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Reading Series

The House Party Reading Series

a salon-style reading series

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.

These events are hosted in the homes of our staff. If you’d like an invitation, please fill out the form below:

Interested in reading?  Fill out the form and let us know when you’ll be in town. Please include the name of your most recent book and its date of publication.

Upcoming Readings

February readers

February 16, 2018: Cameron Awkward-Rich, Sarah Blake, Conor Bracken & Tiana Nobile

Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of Sympathetic Little Monster, (Ricochet Editions, 2016) and the chapbook Transit (Button Poetry, 2015). Cam is a Cave Canem Fellow, an editor at Muzzle Magazine and HEArt, and currently a postdoctoral associate in the program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University.  His critical book-in progress —Disavowing Attachments: Maladjustment in Trans[masculine] Thought — examines the politics and poetics of bad feelings in trans theory and literature.

Sarah Blake is the author of two poetry collections, Let’s Not Live on Earth and Mr. West, both from Wesleyan University Press. An illustrated workbook accompanies her chapbook, Named After Death (Banango Editions). In 2013, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her debut novel, Naamah, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.

Conor Bracken’s poems, which have been nominated for the Best of the Net and received grants from Inprint and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, appear or are forthcoming in Adroit Journal, Forklift OH, Muzzle, The New Yorker, and THRUSH. A graduate of Virginia Tech, a former poetry editor for Gulf Coast, and the assistant director of a university writing center, he received his MFA from the University of Houston, where he and his wife currently live.

Tiana Nobile lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a recipient of a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Kundiman fellowship. She is the author of the chapbook, The Spirit of the Staircase (Antenna Press Street Press, 2017), and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Poetry Northwest, Apogee, Hyphen Magazine, and the Texas Review, among others. For more, visit www.tiananobile.com

Previous Readings

November 18, 2017

November 18, 2017: Thomas Mira y Lopez, Emilia Phillips & Joy Priest

September 2017 House Party

September 2, 2017: Gabrielle Calvocoressi, DéLana R.A. Dameron, Tyree Daye & Matthew Olzmann

July House Party

June 16, 2017: Wilton Barnhardt, Scott Gould & Ross White

November 2016 House Party

November 11, 2016: Tyree Daye & Noah Stetzer

Anders Carlson-Wee

March 18, 2016: Anders Carlson-Wee