The Poetry Foundation Cites Kathi Wolfe

The Poetry Foundation published “Cheers to Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Ten Years Strong This Weekend!” earlier this month. The piece discusses Split This Rock’s success in highlighting under-represented poets, and cites a recent essay by Kathi Wolfe (Uppity Blind Girl, BrickHouse Books), a regular contributor to the Washington Blade.

Check out the links below for thoughtful discourse on intersectionality and representation in poetry, and a collection of poetry relevant to current events:

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House Rules: Always Use the Oxford Comma

Here at BrickHouse Books, we firmly believe in the Oxford comma. So does Jeff Brookes of Brookes Publishing, who recently sent this email out to his employees:

From: Jeff Brookes

I may be old school. I may be persnickety. I may be about to irk you.

Here goes, anyway:

Brookes House Style is, and always has been, to use the Oxford (or serial) comma in ALL Works, correspondence, titles, emails, marketing, and copy.

We are publishers. Embrace the Oxford comma*: There are no exceptions, it’s not debatable, and it’s the rule.

Thank you, Jeff

*If you are unsure about proper use of the Oxford (serial) comma, here’s a link for you to explore: https://www.grammarly.com/blog/what-is-the-oxford-comma-and-why-do-people-care-so-much-about-it/

What do you think? Take a pause, then post in the comments below.

[Email published with permission from the author.]

P. Ivan Young Featured In American Life in Poetry

U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser recently featured P. Ivan Young’s poem “Fishing for Bream” in American Life in Poetry, Column 681. What a wonderful honor!

“Fishing for Bream” is part of P. Ivan Young’s collection, Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain, released by BrickHouse Books in 2015. “Visiting the Neighborhood,” also part of Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain, was featured in Column 640 in 2017.

Kathi Wolfe Featured in RogueAgent

Kathi Wolfe’s poem, To My Eyes is featured in Issue 35 of RogueAgent! Congratulations, Kathi!

Kathi Wolfe is a writer and poet whose work has been featured in several publications, including Gargoyle and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. She was the winner of the 2014 Stonewall Chapbook competition with her collection, The Uppity Blind Girl Poems. You can follow Kathi on Twitter @UppityBlindGirl.

Daingerfield Island in the Press

John Adam Wasowicz’s Daingerfield Island was featured in the recent editions of the Alexandria Gazette Packet and Publishers Weekly! In the Gazette Packet, Wasowicz shares some insight into his writing process, and talks about one of his novel’s important threads—good vs. evil.  The Publishers Weekly review steps into Wasowicz’s career as a trial attorney, and how that is “put to good use” within the book.

You can pick up your copy of Daingerfield Island online, or at several independent bookstores along the East Coast.  You can also see Wasowicz on his tour!  See our Events page for more information.

January Tour Dates, Rescheduled

Greeting, BHB friends!  January tour dates for John Adam Wasowicz and his novel, Daingerfield Island, have been rescheduled for February.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your wonderful support.  We hope to see you in February!  You can view the updated schedule on our Events page.  No changes have been made to current February or March dates.

From Daingerfield Island to Main Street

BrickHouse Books’ author John Adam Wasowicz recently mused on the impact of independent bookstores on our local Main Streets. Published by the Washington Independent Review of Books, “Bookstores: The Heart of Main Street” was inspired by Wasowicz’s first-hand experiences in independent bookstores during his tour for Daingerfield Island. The essay is a must-read for any bookstore lover whose been worried about the stability of brick and mortars in a digital age.