Poetry manuals, at their most essential, are aimed at demystifying aspects of poetry (especially for
beginner poets) in order to make poets’ journeys easier and less daunting. Such manuals are also
reminders that poetry itself is a discipline with a landscape and a history.
With this anthology, we aim to build on the long body of work in this tradition by bringing a number
of established and emerging poets together in a single volume to welcome new and beginner poets
to the art. Multiple voices, we believe, are essential to the poet’s journey.
Call for Submissions
Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for a new anthology of essays.
Poets in the United States and abroad are encouraged to submit essays aimed at welcoming new and
beginner poets to the discipline of poetry.
Contributors are encouraged to provide anecdotes and advice, instructions and suggestions, fun
exercises and crazy ideas, or individual failures and encouraging words, in order to better prepare
new poets for the long journey through poetry.
Essays should be between 700-5000 words on any of the following broad themes (other themes will
The Poet’s Journey
Family & Work
The Poet in the World
Essays can be creative or academic. However, they have to be accessible since they are also for a
Abayomi Animashaun will serve as editor. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org