aquarius press

Publishing and Digital Strategies

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EST. 1999

Publishing & Digital Production

AQUARIUS PRESS is an industry leader in publishing and digital production. The press is known for its excellence in developing bestselling authors and book-to-screen studio projects. 


We have two subdivisions:

Willow Books ( develops, publishes and promotes many of the nation’s top poets and writers of color.

AUXmedia is the “Next-Gen” platform for film, television and podcast productions.


We accept submissions via SUBMITTABLE.

Coming Soon from the Willow Books Division!

Raising King by Joseph Ross

I would like to hope that Raising King, my new collection of poems, might offer ways to reflect and act to create a more just America. –From the Author

PRE-ORDER Raising King today:  Aquarius Press SHOPIFY


Aquarius Press Arts & Business Series

A new line of authors sharing insights and best practices for the public good. 

From Jim Crow to CEO: The Willie E. Artis Story

AUXmedia Division

Available on Amazon

The amazing true story by Willie E. Artis, Flint industrialist, governmental business advisor and friend of blues icon B.B. King. For more about Willie, visit 

CONGRATS to Willie E. Artis, Winner, Michigan Business & Professional Association Awards!


JULY 2020

Detroit Stories: a Motor City Podcast Launch

7/24 @ Noon, Detroit’s Birthday

Hosted by Heather Buchanan

Featuring stories about the city of Detroit by those who know and love it best. True stories, short fiction, dramatic readings and so much more, all for your listening pleasure each week. And of course, there is no Detroit without a good Motown story or two.

Tune in, sit back and enjoy every week as we reminisce—and dream—about the future of Detroit.

AUXmedia Broadcasts YouTube Channel (going live on 7/24/20)

Willow Books LitFest 2020 San Antonio

March 6, 2020–Canceled due to current national crisis. Check back soon for rescheduled events.

La Villita Historic Arts Village

LitFest 2020 pcard draft

April 3, 2020canceled due to current national crisis. Check back soon for rescheduled events.



Detroit (Maiden Energy) by Carolyn Striho, a Rock Memoir in Verse

Nominated for nearly sixty Detroit Music Awards in recent years, Carolyn Striho is a two-time Outstanding Rock/Pop Songwriter of the Year winner. Other big award wins include Outstanding Americana Album of the Year 2014 for Word Attack and Outstanding Rock/Pop Album of the Year for Honesty. Besides her infamously charismatic live shows at many festivals, clubs, and art galleries in the Midwest and Canada, she has five tours of Europe under her belt, as well as a two-month stretch in Japan, opened for Steve Earle in England, and has performed in Detroit, Toronto and London with Patti Smith. Carolyn is best known for her new music and catchy, magically intense live shows and songwriting. Her live performances with her latest band, her legendary shows and writing fronting the well-known Detroit Energy Asylum band, with Patti Smith, and her punk/art rock years with Rough Cut and the Cubes, as well as performing with Don Was and the Was Not Was Band, Iggy Pop, the Ramones and the Slits.


Willow Books proudly announces the double-feature debut of Sokunthary Svay (New York) and Sahar Mustafah (Chicago)!

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Congrats to our recent honorees at the Smithsonian!

Lucinda Roy, Bestselling Novelist and Willow Books Poet



The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller

Literary Activist, Fullbright Fellow & Washington, DC Hall of Famer



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The Writers@The Carr Residency Program

Global Reach

To date, Aquarius Press titles have been presented in far-reaching locales, including Manila, Philippines and Rwanda, Africa.

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Grover McCants, author of The Dick Brown Cookbook


The Dick Brown Cookbook, our first-ever cookbook!

Fun Fact: The Story behind the “Dick Brown” Title

The cookbook’s title is named the book for McCants’ quasi-alter ego, Dick Brown. McCants received the name from one of the star players of the Bad Boys Pistons®. McCants recalls the humorous naming story within the cookbook.

More About Aquarius Press:

Aquarius Press, now in its 21st year, publishes trade, academic, and special interest titles. Key partnerships have been formed with several universities, libraries, governmental agencies, and literary organizations. Several titles are included in numerous library collections, including the University of Michigan Special Collection, Poets House in New York, and the African Libraries Collective. The flagship imprint, Willow Books, was co-founded with Dr. Randall Horton in 2007 with a mission to develop, publish, and promote writers of color. In addition to publishing and providing professional development opportunities, Willow has created a platform for its authors to engage with the public through workshops, conferences, digital streaming broadcasts, and public readings in the U.S. and abroad. Signature events include the annual LitFest (Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Antonio, D.C. and New York) and its Literature Awards. The press has active roster of 50+ single-title authors and has published over 10 anthologies and journals containing the works of hundreds of poets and writers. An industry leader, the press is known for its excellence in design, content and development of award-winning authors and fellows.


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PEN Faulkner WIS

downloadCave Canem Foundation, Inc., NYC

Furious Flower, VA

carr center logoThe Carr Center, Detroit, MI

University of New Haven Readings Series, CT

Springfed Arts, Detroit, MI

PEN/Faulkner, Washington, DC


Associated Writing Programs (AWP)

Split This Rock, Washington, DC

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Midwest Modern Language Association (M/MLA)

Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML)

Taiwan Book Festival

London Book Fair

American Library Association (ALA)

National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)

Poets House Showcase

Winter Wheat Festival, Grand Valley State University

About the Owner & Publisher:

Heather Buchanan is an award-winning publisher and producer. 

A 2020 Presenter for the National Humanities Conference, Heather Buchanan is the owner/publisher of Aquarius Press and its flagship imprint, Willow Books. A graduate of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn respectively, she was a NIH Research Fellow in Cognitive Science. Buchanan has taught Composition, African American Literature, World Literature, Film Studies and Digital Rhetoric at several colleges and universities. An arts consultant, Buchanan is a former Poet-in-Residence for the Detroit Public Library system and served on the Board of Governors for UM-Dearborn’s College of Arts & Sciences Affiliate. A musician and playwright, Buchanan served as COO of the Wayne County Council for Arts, History & Humanities in the state of Michigan. She is a 2020 SAM Career Pathways specialist.

Buchanan is also the founder of AUXmedia, a creative arts studio headquartered in TechTown Detroit. 

Currently producing a book and film project based on the archives of Flint millionaire CEO and Obama Administration business resource Willie E. Artis, Buchanan is the Executive Producer of the upcoming Sundance Institute-supported Solomon (2020) and Hastings: The Podcast Series (2020). She is also developing a series based on the bestselling Hook, featured on C-Span. Buchanan is developing the feature film Pure Land (2021). She is also the producer of the Kim B. Davis Show.

A Humanities scholar, Buchanan received a Proclamation from the City of Detroit. She currently consults with the Arts & Business Council of Chicago. 

  • 2020 Presenter, National Humanities Conference, Indianapolis
  • 2020 Career Pathways Committee, Society for American Music (SAM), Minneapolis, MN
  • Host, LitFest Broadcast, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Antonio, Minneapolis
  • 2019 University of Michigan-Dearborn Difference Maker Alumnus of the Year
  • 2019 Michigan Humanities Council Champion of the Year Nominee, Lansing, MI
  • 2019 Featured Presenter, Association of Black Sociologists Conference, New York City
  • 2019 Presenter, Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH), Charlotte, SC
  • 2018 Featured Presenter, Southfield Public Library, MI
  • 2018 Director, LitFest, East Harlem, NY
  • 2017 Fellow, Society for American Music, Montreal, Quebec
  • Past COO, Wayne County Council for Arts, History & Humanities

 Proud Member, Council of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP)


20615 Fenkell, #23096

DETROIT, MI  48223


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