Ruth Lilly Prize Awarded to Black Fire This Time Poets

The Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, awarded annually to one living US poet with an award of $100,000 in recognition of their outstanding lifetime achievement, was awarded to three poets anthologized in Black Fire This Time, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez and Haki Madhubuti. The award was extended to 11 recipients for this year. The critically acclaimed anthology … Continue reading Ruth Lilly Prize Awarded to Black Fire This Time Poets

LitFest2018 Debuts in New York!

LitFest is coming to New York! Our national LitFest will take place Saturday, June 2, 2018 starting at 7 p.m. at Cassava House, 2270 1st Avenue in East Harlem. The event will feature poetry readings, a book fair and live music. Since 2012, LitFest has appeared in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. … Continue reading LitFest2018 Debuts in New York!

Willow Books Open Reading Period Opens

Willow Books, the award-winning imprint of Aquarius Press, is currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts from November 15, 2022-January 15, 2023. The mission of Willow Books is to develop, publish and promote writers of color. Previous Open Reading Period selections include Califia’s Daughter by devorah major, San Francisco’s Third Poet Laureate, Why I Am Like Tequila by … Continue reading Willow Books Open Reading Period Opens

8 Willow Poets Selected for Historic Anthology

 "A 21st century “update” on the state of Black writing arts..."Ishmael Reed  Eight poets from Willow Books appear in a new anthology on the history and legacy of the Black Arts Movement. Black Fire—This Time, Volume 1 features the writings of over 100 poets and writers from across the country and overseas. Building upon the … Continue reading 8 Willow Poets Selected for Historic Anthology