Jamie Brickhouse is a writer, performer, and public speaker. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze Sex and My Mother (St. Martin’s Press, 2015). It’s “Required Reading” in Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir; was an Amazon “Best Book of May 2015,” and a Book Chase “2015 Nonfiction Top 10.” It received accolades from Mary Karr, Wally Lamb, George Hodgman, Paul Rudnick and stellar reviews from publications such as The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Interview, and Out. Brickhouse’s essays and articles have been published in the New York Times (multiple times), International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Salon, Out, Huffington Post, POZ, Amtrak’s Arrive, Lambda Literary Review, Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness, Australia’s The Daily Life, The Fix.com, the Latin American travel magazine Travesía, and Addiction/Recovery eBulletin.
Brickhouse, a comedic storyteller, performs Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother, a solo show directed by Obie Award-winning David Drake, which Brickhouse adapted from his memoir. It won the off-off-Broadway 2017 Frigid Festival (New York City) “Audience Choice Award” out of 30 shows, was a TimeOut New York “Top 10 Best GLBT Things to Do,” and was named a “Best Bet” in Theater is Easy. It received rave reviews from TimeOut New York, NY Theater Guide, Theater is Easy, and Hi! Drama.
Brickhouse has recorded voice-overs for the legendary cartoon TV show Beavis and Butthead. He is a three-time StorySLAM champion of The Moth, the acclaimed, not-for-profit worldwide organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, a Literary Death Match champion, and has been featured on Kevin Allison’s Risk! and Story Collider (both the national podcast and live shows). He performs at live storytelling shows throughout New York and beyond.
As a keynote speaker, Brickhouse covers a range of topics from alcoholism / addiction / recovery, suicide prevention from the perspective of an SAS (suicide attempt survivor), the art and craft of memoir writing, overcoming HIV stigma, dementia (specifically Lewy body dementia), storytelling (as performer and instructor), book marketing and publicity, and GLBTQ issues. He has spoken/taught at the New York State Suicide Prevention Conference, Alzheimer’s Association (NYC Chapter), Columbia Publishing Course (17 years), BookCon/BookExpo, San Miguel Writers’ Conference (2017 & 2018), HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference (2012, 2017), the Northern California Writers’ StoryTellers Conference & Expo, Atlanta Writers’ Club, and the New England Independent Booksellers Association. He is on the board of the Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center, an advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and guest blogger for POZ magazine.
Brickhouse has also presented at writing festivals, literary arts groups, and conferences such as the Texas Book Festival, the Atlanta Journal Constitution Decatur Book Festival, Southampton Arts Center, Baltimore Book Festival, San Antonio Book Festival, Woodstock Writers Festival, the Secret City, Spoken Interludes, and several book clubs.
Brickhouse spent over two decades in the publishing industry, most recently at two major houses as head of their publicity and lecture divisions. He is founder and CEO of redBrick Agency, a lecture bureau for authors. A native of Beaumont, Texas, he is a graduate of Trinity University (San Antonio) and the Radcliffe Publishing Course (now the Columbia Publishing Course). Brickhouse lives in New York City with his common- law husband Michael. He is at work on his next book, I Favor My Daddy, a memoir about his father Earl. You can friend him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @jamiebrickhouse, or visit www.jamiebrickhouse.com.
Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and My Mother
"A blisteringly funny, wrenching account of wrestling way too close to―and later loose from―booze, sex and drugs and his adorable, infuriating mother. Believe me: the gator wranglers from his Texas backwater hometown have it way easier. It’s packed with multiple fine threads in a rich tapestry. Bravo!" ―Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author of The Liars' Club
"Whoever said you can't get sober for someone else never met my mother, Mama Jean. When I came to in a Manhattan emergency room after an overdose to the news that she was on her way from Texas, I panicked. She was the last person I wanted to see on that dark September morning, but the person I needed the most." So begins this astonishing memoir, which was an Amazon Best Book of May 2015 and is “Required Reading” in Mary Karr’s bestselling The Art of Memoir. By turns both darkly comic and deeply poignant, it’s about this native Texan's long struggle with alcohol, his complicated relationship with Mama Jean, and his sexuality. From the age of five all Brickhouse wanted was to be at a party with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other and all Mama Jean wanted was to keep him at that age, her Jamie doll forever. A Texan Elizabeth Taylor with the split personality of Auntie Mame and Mama Rose, always camera-ready and flamboyantly outspoken, Mama Jean haunted him his whole life, no matter how far away he went or how deep in booze he swam. Brickhouse's journey takes him from Texas to a high-profile career in book publishing amid New York's glamorous drinking life to his near-fatal descent into alcoholism. After Mama Jean ushers him into rehab and he ultimately begins to dig out of the hole he'd found himself in, he almost misses his chance to prove that he loves her as much as she loves him. Bitingly funny, raw, and insightful, Dangerous When Wet is the unforgettable story of a unique relationship between a son and his mother.
"Glamorously tragic and howlingly funny in equal measure.”
—Entertainment Weekly, A-