Willow Springs Books is a literary press housed in Eastern Washington University’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers in Spokane, Washington. Under the direction of poet Christopher Howell, students have the opportunity to engage with all aspects of the publishing process, including reading manuscripts, design, marketing, and editing. Willow Springs Books cares deeply about the literary community and building relationships with other small presses, as well as collaborating with local bookstores and regional universities.

Each year, we publish one collection of short fiction, selected from our Spokane Short Fiction Prize, as well as a poetry chapbook in the American Surrealist tradition under the auspices of the ACME Poetry Series.

Willow Springs Books Staff:

Director: Christopher Howell
Associate Director: Derek Annis
Managing Editor: Patt Jeffries
Fiction Editor: Cori Jaeger
Poetry Editor: Sarah Haman

Poetry Editor: Jodi Miller-Hunter

Web Editor: Luke Leinberger


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As a small press, we depend on independent bookstores to support the work we publish. In addition to the distributing channels listed below, we would love to handle book events and readings directly for you. Please email willowspringsbooks@gmail.com with subject line: Reading/Event.


Willow Springs Books short fiction titles are distributed by:

University of Washington Press
Phone: (800) 537-5487
Fax: (410) 516-6998

Small Press Distribution
Phone: 800.869.7553

Willow Springs Books poetry titles are distributed by:

Small Press Distribution
Phone: 800.869.7553

Partner Bookstores

Partner bookstores are those bookstores dedicated to stocking a wide selection of both literary poetry and fiction. We are grateful for their support in carrying our titles:

Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane, WA
The Book Mine in Cottage Grove, OR
Chapter One Bookstore in Hamilton, MT
Cloud and Leaf in Manzanita, OR
The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, WA
Open Books: A Poem Emporium in Seattle, WA


Requests for complimentary desk copies can be made by emailing willowspringsbooks@gmail.com

Each of our titles are great to teach on their own; however, in addition to individual titles, we also would love the opportunity to aid you in teaching our American Surrealist Poetry Series. With 5 titles so far, this series provides an excellent chance to educate students on the ways in which French Surrealist techniques are enacted by contemporary authors.

A few resources we are able to provide for your classroom include:

♦ Complimentary desk copies

♦ Easy ordering for your university bookstore

♦ Group discounts on individual titles and our surrealist series package

♦ Free shipping when ordered directly through our website

♦ Assistance on how you might teach Willow Springs Books titles

♦ Video conferencing with Willow Springs Books authors

♦ Supplementary materials such as reviews, reading schedules, and interviews


Email: willowspringsbooks@gmail.com
Phone: (509) 359-4591

Mailing Address:
Willow Springs Books

Eastern Washington University

CAT 400, room 442

601 E. Riverside Ave

Spokane, WA 99202

Willow Springs Books


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