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. Through our annual contests and open reading periods, we seek innovative, electrifying, and thoroughly intoxicating manuscripts that ensnare themselves in our hearts and minds and won’t let go.

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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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Kit Frick

Senior Editor, Chapbook Series

Kit Frick is a novelist, poet, and MacDowell fellow from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kit studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syracuse University. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection A Small Rising Up in the Lungs, winner of the New American Poetry Prize (New American Press) as well as the young adult novels See All the StarsAll Eyes on Us, I Killed Zoe Spanos, and Very Bad People, all from Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books, and two limited edition poetry chapbooks: Echo, Echo, Light (Slope Editions) and Kill Your Darlings, Clementine (Rye House Press). Her fiction is represented by Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management / Folio Jr.

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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 is editor in chief of The Adirondack Review and writes about science for various publications and institutions including Wired, the World Science Festival,the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Metro, NYU Langone Health, and others. She lives in the Hudson Valley.

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Daniele Pantano

Translations Editor

Daniele Pantano is a Swiss poet, essayist, translator, critic, and editor born of Sicilian and German parentage in Langenthal (Canton of Berne). His individual poems, essays, and reviews, as well as his translations from the German by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Georg Trakl, and Robert Walser, have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies worldwide, including Absinthe: New European Writing, The Baltimore Review, The Cortland Review, Conjunctions, Gradiva: International Journal of Italian Poetry, Guernica Magazine, Italian Americana, Jacket, The Mailer Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Versal, and Verse Daily. Pantano’s poetry has been translated into several languages, including German, French, Spanish, Russian, Slovenian, Albanian, Bulgarian, Kurdish, and Farsi. Pantano has taught at the University of South Florida and served as the Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Florida Southern College. He divides his time between Switzerland, the United States, and England, where he’s Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and directs the MA Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. For more information, please visit www.pantano.ch.

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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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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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