Willow Books Emerging Authors Series & Fund

Willow Books is pleased to host the annual Emerging Authors Series, which recognizes the next wave of talented authors in our family.

Poet Gustavo Adolfo Aybar is the 2017 Recipient of the Emerging Authors Fund!

2016 Grand Prize Winner Gustavo Adolfo Aybar is this year’s selection of the fund, which assists promising emerging authors with professional development opportunities. Aybar will utilize his funds for his journey from St. Louis to Miami for his feature at the Miami Book Fair. Making it to Miami has been a dream of Gustavo’s for a long time.

Aybar photo


Congrats to our 2016 Emerging Poet, Quenton Baker


and to our 2016 Emerging Writer, Sokunthary Svay!


 Our 2015 Emerging Writers

April Gibson

 Kahn Santori Davison,

and Yesenia Montilla!

Cedric Tillman,  author of Lilies in the Valley, is the first recipient of our Willow Books Emerging Poets & Writers Fund! Emerging Fund Media Release

Congrats to our 2014 Emerging Poet Denise Miller!

Denise Miller is a Kalamazoo Valley Community College instructor, artist, poet and community activist who received a B.F.A. from Bowling Green State University in Creative Writing in 1992 and an M.A. from Central Michigan University in 1995. Her work has also been funded by an Emerging Artists Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and the Gilmore Foundation. Miller is the co-founder of Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, an arts and culture non-profit that designs its Creative Justice programming to help youth, young adults and mature adults cultivate authentic articulation and the skills, opportunities, sustainability and the leadership necessary for the full expression of the self. Her publications include poems in African American Review, Dunes Review, Michigan Writers Corner, Terror and Transformation, american ghost and Blackberry: a magazine. Most recently, she was awarded a Fall 2014 Hedgebrook Residency. Her collection, CORE, will be published in Fall 2015.

The 2013 Emerging Poet was Adrienne Christian


Adrienne Christian is a Cave Canem fellow and a member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Today’s Black Woman, Jolie, Obsidian, Silk Road, Falling Star, Miller’s Pond, Cliterature, and others. She is the recipient of the University of Michigan African American Alumni Council’s Five Under Ten Young Alumni Recognition Award. She is the editor of the Haiku Society of America’s newsletter, Ripples.

Her chapbook is 12023 Woodmont Avenue, a collection about her childhood in Detroit.

12023 Woodmont Avenue

12023 Woodmont Avenue

To order Adrienne’s chapbook, visit http://aquariuspress.myshopify.com/collections/poetry/products/12023-woodmont-avenue

Our 2012 Emerging Poet was Krista Franklin

Krista Franklin is a poet and visual artist from Dayton, OH who lives and works in Chicago. Her poetry and mixed medium collages have been published in lifestyle and literary journals such as Coon Bidness, Copper Nickel, RATTLE, Indiana Review, Ecotone, Clam and Callaloo, and in the anthologies Encyclopedia Vol. II, F-K and Gathering Ground. Her visual art has been featured on the covers of award-winning books, and exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions. Franklin is a Cave Canem Fellow, a co-founder of 2nd Sun Salon, a community meeting space for writers, visual and performance artists, musicians and scholars, and a teaching artist for Young Chicago Authors, Neighborhood Writing Alliance, and numerous organizations in the city of Chicago.

To order:  http://aquariuspress.myshopify.com/collections/poetry/products/study-of-love-black-body

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