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We have two reading series!

The House Party Reading Series

a salon-style reading

Hosted in Hillsborough and Durham, NC, the House Party Reading Series is a chance for writers and readers to hear some of the most exciting voices in contemporary letters… and then have a party. Head chef Ashley Nissler prepares the spread and the Bull City Press gang brings authors from all over the country to read new work.

Bull City Press Presents

Located at Mettlesome Theater (in Golden Belt, 800 Taylor Street, Suite 9-156, Durham, NC, 27701), Bull City Press’s downtown reading series brings you poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from established and emerging writers. And stick around for Golden Age, which generally features one of the readers inspiring improv comedy. Free to the public.

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Upcoming Readings

February 24 at 7:30 pm: Paul Jones & Annie Woodford with Simon Palmore and Golden Age Comedy

Mettlesome Theater in Golden Belt, 800 Taylor Street, Suite 9-156, Durham

Paul Jones is a person of minor interest. A manuscript of his poems crashed into the moon’s surface in 2019. Another moon shot is scheduled for early 2024. In 2021, Jones was inducted into the NC State Computer Science Hall of Fame. His book, Something Wonderful, was published by Redhawk Press in 2021. In 2024, Jones’ poem “Geode” was plagiarized multiple times by the notorious serial offender, John Kucera. Recently, Jones has published poems in Hudson Review, Tar River Poetry, NC Literary Review, as well as in anthologies including Best American Erotic Poems (1800-Present). http://smalljones.com

Annie Woodford is the author of Bootleg (Groundhog Poetry Press) and Where You Come from Is Gone, winner of Mercer University’s 2020 Adrienne Bond Prize and the 2022 Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry. Her most recent collection is When God Was a Child, part of Bull City Press’s Inch series. In 2022, she was a finalist for a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant. She lives in Deep Gap, North Carolina.

Simon Palmore is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Having grown up in Washington, DC, he is lucky to have found a home in the South. He writes about memory, class, and community in fiction and non-fiction forms. In addition to writing, he dedicates his time to local politics and community building. Simon’s work appears in UNC’s Traces and Cornell University’s Rainy Day. His short story, “Blood on the Road,” received an Honorable Mention for the 2023 James Hurst Prize in Fiction. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Golden Age is an all-star cast of improvisers, Each night, they welcome one special guest to share art and insights. Their experiences inspired their work, now they inspire hilarious conversation and comedy.

March 23 at 7:30 pm: Scott Gould & Carol Mitchell with TBD and Golden Age Comedy

Mettlesome Theater in Golden Belt, 800 Taylor Street, Suite 9-156, Durham

Scott Gould is the author of five books, including The Hammerhead Chronicles, winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Fiction, and Things That Crash, Things That Fly, which won a 2022 Memoir Prize for Books. His other honors include a Next Generation Indie Book Award, an IPPY Award for Fiction, the Larry Brown Short Story Award and the S.C. Arts Commission Artist Fellowship in Prose. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, Pangyrus, Crazyhorse, Pithead Chapel, Garden & Gun, and New Stories from the South, among others. He lives in Sans Souci, South Carolina and teaches at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities.

Carol Mitchell is a Caribbean immigrant living in the United States. She is the author of the novel What Start Bad a Mornin’ and of 18 books for children, including three published by HarperCollins UK. She holds an MFA, is a fellow of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and teaches writing at George Mason and George Washington Universities.

Golden Age is an all-star cast of improvisers, Each night, they welcome one special guest to share art and insights. Their experiences inspired their work, now they inspire hilarious conversation and comedy.

Previous Readings

April 13 at time TDB: Jason Gray, David Haynes, Sebastian Merrill & Karen Tucker

House Party Reading Series, Durham NC

Jason Gray is the author of Radiation King, winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry, and Photographing Eden, winner of the 2008 Hollis Summers Prize (Ohio UP). He has also published two chapbooks, How to Paint the Savior Dead (Kent State UP, 2007) and Adam & Eve Go to the Zoo (Dream Horse Press, 2003). His poems have appeared in PoetryThe American Poetry ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewLiterary ImaginationPoetry Ireland Review, and many other places. He has also reviewed poetry, nonfiction, and fiction for The Southern ReviewThe Missouri ReviewShenandoahThe Journal, and elsewhere. His poems have been anthologized and reprinted on Verse Daily. Besides writing, he spends time taking pictures of things.

The author of seven novels for adults and five books for younger readers, David Haynes is an emeritus professor of English at Southern Methodist University, where he directed the creative writing program for ten years. Since 1996 he has taught regularly in MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. His seventh and most recently novel is A Star in the Face of the Sky.  His forthcoming book is a collection, Martha’s Daughter: A Novella and Stories.

Sebastian Merrill is an award winning poet and a yoga instructor. His debut collection Ghost :: Seeds was selected by Kimiko Hahn as the winner of the 2022 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize from Texas Review Press. (photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

Karen Tucker is the author of the novel Bewilderness (Catapult 2021), which was longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, shortlisted for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize, and selected as a “Dazzling Debut” and Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association. Tucker’s fiction can be found in The Missouri ReviewThe Yale ReviewLitHubBoulevard,  EPOCHTin HouseAmerican Literary Review, Salamander, and elsewhere. Her awards include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for Emerging Writers, the George M. Harper Award for Creative Writing, the Jerome Stern Series Spotlight Award in fiction, and a PEO Scholar Award. Born and raised in North Carolina, she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at UNC Chapel Hill.

May 25 at 7:30 pm: Cynthia Gunadi with TBD and Golden Age Comedy

Cynthia Gunadi is the 2023-2024 Beebe Fellow in Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College. Her short fiction has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Greensboro Review, and Salt Hill Journal, among other places. She is grateful to have received support from Kundiman, Vermont Studio Center, and The Massachusetts Cultural Council. She holds an MFA from The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, as well as an M.Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In a recent past life she practiced and taught architectural design at University of Miami.

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