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.
CONGRATS TO DERRICK HARRIELL, WINNER OF THE MISSISSIPPI INSTITUTE OF ARTS & LETTERS POETRY AWARD
DAVID GARVIN (NY)
White Sun: Stories from Hispanoamérica (prose)
RACHELLE ESCAMILLA (CA)
Imaginary Animal (poetry)
NEW LIT AWARDS TITLES
The Four Words for Home by Angie Chuang
Literature Awards Grand Prize Winner for Prose
Blood Orange by Angela Narciso Torres
Literature Awards Grand Prize Winner for Poetry
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!
Blood Orange by Angela Narciso Torres (Willow Books Literature Grand Prize in Poetry)
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
Appearances: Willow Books Authors on Tour (nationwide); Furious Flower Conference, James Madison University (Fall 2014); 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; 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 of Aquarius Press. A graduate of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Heather has taught as an adjunct professor/lecturer of Composition, African American Literature, and World Literature, most recently for UM-Dearborn and the College for Creative Studies. In addition to teaching, Heather presents on arts and literature at conferences across the country. She has served as 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, Heather has also served as COO of the Wayne County Council for Arts, History & Humanities.