Five Poets from Bull City Press

The intersection of place, identity, and desire is reflected in the lush language we use and the stories we tell. Through readings and conversation, we will explore these lyric intersections from a variety of angles with five acclaimed poets from Bull City Press. Come here poets from across the states read about hopping trains in the Pacific Northwest, exorcisms in the Bible Belt, hearing a call to prayer in Tunisia, watching a lover kill a bug, and lamenting over old photographs with “lavender nostalgia.” 

Bull City Press was born in 2006. They currently publish a small quarterly magazine, Inch, and poetry chapbooks through the Frost Place Chapbook Competition.

Books will be available for purchase. 

Tiana Clark poet

Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, 2016 Academy of American Poets University Prize, and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Tiana held the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Best New Poets 2015, BOAAT, Crab Orchard Review, Thrush, The Journal, and elsewhere. 

Anders Carlson-Wee Minneapolis poet

Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions (W.W. Norton, 2019). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, Bread Loaf, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. His work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, New England Review, Poetry Daily, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. His debut chapbook, Dynamite, won the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Prize. With his brother Kai Carlson-Wee, he co-directed the award-winning poetry film, Riding the Highline. Anders is the winner of Ninth Letter’s Poetry Award, Blue Mesa Review’s Poetry Prize, New Delta Review’s Editors’ Choice Prize, and the 2017 Poetry International Prize. He holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Minneapolis. 

Ross White poet North Carolina

Ross White is the author of two chapbooks, How We Came Upon the Colony (Unicorn Press, 2014) and The Polite Society (Unicorn Press, 2017). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry Daily, Tin House, and The Southern Review, among others. His manuscript in progress, Guilt Ledger, was selected by Edward Hirsch to receive the 2016 Larry Levis Post-Graduate Stipend from Warren Wilson College. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Durham, NC. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswhite.

Tommye Blount Detroit poet

Born, raised, and living in Detroit, Michigan, Tommye Blount is a recipient of the 2017 Kresge Arts Fellowship in Literature. What Are We Not For, his chapbook of poems, was released on Bull City Press in 2016. He has been the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Cave Canem and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Work from Tommye has appeared or is forthcoming in the following places: Poetry, New England Review, The Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, and the Kenyon Review. Currently, Tommye is hard at work on his debut full-length manuscript—to be released on Four Way Books.


Leila Chatti Wisconsin poet

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of the chapbooks Ebb (Akashic Books, New-Generation African Poets Series) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors' Selection from Bull City Press. She is the recipient of a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and fellowships and scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, the Key West Literary Seminar, Dickinson House, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, where she is the 2017-2018 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, Narrative, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

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