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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. To commemorate the evening, Gabrielle Bates creates original artwork for our broadside series.

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Previous Readings


July 27, 2019:  Jonathan Farmer, Jennifer Funk, Lindsay Lusby, & C. T. Salazar

Jonathan Farmer is the author of That Peculiar Affirmative: On the Social Life of Poems and the editor in chief and poetry editor of At Length. His writing has appeared in and on Slate.com, The American Poetry Review, The Academy of American Poets website, The Kenyon Review, LitHub, and PN Review, among others. He lives in Durham, NC, and teaches middle and high school English.

Jennifer Funk is a recovering Californian, but believes she has enough salt to be a proper New Englander (one day).  A graduate of Bennington College and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, she is currently enrolled in the counseling psychology program at Lesley University (she loves self-transformation…and debt). She has received scholarships from The Frost Place and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and has been a Pushcart Prize nominee.  You can find her work at SWWIMThe Boiler, and Four Way Review (some other places, too). 

Lindsay Lusby is the author of the poetry collection Catechesis: a postpastoral (The University of Utah Press, June 2019), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, judged by Kimiko Hahn. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Blackbird Whitetail Redhand (Porkbelly Press, 2018) and Imago (dancing girl press, 2014), and the winner of the 2015 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Contest. Her poems have appeared most recently in The Cincinnati Review, Passages North, The Account, North Dakota Quarterly, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Her visual poems have appeared in Dream Pop Press and Duende. She is the Assistant Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, where she serves as assistant editor for the Literary House Press and managing editor for Cherry Tree

C.T. Salazar is a latinx poet and translator living in Mississippi. His first chapbook, This Might Have Meant Fire, was released by Bull City Press as Inch #39. He’s the editor-in-chief of Dirty Paws Poetry Review, and the 2017 AWP Intro Journals Poetry Winner. His poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Grist, Tampa Review, Noble Gas QTRLY, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Matador Review, and elsewhere. He is a children’s librarian.

May 3, 2019:  Sandra Beasley, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, Valencia Robin & Nomi Stone

Maria CarlosKate Daniels

March 23, 2019: Maria Carlos, Kate Daniels & Alan Shapiro

February 2, 2019: Leila Chatti, Ashley Harris, Anna Maria Hong & Anna Lena Phillips Bell

November 10, 2018: Jenny George(get the broadside), Fred Joiner (get the micro-chapbook), Sarah Rose Nordgren & Anna Rose Welch

October 6, 2018: Gabrielle Bates (get the broadside), Michael Collier(get the broadside), Sonya Larson, & Dana Levin (get the broadside)

August 4, 2018

August 4, 2018: Matthew Broaddus, Michael Parker, Julia Ridley Smith, & Hannah VanderHart (get the broadside)

May Readers

May 18, 2018: Evana Bodiker, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (get the broadside), Stephanie Elizondo Griest, & Janine Joseph (get the broadside)

February readers

February 16, 2018: Cameron Awkward-Rich, Sarah Blake, Conor Bracken & Tiana Nobile (get the broadside)

November 18, 2017

November 18, 2017: Thomas Mira y Lopez, Emilia Phillips & Joy Priest (get the broadside)

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

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