Kirkus Review of Ride a Bright and Shining Pony

Kirkus Reviews has recently praised Elisabeth Stevens’ Ride a Bright and Shining Pony: “In Stevens’ (Sirens’ Songs, 2011, etc.) intelligent novel, the civil-rights March on Washington ignites one woman’s journey to heartbreak and self-awareness….Stevens’ tightly structured tale is filled with compelling observations….” Read the full review here!


Call for submissions!

Fermoy International Poetry Festival Poster

Fermoy International Poetry Festival is seeking submissions for this year’s International competition for entry into the Blue Max Review.

Bradly R. Strahan, one of the featured poets at the festival, had a book, This Art of Losing, published by BrickHouse Books, Inc. Strahan has been editor/publisher of Visions-International for over 30 years, and he has published five books of poetry and over 500 poems. You can get a copy of This Art of Losing from

The festival will run from August 1st to August 5th, and the three international winners will be flown to Ireland for the Fermoy International Poetry Festival to read their work.  Poet Noel King is this year’s competition judge.

• Entrants must be resident outside of the island of Ireland
• Entrants can submit only once
• Three poems per submission
• Submission costs €10.00 or US$13.50 for three poems
• Payments can be made via PayPal at or by bank draft, postal order, or money order
• Bank draft, postal order, and money order payments must be included with submissions


Mail your submission to:

Fermoy International Poetry Festival
Festival Office
7 Store Lane
County Cork

Deadline: March 31, 2013

Martin Luther King Day Weekend Reading at BookStore 1

The year is 1963. The day August 28th, the day of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Now, in the 50th anniversary year of that historic March, a former WASHINGTON POST staff writer recreates the dramatic moment. Merging fact and fiction, Elisabeth Stevens has written the fast-moving story of two young lovers whose lives and destinies are irrevocably and tragically intertwined with the March — and history.

January 20th at 2 p.m. Elisabeth Stevens will read from, discuss, and sign her book Ride a Bright and Shining Pony, published by BrickHouse Booksat Bookstore 1.


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Review of Beautybeast by Adina Dabija



Emotionally and viscerally gripping, Beautybeast by Adina Dabija and translated by Claudia Serea is an intense and rewarding experience. Each of its four sections pulls you deeper into its complex subject matter and intricate language manipulation, demonstrating deft verbal skills and intellectual depth. These four parts flow organically from one to the next, filled with imagery of blood, vitality, and consuming. Like an organism, the book is woven with veins connecting the most basic and yet important aspects of human life, the blood and food that nourish our bodies, to the poetry that nourishes our souls.

For instance, in section one, “The blood” draws the reader into a world violently united by “all the possibilities / of flesh and soul,” and section two brings us pieces like “The tramcar 16,” in which “poetry” is the food on the narrator’s “plate.” This theme of interconnectedness is furthered through poems like “The vortex zone,” in which “the stray dog inhabits the same verse / with that man in the car” and surreal imagery drives home the ebb and flow of life: “A huge mushroom grows under my feet / as soon as the rain starts. / I slide on its umbrella / and crush the earth.”

Finally, in sections three and four, many of the works take on a slightly darker tone while continuing to adhere to the book’s overall theme. Food and consuming remain poignant symbols of life’s cycle through time and toward loss and death. In “The death dance,” the speaker’s blood passes a lover’s “parched lips” and they sit on the edge of life’s “ravine,” her blood nourishing them both as they dance beside the dark abyss. However, in Dabija’s world hope and beauty ever remain, even in the face of loss, as evidenced by such works as “The voice from the pantry,” in which jars of preserves burn with the bright light of the past that exists simultaneously with the present, “where the sun sets and rises, where the roosters sing morning and / midnight at the same time, and your mother’s wrinkles become / maps for your teen years.”

Consistently, throughout Beautybeast, the translation flows naturally and true, and Dabija explores existence, reality, love, loss, and contemplation, all heavy-duty and well-trod themes, in surprisingly fresh ways and inspires us all to investigate life right down “to the final meaning of the thread.”

You can get a sneak peek at Beautybeast by reading Dabija’s poem “The voice from the pantry” at the NorthShore Press website.

NorthShore Press
64 pages

Calling Ghetto Medic readers–past and future

If you’ve read Rachel Hennick’s Ghetto Medic, you already know how interesting the true story is. Please consider helping Rachel and BhB get the word out to others.

Rachel reports, “GM now has 12 Amazon customer reviews. Apparently, if you have 18 customer reviews, one of the Amazon marketing websites will consider offering free promotion. I’ve put out a call to friends I know who have read GM to post a review on Amazon. If you think of anyone who might want to write a few words about GM on Amazon (students, friends, an intern, or someone close to you who wouldn’t mind doing it) it will help. As long as they’ve read the book they can post a review.”

See what others are saying about Ghetto Medic on Amazon. Or order a copy and check it out for yourself!