Aquarius Press publishes trade, academic, and special interest titles by writers typically underrepresented in the marketplace. Key partnerships have been formed with several universities, libraries, governmental agencies, and literary organizations. Numerous titles are included in special collections, including the University of Michigan Special Collection, Poets House in New York, and the African Libraries Collective. The flagship imprint, Willow Books, was co-founded with Dr. Randall Horton in 2007 with a mission to develop, publish, and promote writers of color. Collaborations include PEN/Faulkner, Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. and the Weeksville Heritage Center. In addition to publishing and providing professional development opportunities, Willow has created a platform for its authors to engage with the public through workshops, conferences, digital streaming broadcasts, and public readings in the U.S. and abroad. Signature events include the annual LitFest (Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and D.C.) and its Literature Awards. The Willow Arts Alliance sponsors fellowships to talented multidisciplinary artists. The press has an active roster of over 40 single-title authors and has published over 10 anthologies and journals containing the works of over 200 poets and writers. An industry leader, the press is known for its excellence in design, content, and diverse selection of award-winning authors and fellows.
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fiction, nonfiction, poetry, video
Writers of color
Recent Awards Received
Asian Pacific Islander Library Association, San Francisco Public Library Laureates, Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters
Lucinda Roy, Vanessa Hua, E. Ethelbert Miller
Manuscripts accepted via Submittable during Open Reading Period (April 1-September 1 of each year). (See website for details)
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978-0-9971996; 978-0-9985278; 978-0-9961390
Number of Books Published per Year
Titles in Print
Deceit and Other Possibilities; Fabric; Summer of the Cicadas; The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller
Average Print Run
90% Paperback, 5% Chapbook, 5% Other
Average Price per Book
Average Price per e-Book