Upcoming Readings

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

Bull City Press Presents

Located at Mettlesome’s Okay Alright Theater (401 West Geer Street,
Durham, NC, 27701), Bull City Press’s newest reading series brings you poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from established and emerging writers. Join us on the second Saturday of each month at 7 pm for some hot lit. And if you’re lucky, you can stick around and see one of our readers in a comedy show at 9 PM.

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Upcoming Readings

November 9, 2019 (7 PM) at Okay Alright :  Michael Keenan Gutierrez & John Hoppenthaler with Niyanta Kunal Patel

Michael Keenan Gutierrez is the author of The Trench Angel (Leapfrog) and earned degrees from UCLA, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of New Hampshire. His work has been published in The Guardian, The Delmarva Review, The Collagist, Scarab, The Pisgah Review, Pacifica, Untoward, The Boiler, and Crossborder. His screenplay, The Granite State, was a finalist at the Austin Film Festival and he has received fellowships from The University of Houston and the New York Public Library.  He lives with his wife and child in Chapel Hill where he teaches writing at the University of North Carolina. His website is michaelkeenangutierrez.com

John Hoppenthaler’s books of poetry are Lives of Water (2003), Anticipate the Coming Reservoir (2008), and Domestic Garden (2015, winner of the Brockman-Campbell Award for the best volume of poetry published by a NC writer in 2015, chosen by Barbara Hamby), all with Carnegie Mellon University Press. With Kazim Ali, he has co-edited a volume of essays and interviews on the poetry of Jean Valentine, This-World Company (U Michigan P, 2012). His poetry appears in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southern Review, Barrow Street, and numerous other journals and anthologies. He received his MFA in Poetry Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. For the cultural journal Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, he edits “A Poetry Congeries,” and he is on the advisory board for Backbone Press, a small publisher dedicated to marginalized voices. For nine years he served as Personal Assistant to Toni Morrison. He is a Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at East Carolina University.

Niyanta Kunal Patel is an emerging Indian-American poet and artist from Nashville, Tennessee. Niyanta is the inaugural UNC-Frost Place Publishing Fellow, and serves as an artist and designer for Bull City Press in Durham, North Carolina. They currently study neuroscience, chemistry, and creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Find them on Twitter @temporalsplendr.

December 14, 2019 (7 PM) at Okay Alright :  Joanna Pearson & Emily W. Pease

Joanna Pearson’s first collection of short stories, Every Human Love, was published in 2019 by Acre Books. Her fiction has appeared in Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Copper Nickel, Ecotone, Kenyon Review online, Mississippi Review, as well as other journals.  She is also the author of a book of poetry, Oldest Mortal Myth (Story Line Press, 2012), winner of the 2012 Donald Justice Prize and the 2014 Towson University Prize for Literature, and a young adult novel, The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011). 

Emily W. Pease’s collection of short stories, Let Me Out Here, winner of the C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Award, was released in March. A Ploughshares blog review describes the stories as “dizzying and ark with a hint of dread…rich with texture, voice and wild beauty.”  Pease has published in the Missouri Review, the Georgia Review, Narrative, the Alaska Quarterly Review, Witness, Crazyhorse, Shenandoah, and Kenyon Review online. She lives in Williamsburg, where she taught for many years at William & Mary. Currently she teaches writing to veterans with the Armed Services Arts Partnership.

February 22, 2020 (8 PM) in Hillsborough:  Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar

Dorianne Laux’s fifth collection, The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon, won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of AwakeWhat We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small press edition, The Book of Women. She is the co-author of the celebrated text The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. Laux teaches poetry in the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is a founding faculty member of Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program. Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected, was released by W.W. Norton in early 2019. 

Joseph Millar’s first collection, Overtime, was a finalist for the 2001 Oregon Book Award. His second collection, Fortune, appeared in 2007, followed by a third, Blue Rust, in 2012. His latest collection, Kingdom, was released in early 2017. He has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in such magazines as DoubleTakeTriQuarterlyThe Southern ReviewAPR, and Ploughshares. Millar teaches in Pacific University’s low-residency MFA Program and in North Carolina State’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

April 4, 2020 (8 PM) in Hillsborough:  Justin Gardiner & Rose McLarney

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