Roughly Speaking Podcast Features Dolores C. Peck

Roughly Speaking, hosted by Dan Rodricks, recently featured author and honorary BHB family member, Dolores C. Peck. Peck discussed her newly released memoir, A Gifted Life Cut Short: The Jeffrey Peck Story, and the circumstances that led her to tell her son’s important story. You can listen to the podcast at baltimoresun.com. A Gifted Life Cut Short: The Jeffrey Peck Story is available in paperback through Amazon.

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John Adam Wasowicz Visits Morganton, Praises Indie Bookstores

John Adam Wasowicz recently appeared at the pre-opening of Adventure Bound Books, an independent bookstore in Morganton, North Carolina. When interviewed by The News Herald, Wasowicz spoke extensively about the importance of small-town bookstores, and praised the folks behind these vital small businesses.

Read more at morganton.com.

Memorial Day Weekend Signings with John Adam Wasowicz

John Adam Wasowicz appeared at the Island Bookstore’s Corolla location on May 26th, alongside local celebrity and bookstore regular Sputnik (in the bandana).

John Adam Wasowicz (top left) and Island Bookstore (Corolla location) employees show off their favorite books, and pose beside celeb dog and bookstore regular Sputnik (bottom middle). Photo courtesy of Island Bookstore.

John will be at the Island Bookstore (Scarborough Faire Shops) in Duck, NC for another signing of Daingerfield Island tomorrow! June and July signings will be announced soon. See our Events page for more information.

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:

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.