“Hours of delight” in Epitaphs for the Poets

Check out Mary Ann Sullivan’s The Tower Journal review of Epitaphs for the Poets by Wesli Court (alias Lewis Turco)! The book encapsulates the lives of over 100 well-known and obscure poets, both living and dead, and Sullivan praised the collection highly, saying:

“Pick this book up and, believe me, you will not put it down soon.”

Dr. Turco is a prolific writer and has published 50 books, including The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms; The Book of Literary Terms; and The Book of Dialogue. In 1962, he founded the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and the Department of Creative Writing at S.U.N.Y. Oswego in 1968. He currently lives in Maine.


Chapbook competition deadline extended

If you’d been considering sending your manuscript to BrickHouse Books’ Stonewall division’s annual chapbook competition, but worried you’d miss the deadline, fret no more! The deadline has officially been extended to May 15, 2012. Judging will take place from June­–August, and the winner will be announced in early fall. The prize is publication of the chapbook.

Manuscripts should be 20–30 pages of poetry or short fiction, and submissions must include a $20 reading/judging fee as well as an S.A.S.E. To expedite the process, we are urging writers to submit both electronic and paper manuscripts (this applies to new manuscripts in addition to those already submitted).

Stonewall is dedicated to publishing literature from an LBGT perspective. Recent winners of the chapbook competition include Jim Elledge, Into the Arms of the Universe; Janell Moon, Lesbian Speaker’s Bureau; Rane Arroyo, The Naked Thief; and Jeff Mann, Bliss.

Send manuscripts to:

Clarinda Harriss, Director
306 Suffolk Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Isaac Rehert’s launch party a success!

Poetry lovers convened at the Minás Gallery and Boutique on Sunday, April 1, to celebrate the launch of Isaac Rehert’s renaissance. The collection is compiled of poetry Rehert wrote for a lifelong-learning center poetry class in Baltimore and concerns the real-life experiences of an older person exploring what may still be achieved after retirement.

Rehert began to study poetry after retiring from a long and successful career at the Baltimore Sun, and he has also been teaching the course “How to Read a Poem” at the Renaissance Institute, a division of the College of Notre Dame. He has participated in Johns Hopkins University and Towson University writing workshops and taught a course in the Masters in Professional Writing Program at Towson.

Clarinda Harriss, director of BrickHouse Books, hosted the launch event. Special thanks go out to Bill Hughes for taking and sharing his beautiful photos of the event.