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

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

Willow Poet Lupe Mendez Named 2022 Texas Poet Laureate

Lupe Mendez is the author of Why I Am Like Tequila (Willow Books). From the Texas Commission on the Arts: ...The 2021 appointees include Texas Poet Laureate Cyrus Cassells of Austin, Texas State Musician Leon Bridges of Fort Worth, Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist Annette Lawrence of Denton, and Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk of San Antonio. The 2022 appointees include Texas Poet Laureate Lupe Mendez of Houston, Texas State Musician Eva Ybarra of San Antonio, Texas State … Continue reading Willow Poet Lupe Mendez Named 2022 Texas Poet Laureate