“The Gray Horse” Nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize

My story “The Gray Horse” was nominated for a 2018 Puschart Prize by one of the Pushcart Prize’s contributing editors. “The Gray Horse” was published in the Autumn 2017 issue of The Southern Review, which got a total of contributing editor 21 Pushcart nominations this year as well as 3 stories to be included in Best American Short Stories 2018http://thesouthernreview.org/blog/spring-anthology-news/

Panelist at SpaldingCon 2017

On November 18 at SpaldingCon, as part of the Spalding University MFA in Writing program, I’ll be on a panel with Mary Knight, Katie Boyer, and Ashlee Clark Thompson. Our topic is “Keeping Competition in the Library.” Join us for the discussion!

Keeping the Competition in the Library

Beneath hard work and concerns of craft, writers at all levels face a psychological challenge: managing the nagging fear that others are more talented or will be more successful. The Spalding MFA has a unique way of confronting this anxiety in Sena’s insistence that program students are not rivals. Instead, as Sena has said, “your competition is in the library.” Spalding alums in various genres will discuss the importance of an energizing and supportive community through graduation and beyond, and will share strategies for keeping comparisons with other writers in perspective.

Tribune announces 2017 Algren Award winners

I’m so excited that my short story “Found Objects” was selected as a Nelson Algren Literary Award finalist! An excerpt from the press release follows. Read the full press release here.

THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE –We’re pleased to announce that Kate Simonian is the grand prize winner of this year’s Nelson Algren Literary Award competition…The winners of the $1,000 finalist prizes, and their stories, are: Rebecca Wurtz, “Water Like Air”; Josh Oakley, “Canyon Mountain, MT”; Brooke Bullman, “Found Objects”; Carol Keeley, “Errata”; and Lori Stephens, “We Could Learn a Lot.”

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Bullman, Stevens receive ASCA Literature Fellowships

I’m incredibly honored to received an ASCA fellowship to support work on my novel. An excerpt of the press release follows. Read the full press release here.

ALABAMA WRITERS FORUM – At its June meeting in Montgomery, the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded fifteen fellowship grants, including one arts administration fellowship totaling $75,000 and two Arts and Cultural Facilities grants totaling $40,000, for a grand total of $115,000. Brooke Bullman of Huntsville and Kyes Stevens of Waverly received the two Literature Fellowships….[Bullman’s] fiction is notable for its refinement, compelling narrative, and convincing voice. As an emerging writer, she has shown great professionalism, productivity, and commitment. Her work shows great promise and represents Alabama well.

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New York Mills Visiting Artists Updates

The lovely people at New York Mills Cultural Center, where I was an artist-in-residence in March 2013, mentioned my ASCA grant. Read the full post and learn more about what other past visiting artists are up to here.

NEW YORK MILLS, MN –Writer Brooke Bullman from Huntsville, Alabama was here in March working on her first book…We recently heard a very exciting update from Brooke: she received a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts to continue work on the novel! They selected Brooke as one of two Literature Fellows for 2014. Congratulations to Brooke! The honor is well deserved and we can’t wait for her book to be on the shelves.

Arts grants help Auburn University alumnae, faculty with current and future works

Auburn University interviewed me for a story about Auburn alumnae and faculty who won ASCA grants this year. An excerpt from the press release follows. Read the full press release here.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Fellowship grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts will provide two Auburn University alumnae and a current faculty member with the means to foster current and future art projects.

Kyes Stevens, founder and director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, and Brooke Bullman, a writer from Huntsville, each earned a $5,000 fellowship in literature. Chuck Hemard, an associate professor of art at Auburn, received one of two $5,000 fellowships in media/photography….[Bullman] said, “As an emerging writer, the distinction and recognition provided by this grant is particularly important to my career. I’m deeply honored to be included in a group of such talented artists.”

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The New York Mills Cultural Center Presents the March Visiting Artist

On March 28th at the New York Mills Cultural Center, I’ll be reading from my recent work and talking about how to create art meaningful to you as well as your audience. Join us! Get all the details here.

Brooke is grateful to the Cultural Center and the community for the time and space to work on her book, and looks forward to meeting fellow artists and art lovers at the Open Mic Night at 7pm on Thursday, March 28. Brooke will kick off the Open Mic with a short reading from her recent work. All are welcome, please join us!