“We. Need. Fire. 

We are just as. Pushed aside as ever 

And have to fight for respect.”

Adrienne Kennedy, 2022 Gold Medal for Drama, The American Academy of Arts and Letters

Willow Books (2022)

978-1-7379876-7-3 paperback

494 pages

Editor: Dr. Kim McMillon

Foreword by Ishmael Reed

Introduction by Dr. Margo Natalie Crawford

A new anthology on the history and legacy of the Black Arts Movement. In a Foreword by Ishmael Reed, Black Fire—This Time is described as a 21st century “update” that builds upon the traditions of Alain Locke’s The New Negro (1920) and Amiri Baraka and Larry Neal’s Black Fire: an anthology of Afro-American Writing (1968).

Edited by Dr. Kim McMillon and with an Introduction by Dr. Margo Natalie Crawford, the theme of this anthology is “Black is Beautiful, Black is Powerful, Black is Home. ”Exploring the past, present and future of Black writing, this collection bridges many of the founders of the Black Arts Movement—including Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Haki Madhubuti, Amiri Baraka, Wanda Coleman, Dudley Randall, Eugene B. Redmond and Askia Touré—with contemporary established writers in the tradition such as Willow’s own brian g. gilmore—to Ishmael Reed’s “younger generation”—Karla Brundage, Allison E. Francis, Tongo Eisen-Martin and C. Liegh McInnis. 

Designed as an open conversation between generations bridging hearts and minds across decades, Black Fire—This Time’s works are rooted in preservation, reverence and discovery. It also stands out for its inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented in Black Fire in particular, writers such as Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin, in an effort to provide a more complete view of the myriad perspectives on Black identity and writing.

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Black Fire—This Time contains works spanning nearly 60 years representing numerous poets, writers and literary estates including (in no particular order):

Nikki Giovanni

Quincy Troupe and Margaret Porter Troupe

Amina Baraka

Haki Madhubuti

Sonia Sanchez

James Baldwin

Ishmael Reed

Eugene Redmond

Tongo Eisen-Martin

QR Hand, Jr.

Wanda Coleman

Gwendolyn Brooks

Lucille Clifton

Margaret Walker

E. Ethelbert Miller

C. Liegh McInnis

Lenard D. Moore

Kalamu ya Salaam

Amiri Baraka

Everett Hoagland

Askia Touré

Ron Milner

Mozel Zeke Nealy

Denise Nicholas

Opal Palmer Adisa

brian g. gilmore

Michael Warr

Joanne V. Gabbin

Aneb Kgositsile (Gloria House)

Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

Michael Simanga

Henry Dumas

Dudley Randall

Aishah Rahman

Tony Bolden

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Tom Dent

Raymond Nat Turner

Dr. Doris Derby

Jewelle Gomez

and many more


We are pleased to announce our first summer fellows. Black Fire–This Time Summer Fellows work with the BFTT Digital Collection and complete projects based on the collection. Summer Fellows enjoy networking opportunities with our roster as well as prizes. Here are our 2022 Summer Fellows:

Tamara J. Madison

Orlando, FL

Primary genre:  Poetry

“I welcome the critique sessions, guest readings, and weekly check-ins of this fellowship and writing community to assist me in developing my second full-length manuscript. Madisonboro is a collection of poems created from photos, letters, oral history, and other documents from my family’s archives illustrating the agency of people of color to thrive against the challenges of slavery, poverty, racism, gender bias, and colorism in 19th and 20th century America. As a poet/writer, editor, and writing instructor, I am continually seeking writing community and opportunities for professional development and creative exploration.”

Jacquese Armstrong

Jackson, MS

Primary genre:  Poetry

“My introduction to the Black Arts Movement came in a literature course in college. It changed the whole meaning of poetry in my mind and ignited a fire which until this day has not been extinguished. With no intention of writing poetry, I found a voice because of the Black Arts Movement. Although I have had a chapbook and full-length collection of poetry published, I have had no formal training in the arts. An older person of modest means, I know that expensive classes are not in my future. I am at a plateau and in need of a jumpstart.”

Naomi Extra

Montclair, NJ

Primary genre: Poetry

“Currently, I am working on an essay that explores Yusef Komunyakaa’s contribution to the genre of jazz poetry which I plan to submit to an anthology call. I am also working on a collection of poems that explores jazz against the backdrop of race, technology, black girlhood, and memory. Both of these projects would benefit from broader historicization of jazz poetry within the context of the Black Arts Movement as well as a deeper understanding of the aesthetic and political possibilities of the genre. Lastly, the fellowship would help me to prepare for teaching on the subject in the fall.”

Cynthia Roby

Bridgeport, CT

Primary genre: Prose

“This fellowship will make me accountable for writing time management, allow me to network with my peers, support my efforts to redirect and focus on preparing my fiction manuscript, and receive critiques. The exposure to published authors, weekly readings, and ability to ask questions will definitely help my growth in the craft.”

Leslie McGraw

Ann Arbor, MI

Primary genre: Poetry

“I am a poet, community marketing strategist and literary activist. After time away from creative writing to focus on my media specialist career and documentary participation chronicling my great grand-uncles’ cold case from his civil rights and voting rights work in the 1940s, this fellowship will help me get back into my creation rhythm.”

Kim McMillon, Editor

Kim McMillon, Ph.D., is a contributor to the anthology Some Other Blues: New Perspectives on Amiri Baraka (2021). McMillon produced the Dillard University-Harvard’s Hutchins Center Black Arts Movement Conference in September 2016 in New Orleans. McMillon was a guest editor for The Journal of PAN African Studies’ special edition on the Black Arts Movement and contributed to the Black Power Encyclopedia (1965-1975), a two-volume collection.

Kofi Antwi, Assistant Editor

Assistant Editor Kofi Antwi is a writer of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College MFA Creative Writing program, where he teaches English. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island by parents of Ghanaian descent, Kofi’s poetry has been published by ​​Writers Guild, Agbowo, Rise Up, Gumbo Media, Kalahari Review, Breadcrumbs and Rigorous. Kofi has a forthcoming poetry chapbook with Kattywompus Press titled Tidal Wave.

Laureates and Award Winners in the collection:

Mona Lisa Saloy, Louisiana

devorah major, San Francisco

Tongo Eisen-Martin, San Francisco

Kalamu Chaché, Central Palo Alto, CA

Aileen Cassinetto, Poet Laureate, San Mateo County, CA

Michael Warr (San Francisco Library)

Everett Hoagland, New Bedford, MA

Judy Juanita, 2021 American Book Award, 2021 Tartt Fiction Prize and Poet in Residence, Museum of the African Diaspora


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April 24 @ 4pm PST

New Orleans Poetry Festival—BLACK FIRE—THIS TIME

May 12 @ 5:30-6:30 pm

Daly City Public Library, San Mateo County California (VIRTUAL)

 Judy Juanita

Tureeda Mikell

Elijah Pringle

C. Liegh McKinnis

Venus Jones

Tongo Eisen-Martin, San Francisco Poet Laureate

Hosted by Heather Buchanan, Publisher

June 4 @ 4pm PST

Sims Library of Poetry Los Angeles (VIRTUAL)

The Literary Candle Has Been Lit!

Ishmael Reed

Connie Owens Patton

Raymond Nat Turner

Michael Warr

Gloria House (Aneb Kgositsile)

June 8

BFTT Summer Fellowships Begin (VIRTUAL)


June 24 (all day)

American Library Association Diversity in Publishing Showcase (Washington, DC)

June 30 @ 7pm EST

Black Fire–This Time SOUTH

Mona Lisa Saloy, Louisiana Poet Laureate

Lenard D. Moore

James E Cherry

and many more TBA

July 16 @ 1pm PST

San Francisco Public Library Reading (VIRTUAL)

Karla Brundage

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Halifu Osumare

Staajabu and V.S. Chochezi

Elijah Pringle III

Thurman Watts

Ishmael Reed

Margo Natalie Crawford

Raymond Nat Turner

Venus Jones

Elaine Brown

July 30 @ 2pm (EDT) (IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL)

BFTT Northeast Launch Hoboken Public Library

Quincy Troupe

Margaret Porter-Troupe

Keisha-Gaye Anderson

Megha Sood

Raymond Nat Turner

August 4 @ 6:30pm (ET) (VIRTUAL)

BFTT Midwest TBA

August 24 @ 7pm (EDT) (VIRTUAL)

BFTT Queens Public Library

Sonia Sanchez

Raymond Nat Turner

Megha Sood

Keisha-Gaye Anderson

August 28

Black Fire–This Time presents Freedom Summer Remembers staged theatrical short featuring Denise Nicholas’ Freshwater Road

Details TBA

September 24 @ 1pm PST

San Francisco Public Library (in-person)

October 2022

Dillard University TBA


Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco

A Special Black History Month Event! Lineup TBA

About the Black Arts Movement (1965-1975) from the National Archives:

The Black Arts Movement started in 1965 when poet Amiri Baraka [LeRoi Jones] established the Black Arts Repertory Theater in Harlem, New York, as a place for artistic expression.

This renaissance of Black Pride illuminated Black Life amidst and in reaction to the vast cultural, political, and social upheaval of the times through poetry and small press publications, plays, illustrations, artwork, and more…

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