Great news to share this week in our latest installment of the Bull Pen: where we bring together some of the achievements and publications of the literary citizens of the Bull City. –Noah Stetzer


Liz Ahl, regular participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, has work appearing at A Dozen Nothing.

Arisa White, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Seriesparticipates in the James Tate tribute at Bat City Review.

Ross White, executive director here at BCP, featured at the AWP website’s column, In the Spotlight.

Stevie Edwards

Stevie Edwards

Stevie Edwards, regular participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, with four poems featured at Superstition Review.  Stevie’s poem, “Queen of Ashley River” is featured at Up the Staircase Quarterly.

Nandi Comer

Nandi Comer

Congratulations to Nandi Comer, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Seriesthe fourth writer to receive a house in Detroit as part of the Write a House Project.

Ann-Marie Blanchard, participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series; and Rochelle Hurt, contributor to INCH #17,  are included in the lineup of great writers in Issue 12 of Bat City Review.

Khadijah Queen, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Seriesparticipated in the month long tribute to Prince at Barrelhouse Magazine.

Tiana Clark, winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press with Equilibrium (due out summer 2016), with “Bear Witness” up at Thrush Poetry Journal.

Kelly Fordon

Kelly Fordon

Kelly Fordon, participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, reviews Desiree Cooper’s Know the Mother (Wayne State University Press), at Literary Mama. Congratulations also go out to Kelly on being shortlisted for the 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award.

Suzanne Parker

Suzanne Parker

Congratulations Suzanne Parker, long-time participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, on winning the Tupelo Press 2016 Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize!

Phillip B Williams’, contributor to INCH #17, “Hunter” featured as Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day.  Phillip’s poem “The Field” is highlighted at The Missouri Review.

Carmen Maria Machado, contributor to INCH #20, on Joanna Walsh’s “Grow a Pair: 9 1/2 Fairytales about Sex” at LA Review of Books.

Elisa Gabbert, contributor to INCH #16Shane Jones, contributor to INCH #9; and Saara Raappana, participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series; are all featured at Diagram 16.2



Editor’s Selection in the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.

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Congratulations to Dave Lucas, contributor to INCH #12, on receiving a 2016 Cleveland Arts Prize.

Ron Reikki

Ron Reikki

Ron Reikki, contributor to INCH #16, with work in Helen: A Literary Magazine.

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay, contributor to INCH #19, on Beyoncé’s Lemonade at The Guardian.

Hannah dela Cruz Abrams, participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, with an article in the 2016 May/June issue of Arrive Magazine.

Bethanne Patrick, participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, talks with Lydia Millet in advance of her new novel at The Lit Hub.

SUBMIT: The Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize honors the late Stanley Kunitz’s dedication to mentoring poets. The winning poem will appear on the feature page of the September/October issue of The American Poetry Review, and the poet will receive a prize of $1,000. (Poets must be under 40 years of age.) Deadline May 15.

SUBMIT: The James Laughlin Award is given to honor a second full-length book of original poetry, in English, by a living poet, forthcoming in the next calendar year. Deadline May 16.

SUBMIT: The Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $1,000. Deadline May 15.

APPLY: The Vermont Studio Center is the largest international residency program in the US, hosting more than 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world. VSC holds three annual fellowship deadlines: February 15th, June 15th, and October 1st.