Willow Books (February 2022)
Editor: Kim McMillon
Assistant Editor: Kofi Antwi
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):
E. Ethelbert Miller
Kalamu ya Salaam
Marvin X. Jackmon
Raymond Nat Turner
Dr. Doris Derby
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…https://calendar.syracuse.edu/events/2020-feb-26/black-arts-movement-popup-exhibit/
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