Local Poetry Reading at Kensington Row Bookshop

Our friends at the Kensington Row Bookshop are holding a poetry reading with poets David Ebenbach and Dana Roeser. Join them this Wednesday for this free event!

Wednesday, February 26, 7pm
Kensington Row Bookshop
3786 Howard Ave
Kensington, MD 20895

Event Arranged by Judith McCombs; M.C. Mary Sesso

Featuring David Ebenbach (davidebenbach.com) and Dana Roeser (danaroeser.com).

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.

Grace Cavalieri Reviews Love & Kumquats in Final Column

“Kathi has delighted her followers for years with newspaper columns, poetry, essays, and the smartest dialogue since Dorothy Parker took steroids.”
— Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri, poet and author of the monthly “Exemplars” column in the Washington Independent Review of Books, reviewed Kathi Wolfe’s Love & Kumquats. Cavalieri announced her retirement from “Exemplars;” this is her final column. Read the review here, along with Wolfe’s poem, “To My Eyes.”

Love and Kumquats: New and Selected Poems by Kathi Wolfe

Cover for Kathi Wolfe's Love and Kumquats: New and Selected Poems

We are proud to announce the release of Kathi Wolfe’s Love and Kumquats: New and Selected Poems.

Kathi Wolfe is a writer and poet. Her chapbook The Green Light was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013. Wolfe was a finalist in the 2007 Pudding House Publications Chapbook competition. Her chapbook Helen Takes the Stage: The Helen Keller Poems was published by Pudding House in 2008. She is a contributor to Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, an American Library Association Notable Book for 2011 and a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Poetry Anthology-Fall 2011.

Wolfe’s poetry has appeared in Gargoyle, Beltway Poetry Quarterly and other publications. She has appeared on the radio show “The Poet and the Poem,” received a Puffin Foundation grant, and been awarded poetry residencies by Vermont Studio Center.

In 2008, Wolfe was a Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow and a winner of that year’s (Washington DC Transit Authority/Arlington County, VA) Moving Words Poetry Competition. She is a regular contributor to the LGBT newspaper The Washington Blade and a Senior Writer/Columnist with the arts magazine Scene4.  In 2014, Wolfe won BrickHouse Books’ Stonewall Chapbook Competition with her work, The Uppity Blind Girl Poems.

“Kathi Wolfe’s poetry navigates loss after loss, complex joy after complex joy, and comes out rinsed clean, with language as sharp as a new blade.” — Rose Solari, author of The Last Girl (poems) and A Secret Woman (novel)

“Humor is a rare quality anywhere but even more so in poetry. In this case, Kathi Wolfe’s Love & Kumquats has not only wit but also compassionate honesty in spades. We meet not only a very uppity blind girl who has quite a way with the ladies, but also Helen Keller herself who is recast in wholly different ways than The Miracle Worker would have you believe. Then Wolfe’s father suddenly reappears after four decades of being dead, and even God scores a horoscope poem!” —Raymond Luczak, author of Flannelwood and A Babble of Objects

Wicked Woman Book Prize – Competition Open Soon!

Get your wicked poetry manuscripts ready!  The second annual Wicked Woman Book Prize competition will open for submissions on September 3, 2019, and close on January 3, 2020.  Esteemed poet Katherine E. Young is this year’s judge.  Winners receive $250 and publication of their submitted manuscript by BrickHouse Books.

The entry fee is $10, and submissions can be sent via Submittable.  We offer a mail-in option for accessibility, as we know not all websites are universally designed.

For more information on submission guidelines, the Wicked Woman theme, this year’s judge, and competitions past, please visit our Wicked Woman Book Prize page.

And don’t forget to join us on September 12 for the Chelsea Creek release party at the Arts Club of Washington!  Chelsea Creek by Linda Quinlan was the inaugural winner of the Wicked Woman Book Prize.