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 C. 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), a Ph.D. in History & Culture (Drew), and is currently pursuing an M.Div. at Starr King. Her work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Publishers Weekly, Tinderbox, and Alternative Press among others. She lives in the East Village (NYC). You can find her online at (Twitter) @yvonnePRB, yvonnegarrett.com, theprb.substack.com, and her poetry chapbooks at amazon.com/author/yvonnegarrett.

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Angela Leroux-Lindsey

Senior Editor

Angela Leroux-Lindsey (she/her/hers) has degrees from Ithaca College and NYU. Her writing has been featured by publications and institutions including WIRED, the World Science Festival, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Kirkus Reviews, Columbia Magazine, NY Metro, NYU Langone Health, Kessler Foundation, and others. She was editor-in-chief of The Adirondack Review for ten years. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family where you can find them running around all the sculpture parks.

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Lisa Fay Coutley

Chapbook Editor

Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of HOST (Wisconsin Poetry Series, forthcoming 2024), tether (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), Errata (Southern Illinois University, 2015), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, In the Carnival of Breathing (BLP, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition, and Small Girl: Micromemoirs (Harbor Editions, forthcoming 2024). She is also the editor of the grief anthology, In the Tempered Dark: Contemporary Poets Transcending Elegy (BLP, 2024). Her poetry has been awarded an NEA Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize, chosen by Dana Levin, and the 2021 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, selected by Natalie Diaz. Recent prose & poetry appears in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Barrelhouse, Brevity, Copper Nickel, North American Review, and Gulf Coast. She is an Associate Professor of Poetry & CNF 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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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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Elizabeth Brueggemann

Assistant Editor

Elizabeth Brueggemann (she/her) is a poet, essayist, and editor. She holds a BFA in creative and professional writing from Miami University and is the recipient of the 2022 Harris S. Abrahams Prize from The Academy of American Poets. Her writing can be found at The Academy of American Poets website and inklingsartsandletters.com.

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