New Release: The Origami Swan by Dyane Fancey

Cover for The Origami Swan: New and Selected Poems by Dyane Fancey

Brickhouse Books is proud to the announce the release of The Origami Swan: New and selected poems by Dyane Fancey.

The Origami Swan is a posthumous collection of mostly unpublished poetry by the prolific and beloved poet Dyane Fancey, collected, transcribed, and laboriously edited by the late poet’s husband to preserve all their wit, erudition, sexuality, passionate sense of time and place, and consummate craft. Re-reading Dyane’s poetry since her death has brought a whole new appreciation of her achievement; these poems are wild, brilliantly crafted, and hot hot hot!

Originally from Washington, DC, back when, in Dyane’s words, it was still a sleepy Southern town, Dyane Fancey lived most of her life in Baltimore, MD, after a brief sojourn in San Francisco. She was a gifted student at the famed Maryland Institute College of Art and graduated with honors from Towson University, where she majored in English.  She was loved and greatly admired by literally all the poets in the lively, often fractious Baltimore poetry scene, and equally loved by her fans and customers at a restaurant in Baltimore’s  Mount Vernon area, called the Great American Melting Pot, Gampy’s for short. Perhaps some of the latter did not know she was a great poet, but all knew and knew well that she was a great wait-person! Thanks to her wide range of acquaintances, Dyane made a huge success of a poetry reading series that ran at the Angel Tavern in Fells Point every Sunday evening for three full years and ended only when the Angel Tavern was sold. Her marriage to classical radio personality and film scholar, Reed Hessler, was long and loving and hot, and it brought great joy to them both. He has preserved her memory and her poetry magnificently and has celebrated Dyane’s life by bringing to light many previously unpublished poems. Dyane never stopped writing.

“There is great art in concealing the art.  Dyane knew this.  It as the light by which she wrote. Her plain-spoken elegance inspires admiration, and—dare I set this down?—envy. There are only two kinds of poems: the ones you wish you’d written, and the ones you are grateful that you did not.  There are no small number of Dyane’s poems I wish I could lay claim to.  What finer, truer thing can one poet say of another?”

— Bruce Sager, author of THE PUMPING STATION and many other collections

Buy The Origami Swan at Itasca and Amazon.

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!