Black Lawrence Press

Creative Nonfiction Consultations with Abayomi Animashaun

During the month of June, Black Lawrence Press author Abayomi Animashaun is offering consultations on in-progress works of creative nonfiction. Abayomi is an award-winning poet and the editor of three anthologies of essays including Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

This month’s program is open to a wide variety of manuscripts. The fees and page length parameters are as follows:

  • Short pieces, up to 2 pages in length, $15
  • Essays, up to 20 pages in length, $45
  • Chapbooks, up to 40 pages in length, $150
  • Manuscripts, up to 180 pages in length, $350
  • Long manuscripts, up to 300 pages in length, $700

Manuscripts should be double-spaced and formatted in 12 point font.

The deadline to submit work for this  consultation program is June 30. Abayomi will complete his work and  respond to all program participants by July 31.

Space in this program is limited, so please be sure to submit your work soon!

Note: Please do not send manuscripts that promote hate speech, are intended to harass or bully a specific person or group of persons, or include glorified sexual violence.

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Statement of Purpose


Creative nonfiction, for me, provides a place where I can hold myself  accountable – a place where I can unabashedly return to, map out, and  almost systematically study my own biography and the landscape of my own  understanding. It is a genre that allows me to question myself and my  writing and allows me to approach elements that make up my imagination,  hold them to the ground, and tease open their jackets to better learn  the “how” and “why”, the “where from”, and the “how long” of their  make-up.

Given its fluid form, I approach creative nonfiction with  the same inclusive sensitivity I bring to poetry. I understand that  approaches to it are infinite and the themes explored within it are  myriad. Because of this, I try to listen and understand by entering a  dialogue with the author. I ask myself “what is the author trying to  do?”, “what issue is he/she addressing?”, and “with whom is he/she in  conversation?” I pay attention to subject matter and movement of prose,  narrative intent and the possibilities available to shape the piece in  question to the author’s patent and/or inchoate goals.


By Abayomi Animashaun

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Upcoming Consultations

July – Poetry Consultations with Claudia Cortese, Lisa Fay Coutley, and Marc McKee

August – Fiction Consultations with Thomas Cotsonas and Jen Michalski

September – Hybrid Consultations with Elizabeth Colen and Gayle Brandeis

Abayomi Animashaun

Abayomi Animashaun is the author of two poetry collections, Sailing for Ithaca and The Giving of Pears, and editor of two anthologies, Walking the Tightrope: Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers from Africa and Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his wife and two children.

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