Welcome to the Bull Pen, where each week we round up good news, including links to new poems, essays, and stories from the literary citizens of the larger Bull City!  —Noah Stetzer


“The world, how greenesses pop up. I’d forgotten.” — Martha Rhodes, participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, is featured at Poem-a-Day this week.

Congratulations to Chaya Babu, Tomi Obaro, Niela Orr & Esther Wang, the have been selected from over 500 applicants to be this year’s Buzzfeed Emerging Writers Fellows!  Saeed Jones, Buzzfeed Executive Culture Editor, discusses it all here.

Esteemed citizen of the greater Bull City, C. Dale Young has a short story, “Order of Things” featured at the Asian American Literary Review.

Look for the special Sports-Themed Winter Issue of Prairie Schooner, guest-edited by our good friend Natalie Diaz author of  When My Brother Was an Aztec from Copper Canyon Press.

Another & Another contributor, Dwayne Betts talks about his book, Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books), on the Q radio show from CBC.  Listen.

Congratulations to all the NEA recipients this year! Check out this list!!

Phillip B. Williams, Inch #17 contributor, has a sampler of his poems included in the Boston Review Top 20 Poems of 2015. Look for his new book, Thief in the Interiorto come out next year from Alice James Books.

Win Bassett

Win Basset

“You know, Iris, singing is praying and praying is singing. There ain’t no difference,” DeMent on NPR recalls her mother saying. BCP alum Win Basset profiles Iris Dement at The Washington Post .

NER authors, Richie Hoffman, Peter LaSalle, Troy Jollimore, Kathryn Kramer, & Lenore Myka, have put out stunning books this year. See here.

Check out the fall Diode line up; it includes Inch #7 contributor, Justin Bigos, Charles Jensen, Cody Ernst, and lots more!

Narrative Magazine has announced the winners & finalists of the 2015 Narrative Below 30 Contest. Congratulations to 2015 Frost Winner Anders Carson-Wee,  author of Dynamite, and 2015 Frost Finalist Monica Sok who were named among them.

“I watched her pry at the dish of her mouth”  — Mary Jo Thompson, Another & Another contributor, has a poem, “The Other Self,” at Missouri Review.

The annual Debut Poets featured in Poets & Writers includes Alicia Jo Rabins, a 2013 Frost Finalist, along with plenty of great new voices.

“What kind of story can a city tell if this isn’t just the corner of Broadway and John, but the corner where X learned that Y never really loved him?”  Inch #23 contributor Michelle Peñaloza’s Landscape/Heartbreak reviewed here.

“I’d shackle God”  — Ron Reikki, Inch #16 contributor, has two poems over at Melancholy Hyperbole: “The Patients Who Died” & “Kissing God.”

Congratulations to Amit Majmudar, named the first Poet Laureate of Ohio!

SAN ANTONIO: The City’s Taking Nominations for San Antonio’s Next Poet Laureate!   GO HERE.

EXTENDED! Bellingham Review deadline for Hybrid submissions now January 1st! | Go HERE for more.

JAN 25: 92Y Discovery/Boston Review Contest winners receive a reading at the 92Y, publication in Boston Review, and $500 each.  ENTER.


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