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.
August 4, 2018: Matthew Broaddus, Michael Parker, Julia Ridley Smith, & Hannah VanderHart
Matt Broaddus is a Cave Canem fellow and author of a chapbook, Space Station (Letter [r] Press, 2018). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, The Offing, and Small Po[r]tions. He’s a recipient of a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship for 2018 and a 2018 Artist Residency from the Millay Colony for the Arts. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Michael Parker is the author of six novels – Hello Down There, Towns Without Rivers, Virginia Lovers, If You Want Me To Stay, The Watery Part of the World, and All I Have In This World–and three collections of stories. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals including Five Points, the Georgia Review, The Southwest Review, Epoch, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, Shenandoah, The Black Warrior Review, Trail Runner, Runner’s World and Men’s Journal. He has received fellowships in fiction from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Hobson Award for Arts and Letters, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia, he is the Vacc Distinguished Professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and since 2009 has been on the faculty of the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina and Austin, Texas. His most recent collection is Everything, Then and Since.
Julia Ridley Smith’s short stories and essays have appeared most recently in Electric Literature, the New England Review, Southern Cultures, and the Greensboro Review. New work is forthcoming this fall in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, and the Southern Review. She teaches in the English Department at UNC Greensboro and is an associate editor at Bull City Press. She also serves as a volunteer docent at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and is co-chair of the author committee for Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Sarah Lawrence College, she lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with her family.
Hannah VanderHart lives in Durham, NC. She has her MFA from George Mason University, and is currently at Duke University writing her dissertation on women poets in the seventeenth century. She has poems and reviews recently published and forthcoming at The McNeese Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, The Greensboro Review, Poetry Northwest and American Poetry Review. More at: hannahvanderhart.com
October 6, 2018: Gabrielle Bates, Michael Collier, Sonya Larson, & Dana Levin
Gabrielle Bates is a writer and visual artist from Birmingham, Alabama. She is the Social Media Manager of Open Books: A Poem Emporium, managing editor of the Seattle Review, an editorial assistant and contributing editor for Poetry Northwest, the official voice of Broadsided Press on twitter, and a contributing editor for Bull City Press. She also volunteers as a poetry mentor through the Adroit teen mentorship program and teaches occasionally as a spotlight author through Seattle’s Writers in the Schools (WITS). Gabrielle has received funding and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Artist Trust, Hugo House, and the Mineral School Artist Residency, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the New Yorker, Poetry, New England Review, jubilat, Washington Square, Black Warrior Review, the Best of the Net anthology, and elsewhere. Manuscripts-in-progress include a collection of poems, a novel, a book-length poetry comic, and an illustrated collaboration with poet Adrienne Raphel.
Michael Collier was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1953. He studied with William Meredith as an undergraduate at Connecticut College, and earned his MFA at the University of Arizona. Poet laureate of Maryland from 2001-2004, Collier teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Maryland. His books of poetry include The Clasp and Other Poems (1986), The Folded Heart (1989), The Neighbor (1995), The Ledge (2002), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Dark Wild Realm (2012), An Individual History (2014), and My Bishop and Other Poems (2018). Collier is the editor of two acclaimed anthologies of poetry, The Wesleyan Tradition: Four Decades of American Poetry (1993) and The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology (2000), and a translation of Medea (2006). He is also the author of a collection of essays, Make Us Wave Back (2007). He served as the Director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Sonya Larson’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Best American Short Stories
2017, American Short Fiction, American Literary Review, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Chronicle, Audible.com, West Branch, Salamander, Memorious, Solstice Magazine, Del Sol Review, Red Mountain Review, The Hub, and more. She has received honors and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, St. Botolph Club Foundation, and more. She currently works as Director of the Muse and the Marketplace literary conference, hosted by GrubStreet in Boston, as well as Director of GrubStreet’s race and advocacy work. She received her MFA in fiction in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Dana Levin’s new book of poetry is Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). Her first book, In the Surgical Theatre, was chosen by Louise Glück for the 1999 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and went on to receive numerous honors, including the 2003 PEN/Osterweil Award. Copper Canyon Press brought out her second book, Wedding Day, in 2005, and in 2011 Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Sky Burial was noted for 2011 year-end honors by The New Yorker, the San Francisco Chronicle, Coldfront, and Library Journal. Levin’s poetry and essays have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Best American Poetry 2015, The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, and The Paris Review. Her fellowships and awards include those from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, as well as the Rona Jaffe, Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations.
November 10, 2018: Jenny George, Ashley Harris, Sarah Rose Nordgren & Anna Rose Welch
Jenny George is the author of The Dream of Reason (Copper Canyon Press, 2018) and a winner of the 2015 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, FIELD, Gulf Coast, Cimarron Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, failbetter, Indiana Review, and Shenandoah. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fund, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo Corporation. Jenny lives in Santa Fe, NM, where she runs a foundation for Buddhist-based social justice. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Ashley Harris is the author of If the hero of time was black (Weasel Press). Her work has appeared in Aguas de Pozos, Event Horizon, Cartridge lit, Wusgood.black and the Yellow Chair Review. She is one of the founding members of Hear&After, an organization dedicated to presenting poetry workshops and open mics to the Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill NC area. She is a recipient of a Johnston Scholarship and the Gerard Unks Fellowship Grant. In addition, she helped Dr. Renee Alexander-Craft with her studies on the Carnaval tradition in Portobelo through the online database Digital Portobelo. Ashley is currently emerged in clinical research, poetry, and the Legend of Zelda.
Sarah Rose Nordgren is a poet, teacher, and multiform text artist. Her two books of poetry are Best Bones (2014), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and Darwin’s Mother, which is recently released from University of Pittsburgh Press (November 2017). Her poems and essays appear widely in periodicals such as Agni, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, Copper Nickel, and American Poetry Review, and she creates video and performance text art in collaboration with Kathleen Kelley under the name Smart Snow.
Anna Rose Welch holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2014, Kenyon Review Online, Guernica, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, The Paris-American, and other publications. She lives in Erie, PA, where she is the chief editor of a pharmaceutical publication and a violinist in a local chamber orchestra. Her first book of poems, We, the Almighty Fires, was published by Alice James Books in April, 2018.
February 2, 2019: Sandra Beasley, Anna Maria Hong & Anna Lena Phillips Bell
Sandra Beasley is author of three poetry collections: Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. Honors for her work include a 2015 NEA Literature Fellowship, the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, and three DCCAH Artist Fellowships. She is also the author of the memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, which engages living with disability. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at the University of Tampa.
Anna Maria Hong’s first poetry collection, Age of Glass, won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s 2017 First Book Poetry Competition and was published in April 2018. Her novella H & G won the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize and was published by Sidebrow Books in May 2018. Her second poetry collection, Fablesque, won Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize and will be published in early 2020. She joined the Literature faculty at Bennington College in July 2018.
Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the 2016 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize. Her projects include A Pocket Book of Forms, a limited-edition, travel-sized guide to poetic forms, and Forces of Attention, a series of printed objects designed to help people mediate their interactions with screened devices. The recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, she teaches at UNC Wilmington, where she is the editor of Ecotone and an editor of Lookout Books.She lives with her family near the Cape Fear River, and calls Appalachian square dances in North Carolina and beyond.