A Decade of Excellence, 2007-2017
COMING SEPTEMBER 2017
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.