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.
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We publish 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.
Leo Smith is a queer transmasculine poet from Inglewood, CA and a Smith College graduate. They have served as associate editor at Exposition Review, worked for The Massachusetts Review and were a 2023 Roots Wounds Words Poetry Fellow. Poems “Drive Home” and “Haibun of This Heart’s Insides” (from this set) were awarded the Rosemary Thomas Poetry Prize at Smith College. Smith’s work also appears in Arcanum Magazine and ANMLY.
Harryette Mullen’s poetry collections include Recyclopedia (Graywolf Press, 2006), winner of a PEN Beyond Margin Award, Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California Press, 2002), finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Graywolf Press published Urban Tumbleweed in 2013. Her Silver-Tongued Companion, a critical edition of collected and uncollected poetry, is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press. She teaches at UCLA. (Photo: Judy Natal)
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.