Charlene Kushner Wicked Woman Poetry Prize

Brickhouse Books announces the Charlene Kushner Wicked Woman Poetry Prize!

We are looking for a full-length (42-64 pp.) poetry manuscript about a woman (or women) who challenged expectations or broke the mold.  Our judge is noted poet, Rose Solari.  The prize is publication plus $250. The contest opens for submissions in September.

Rose Solari is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, The Last Girl, Orpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather; the one-act play, Looking for Guenevere; and a novel, A Secret Woman. She has lectured and taught writing workshops at many institutions, including the University of Maryland, College Park; St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland; Arizona State University, Tempe; and The Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Oxford in England. Her awards include the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets’ University Prize, The Columbia Book Award, and an EMMA award for excellence in journalism. She is currently at work on a second novel.

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The Poetry Foundation Cites Kathi Wolfe

The Poetry Foundation published “Cheers to Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Ten Years Strong This Weekend!” earlier this month. The piece discusses Split This Rock’s success in highlighting under-represented poets, and cites a recent essay by Kathi Wolfe (Uppity Blind Girl, BrickHouse Books), a regular contributor to the Washington Blade.

Check out the links below for thoughtful discourse on intersectionality and representation in poetry, and a collection of poetry relevant to current events:

P. Ivan Young Featured In American Life in Poetry

U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser recently featured P. Ivan Young’s poem “Fishing for Bream” in American Life in Poetry, Column 681. What a wonderful honor!

“Fishing for Bream” is part of P. Ivan Young’s collection, Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain, released by BrickHouse Books in 2015. “Visiting the Neighborhood,” also part of Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain, was featured in Column 640 in 2017.

Kathi Wolfe Featured in RogueAgent

Kathi Wolfe’s poem, To My Eyes is featured in Issue 35 of RogueAgent! Congratulations, Kathi!

Kathi Wolfe is a writer and poet whose work has been featured in several publications, including Gargoyle and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. She was the winner of the 2014 Stonewall Chapbook competition with her collection, The Uppity Blind Girl Poems. You can follow Kathi on Twitter @UppityBlindGirl.

Charles Rammelkamp Reviews Adair-Hodges’ Let’s All Die Happy

BrickHouse Books’ Prose Editor recently reviewed Erin Adair-Hodges’ debut poetry collection, Let’s All Die Happy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017), in the Winter 2017 edition of the Adirondack Review. You can read the review online here: adirondackreview.homestead.com.

December’s Excerpts – Donald Richardson’s ReUNIONS

Cover of ReUNIONS by Donald Richardson. Cover is mostly blank, with the sketch of a man with his back slightly turned toward us. His posture is relaxed; his hands are in his pockets, his sleeves rolled up, and he appears to be reflecting on his life. A signature of the artist, Bob Callahan, is prominently figured beside the man. TEXT reads: ReUNIONS: New and Selected Poems by Donald Richardson.

This month, we’re bringing you a holiday edition of our featured monthly excerpts with selections from Donald Richardson’s ReUNIONS! Enjoy these three poems, selected by the poet himself!


Christmas, 1968

After hours of drunken sledding late
that snow-covered Christmas night
then back again in the warm house
after shedding our coats
we looked around to find one blond head
missing. We went back out to look and
my sister’s big husband found him pissed and
passed out in a snow drift just above the barns
between some huge boxwoods deep in snow
on his way up the serpentine walk to the big house
(he surely would have died right there)
and saved him to spend the better part
of the next forty years or so
still missing, drunk or passed out
to die at 55 on the coast of Maine
somewhere. . .
but there was never
any better place, softer, quieter
than that deep pure white snow late
Christmas night of 1968.


I knownamalot

I knownamalot to whitely quietly dream
of us sledding the huge hill behind Tacaro
on a quite drunk Christmas Eve
now almost 50 years ago.
I couldn’t see the snow;
it kept melting in my eyes,
in my hands, my frozen tears
in my head. It has never melted from
back there in 1968 December 24
and the last Christmas
we would see all of us together
in it blindly racing down the big hill,
the biggest we all might see
through the snow gone to
yesterday or Yesterday’s (a friend’s bar)
to somewhere we would know
only when we got there,
and other hills, other snows, other bars
would find us incomplete
alive and dead all the years since
that particular miracle just melted
before our eyes ever understood
the miracle we were inside of
that was almost all ours
and always would be.


There Are Two Sides

Every river
like every argument
has two sides and
what you need
to understand is
what lies between,
how deep it is,
how strong the current is
how far can you swim.


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Cyber Monday – Coming Soon!

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