About Willow Books

Literature Awards Deadline:  12/15/15!


CONGRATS to our own 2015 Willow Books Literature Awards Grand Prize Winner VANESSA HUA,  who is also the winner of a Rona Jaffe Foundation’s 2015 Writers’ Award!


CORE by Denise Miller


The Pink Box by Yesenia Montilla (Poetry) 

Redbone by Mahogany L. Browne (Poetry)


White Sun: Stories from Hispanoamérica by David Garvin

Congrats to the 2015 GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the Willow Books Literature Awards for Prose, Vanessa Hua!   

Congrats to Angie Chuang, Bronze Medalist, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards!

Angie Chuang

Congrats to Rich Villar, 2015 Finalist for the International Latino Book Awards!

Rich Villar

Rich Villar

COMING 2016!

The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller

Established Authors Series

Thanks for a Great Show at LitFest 2015 in Minneapolis!

April Gibson

April Gibson


Elmaz Abinader

Rachelle Escamilla

Rachelle Escamilla

Mahogany Browne

Mahogany Browne

Welcome to Willow Books, the literary imprint of Aquarius Press. The mission of Willow Books is to develop, publish and promote writers typically underrepresented in the literary field. An independent press with a woman of color at its helm, Aquarius Press/Willow Books is recognized as an industry leader for its commitment to artistic development. In addition to publishing, Willow provides a national platform for its authors to engage with the public through readings, workshops, conferences, competitions, and streaming broadcasts across the country. Several of Willow’s authors have earned fellowships, post-graduate degrees and faculty tenure due in large part to being published by the press. Key partnerships have been formed with many institutions of higher learning and organizations such as PEN/Faulkner, Busboys & Poets/Teaching for Change, and Cave Canem. Your continued support of our authors enables us to honor our mission.


Imaginary Animal by Rachelle Escamilla, 2014 Grand Prize Winner, Willow Books Literature Awards

Rachelle Linda Escamilla

Rachelle Linda Escamilla


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 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.


Randall Horton, Poetry Editor

   Adrienne Christian, Author & Contributing Editor

 Curtis L. Crisler, Author & Contributing Editor

Appearances: Willow Books Authors on Tour (nationwide); Furious Flower Conference, James Madison University; George Mason University; Associated Writing Programs (AWP); Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA); Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML)/Michigan State University; Split This Rock; Poets House; Pratt Women of Color collection; 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)

About the Publisher

Heather Buchanan is the owner/publisher of Aquarius Press and its flagship imprint, Willow Books. A graduate of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn respectively, she was a NIH Research Fellow in Cognitive Science. Buchanan has taught Composition, African American Literature, World Literature, Film Studies and Digital Rhetoric at several colleges and universities. An arts consultant, Buchanan is a former Poet-in-Residence for the Detroit Public Library system and served on the Board of Governors for UM-Dearborn’s College of Arts & Sciences Affiliate. A musician and playwright, Buchanan is a former COO of the Wayne County Council for Arts, History & Humanities in the state of Michigan.

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