Announcement from Clarinda Harriss, Editor-in-Chief

Dear BhB Submtters:

I must inform you, with much sadness and a lot of nostalgia, that BhB, Inc. will be closing it doors for good as of its fiscal year 2022-23.  That date will mark the fiftieth year of BhB’s lively life. It has been a long run and a good one, and you, with your submissions, have made it both possible and worthwhile. We thank you most sincerely. 

Rest assured that BhB will fulfill all its obligations to manuscripts now accepted or in print. 

Refunds for submissions not responded to previously will be issued ASAP; bear in mind that we will be writing out the checks and mailing them individually, so please continue to be patient.

There will be a celebration early in our fiscal year 2022-23—either virtual or actual or both—of BhB’s golden anniversary, which I hope you will attend: date and location TBA.  Further, TURFA, the Towson University Retired Faculty Association, has asked BhB writers to participate in a twice-a-year Literary Kitchen, hosted by BhB and me, featuring readings by some of our authors with conversation about their writing processes and philosophies. Much more about that soon.

With warmest wishes and deep gratitude,


Drew Pisarra Reviews Love and Kumquats

There’s not a poetry collection I’ve gone back to as regularly this past year as Kathi Wolfe’s “Love and Kumquats.”

— Drew Pisarra, poet and author of You’re Pretty Gay (2021, Chaffinch Press)

Pisarra writes this and more in a glowing review of Wolfe’s Love and Kumquats. You can read the full review on Goodreads.

Podcast: How Art Feeds Us with Kathi Wolfe

BhB poet Kathi Wolfe (Love & Kumquats) appeared on Judy Heumann’s The Heumann Perspective podcast. Judy and Kathi discuss Kathi’s journey as a writer, and Kathi reads two of her works: “Tasting Braille” and “Dancing with Martha Graham.”

Listen to or read this episode at The Heumann Perspective: How Art Feeds Us.

Dec. 8 Virtual Literary Salon: Clarinda’s Kitchen

Brickhouse Books’ very own Clarinda Harriss is hosting “Clarinda’s Kitchen” on December 8th in partnership with TURFA (Towson University Retired Faculty Association).

“Our Literary Kitchen will not take place in a chic atelier, at a Paris address in the company of Alice B. Toklas, or amid the glorious clutter of great modern art like the Cone sisters’ Baltimore apartment,” said Clarinda regarding the name of this literary salon. “But these days, isn’t the kitchen where the real talk goes on during most parties?”

This is the first time TURFA will host this virtual event. In a November newsletter to members, TURFA President Jane L. Wolfson, Ph.D. wrote that these salons are “very loosely modeled on and in the spirit of those held by Coco Chanel, Gertrude Stein, and the Cone sisters.” Wolfson also discussed the structure of the events: “At these salons we will meet, hear from and converse with writers — both famous and fledging — for about an hour or so. Our role is to join with our preferred beverage in hand, prepared to listen, talk, and enjoy ourselves.”

Clarinda’s Kitchen will feature BhB poet Kathi Wolfe (most recently, Love & Kumquats) and poet Doug Mowbray, who also serves on BhB’s Board of Directors.

TURFA members will receive a link to the event later this month.

Poetry by Kathi Wolfe Supplements Episode of American Masters

BhB poet Kathi Wolfe (Love & Kumquats) had two poems featured as part of supplemental written works for PBS’ American Masters episode “Becoming Helen Keller” (season 35, episode 20, aired October 19, 2021). Wolfe’s poems “The Sun is Warm: Nagasaki, 1948” and “Dancing with Martha Graham” are written from the imagined perspective of Keller.

You can read Wolfe’s introductions and poems here: “Two poems influenced by Helen Keller’s legacy.”

Notice Regarding the Wicked Woman Contest

As you may already know, Brickhouse Books regretfully has decided to close its doors. Although we originally had hoped to continue with this year’s Wicked Woman contest, we have concluded that we cannot do so. Those who have submitted to this year’s contest will receive refunds in the coming weeks. We thank you so much for your interest in this contest and in the press, and we wish you all the best with your writing.

Virtual Event Wednesday, Oct. 13 with Lori Jakiela

Lori Jakiela

Lori Jakiela, winner of the 2020-21 Wicked Woman Poetry Prize, will do a virtual reading from How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen? this Wednesday, October 13 at noon Eastern. The event is hosted by the Arts Club of Washington and is free and open to the public via Zoom. Register to get the Zoom link at A Q&A session with the poet will follow the reading.

Virtual Event with Wicked Woman Winner Lori Jakiela

Split image: Lori Jakiela (left) and Nancy Naomi Carlson (right)
Lori Jakiela (left) and Nancy Naomi Carlson (right)

The winner of the 2021 Wicked Woman Poetry Prize, Lori Jakiela, will be in conversation with WW judge Nancy Naomi Carlson on Thursday, October 14. Jakiela will do a reading from her WW-winning poetry chapbook, How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen?

The event will be hosted by Brickhouse Books in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Registration is encouraged, but not required. The event is free to the public. You can learn more about how to join and stream this event on the Library’s website.

Save the Date!

Thursday, October 14

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Virtual via the Enoch Pratt Free Library

Carrie Conners Poetry Reading Tomorrow

Carrie Conners will be doing a poetry reading tomorrow at noon, Eastern as part of the Wheeling Poetry Series at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, West Virginia. The event is in-person, but will also be livestreamed to the library’s webpage, Facebook, and YouTube. Conners will be appearing alongside poet Jacob Strautmann. West Virginia’s poet laureate Marc Harshman will host.

You can learn more about this event by heading to the library’s event page, which has links to the various livestream options. The event is free and open to the public.