New Poetry from Kathi Wolfe

Poet and writer Kathi Wolfe (Love & Kumquats, among others) recently published “Two-hearted” as part of poet Mike Maggio’s 30 for 30 series, which was sponsored by the Potomac Review.

You can read the full text of “Two-hearted” here, along with a writer’s statement about the origins of the poem.

BhB Poet Carrie Conners and Bethany Holmstrom on Collaborative Writing

BhB Poet Carrie Conners (Luscious Struggle) and Bethany Holmstrom co-wrote a blog for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) about the power of collaborative writing. The blog recounts how one college engaged its student body creatively and academically through a massive collaborative writing effort.

You can read the blog—and the collaborative poem highlighted in the piece—at the NCTE website here: Connecting through Writing: A Collaborative Writing Project Inspired by the National Day on Writing.

Stonewall Competition: Winner and Runners-Up!

Brickhouse books is pleased to announce the winner and runners-up of the Stonewall Chapbook Competition for the 2020 submission period:

Kenneth Pobo, Lavender Fire, Lavender Rose

Teresa Stores, Cemetery Walks
Hunter Liguore, The Agony

Congratulations to our winner and runners-up, and our deepest thanks to those who submitted and gave us the privilege of reading their work. Stay tuned for more information on the release of our winning chapbook.

Announcing the Winner of the Wicked Woman Poetry Prize!

Brickhouse Books is delighted to announce the winners of the Wicked Woman Poetry Prize!

Winner: Lori Jakiela, How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen?

Second Place: Sarah Moore Wagner, Fit to be Tied

Third Place: Yvette Neisser, Iron into Flower

Brickhouse Books also wishes to congratulate these finalists:

  • Elizabeth Aoki, Coder Girl Takes Over
  • Jennifer Grant, Dangerous Women
  • Subhaga Crystal Bacon, Transitory: A Catalog of Gender Non-Conforming and Trans Women and Men Murdered in 2020
  • Julie Enszer, The Lamed Vavnicks
  • Aimee Noel, We Steel Ourselves

Look for updates soon on readings by our winning poet!

Love and Kumquats Listed in Poetry & Protest

A recent “Poetry & Protest” feature by Sheila Black listed Kathi Wolfe’s Love and Kumquats amongst must-read books that are “both beautiful and capable of delivering that charge of energy that comes from a thing seen or expressed purely, which stimulates, in turn, joy for the reader.”

Read the full feature at the Poetry Society of America.

Carrie Conners Virtual Reading

Carrie Conners recently took part in “Poetry During a Time of Crisis,” a virtual poetry reading series produced by the West Virginia Humanities Council.  Carrie read “Sex Ed,” which appears in Luscious Struggle.

You can also catch the reading on Instagram or Facebook.

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!

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 ( and Dana Roeser (