About

Black Lawrence Press is an independent publisher of contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We also publish the occasional translation from German. Founded in 2004 by Colleen Ryor, Black Lawrence became an imprint of Dzanc Books in 2008. In January 2014, we spread our wings and became an independent company in the state of New York. Our books are distributed nationally through Small Press Distribution to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and various brick and mortar retailers. We also make our titles available through our website and at various conferences and book fairs.

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Where does the name "Black Lawrence" come from?

Black Lawrence Press was founded in upstate New York in the land between two rivers, the Black River and the beautiful St. Lawrence River, hence the name Black Lawrence Press.

BLP Staff

Diane Goettel

Executive Editor

Diane Goettel has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in English from Brooklyn College. She co-edited the anthologies Feast: Poetry & Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinner and Art & Understanding: Literature from the First Twenty Years of A&U. She lives in Mount Vernon, New York with her husband and daughter.

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Yvonne Garrett

Senior Fiction Editor, Sapling Editor

Yvonne Garrett holds an MFA in Fiction (The New  School), an MA in Irish Studies (NYU), an MLIS (Palmer/LIU), an MA in Humanities & Social Thought (NYU), and a Ph.D. in History & Culture (Drew). Her work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Publishers Weekly, Alternative Press, StatoRec, and Tinderbox among others. She lives in the East Village (NYC). You can find her online at: (Twitter): @yvonnePRB, www.yvonnegarrett.com, and her poetry chapbooks at https://www.amazon.com/author/yvonne

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Angela Leroux-Lindsey

Senior Editor

Angela Leroux-Lindsey has degrees from Ithaca College and NYU. She was editor in chief of The Adirondack Review for 10 years and writes about science for various publications and institutions including Wired, the World Science Festival, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Metro, NYU Langone Health, Kessler Institute, and others. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and kids.

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Lisa Fay Coutley

Chapbook Editor

Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of tether (Black Lawrence, 2020), Errata (Southern Illinois, 2015), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, and In the Carnival of Breathing (BLP, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition. She is also the editor of the forthcoming anthology, In the Tempered Dark: Contemporary Poets Transcending Elegy (Black Lawrence, 2023). She’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, fellowships and scholarships to the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize, and the 2021 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, selected by Natalie Diaz. Recent prose and poetry appears in Barrelhouse, Brevity, Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, and Waxwing. She is an Associate Professor of Poetry and Creative Nonfiction in the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Daniele Pantano

Translations Editor

Daniele Pantano is a Swiss poet, essayist, literary translator, critic, editor, and artist born of Sicilian and German parentage in Langenthal (Canton of Berne). He has published over twenty volumes of poetry, essays, translations, and conceptual literature, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Pantano is Associate Professor (Reader) and Programme Leader for the MA Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. For more information, please visit www.pantano.ch.

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Sylvia Jones

Associate Poetry Editor

Sylvia Jones is a writer, editor, and prison abolitionist. At the moment, she works as an associate editor for WEST BRANCH and is a 2021-22 literary editing fellow at The Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University. Sylvia's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAMShenandoah, Windfall RoomNew York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, The Hopkins Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA at American University in Washington D.C. She lives in Baltimore, near the train station with her partner, and their buff tabby.

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Julia Koets

Associate Editor

Julia Koets’ poetry collection, Hold Like Owls, won the 2011 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. Her poetry and creative nonfiction essays have appeared in Indiana Review, The Los Angeles Review, Carolina Quarterly, and Portland Review, among othersKoets has an MFA in poetry from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati.

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Nina Smilow

Sales Representative & Events Coordinator

Nina Smilow received an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BFA in Theatre from NYU Tisch. She is a writer of all genres and her fiction, poetry, and non-fiction can be seen in Literary MamaBlack Fox Literary MagazinePorridge, and Pacifica Literary Review. She splits her time between New York and Portland, OR.

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Abayomi Animashaun

Anthologies Editor, Immigrant Writing Series Editor

Abayomi Animashaun is an immigrant from Nigeria. He has an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a PhD from the University of Kansas. His poems have appeared in such print and online journals as Poetry Ireland ReviewDiode, TriQuarterly, The Cortland ReviewAfrican American ReviewThe Adirondack Review, Ruminate Magazine, and Versedaily. A winner of the Hudson Prize and a recipient of a grant from the International Center for Writing and Translation, Animashaun is the author of three poetry collections, SeahorsesSailing for Ithaca, and The Giving of Pears, and editor of three anthologies, Far Villages: Welcomes Essays for New and Beginner PoetsOthers Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America, and Walking the Tightrope: Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers from Africa (edited with Spectra, Tatenda Muranda, Irwin Iradunkunda, and Timothy Kimutai)Abayomi Animashaun is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and a poetry editor at The Comstock Review. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his wife and children.

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Ewa Chrusciel

Immigrant Writing Series Editor

Ewa Chrusciel is a poet, translator, and educator. She has three books of poems in English: Of Annunciations (Omnidawn 2017), Contraband of Hoopoe (Omnidawn 2014), Strata (Emergency Press 2009, reprinted by Omnidawn, April 2018), as well as three books in Polish: Tobołek (2016) Sopiłki (2009), and Furkot (2003). Her book Contraband of Hoopoe was translated into Italian by Anna Aresi and came out in Italy with Edizioni Ensemble in May 2019. She also translated selected books by Jack London, Joseph Conrad, I.B. Singer as well as the book of selected poems by Jorie Graham, and selected poems of Kazim Ali, Lyn Hejinian, Cole Swensen and other American poets into Polish. She is an Associate Prof. of Humanities at Colby-Sawyer College. Her newest book Yours, Purple Galinulle is scheduled for publication in 2022 by Omnidawn Press.

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Rigoberto González

Immigrant Writing Series Editor

Rigoberto González is the author of eighteen books of poetry and prose including the memoir What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth: A Memoir of Brotherhood, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His awards include Lannan, Guggenheim, NEA, NYFA, and USA Rolón fellowships, the PEN/Voelcker Award, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America. A critic-at-large for The LA Times and contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, he’s currently Distinguished Professor of English and the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

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신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin

Immigrant Writing Series Editor

신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin is a Korean-American poet whose work has appeared in POETRY, BOMB magazine, the 2021 Gwangju Biennale, and elsewhere. Her fourth book of poems, The Wet Hex, will be published by Coffee House Press in 2022. She is the editor of three prose anthologies: What We Hunger For: Refugee & Immigrant Writers on Food & FamilyA Good Time for the Truth: Race in MinnesotaOutsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, as well as the author of two books for children. She is also a craniosacral therapist, writing teacher, equity worker, and cultural collaborator in the arts. With poet Su Hwang she co-directs Poetry Asylum in Minneapolis.

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