American Life in Poetry Features P. Ivan Young’s “Visiting the Neighborhood”

Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate (2004-2006) and founder of American Life in Poetry, recently featured BHB author P. Ivan Young‘s poem “Visiting the Neighborhood” in his weekly column.  The poem was originally published by The Cortland Review in 2013.

Visiting the Neighborhood

The entrance at the back of the complex
led onto a road, where an upended couch
tilted into a ditch and a washing machine
gleamed avocado beneath pine needles.

[ Continue reading at American Life in Poetry ]

P. Ivan Young published his poetry collection, Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain, with BHB in 2015, available now at major online retailers.

 

Stonewall Chapbook Competition – Deadline Aug. 15th!

Stonewall, BrickHouse Books’ LGBTQIA+ imprint, is still accepting submissions for its annual Stonewall Chapbook Competition! This competition offers LGBTQIA+ authors the opportunity to have a chapbook published by Stonewall.

The ides of August are on the horizon – submit now to meet the deadline!

For more information, and a wonderful sample of work from previous Stonewall winner Kathi Wolfe, head to our Stonewall submissions page. Click the “share” buttons to tell your friends about Stonewall. We’re so eager to see all the brilliant works you have to offer!

NEW RELEASE – 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.We are happy to announce the release of ReUNIONS, New and Selected Poems by Donald Richardson!

This new collection of poetry from Donald Richardson is quilted from decades of work, spanning from Knocking Them Dead and Night Waters to Romantic Unions, new poems from 2016 and 2017. In many ways, the poems are messages to loved ones, a scrapbook of memories and reflections, things so deeply personal yet ubiquitous to the human experience.

Portraits on the cover, beautifully rendered by artist Bob Callahan, capture the essence of reflection, and are the perfect partners to Richardson’s poems.

You can pick up your fantastic copy, available in paperback for $15.00 USD, directly from BrickHouse Books!  The first 100 orders receive FREE SHIPPING!  Simply click the link below for our order form.  Mail your order, along with a check payable to BrickHouse Books, Inc., to:

BrickHouse Books, Inc.
306 Suffolk Road
Baltimore, MD 21218-2521

BrickHouse Books, Inc. is a Maryland non-profit corporation.  10% of your payment is tax deductible.

Click here to order ReUNIONS ]

or

[ Visit ReUNION ‘s page in the BHB Catalogue for more information ]

 

Upcoming Reading with BHB Poet William Rivera

Poet William Rivera (Buried in the Mind’s Backyard, BrickHouse Books, 2011) will be joining poet Elisavietta Ritchie (Reflections: Poems on Paintings) at the Kensington Row Bookshop for a reading.

SAVE THE DATE!

Wednesday, June 28th @ 7pm
Kensington Row Bookshop
3786 Howard Ave
Kensington, MD

See you there!

Readings and Release Party for Doritt Carroll’s New Book

Doritt Carroll, BrickHouse Books’ Poetry Editor, released Sorry You Are Not an Instant Winner via Kattywompus Press.

SAVE THE DATES!

Listen to Carroll herself read selections from this jovial collection, and join her for the release party in September!

READINGS:

Third Saturday Reading Event
June 17th, 2pm – 4pm
Robert Harper Books
6216 Rhode Island Ave.
Riverdale Park, MD 20737

Georgetown Library – Date TBA!

RELEASE PARTY:

September 28, Time TBA
The Barking Dog
4723 Elm St.
Bethesda, MD 20814

For more information on Doritt Carroll and her work, visit dorittcarroll.com.

Summer Events

Summer is the season for festivals and we have some great events coming up! Please see below for a quick summary or check our Events calendar for a more extensive list.

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Painting by Zsudayka Nzinga. For more, see her online gallery at zsudaykanzinga.com.

July 8 (6-9pm) – Zed’s Cafe July Open Mic – Featuring two husband and wife duos, poets Teri Cross Davis and Hayes Davis and artists Zsudayka Nzinga and James Terrell. Enjoy readings by the poets and live painting by the artists in this cozy Silver Spring cafe. Don’t forget to bring your own work to share after the reading! For more information, see the event’s Facebook page or the Zed’s Cafe website.

July 23 (1:30-3:30 pm) – A Poetry Extravaganza – Poems will be read by a diverse spectrum of poets at George Washington University’s Estelle & Melvin Gelman Library. There will also be a music demonstration “On Synchronization Of Poetry Imagery”by Wing-chi Chan. The event will be followed by a reception. For more information, see our Events Calendar.

August 4 (7-9pm) – Cracks in the Road – An open mic for people of color & allies responding to recent acts by law enforcement. Read your own work or the work of others, sing, or support by listening. Sign up begins at 6:30 pm. Co-hosted by Regie Cabico, Doritt Carroll, and Teri Cross Davis.

August 5 (6-9pm) – Zed’s August Open Mic – This month’s open mic will feature Kathi Wolfe as the opening reader and former featured reader Cort (CL) Bledsoe as an MC. Bring some of your own work to read after the features or just stop by and listen.