Staff & Internships

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-rtranslator 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

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.


ISO Online Editor

We  are currently in search of online editors! Online editors are responsible for writing clear introductions to posts by the text editors. They are also expected to write a blog post once a month covering recent happenings within BrickHouse Books and exciting upcoming events. Experience in updating websites such as this one,, and with social media  (Facebook, Twitter) is essential, as is promptness and the ability to respond quickly to requests for posts. All applicants should be able to write clearly and quickly in a professional manner. Experience with web design is desirable though not essential. For added information, see “Assistant Editors,” below, as well as the listing under Open Positions.

Assistant Editors

We have openings for assistant editors to work from home at their own pace reading submissions, writing detailed comments and suggestions, and doing PR work. BrickHouse Books editors will be dealing primarily with professional writers, so correspondence must be at a professional level free of grammatical errors. There is no pay beyond a wealth of excellent resume material for future job searches.

Key requirements include the following:

  1. Exceptional business / critique-writing skills (including A+ grammar and spelling)
  2. Tact in making suggestions and packaging bad news, such as rejections of manuscripts
  3. Meticulous attention to detail
  4. Keen analytic ability
  5. Experience with both reading and writing poetry, memoir, or short fiction
  6. Ability to be self-starting–creating own deadlines and sticking to them

Towson Universitery students can learn more about the work our assistant editors do by reading BhB’s Towson Student Intern Welcome Packet. Other college and university students can learn about the work by reading Bhb’s Other Intern Welcome Packet.

Interested? Email Clarinda Harriss at with a current resume, a cover letter explaining why you would like to do this work, a sample of business or analytic writing, and a brief emailed recommendation from a faculty or someone else qualified to comment on applicant’s writing ability and reliability. If you are a student, or have graduated within the past five years, please include your GPA and your average in your major in either your cover letter or on your resume; be prepared to send a transcript upon request.