BLACK SUNFLOWERS POETRY PRESS
Launched in 2020, Black Sunflowers is an art-orientated, small poetry press with a focus on poetry from women and black poets. We publish work from outstanding poets from around the world.
Learn about our poets, visit our chapbookstore or check our current opportunities on the submissions page.
We seek seek out compelling voices from across the world. Explore our roster of poets below.
Sienna Liu grew up in Shanghai. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Duke University. The manuscript of her first novel was shortlisted for the Dzanc Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Petrichor Prize. She lives, writes, and practices law in London.
JW Summerisle, a former Foyles Young Poet of the Year from Leicester, has published art and poetry online and in print. Their work has appeared in SAND, Lily Poetry Review, New Walk Museum & Gallery and the Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre.
From Columbia South Carolina, Olszewski was named a Top 15 Foyle Young Poet of the Year by the UK Poetry Society with her winning poem ‘At The Funeral’. Her text ‘Gap’ won a national gold medal from Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 2019 and her work has appeared in Jasper magazine. She is currently studying English at Smith College.
WE PUBLISH HIGH-QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY PRODUCED AND INSPIRING POETRY CHAPBOOKS
We are a small poetry publishing company, established in March 2020 with a mission to publish the work of outstanding poets from around the world, with a focus on women and black poets.
Black Sunflowers' founder is artist, poet & filmmaker Amanda Holiday.
Her chapbook 'The Art Poems' was published April 2018 as part of New Generation African Poets (Tano) a chapbox series by Akashic books (US). She completed the Poetry MA at the University of East Anglia in 2019.
Her poems have appeared in journals worldwide and she has been shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize and the Cave Canem Poetry Prize (US). In 2020 she founded the UK's first crowdfunded poetry press Black Sunflowers right here!
She is currently a doctoral student in Poetry, Race and Art at the University of Brighton.
Read her Black Sunflowers poem here.