth Finch.

“Sometimes I wonder if the ‘life of the mind’ is futile in Texas” –Karyna McGlynn, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, published at The Sixth Finch.

“What’s displaced when something suddenly exists?” –Chris Tonelli, contributor to INCH #2, published at The Sixth Finch.

“Fly eggs hatch in the trash / in the sink water milk stink” –Angela Veronica Wong, finalist in the 2014 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, with “All Rivers Run to the Sea and Drown” at The Sixth Finch.

“I come from a place where scientists try to trick indigo buntings into following a false star in a darkened room.” –Aimee Nezhukumatathil, contributor to INCH #3, with “What Are? Where are You From?” published at The Offing.

So happy for all the winners of this year’s Whiting Awards!

Phillip B. Williams

Phillip B. Williams

Phillip B. Williams, contributor to INCH #17–Spring 2012, is part of the stellar line up in this spring’s issue of Oxford American. Phillip’s new book, Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books) is reviewed at the San Diego Book Review.

“Edgar Poe was fascinated by petrification, too. Perhaps that was the impetus of the master’s own Stone Age, painting animals, vegetables, and inanimate objects as solid rocks.” –Kathleen Rooney, contributor to INCH #16–Fall 2011, with “Souvenir de Voyage” at Queen Mob’s Tea House.



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“Whereas people once dreamed of collectively building a better world, it looks as if now all we do is imagine our collective death (this might be especially true at this moment in American poetry).” –Elisa Gabbert, contributor to INCH #16–Fall 2011, featured at Entropy Magazine.

Afterland, by Mai Der Vang, was selected by Carolyn Forché as the winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award, given by the Academy of American Poets, and will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017.

Congratulations to R. O. Kwon, a regular participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, who will have her novel, Heroics, published by Riverhead Books.

APPLY:  The Frost Place is taking applications for summer conferences & seminars! Send in your application today to be considered for one of their summer programs. Study with incredible 2016 faculty and fellows: Dawn PotterTeresa CarsonKerrin McCaddenRich VillarAfaa M. WeaverMartha RhodesMaudelle DriskellGabrielle CalvocoressiRachel Eliza GriffithsMichael Klein,  Matthew OlzmannCollier NoguesPatrick DonnellyIlya KaminskyCleopatra MathisLyrae Van Clief-Stefanon.

SUBMIT:  Sibling Rivalry Press’ open submission period for full-length poetry manuscripts, chapbooks, and pretty much anything you want to throw at us runs each year from March 1 – June 1.

SUBMIT: The Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry is accepting submissions for a book-length collection of poetry for a first book. Vievee Francis, judge. Click here to read the guidelines. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 5 TO ACCOMMODATE POETS ATTENDING AWP!