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.”

Poems by Kathi Wolfe Featured in Wordgathering

Kathi Wolfe‘s poetry was featured in the September 2019 issue of Wordgathering.  The feature includes “What I Saw” from Wolfe’s newest BrickHouse Books release, Love and Kumquats.

You can read and listen to all three poems at Wordgathering.com.

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.

 

Wicked Woman Release Event: Linda Quinlan

Brickhouse Books is proud to present Linda Quinlan, whose manuscript Chelsea Creek won the Wicked Woman Book Prize. Linda will receive her prize and read from her work at a luncheon at the Arts Club of Washington on September 12, 2019. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at www.artsclubofwashington.org/events.

Linda Quinlan has been published in numerous literary journals, some of which include Pudding, New Orleans Review, Sinister Wisdom, and the North Carolina Literary Review. She was Poet of the Year in Wisconsin and had a play entitled When I Go to Sleep performed at the Players Theater in Waitsfield, Vermont. She lives with her partner in Montpelier, Vermont.

Announcing the Winner of the Wicked Woman Book Prize

Brickhouse Books is proud to announce that Linda Quinlan has won the Charlene Kushner Wicked Woman Book Prize for her manuscript Chelsea Creek.  Judge Rose Solari lauded the manuscript for its “beautifully controlled but deeply felt elegiac tone.”  We look forward to publishing this work, and hope to make it available in September.

Other finalists were Rasma Haidri for Blue Like Apples and Alex Stolis for The Knife Thrower’s Wife.  Thank you to all who submitted and gave us the chance to read their work.

An award ceremony and reading from Chelsea Creek will take place at the Arts Club of Washington on September 12th.

Don’t Miss Doritt Carroll and Geraldine Connolly on October 3rd!

Flyer for Poetry & Conversation Event on October 3rd.  Courtesy of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Flyer for Poetry & Conversation Event on October 3rd. Courtesy of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

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POETRY & CONVERSATION

Geraldine Connolly is the author of a chapbook, The Red Room, and four full-length poetry collections: Food for the Winter, Province of Fire, Hand of the Wind, and her new book, Aileron. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Cortland Review, and Shenandoah. It has been anthologized in Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High School Students; Sweeping Beauty: Contemporary Women Poets Do Housework; and The Doll Collection.

Doritt Carroll is a native of Washington, D.C. Her poems have appeared in Coal City Review, Poet Lore, Gargoyle, Nimrod, and Slipstream, among others. Her collection GLTTL STP was published in 2013, and her chapbook Sorry You Are Not An Instant Winner was published in 2017.

Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m.

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415 Park Avenue

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