“Bull City Press started because I wanted to be a cheerleader for other people,” founder and Executive Director Ross White said in a 2014 profile in INDY Week.
Founded in Durham in 2006, Bull City Press began as a publisher of a literary imprint, inch (profiled on this blog last year), then grew into a publisher of poetry chapbooks. In 2015, they launched a line of fiction and nonfiction chapbooks when they merged with Origami Zoo Press.
And cheerleaders they have become, working tirelessly on behalf of their authors by throwing SRO events at major literary conferences and hosting a salon-style reading series in Hillsborough and Durham.
New releases in 2018 include the chapbook of poems from.from by 2013 Frost Place Chapbook Competition winner Jill Osier; Leila Chattiâ€™s debut Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the Editor’s Choice from the 2017 Frost Place Chapbook Competition; and the short-story collection Three Stories about the Human Face by Ryan Napier, which was pulled from the 2017 summer open reading period.
Past authors include Michael Martone and Michael Parker (fiction); B.J. Hollars (nonfiction); and poet Emilia Philips, who will lead the Poetry Master Class at the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2018 Spring Conference.
BCP reads manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction during their summer open reading period, June 5 – July 5. They also sponsor the Frost Place Chapbook Competition (October 1 – January 5, annually) that awards publication, $250, and a five-and-a-half-day residency at the Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, to the author of an unpublished poetry chapbook of 20-25 pages.
You can chat with Bull City Press staff in the exhibit hall of the NCWN 2018 Spring Conference, Saturday, April 21, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Registration is open.