Category Archives: non-fiction

Last Day to Submit: Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America

Today is the deadline to submit to our forthcoming anthology Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America. We’re so excited to be publishing this collection–and to be working with the inimitable editor Abayomi Animashaun! Submit your essay here.


Casey in BostonHelen Marie Casey, author of the beautiful nonfiction title My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer, was the featured speaker at The College Club of Boston in February, where she spoke about she created this true-to-life narrative in text and images. Helen is a tour de force in lyrical historical nonfiction! (Buy a copy of My Dear Girl, and Helen’s poetry chapbook Inconsiderate Madnesshere.)

Helen Marie Casey: Double Winner

Casey BostonWe’re so pleased to share that Helen Marie Casey, author of the brilliant poetry chapbook Inconsiderate Madness and the gorgeous nonfiction title My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer, has won the 2012 Barbara Bradley Award from the New England Poetry Club and also the Anita McAndrews Award Poetry Contest from Artists in Action international, which recognizes writing for its relevance to human rights. Congrats, Helen! Buy her books here.

Thank you, Boston Book Festival!

Hurricane Sandy has waylaid our blogosphere a bit, but we had such a good time at the Boston Book Festival and want to send a belated thank you to everyone who pulled the event together. It was especially fun to share a table with BLP author Helen Marie Casey, whose two books–Inconsiderate Madness, a poetry chapbook about Mary Dyer; and My Dear Girl, a biography of the artist Florence Hosmer–demonstrate the kind of intelligence and scope that make our list so exciting. You can buy both titles here. And we’ll see you next year, Boston!

Others Will Enter the Gates: Call for Essay Submissions

We’re thrilled to announce a call for submissions for our forthcoming anthology of essays by immigrant poets in America. Abayomi Animashaun, author of The Giving of Pears, will edit. Here are the details:

No two immigrant poets are the same. Even those from the same country don’t necessarily answer to the same poetics or, for that matter, speak to the same concerns. How, then, do immigrant poets in America define themselves? How do they see and position themselves within the landscape of American poetry or the poetic traditions of their own country? Who might they consider their influences? Answers to these questions are complex, individual, and varied, as seen with the essays we hope to include in this anthology.

Call for Submissions:
Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for an anthology of essays by immigrant poets in America, celebrating their contributions to the landscape of American poetry. The title, Others Will Enter the Gates, is taken from Walt Whitman’s poem, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”.

Immigrant poets living in the United States are invited to submit essays of between 700-5000 words for the anthology. Poets can address one of four themes in their essays:

1) Influence(s)
2) How the poet’s work fits within the American poetic tradition
3) How the poet’s work fits within the poetic tradition of his/her home country and
4) What it means to be a poet in America.

Essays can be creative or academic. However, essays need to be accessible since the anthology is also for a general audience.

Abayomi Animashaun, Nigerian émigré and author of The Giving of Pears, will serve as editor. Questions? You may contact him at

Submissions will be accepted via Submittable.
Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2013.

The Best Literary Weekend, Period.

We may be geographically biased, but we think the Brooklyn Book Festival is the absolute–and this year’s was better than ever! We rocked a reading at BookCourt; we stopped by the BBF Gala; we met thousands of new friends at the book fair; and we sold lots of books. All on one of the most gorgeous fall weekends a New Yorker could ask for. Winwinwin. Thank you to everyone who supported us, and to the talented and superfun BLP authors who made this weekend a success! ‘Til 2013!

Abayomi Animashaun: On Being A Nigerian Poet

Abayomi Animashaun, author of the prizewinning collection The Giving of Pears, writes about his poetics and responsibilities as a Nigerian poet in an essay titled “A Plural Imagination: On Being A Nigerian Poet,” which appeared in The Adirondack Review. (Also, a big congrats to Abayo, who recently got married! Celebrate by buying a copy of his gorgeous collection here.)

Brooklyn Book Festival!

Join Black Lawrence Press in celebrating the Brooklyn Book Festival! We’re hosting a stellar reading on Saturday at BookCourt, and will be showing off our beautiful books at table #54 all day Sunday (with special guests). We can’t wait to see you there!


Ans Shivani, author of the acclaimed short story collection Anatolia and Other Stories, recently released a collection of critical essays titled Against the Workshop: Provocations, Polemics, Controversies (Texas Review Press). Prairie Schooner writes: “Shivani critiques this literary mainstay that has so permeated the life of American writers that at times it seems absolutely unavoidable. Very little criticism exists in this vein, which perhaps illustrates the hegemonic power hidden in the dependency of so many contemporary writers on creative writing programs, which Shivani vigorously argues are deleterious to the life of literature.” Click here to read the entire review, here to read another review in Big Think, and here to buy a copy of Anatolia.

Upcoming Readings: Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins, author of the widely acclaimed poetry collection Killing the Murnion Dogs (and the new memoir The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on the Big Dry), is on the road this month: don’t miss out!

The Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, Montana
7:00 pm, Tuesday, July 17

Barnes & Noble, Billings, Montana
7:30 pm, Thursday, July 19

Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, Washington
2:00 pm, Saturday, July 21