Barrelhousing with Literary Agents Rachel Ekstrom and Andrea Somburg

We’re thrilled that agents Rachel Somburg, Rachel Ekstrom, Uwe Stender, and Danielle Chiotti joining us on October 10 for the panel “Ask the Agent: The Process of Finding and Securing a Literary Agent.” In preparation for the panel, we asked Rachel and Andrea some questions about how they got into the agenting business, the last […]

Why Attend Conversations and Connections? 9 reasons from 21 Former Attendees

We are not neutral on the question of whether people should attend Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Writing. This is our baby, hatched when editor Dave Housley sat next to former Barrelhouse editor and at-the-time Baltimore Review Editor Susan Muaddi-Darraj at a different, not-to-be-named, pretty crappy writer’s conference. “We can do better than this, […]

Barrelhousing with “More Real Realism” Workshop Leader Craig Bernier

  Craig Bernier is a writer and teacher at the University of Pittsburgh. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous national journals and literary magazines. His recent collection of short stories Your Life Idyllic won the St. Lawrence Book Award. On October 10, Craig will lead the craft workshop “More Real Realism,” which will focus […]

Barrelhousing with Featured Short Fiction Author Leslie Pietrzyk

Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of our featured short story collection, “This Angel on My Chest,” as well as a longtime friend of Barrelhouse and all around awesome person. We sat down to talk with her about the book, her upcoming conference panel, “Kind of Based on a True Story: Using Real Life in Fiction,” […]

Barrelhousing with Featured Poet Sheila Squillante

Dan Brady: Beautiful Nerve, your first full-length collection, is our featured poetry book at this year’s Conversations & Connections DC. Can you tell me a little bit about how this book came to be? Sheila Squillante: This book had a lengthy gestation. It’s hard to believe (for me) that some of the poems came from […]

Barrelhousing with Amy Butcher

Amy Butcher is the author of Visiting Hours (Penguin/Random House) and an essayist with recent work in The New York Times, The Paris Review online, Tin House online, The Iowa Review, and other prestigious markets. She’ll be participating in the “Finding Your Balance: Honesty and Self-indulgence in Memoir” panel at Conversations and Connections DC on […]