Wicked Woman Poetry Prize Opens Tomorrow!

Only a few hours left until the Charlene Kushner Wicked Woman Poetry Prize opens!

2020-21 SUBMISSION PERIOD – September 1, 2020 – January 1, 2021

Judge: Nancy Naomi Carlson

Prize: $250 and publication of your book by BrickHouse Books, Inc.

The Wicked Woman Poetry Prize seeks submissions of full length poetry manuscripts on the topic of women and female-identified individuals who are unique, different, or who “broke the mold.”

Submit your work using Submittable (link activates on September 1st, midnight ET). Send a cover letter including the title of your submission along with one document, preferably in Word, containing between 42 and 64 pages of poetry. Your name should not appear on the poetry document.

For more information on the competition and past winners, Wicked Woman Poetry Prize page.

Wasowicz’s SLATERS LANE Pre-Release on Aug 29

Cover for Slaters Lane by John Adam WasowiczJohn Adam Wasowicz adds another case to attorney Mo Katz’s files with Slaters Lane. This latest mystery from the author of Daingerfield Island and Jones Point puts Wasowicz’s Katz in the midst of an investigation that’s been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Katz also deals with the virus as it relates to his biracial identity and his family.

Wasowicz will be signing copies of Slaters Lane at Harambee Books & Artwork in Alexandria, Virginia on August 29th. Wasowicz will maintain appropriate social distance and wear a mask and gloves while signing copies of the book at the store’s entrance from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. A portion of the author’s proceeds will be donated to front-line COVID-19 workers in Alexandria.

In an interview with Alexandria Living Magazine, Wasowicz expressed gratitude toward his hosts: “Harambee Books is rich in Black heritage and I’m privileged that they want to host a pre-release event.”

Read more about Slaters Lane and this event at Alexandria Living Magazine.

Slaters Lane Signing Event with John Adam Wasowicz
Harambee Books & Artwork
August 29th, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Alexandria, VA

Wicked Woman Poetry Prize Opens September 1st

The Charlene Kushner Wicked Woman Poetry Prize opens September 1st!

2020-21 SUBMISSION PERIOD – September 1, 2020 – January 1, 2021

Judge: Nancy Naomi Carlson

Prize: $250 and publication of your book by BrickHouse Books, Inc.

The Wicked Woman Poetry Prize seeks submissions of full length poetry manuscripts on the topic of women and female-identified individuals who are unique, different, or who “broke the mold.”

Submit your work using Submittable (link activates on start date). Send a cover letter including the title of your submission along with one document, preferably in Word, containing between 42 and 64 pages of poetry. Your name should not appear on the poetry document.

For more information on the competition and past winners, Wicked Woman Poetry Prize page.

2020 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist: Carrie Conners’ Luscious Struggle

Carrie Conners’ Luscious Struggle was a finalist for the 2020 Paterson Poetry Prize. The Poetry Center at the Passaic County Community College sponsors the annual prize.

“I am floored to be part of this list of poets,” Carrie told BHB.

Congratulations to Carrie and all poets who placed for this prize!

The Winner of the 2020 Wicked Woman Prize

BrickHouse Books is delighted to announce that Sheila Squillante has won the 2020 Wicked Woman Prize for her manuscript, Mostly Human. A book release and two readings are scheduled, one at the Arts Club of Washington and one at the Pratt Library in Baltimore, which will feature contest judge Katherine Young. Congratulations Sheila!

Love and Kumquats in The South Carolina Review

A scholarly review of Kathi Wolfe’s recent BrickHouse Books release, Love and Kumquats, was recently published in the Spring 2020 issue of The South Carolina Review.

“Toward a Queer/Blind Poetics: Kathi Wolfe’s Love and Kumquats” by Preston Taylor Stone is available through Clemson University’s English department or via a subscription at your local library or academic institution.  You can also download a copy of the review below.


Preston Taylor Stone, “Toward a Queer/Blind Poetics: Kathi Wolfe’s Love and Kumquats” in The South Carolina Review, Volume 52.2, Spring 2020, pages 141-143, https://blogs.clemson.edu/southcarolinareview/2020/02/20/the-south-carolina-review-volume-52-2-spring-2019/.

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