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 Jonathan Johnson, 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 fiction, selected from our Spokane Short Fiction Prize, as well as a poetry chapbook. Our newest contest is the Emma Howell Rising Poets Prize, honoring writers under 35 years old.

Willow Springs Books Staff:

Director: Jonathan Johnson
Associate Director: Derek Annis

Managing Editor: Alexandria Ross
Fiction Editors: Megan Robinson
Poetry Editors: Rin Baatz
Author Liaison: Alexandria Ross
Web Editors: Sara Fleischer and Jackie Boutros
Social Media Coordinator: Liina Koivula


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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 12 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

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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