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ISBN: 978-0-9981348-1-9
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Categories Chapbooks, Fiction, Nomadic


Publication Date: October 2016


In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. Wallflower was originally published by Nomadic.

These are stories of desire, identity, folly, tenderness, and maybe even hope. Hapless males with heart, but not exactly gumption, walk into situations with strong women with ideas on what to do with hapless males. Men not necessarily finding out, women not all the way certain…beauty’s uninterpretable call; an invisible ear pressed to a non-existent wall …love stories in other words.


This strange bullet of a book reads like a lovely mash-up of John Barth and Gary Lutz. It’s playful and cerebral, funny and sad. Bullen has a keen eye for bringing the pathos of our age to light.
Joshua Mohr, author of All This Life, Some Things That Meant The World To Me, Termite Parade, Damascus, and Fight Song

What makes Peter Thomas Bullen’s writing special is that he writes with great confidence and great humility. The confidence is in the world he quietly builds and the humility is towards the tragicomic men fumbling through it.
Siamak Vossoughi, author of Better Than War and Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

Peter Bullen’s work is utterly hilarious, relatable, but somehow still unexpected, good-hearted and dry-witted. It teases you and pulls you in until you find yourself suddenly somewhere too intimate, too much like the inside of your own mind, and you’re definitely standing too close—but somehow, unaccountably, you don’t mind at all.
Emily Kiernan, author of The Great Divide

Peter Bullen constructs seemingly simple scenarios and creates the occasion for hilarious and masterfully crafted encounters with endearing speakers and their unassuming beloved. In this space, he presents the ruminations of someone who always overthinks the equation of his subjects—their possible rejections and dismissals—often ending in a more lucid understanding of self and the bewildering unknown of the other. Everything is sincere and without a shred of sentimentality. In this collection, we are guided on a tour of love, humor, self-doubt, and natural revelation that any reader finds most satisfying in the very best kind of fiction.
Tracey Knapp, author of Mouth(2015), winner of the 2014 42 Miles Press Poetry Award

About the Author

Peter Thomas Bullen

Peter Thomas Bullen is a haircutter by day and a writer at other times. He is caught between the short story and the prose poem, and is waiting for someone to rescue him from that and several other confusing sets of circumstances. His first book Wallflower came out from Nomadic Press in 2016. Joshua Mohr said "It reads like a lovely mash-up of John Barth and Gary Lutz...playful and cerebral, funny and sad." He recently finished a new collection of funny and sad stories entitled No Stopping It. His many live readings for the Quiet Lightning Series in the San Francisco Bay Area can easily be found on YouTube.

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