aquarius press

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Publishing & Arts Management

AQUARIUS PRESS specializes in work by creators typically underrepresented in the marketplace. We have two divisions:

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


AUXmedia is the “Next-Gen” platform for digital content and representation on a global scale.



LitFest 2020 San Antonio

March 6, 2020

La Villita Historic Arts Village

LitFest 2020 pcard draft

April 3, 2020



New Release:  Detroit (Maiden Energy) by Carolyn Striho

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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More About Aquarius Press:

Aquarius Press, now in its 20th year, publishes trade, academic, and special interest titles by writers typically underrepresented in the marketplace. Key partnerships have been formed with several universities, libraries, governmental agencies, and literary organizations. Its Writers@The Carr Residency at Detroit’s Carr Center is now nearing a decade. 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 and D.C.) and the Literature Awards. The press has active roster of over 40 single-title authors and has published over 10 anthologies and journals containing the works of over 300 poets and writers. An industry leader, the press is known for its excellence in design, content, and eclectic selection of award-winning authors and fellows.


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:

2019 Michigan Humanities Champion of the Year Nominee 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. Buchanan is also a filmmaker and producer.

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

 Member, Service Learning Providers’ Association


20615 Fenkell, #23096

DETROIT, MI  48223


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