Register for the 2018 Jazz Fest Writers Weekend!
Writer-in-Residence: Reginald Flood, author of Refugeed
Noon-1:30pm FREE Reading by Reginald Flood and Tour of Museum Exhibits
1:30-4pm Optional Writers Workshop ($20–Register below)
4:30pm-until Meetup @ Campus Martius for Jazz Fest
Workshop Details: Writing workshop and reading with Reginald Flood, author and National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow. Open to writers at all levels–bring works in progress or create new work. Tour of Wright Museum included. Location: Charles H. Wright Museum, 315 E. Warren.
Detroit Jazz Festival activities immediately following. Meetup at Campus Martius. Enjoy live music at the world’s largest free outdoor jazz festival. Location: Campus Martius, 4:30 pm-until.
2018 Jazz Fest Detroit Writers Weekend
Special writers event during the Detroit Jazz Festival weekend. Writing workshop and reading with Reginald Flood, author and National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow. Open to writers at all levels–bring works in progress or create new work. Workshop follows reading. Tour of Wright Museum exhibits included. Location: Charles H. Wright Museum, 315 E. Warren. Noon-4 pm. Room 106. Detroit Jazz Festival activities immediately following. Meetup at Campus Martius. Enjoy live music at the world’s largest free outdoor jazz festival. Location: Campus Martius, 4:30 pm- until. Advance registration required.
Reginald Flood is a native of south central Los Angeles who now lives in a small town in southeastern Connecticut with his family. He is an associate professor of English and Coordinator of African American Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he teaches African American literature and creative writing. He is a recent National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellow.
Refugeed (2018) is Reginald’s second collection with Willow Books.
“Reginald Flood’s lucid poems liberate the voices of a little-known population—slaves who were ‘refugeed,’ smuggled away from advancing Union Armies during the Civil War to preserve slavery’s rule. Braced with historical documentation from WPA interviews, we delve across generations of American history’s whip-torn surface to explore the soul of what it means to be free. Flood has written a necessary and poignant remembrance.”
—Tyehimba Jess, author of Leadbelly and Olio, 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
“Blending historical scholarship on slavery with rhythmic cadence and imagistic precision of poetry, Reginald Flood’s Refugeed is a masterful performance of black cultural memory.”
–-Tony Bolden, Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies and author of Afro Blue Improvisations of African American Poetry and Culture and a collection of essays The Funk Aesthetic in African American Poetry. Black Music, Black Poetry: Genre, Performance, and Authenticity.
“The lived experiences unearthed in under appreciated yet riveting Arkansas Slave Narratives serve to ground this collection. Flood’s meticulous research and dexterity with words raises the bar and the historical poem to another level. The final result is so brilliantly conceived and executed, the reader won’t blink as the dots between enslavement, Mamie Till and the streets of Compton are connected. History buffs and poetry enthusiasts alike will be fighting in the aisle to claim copies of this important work. These poems are rich and alive with voices, they masterfully exhibit the skillful application of memory, research, imagination and empathy.”
—Frank X Walker, founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, Poet Laureate of Kentucky and author of several books of poetry including About Flight and Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers
Thank you for a spectacular LitFest 2018!
Since 2012, LitFest has appeared in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. 2018 is the first New York appearance. A pioneer in the live streaming of literary events, LitFest is a signature program of Willow Books, a publisher that develops and promotes poets and writers of color. MORE
Maria Fernanda Snellings
Our new group of fellows were featured at the 1st Annual Rubie & Randall Salon in East Harlem, New York, along with special guests.
CONGRATS TO OUR LITERATURE AWARDS WINNERS!
WELCOME TO OUR 2018 AUTHORS!
Latha Viswanathan has worked as a journalist, copywriter, editor and teacher in India, London, Manila, Montreal, Toronto and the United States. These stories have appeared in major American literary magazines and won awards. Her work received a grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts in Fiction, was published in Best New Stories from the South and broadcast on National Public Radio. She currently lives and writes in Houston.
Keisha-Gaye Anderson is a Jamaican-born poet, writer, visual artist, and media professional based in Brooklyn, NY. Her debut poetry collection Gathering the Waters (Jamii Publishing 2014) was accepted into the Poets House Library and the National Library of Jamaica. Her poetry collection, A Spell for Living, received the Editors’ Choice recognition for the 2017 Numinous Orisons, Luminous Origin Literary Award, and is forthcoming from Agape Editions in 2019 as a multimedia e-book, including music and Keisha’s original artwork. Keisha is a past participant of the VONA Voices and Callaloo writing workshops, a former fellow of the North Country Institute for Writers of Color, and was short-listed for the Small Axe Literary Competition. Most recently, she was named an Institute Scholar for the 2018 Writing from the Margins Institute at Bloomfield College. Keisha is a graduate of the Syracuse University Newhouse School and holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from The City College, CUNY.
Roberto Carlos Garcia’s book, Melancolía, is available from Červená Barva Press. His second collection, black / Maybe, will be published in spring 2018 by Willow Books. His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Those People, Rigorous, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, The New Engagement, Public Pool, Stillwater Review, Gawker, Barrelhouse, Tuesday; An Art Project, The Acentos Review, Lunch Ticket, and many others. He is founder of the cooperative press Get Fresh Books, LLC. A native New Yorker, Roberto holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Apsara in New York by Sokunthary Svay
2016 Willow Arts Alliance Fellow
Code of the West by Sahar Mustafah
2016 Willow Books Literature Awards Grand Prize Winner, Prose
CONGRATS TO VANESSA HUA, WINNER OF THE ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION’S AWARD FOR ADULT FICTION! She will be honored at their annual dinner on June 25, 2017 in Chicago!
& FINALIST FOR THE CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARDS!
Willow Books 10th Anniversary Celebration
THANK YOU for an Outstanding Celebration!
Willow Arts Alliance DC Residency & Langston Hughes 50th
Busboys & Poets 5th & K
Congrats to our Open Reading Period Selections:
Sahar Mustafah, “Life, Move Leisurely”
Gustavo Adolf Aybar, “We Seek Asylum”
CONGRATS TO VANESSA HUA, WINNER OF THE ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN AWARD FOR LITERATURE!
SUMMER OF THE CICADAS by Cole Lavalais
Established Authors Series
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.
DERRICK HARRIELL, WINNER OF THE MISSISSIPPI INSTITUTE OF ARTS & LETTERS POETRY AWARD
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.
Randall Horton, Poetry Editor
Antoinette Gardner, Editorial & Administrative Services
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.