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Black Lawrence Press is an independent publisher of contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We also publish the occasional translation from German. Founded in 2004 by Colleen Ryor, Black Lawrence became an imprint of Dzanc Books in 2008. In January 2014, we spread our wings and became an independent company in the state of New York. Our books are distributed nationally through Small Press Distribution to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and various brick and mortar retailers. We also make our titles available through our website and at various conferences and book fairs. Through our annual contests and open reading periods, we seek innovative, electrifying, and thoroughly intoxicating manuscripts that ensnare themselves in our hearts and minds and won’t let go.

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Where does the name "Black Lawrence" come from?

Black Lawrence Press was founded in upstate New York in the land between two rivers, the Black River and the beautiful St. Lawrence River, hence the name Black Lawrence Press.

BLP Staff

Diane Goettel

Executive Editor

Diane Goettel has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in English from Brooklyn College. She co-edited the anthologies Feast: Poetry & Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinner and Art & Understanding: Literature from the First Twenty Years of A&U. She lives in Mount Vernon, New York with her husband and daughter.

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Kit Frick

Senior Editor, Chapbook Series

Kit Frick is a novelist, poet, and MacDowell Colony fellow from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kit studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syracuse University. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection A Small Rising Up in the Lungs, winner of the New American Poetry Prize (New American Press, 2018) as well as the young adult novels See All the StarsAll Eyes on Us, and I Killed Zoe Spanos, all from Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books, and two poetry chapbooks: Echo, Echo, Light (Slope Editions, 2013) and Kill Your Darlings, Clementine (Rye House Press, 2013). Her fiction is represented by Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management / Folio Jr.

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Yvonne Garrett

Senior Fiction Editor, Sapling Editor

Yvonne Garrett holds an MFA in Fiction (The New  School), an MA in Irish Studies (NYU), an MLIS (Palmer/LIU), an MA in Humanities & Social Thought (NYU), and a Ph.D. in History & Culture (Drew). Her work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Publishers Weekly, Alternative Press, StatoRec, and Tinderbox among others. She lives in the East Village (NYC). You can find her online at: (Twitter): @yvonnePRB,, and her poetry chapbooks at

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Angela Leroux-Lindsey

Senior Editor

Angela Leroux-Lindsey has degrees from Ithaca College and NYU. She is editor in chief of The Adirondack Review and writes about science for various publications and institutions including Wired, the World Science Festival,the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Metro, NYU Langone Health, and others. She lives in the Hudson Valley.

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Daniele Pantano

Translations Editor

Daniele Pantano is a Swiss poet, essayist, translator, critic, and editor born of Sicilian and German parentage in Langenthal (Canton of Berne). His individual poems, essays, and reviews, as well as his translations from the German by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Georg Trakl, and Robert Walser, have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies worldwide, including Absinthe: New European Writing, The Baltimore Review, The Cortland Review, Conjunctions, Gradiva: International Journal of Italian Poetry, Guernica Magazine, Italian Americana, Jacket, The Mailer Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Versal, and Verse Daily. Pantano’s poetry has been translated into several languages, including German, French, Spanish, Russian, Slovenian, Albanian, Bulgarian, Kurdish, and Farsi. Pantano has taught at the University of South Florida and served as the Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Florida Southern College. He divides his time between Switzerland, the United States, and England, where he’s Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and directs the MA Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. For more information, please visit

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Abayomi Animashaun

Anthologies Editor

Abayomi Animashaun is an immigrant from Nigeria. He has an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a PhD from the University of Kansas. His poems have appeared in print and online journals, including Diode, TriQuarterly, The Cortland Review, African American Review, Southern Indiana Review, The Adirondack Review, Passages North, and Versedaily. A recipient of the Hudson Prize and a grant from the International Center for Writing and Translation, Abayo is the author of three poetry collections, Seahorses, Sailing for Ithaca, and The Giving of Pears, and the editor of three anthologies, Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets, Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America, and Walking the Tightrope: Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers from Africa (edited with Spectra, Tatenda Muranda, Irwin Iradunkunda, and Timothy Kimutai). Abayo teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and lives with his wife and two children in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Gina Keicher

Associate Editor

Gina Keicher is the author of the poetry collection Wilderness Champion (Gold Wake Press, 2014) and the chapbook Here is My Adventure I Call it Alone (Dancing Girl Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Big Lucks, Ninth Letter, Pinwheel, and others, and have been featured on Verse Daily and Best of the Net. She received her MFA from Syracuse University, where she served as poetry editor and editor-in-chief of Salt Hill Journal. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Julia Koets

Associate Editor

Julia Koets’ poetry collection, Hold Like Owls, won the 2011 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. Her poetry and creative nonfiction essays have appeared in Indiana Review, The Los Angeles Review, Carolina Quarterly, and Portland Review, among othersKoets has an MFA in poetry from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati.

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