Willow Books (March 15, 2022)

Editor: Kim McMillon

Assistant Editor: Kofi Antwi

Foreword by Ishmael Reed

Introduction by Margo Crawford

Black Fire: This Time will pay homage to the anthology Black Fire, edited by Amiri Baraka and Larry Neal. Black Fire, published in 1968, is considered the defining work of the Black Arts Movement and was rooted in Black self-determination and Black Power. “Black is Beautiful” rose out of the Black Arts Movement, and this collection will explore its timeless power.

Black Fire: This Time will contain 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

Eugene Redmond

Gwendolyn Brooks

E. Ethelbert Miller

Kalamu ya Salaam

Amiri Baraka

Everett Hoagland

Nikki Giovanni

Ron Milner

Denise Nicholas

Everett Hoagland

Ismael Reed

Gloria House

Jerry Ward

Michael Simanga

Henry Dumas

Dudley Randall

Aishah Rahman

Tony Bolden

Askia Toure

devorah major

Marvin X. Jackmon

Raymond Nat Turner

Yoruba Richen

Dr. Doris Derby

Aldon Nielsen

Jewelle Gomez

and many more

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.

Susie Andrews Saleem, Editorial Assistant

Editorial Assistant Susie Saleem is a Chicago poet-artist. She is the Co-President of the African American Student Association at Union College.

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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Black Fire: This Time