Di-Vine Reading a success!

On Friday, October 5th, The Ivy Bookshop in the Lake Falls Village shopping center hosted the Di-Vine Reading featuring editors and poets. The lineup included David Eberhardt, Keith Alan Hamilton, Clarinda Harriss (editor of BrickHouse Books, Inc.), Slangston Hughes, Chris Mason (the Tinklers), Constantine Pantazonis, Fernando Wordpimp Quijano (President of the Baltimore  Chapter of the Maryland Writer’s Association), Stephen Reichert (editor Smartish Pace), Bruce Sager, and Laura Shovan (editor of Little Patuxent Review).

L-R: Constantine Pantazonis, Clarinda Harriss, Keith Alan Hamilton, David Eberhardt, Laura Shovan, Fernando Wordpimp Quijano, Slangston Hughes, Bruce Sager

 

Flyer for the Di-Vine Reading

 

The Tribune Archives yield vintage photo

From 1979 comes a flashback photograph featuring a moment in time of “Poetry at the Angel,” a long-running series co-hosted by Dyane Fancey and Clarinda Harriss at The Angel Tavern in Fells point. Every Sunday for three straight years, readers ranging from poets laureates to bag ladies to drunks arrived and shared their work.

L-R: The late Jessica Locklear, Frank Evans, and Clarinda Harriss (then surnamed Lott).

Hot blog from cold Sweden!

Novelist Kevin Frato recently mentioned Hot Sonnets in his blog posting “Hot Sonnets for Cold Weather.” Hot Sonnets is an anthology of poetry published by Entasis Press in 2011 and co-edited by BrickHouse Books’ own Clarinda Harriss with Moira Egan. It includes works by well over 30 poets that revive and revitalize the sonnet form, including e.e. cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Thom Gunn, Clarinda Harriss, and many others.

Frato lauds the anthology, saying, “I expected it to be chic-lit in poetry form, but it’s far more complex than that: the poems most vividly convey the mind-body struggle, and the sonnet form chafes the subject matter just the way the poets do against their own earthly desires.” He then goes on to give the collection perhaps the highest praise a work can receive from a writer: “…it got me writing poetry again….[a]nd it inspired me to write a long poem that it appears will be published in the book I have coming out this January or so.”  What more could one ask for?

Hot Sonnets is available from Amazon and a great way to counter the chill of early fall!

The Writer’s Center presents “Make Lit Happen: Journeys Through the MFA and Beyond”

The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, will be hosting a one-day seminar featuring two panels exploring value of MFA programs, the differences between low-residency and traditional MFA programs, and alternatives to the MFA. The seminar will take place on Saturday October 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Light refreshments, such as muffins, coffee, and orange juice, will start the day at 9:30 a.m. and invigorate everyone before the panels begin. The first panel,  “MA & MFA Nuts & Bolts,” will meet from 10:00 a.m. until noon and feature directors of local MA and MFA programs. A one-hour break for lunch will follow.

The second, “Personal Journeys,” will feature individuals who’ll relate their personal writing journeys and what role, if any, the MFA played in the process. The second panel will run from 1:00 p.m. until 3 p.m. and be followed by a wine and cheese reception for informal mingling and networking opportunities.

Panelists will include Michael Collier, David Everett, David Keplinger, Eugenia Kim, Tim Denevi, Tarfia Faizullah, Barbara Klein Moss, Jenny Moore, Amber Withycombe, and moderators Amin Ahmad and Nicole Idar.

If you’re already in an MFA program, curious about MFA programs, considering other intensive writing workshop opportunities, or even seeking to maintain focus in a stimulating environment after having completed an MFA, then these panels are for you.

Location: The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

Fees:  $50 ($35 for members and educators, $20 for students)

BrickHouse Books’ 40th Birthday Party, hosted by Lorraine and Markell Whittlesey

All photos taken by Eva Quintos Tennant.