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Bull Pen: 21 February 2017

Home again! All of us at Bull City Press say “thank you” to all of you who came out at #AWP17 to say hello, to meet our authors, to attend our reading, and to show us the love. Here it is: this week’s BULL PEN where we celebrate our BCP friends and family. Have news to share? Send it my way at  Have a great week! –Noah


“I wake in the middle of the night / to check my pulse, wonder how long after your heart stops / you keep living, or is it sudden gone? Grief / is a volley ball lodged behind my shoulder blades.”  —DéLana R.A. Dameron, INCH 8 contributor, featured at BuzzFeed.

INCH 16 contributor, Ron Riekki’s piece, “Reasons Not to Join” appears at the New Orleans Review.

“Storytelling and memory feel like siblings to me (though it’s nearly impossible to tell who is the firstborn.) Both are fundamentally intertwined and essential to what and how I write, but they are constantly interrupting the other to make a point.” —Michael Schmeltzer, INCH 22 contributor, interviewed at Prairie Schooner.


Host Frank Stasio speaks with Michael McFee–contributor to multiple issues of INCH–about his book, We Were Once Here (Carnegie Mellon), and about striking the balance between family grief and a poet’s need to write through love and loss at WCQS: Western North Carolina Public Radio.

Emilia Phillips–author of Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike–has a blog post, “Earing the Clink of Chisels: An Imperfect Love Letter to Reading Literary Magazines” up at Ploughshares.

“Every day, I look for myself in other women’s bodies. This is what happens when you never see yourself in television shows or catalogues or movies—you get hungry. In passersby, I seek out a faithful replica of my own full chest: my plastic-bag stomach pooched over jeans, my milk-carton hips, and my face with its peach-pit cheekbones set in coffee grounds. In this way, I see myself in pieces, mostly, and have to assemble my body in my mind.” —Carmen Maria Machado, INCH 20 contributor, with her amazing piece, “The Trash Heap has Spoken” featured at Guernica.


Grind Good News: from Muriel Nelson with grind poems appearing at Hummingbird Journal and Smartish Pace.

Michael Martone–author of Memoranda–has established the “Martone Traveling Grant” for students who love to write.

Check out “Whispering Arch” by Anne Valente–author of An Elegy For Mathematics–appearing at Passages North.

Congratulations to Emma Bolden–contributor to multiple issues of INCH–who has been named a runner-up for the Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize from The Journal.

Bull Pen: 6 February 2017

In Defense of Monsters


Preorder now:

Then Winter


In Defense of Monsters.




Welcome to this week’s Bull Pen where we round up good news about Bull City Press friends & family: awards, reviews, and publications.  If you’re attending, we look forward to seeing you this week at #AWP17. If you are not, we are always happy to see you here and online!  Do you have good news to share? send it to me at  Have a great week! –Noah Stetzer 


Congratulations to Vievee Francis, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series  & author of Forest Primeval (Northwestern Univ Press); Francis has been awarded the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.


Congratulations to Phillip B. Williams, contributor to INCH 17 & author of Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books); Johnson has been awarded the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Landon Godfrey, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series & contributor to INCH 30,  was featured at Verse Daily.

The latest issue of Jubilat includes Mackenzie Kozak & Arisa White both participants in the Grind Daily Writing Series.

“What must be valued / I’m learning, / in clarity & in error, / are spaces / where / feelings are held.” —Jenny Johnson’s “Spaces” was featured at Poem-a-Day. “Spaces” can be found in Johnson’s new release In Full Velvet (Sarabande) out now! We are proud to have included Johnson in Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series.

Congratulations to BCP editor Matthew Olzmann, “Letter Beginning with Two Lines by Czesław Miłosz,” has been  selected by Natasha Trethewey for Best American Poetry 2017!

“There is no making nice here, no trite and hopeful conclusions, no apologies for the persistently grim and grotesque.” —Roxane Gay’s, contributor to INCH 19, book Difficult Women (Grove) reviewed at New Republic.

Get Mike Scalise’s, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, new book The Brand New Catastrophe (Sarabande) out now!

Find us this week in Booth 672 at the 2017 AWP Conference Bookfair. Our full guide of signings, readings, and events is here: BCP at AWP.

“remember, when good people give up / the world will be ruled by assholes” –from Kathleen Rooney, INCH 16 contributor; her poem, “Seven Occasions to Let the Light Fall” featured at One Small Thing.



BULL PEN: 19 July 2016



by Tiana Clark winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition

Welcome to the latest edition of 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


If you are a woman and you are curious, grief is not far behind. Your thirst will be quenched for a moment, yes, but then consequences will limp-lope toward you like an injured man (and isn’t that the world’s most dangerous creature, an injured man?) and you will regret all of your choices.  –from “Morals of the Story” by Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado, contributor to INCH 20, has an amazing essay, “The Morals of the Story,” up at Tiny Donkey the short-form journal off-shoot from Fairy Tale Review.

Dilruba Ahmed, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, with “Personal Effects” & “In the Longest Hour” up at Diode Poetry Journal

Elisa Gabbert, contributor to INCH 16, provides wisdom on “Should You Write Towards Trends?” in the Dear Blunt Instrument column at Electric Literature.


“I’ve heard it said that you can feel it coming in the tremor of the tracks” –from DYNAMITE by Anders Carlson-Wee winner of the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.

Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis

I remember the falls, myself falling 
to the floor or sidewalk, or against the brick wall 
my head met after a push. There were many pushes. 
Girls pushed. I didn’t push. I punched. Pulled one 
down by the hair and kneed her as my head bled.
Girls didn’t punch until high school. I had always 
punched. What kind of girl are you? 
The kind who wants to live, I said, and I did want to 
until I didn’t anymore. –from “Taking It” by Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis, contributor to INCH 26, with “Taking It” at Muzzle Magazine.

Faith Holsaert, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, with the poem, What We Talk About When We Talk About Bed Bugs” at Red Paint Hill.

MatthewOlzmann_NewBioImage2015Often I sit down, unsure what I’m going to write. I like writing just for the process of writing. I like the way it makes me slow down and think something through. Sometimes it’s just writing out thoughts, writing a scene, writing a sentence, and then if something sparks or seems promising when I return to it, then that’s when the real work often begins: revising and developing the idea. I think C. Dale Youngonce said that drafting a poem is like an artist gathering materials, but revising a poem is an artist shaping the materials. So the poem truly begins in revision, when I have something that I want to try to expand and develop. –from Matthew Olzmann interview

Matthew Olzmann, BCP editor and good friend of the press, interviewed at Panhandler Magazine.


Emilia Phillips, author of Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alikean editors’ selection from the 2014 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.


🎙ALL UP IN YOUR EARS is a monthly podcast discussing, extolling, deviating from and disagreeing about recent poems. This month, they discuss poems by Max Ritvo and Brenda Shaughnessy, then chat with Jaswinder Bolina about Trump and the AWP Industrial Complex


Bull Pen: 18 April 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of 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


Emma Bolden

Emma Bolden

Emma Bolden, contributor to INCH #3, #6, #19, & #23,  has work at Ithaca Lit, “I Was Told Not to Write About the Body.”

Dwayne Betts, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, winner of the 2016 PEN New England Award for Poetry, reads at the award ceremony.  Betts’ book Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books) is shortlisted for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, is a finalist for the Firecracker Award in Poetry, is a finalist for the 2015 IndieFab Book of the Year Award, and made Library Journal’s “Best Books 2015: Poetry” list.

You came into this world, creamy—full of alkali and burn, 
like a baby born of hard labor. Ruler of all things straight 
and acceptable. (T. Clark)

–Tiana Clark is the winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, read two poems from Clark here at HEArt Online.

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.

We are super excited for Solmaz Sharif’s upcoming Graywolf Press title, Look. In preparation for Look’s release, Sharif has put together a “behind the scenes” tumblr.


Carlson-Wee Bros.

Anders Carlson-Wee, author of 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition winning title, Dynamite (Bull City Press), with his brother Kai Carlson-Wee at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Society festival with their documentary short, Riding the High Line.  Read a review written by Shawn Delgado of Carlson-Wee’s Dynamite in the latest issue of storySouth.

Congratulations to Rick Barot on winning the 2016 PEN Open Book Award with his book Chord (Sarabande Books)!

Rick Bursky’s, participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, poem, “I’m Now Prepared for the New Exuberance,”  appears in the latest issue of Crazyhorse along with Elizabeth Scanlon, with her #grind poems, “Escapism,” “Waltzball,” and “The Odds.”

B. J. Hollars, author of In Defense of Monsters, originally published by Origami Zoo Press(coming to Bull City Press in 2016), writes at Indiana University Press blog about Michael Martone, author of Memoranda, an editors’ selection from the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.

UnknownGet to know this year’s fellows selected for the 2016 Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Writers.

The latest issue of Black Warrior Review has a hot line-up of writers, including: Rochelle Hurt, contributor to INCH #17, and Karyna McGlynn & Arisa White, both participants in The Grind Daily Writing Series.

Michael Schmeltzer, contributor to INCH #22, has two poems, “Elegy for 16th Avenue” & “Seventeen Ways Through Grief” at The Collapser.

Last week, POET.TIPS had taken social media by storm.  Find out about how this provocative site came about at Robert Peake’s website.



FOR $10!

Editor’s Selection in the

2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.

Coming soon!


Matthew Olzmann, BCP editor & author of Mezzanines (Alice James Books) and the forthcoming Contradictions in the Design (Alice James Books), has work available to hear at From the Fishouse.

Christopher Citro, contributor to INCH #10, has two poems, co-written with Dustin Nightingale, up at Juxtaprose Literary Magazine.

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–Aimee Nezhukumatahil, contributor to INCH #3, has a poem at BuzzFeed Reader  and is interviewed by Michaelsun Knapp in Mud City Journal.

Our very own Ross White, BCP Executive Director, has a new poem, “If I Don’t Black Out” up at The Collagist.

The Spring 2016/Issue 41 of storySouth puts forth a superstar line-up, including: upcoming BCP author, Chloe Honum, editors’ selection from the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition along with former BCP managing editor, Marielle Prince.

The Spring 2016 issue of Ploughshares, guest edited by Alan Shapiro & Tom Sleigh, includes works from BCP author, Emilia Phillips, author of Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alikean editors’ selection from the 2014 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.

JC Todd

JC Todd

Congratulations to J.C. Todd, participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, her #grind poem, “The Morning After” has been commended for the 2016 Hippocrates Prize Open and NHS Commendations.


University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Saturday, April 23, 2016. We will be at the NC Writers’ Network 2016 Spring Conference! The North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Creative Writing Program at UNC Greensboro bring you a full day of Master Classes, breakout sessions, conversations, and more. This year’s Spring Conference again will be in UNCG’s MHRA Building, on the corner of Spring Garden and Forest Streets, and in the Curry Auditorium next door, offering classes on the craft and business of writing and publishing.

APPLY: The Gregory Pardlo Scholarship for Emerging African American Poets — The winner will receive a full scholarship to attend the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, July 31 – August 5, 2016, including room and board (valued at approximately $1,550), and will give a featured reading at the Seminar. APPLY HERE.

SUBMIT: The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Judge: Gabrielle Calvocoressi. Deadline 4/30.

SUBMIT: Pittsburgh Poetry Review is accepting submissions now through 4/30.


BULL PEN: 11 July 2006

Eqiuilibrium_cover_lgAren’t we always flying, / into each other / into the mouth of the universe?

from EQUILIBRIUM by Tiana Clark: winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition

Hey! the amazing cover for EQUILIBRIUM has been revealed. And despite the short holiday week, we’ve got a few news pieces to share in this week’s BULL PEN–where we celebrate the great good news of our BCP friends and family. –Noah Stetzer


Rita Hickey, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, with flash fiction piece, “Lies of Encouragement” up at Rum Punch Press.

Kathleen Rooney, contributor to INCH 16, reviews Heather Havrilesky’s How to Be a Person in the World (Doubleday) at The Chicago Tribune.

“Writers write. Good times, bad times, all the time — writers write” —Rick Bursky, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, interviewed for “Writing Through Difficult Times” at the UCLA Extension website.

Ron Reikki’s, contributor to INCH 16, poem “After the School Shooting, He Says” at The New Verse News; and two poems at EARTH MAT(T)ERS S/TICK: feminists on guard.

“And I’d add a thank you to EVERY writer who has submitted their work thus far, whether they paid $0 or $3 or $30.  To be entrusted with their work, and to know that they value Bull City Press, is astonishing and heartening and such a gift.” 

Ross White, BCP executive director, on the overwhelming response to this summer’s open reading period.


I floated in my dust and ore, / collecting light like sympathy / from strangers

from FIGURING by Anna Ross: editor’s selection in the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition