Featured Authors

 
New From Kathi Wolfe
“The Uppity Blind Girl Poems” author Kathi Wolfe adds to her ever-growing list of literary accomplishments with an excerpt of her poem, “Tht Planet of the Blind” featured on the 2017 Moving Words Competition website. The poem received an honorable mention, and can be found in the link below.
Weltner is Back and Better than Ever
Author Peter Weltner returns triumphantly to the literary scene with his latest masterpiece; “The Return of Whats Been Lost.” This collection of stories and poems cover a range of themes and emotions, earning him praise from numerous reviewers, including David Morris.

“The mood, the music, of Peter Weltner’s The Return of What’s Been Lost is often elegiac. Memory in these stories and poems broods over what inevitably is present mostly as absence. But the book rejects what some might think of as the self-indulgent sadness of the elegiac mood. The Return of What’s Been Lost confronts what can’t last, what is necessarily mortal, and reflects upon its characters’ deeds and words and its poems’ voices with a tragic spirit. That is, it understands how joy and love may exist within mourning and sorrow, how each sustains and deepens the other. Each life in it dwells at once in the present and in a kind of enduring past. ‘How much the dead must miss us,’ the narrator of “Return of the Fallen” thinks, ‘to imprint their lives on ours.’” David Morris

Meet BrickHouse Books’ Latest Addition: Ann Bracken
unnamedAnn Bracken’s poems in “No Barking in the Hallways: Poems  from the Classroom” are based on her work as a teacher in inner city and suburban schools. Bracken’s poems feature the voices and stories of real teachers and students—from kindergarten to college. While the voices of students and teachers are frequently absent in today’s education debate, No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom offers readers a window into their stories as both groups struggle to be successful in our test-obsessed culture.
“This is poetry in its finest hour. Bracken does what a great poet does best: reveal, provoke, wound and heal readers, all in such a fashion that one cannot be left unchanged. With poignant and sometimes painful imagery, Bracken creates moments in which we could easily be standing alongside her in the classroom, bearing witness to each moment as it unfolds.
For anyone who has ever worked in schools and with children, or for those who appreciate how language can transform lives, this collection of poems is for you.”
Morna McDermott McNulty, Associate Professor of Education at Towson University.
No Barking in the Hallways is available for purchase on several sites, including New Academia,Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
A launch reading will take place at Zu Coffee on February 24th, 2017 at 6:30pm.
Kathi Wolfe and the Women’s March On Washington
 Acclaimed “Uppity Blind Girl Poems” author Kathi Wolfe made her own stance on current political standings with this latest article in the Washington Blade.
Famous Disability Author Nancy Mairs Dies at Age 73
Nancy Mairs, who wrote about her experiences with multiple sclerosis and mental illness died on December 3rd, 2016. Amongst her many honors, she was written about in the New York Times (see article link below). Included in her article are quotes by Brick House Books very own Kathi Wolfe, who recently was the recipient of the Stonewall Chapbook prize. Mairs’ talents will be missed just as surely as she will be.
Alexander John Motyl

Alexander John Motyl

Alexander Motyl’’s seventh novel, Fall River, has just been released by Alternative Book Press. Based on the life stories and personal memories of the author’’s mother, uncle, and aunt, it is a multi-dimensional exploration of how family history, Ukrainian roots, and European war shaped the personal destinies of three Ukrainian Americans who were born in Fall River, Massachusetts, grew up in interwar Poland, and returned to an America that was as alienating as it was welcoming. Narrated from different, though intersecting, perspectives, it paints a complex portrait of American emigrants forced by fate to become Ukrainian refugees and European immigrants. Fall River is available on Amazon.

Adrian Gibbons Koesters

Adrian Gibbons Koesters

Many Parishes poet Adrian Gibbons Koesters recently published a couple of poems online that you might like to take a look at: “A Modern Prophet Says a Prayer on the Day Shortened by 1.8 Millionths of a Second” at Festival Writer and “Our Goodness” at Split Rock Review. 

Lewis Turco

Lewis Turco

Lewis Turco’s most recent book of poems is The Familiar Stranger, published by Star Cloud Press in 2014. Installments from his epic, The Hero Enkidu, which will be published next year by Bordighera Press, are available in Per Contra and in Radius.

Peter Weltner

Peter Weltner

Peter Weltner has had poems published during the last few months by The Light Ekphrastic (with photographs by Nathan Wirth), The Outrider Review, and Knockout.  Several poems appear in Galen Garwood’s MAENAM, Of Water, Of Light, recently released by Marrowstone Press. And others are forthcoming in Raintown Review and Visions International. He read from his work for First Formal Wednesdays in Albany, California, in August.

Bradley R. Strahan

Bradley R. Strahan

Over the past few years, Bradley Strahan has been featured a featured poet at three international festivals in Europe: the 26th annual at the Maison de Poesie in Namur, Belgium and both the first and second Fermoy International Poetry Festivals in County Cork, Ireland. He was also the featured poet at the annual Ballyhooly Arts Festival in County Cork.

Note: All of these authors’ BHB books are available at a discount through the end of the year. Click here for details.