Staff and Interns

Clarinda Harriss, Director and Editor-in-Chief                                                                     img_0623

Clarinda Harriss became the editor and director of New Poets Series (BrickHouse Books’ previous incarnation) after her predecessor left that position. An accomplished poet in her own right, Harriss is a professor emerita and former chair of the English department at Towson University.  In addition to editing some of BrickHouse’s most successful books, she is the author of Forms of Verse: British and American; The Night Parrot; License Renewal for the Blind;  Dirty Blue Voice, Air Travel, and Mortmain, as well as co-translator of THE PEARL from Middle English to modern English.  With poet Moira Egan, she is co-editor of Hot Sonnets: an anthology of erotic sonnets of the 20th and 21st centuries.  The Harriss Poetry Prize, awarded annually by Baltimore’s City Lit Project, was named in her honor.  Her many-decades long work with prison writers continues.

Doritt Carroll, Poetry EditorDoritt author picture

Doritt Carroll is an attorney living and working in Washington, DC.  Her collection of poems, In Caves, was published by BrickHouse Books in 2010.  Her poems have appeared in Coal City Review, Poet Lore, Nimrod, Slipstream, Rattle, Plainsongs, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Maryland Poetry Review, Explorations, Negative Capability, Poet’s Canvas, Illuminations, The Baltimore Review, Journal of Formal Poetry, and Harlequin Creature.

Learn more about Doritt at her website,, or head over to her BrickHouse Books’ author page.

Charles Rammelkamp, Prose Editor

K Edgington, Associate Editor

Verlando Brown, Special Adviser for Diversity

Verlando Brown grew up Maryland in the heart of West Baltimore, and went to Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore. With the encouragement of his high school guidance counselor he applied to Towson University, was accepted, and became the first in his family to go to college. Verlando struggled with low self-esteem and a learning disability while he was at Towson but had the courage to gather a support system of people who believed in him and his capabilities. With his passion for higher education, Verlando is now a graduate student at the University of Baltimore obtaining his Master’s degree in Human Services Administration. He is a writer, a motivational speaker, and an advocate for students in his communities. He will be assisting BhB with work ranging from corporate structure analysis and grant seeking through contributions to the BhB blog. Read his full story here.

Lydia Carroll, Website Administrator

Lydia has a B.S.E. in biomedical engineering and is currently studying robotics at Johns Hopkins University. She is passionate about integrating new technologies with medical practices and is excited to be coding something other than neural network simulations.

Ace Kieffer, Graphic Designer

Elizabeth Tybush, Online Editor

Elizabeth came to BrickHouse Books in early 2017, and is the author of The Fire of Felwing series, published with NineStar Press.  Learn more at