Welcome to Willow Books

LitFest 2020

Free and Open to the Public

Join us in San Antonio!

Friday, March 6, 2020

La Villita Historic Arts Village

418 Villita Street

San Antonio TX 78205

All-star reading featuring our award-winning poets and authors.


  • Lupe Mendez
  • Rachelle Escamilla
  • Jen Knox
  • Keisha-Gaye Anderson
  • Brian Gilmore
  • Gretchen Primack
  • Devorah Major
  • Curtis L. Crisler
  • Cedric Tillman
  • Elmaz Abinader
  • Sokunthary Svay

Highlights from LitFest 2019 Portland, OR

LitFest 2019 @ Passages Bookshop, Portland

Coming February 2020

Califia’s Daughter by Devorah Major

Devorah Major, author of Califia’s Daughter and the third Poet Laureate of San Francisco

This is Where by Louise K Waakaa’igan

Special thanks to our authors for an awesome show! See you next year!

Congrats to Cindy Williams Gutiérrez!

Finalist! International Latino Book Awards

Awards Ceremony September 21 in Los Angeles




Meet the 2019 Debut Author Lineup for AWP 2019!

2019 Roster Lit + OPR

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


Nkosi Nkululeko

Maria Fernanda Snellings

Nicholas Nichols

Our new group of fellows were featured at the 1st Annual Rubie & Randall Salon in East Harlem, New York, along with special guests.

Refugeed: Exodus Poems by Reginald Flood (2018)

Poetry collection based on slave narratives recorded by the Federal Writers’ Project of President Roosevelt’s Works Projects Administration. “Refugeed” slaves were conveyed away from the advance of Federal forces in the American South.



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.

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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.

(c) 2017 Michelle Strahan

Willow Books 10th Anniversary Celebration


The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller

Established Authors Series

April Gibson
April Gibson
Elmaz Abinader
Rachelle Escamilla
Rachelle Escamilla
Mahogany Browne
Mahogany Browne


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—Annual All-Star reading featuring Willow poets and writers.


Randall Horton, Editor

Antoinette Gardner, Editorial & Administrative Services

Appearances: The Smithsonian; Library of Congress; Weeksville Historical Society; Willow Authors on Tour (nationwide); Furious Flower Conference, Busboys & Poets; 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; PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools: 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) 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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