About Willow Books

Willow Arts Alliance DC Residency & Langston Hughes 50th

Busboys & Poets 5th & K

1025 5th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Coming February 2017

Willow Books 10th Anniversary Reading

Associated Writing Programs (AWP), Washington, D.C.

Tenth anniversary reading celebrating the legacy of Willow Books. An award-winning publishing division of Aquarius Press, Willow Books’ mission is to develop, publish and promote writers of color. Willow has created an international platform for its authors to engage with the public through workshops, conferences, digital streaming broadcasts, and public readings, as well as through its annual Literature Awards. Its Willow Arts Alliance division hosts residencies in historic cultural districts.

Featuring:

Reginald Flood

Qiana Towns

Vanessa Hua

Yesenia Montilla

Derrick Harriell


Congrats to our Open Reading Period Selections:

Lucinda Roy, Fabric: A Collection of Poems
Remica Bingham, Starlight and Error

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Kudos to Angie Chuang, shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing! Full steam ahead to the Grand Prize! A Bronze Medalist for Multicultural Writing for The Four Words for Home, Angie is our 2013 Willow Literature Awards Grand Prize Winner.

Congrats to Our Willow Books Literature Awards GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

PROSE

SaharMustafahBioPicSahar Mustafah, “Life, Move Leisurely”

POETRY

Aybar photoGustavo Adolf Aybar, “We Seek Asylum”

2016 Judges: 

Tyehimba Jess, Poetry

 Ravi Howard, Prose


ANNOUNCING: Deceit and Other Possibilities by Vanessa Hua, 2015 Willow Books Grand Prize Winner for Prose

Pre-Orders Open Today!

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NEW RELEASES

SUMMER OF THE CICADAS by Cole Lavalais

 

Learn more about Cole Lavalais


CONGRATS TO YESENIA MONTILLA’S THE PINK BOX,

longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award!

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CONGRATS TO MAHOGANY L. BROWNE’S REDBONE, nominee,

 47th Annual NAACP Image Award!


NEW!

CORE by Denise Miller

RECENT RELEASES

The Pink Box by Yesenia Montilla (Poetry) 

Redbone by Mahogany L. Browne (Poetry)

COMING April 5, 2016

White Sun: Stories from Hispanoamérica by David Garvin


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


NATIONAL POETRY MONTH RELEASE!

The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller

Established Authors Series


Thanks for a Great Show at LitFest 2015 in Minneapolis!

April Gibson

April Gibson

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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.

DERRICK HARRIELL, WINNER OF THE MISSISSIPPI INSTITUTE OF ARTS & LETTERS POETRY AWARD

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

Rachelle Linda Escamilla

Rachelle Linda Escamilla

OUR AUTHORS

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

 TOP RELEASES

CONGRATS to Derrick Harriell and ROPES–SPD Bestseller!

http://www.spdbooks.org/pages/bestsellers/poetry/default.aspx

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

MAJOR PROJECTS

Willow Books Literature Awards—National competition in prose and poetry, cash prize, publication, and a national reading.

Staff

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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