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 ArtsClubOfWashington.org. A Q&A session with the poet will follow the reading.
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,
NOTE from all of us at BhB: While most of our traditional avenues for submissions are now closed, we are still accepting submissions for the Wicked Woman Poetry Prize until the end of this year. We encourage you to submit! We will still announce readings and other events that our authors participate in through the end of the 2022-23 fiscal year. No readings or events have been cancelled. In fact, we hope you will join us for the Wicked Woman event with 2021 winner Lori Jakiela on October 14th!
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
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.
If you’re a fan of mysteries and thrillers, check out these recent BhB releases!
“Grizzly murder mystery turned love story turned immigrant survival tale, Stephen F. Davitt’s Tell Me What I Want to Hear introduces readers to Helen and Danny—and their raw, intense story. Set in Ireland and Baltimore of 1916 to 1919, the couple survives trauma in one country only to find it in another. A fast-paced book anchored in the darkest corners of yesteryear Baltimore”.
— Eric D. Goodman, author of The Color of Jadeite and Tracks: A Novel in Stories
“Murder, mayhem, and revenge play out against a background of the COVID pandemic and the January 6 insurrection in the latest installment of the Elmo Katz mystery series. In his fourth novel, Wasowicz gives US Attorney Katz and his colleagues 72 hours on Memorial Day weekend to foil alleged terrorist attacks near the US Capitol. At stake are hundreds of innocent lives. Events cascade at lightning speed to make for riveting storytelling.”
— Nancy A. Olson, Brattleboro Reformer correspondent and freelance writer
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
Josephine Jacobsen, a founding mother of BhB and the New Poets Series, was recently featured as part of the Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day column. You can read “The Animals” at the Poetry Foundation’s website.
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.
Brickhouse Books is pleased to announce Kim Roberts as the judge for this year’s Wicked Woman Poetry Prize.
Kim Roberts is a queer, Jewish writer and literary historian. She is the editor of the anthology By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of our Nation’s Capital (University of Virginia Press, 2020), and the author of A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston (University of Virginia Press, 2018), and five books of poems, most recently The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions, 2017). Roberts has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, HumanitiesDC, and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has been a writer-in-residence at 18 artist colonies. You can visit her website at www.kimroberts.org.
The Wicked Woman Poetry Prize opens for submissions in September. You can review the submission guidelines and requirements on the Wicked Woman page.
BhB poet Carrie Conners will be reading from Luscious Struggle as part of the Paterson Poetry Prize Winner and Finalists Reading today.
You can watch the livestream below on YouTube beginning at 1pm Eastern.