About Willow Books

cropped-new-willow-logo.jpg Welcome to Willow Books, an imprint of Aquarius Press. The mission of Willow Books is to develop, publish and promote writers typically underrepresented in the literary field. Willow Books is arguably the only press of its kind in the nation. Your continued support of our authors and this independent press enables us to honor our mission.

ANNOUNCING… The 2014 Willow Books Literature Awards Grand Prize Winners:


White Sun: Stories from Hispanoamérica (prose)


Imaginary Animal (poetry)

  NEW TITLES: The Four Words for Home by Angie Chuang, 2013 Willow Books Literature Awards Grand Prize Winner for Prose

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Our authors maintain the highest standards for literary excellence. The majority of our authors are in high demand around the country for readings, writers-in-residence programs, and university teaching.  Congrats to Reginald Flood, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, and Alan King, PEN/Faulkner Fellow.

Our popular line of books can be purchased directly in our  SHOPIFY STORE


CONGRATS to Derrick Harriell and ROPES–SPD Bestseller!


More about ROPES

Blood Orange by Angela Narciso Torres (Willow Books Literature Grand Prize in Poetry)

Blood Orange by Angela Narciso Torres

Lilies in the Valley by Cedric Tillman



Willow Books LitFest—2014 Details TBA Willow Books Literature Awards—National competition in prose and poetry, cash prize, publication, and a national reading Willow Books Emerging Writer Chapbook Series—Annual publication of a writer early in his/her career who shows promise, selected by the editors.

Staff  Randall Horton, Poetry Editor    Adrienne Christian, Author & Contributing Editor  Curtis L. Crisler, Author & Contributing Editor  Lita Hooper, Author & Editor-in-Chief, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature Regular Appearances Furious Flower Conference, James Madison University Associate Writing Programs (AWP) Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML), Michigan State University Split This Rock Poets House University of New Haven Reading Series Winter Wheat Festival, Grand Valley State U. (w/Aquarius Press) Carr Center, Detroit Annual LitFest (nationwide) Recent Special Appearances: Cave Canem Willow Books New York Reading Thurgood Marshall Ctr. For Service & Heritage, Washington, D.C. Idlewild Writers Conference (w/Aquarius Press)

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