Welcome back, Abayomi Animashaun!

During the month of June, we are celebrating the authors that came to us during our last open reading period. Today we bring you Abayomi Animashaun, editor of the forthcoming anthology Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets. Submissions for this anthology just opened. Read on to learn more about the project and how to submit your work.

Abayo_webThe Editor

Abayomi Animashaun is the author of two poetry collections, Sailing for Ithaca and The Giving of Pears, and editor of two anthologies, Walking the Tightrope: Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers from Africa and Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his wife and two children.



Poetry manuals, at their most essential, are aimed at demystifying aspects of poetry (especially for beginner poets) in order to make poets’ journeys easier and less daunting. Such manuals are also reminders that poetry itself is a discipline with a landscape and a history. With this anthology, we aim to build on the long body of work in this tradition by bringing a number of established and emerging poets together in a single volume to welcome new and beginner poets to the art. Multiple voices, we believe, are essential to the poet’s journey.

Call for Submissions

Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for a new anthology of essays. Poets in the United States and abroad are encouraged to submit essays aimed at welcoming new and beginner poets to the discipline of poetry. Contributors are encouraged to provide anecdotes and advice, instructions and suggestions, fun exercises and crazy ideas, or individual failures and encouraging words, in order to better prepare new poets for the long journey through poetry.
Essays should be between 700-5000 words on any of the following broad themes (other themes will be considered):
1.First Words
2. Poetry Workshop
3. The Poet’s Journey
4. Family & Work
5.The Poet in the World
Essays can be creative or academic. However, they have to be accessible since they are also for a general audience. Abayomi Animashaun will serve as editor. Please contact him at [email protected] with questions.

Submissions will be accepted via Submittable. Deadline for Submission is November 30, 2017.