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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) under normal conditions and streaming online during pandemics, Bull City Press’s newest reading series brings you poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from established and emerging writers. 

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Upcoming Readings

April 10, 2021 (streaming online), 7:30 pm: Debra Allbery, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Faith S. Holsaert, Kevin McIlvoy, Glenis Redmond, & Peter Turchi – a fundraiser for Friends of Writers

zoom link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_090PHSTnT6GnejgFhgOq8A

suggested donation: $20

for more info, visit Friends of Writers: 45th Anniversary Celebration – Regional Literary Events


An evening of readings and conversations to support Friends of Writers, a nonprofit that provides assistance to the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Its MFA General Scholarship Fund provides need-based financial assistance to MFA students. Its Grants for Change directs support toward writers of color, including international writers of color. These immediate grants will allow Friends of Writers to assist new and diverse voices, and encourage writing that more accurately reflects the world we all share.

Attendees who donate $20 or more will receive a limited edition chapbook featuring work from the evening’s readers.

Debra Allbery received her MFA from the University of Iowa and her MA from the University of Virginia. Her first collection of poetry, Walking Distance, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her collection, Fimbul-Winter, was published by Four Way Books in October 2010 and won the Grub Street National Book Prize in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, New England Review, The Nation, FIELD, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She has twice received fellowships from the NEA; other awards include the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Hawthornden fellowship, and two grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. She has taught writing and literature at Phillips Exeter Academy, Interlochen Arts Academy, Randolph College, Dickinson College, and the University of Michigan. Debra first taught in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers in 1995; she became the director in June 2009.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia EarhartApocalyptic Swing (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Their poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and journals including The Baffler, The New York TimesPOETRYBoston ReviewKenyon ReviewTin House, and The New Yorker. Calvocoressi teaches at UNC Chapel Hill and lives in Old East Durham, NC, where joy, compassion, and social justice are at the center of their personal and poetic practice.  

Faith S. Holsaert co-edited Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC (University of Illinois). She has a chapbook, Falls Lake: Swimming in History from Finishing Line Press. She was awarded the 2019 Alex Albright Prize in Nonfiction. Backbone Press published her chapbook, Year Forever in my Veins in 2020. Holsaert received her mfa from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She lives in Durham, NC, with her partner Vicki Smith, with whom she shares eleven grandchildren.

Kevin McIlvoy has published five novels, A Waltz (Lynx House Press), The Fifth Station (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; paperback, Collier/Macmillan), Little Peg (Atheneum/Macmillan; paperback, Harper Perennial), Hyssop (TriQuarterly Books; paperback, Avon), At the Gate of All Wonder (Tupelo Press); and a short story collection, The Complete History of New Mexico (Graywolf Press). A collection of his prose poems and short-short stories, 57 Octaves Below Middle C, has been published by Four Way Books (October 2017). He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction. He has lived in Asheville, NC since 2008.

Glenis Redmond’s love of words has carried her across the country for two decades. She logs over 35,000 miles a year bringing poetry to the masses. This Road Warrior Poet, though steeped in Afro-Carolininan roots, speaks a universal tongue of love, loss, celebration, sorrow and hope. Her verse uplifts family, culture and community. Glenis is a gentle pen pusher as she encourages others at diverse venues across the country from prisons, universities, festivals, conferences, camps, keynotes, rallies, to schools. In 2014-18, she served as the Mentor Poet for the National Student Poet’s Program to prepare students to read at the Library of Congress, the Department of Education, and for First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House.

Peter Turchi is the author of five books and the co-editor of three anthologies. His books include Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as CartographerSuburban Journals: The Sketchbooks, Drawings, and Prints of Charles Ritchie, in collaboration with the artist; a novel, The Girls Next Door; a collection of stories, Magician; and The Pirate Prince, co-written with Cape Cod treasure hunter Barry Clifford, about Clifford’s discovery of the pirate ship Whydah. He has also co-edited, with Andrea Barrett, A Kite in the WindFiction Writers on Their CraftThe Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work and, with Charles Baxter, Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life.