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Augury Books We are an independent press based in New York City. We can be reached at [email protected].
Augury Books' current editorial board consists of Kate Angus, Kimberly Steele, and Nicolas Amara.

Augury Books is an independent press based in New York City. Committed to publishing innovative work from emerging and established writers, Augury Books seeks to reaffirm the diversity of the reading public. The editorial board is dedicated to fairness and quality of work. Augury Books is a proud member of CLMP, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. We can be reached at [email protected].

We are extremely pleased to announce the publication of two books due out from Augury Books in 2021: Arisa White’s poeti...
06/25/2020

We are extremely pleased to announce the publication of two books due out from Augury Books in 2021: Arisa White’s poetic memoir WHO'S YOUR DADDY? and a poetry collection by Cameron McGill, whose manuscript IN THE NIGHT FIELD was chosen from our January Open Reading period.

Congratulations Arisa and Cameron!

06/16/2020
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06/02/2020
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The 2020 Lambda Literary Awards, aka the Lammys, have been announced! Winners were selected from more than 1,000 book submissions from over 300 publishers, and include Trisha Low for Socialist Realism (Coffee...

As we mourn, and march, and fight, and communicate our demands of bringing equal rights and justice for all members of o...
06/01/2020

As we mourn, and march, and fight, and communicate our demands of bringing equal rights and justice for all members of our society, we also found today a measure of hope and celebration when it was announced that t’ai freedom ford’s newest poetry book, & MORE BLACK, won the 2020 Lambda Literary award for Lesbian Poetry, and for that we are extremely grateful.

Congratulations t’ai!

We want to celebrate the other books of those nominated for this prestigious award: Shira Erlichman, Rocío Carlos, Sharanpal Ruprai, Franny Choi, Etel Adnan (translated by Sarah Riggs), Lee Ann Roripaugh, and Gala Mukomolova.

A special thanks to Kate Angus for selecting and editing the manuscript of & MORE BLACK. Thanks to Alexandria Smith for her two beautiful art pieces, to Chiara Bartlett for her cover design, and Shanna Compton for her interior design. Thanks to all the people who bought t'ai's book and thanks to Lambda Literary for celebrating queer voices. This is how we do it. Black books matter. Black art matters. Black lives matter.

For a moment of true joy today, you can watch t'ai's reaction to winning the award, it’ll put a little jump in you (posted in the comments).

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06/01/2020

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Ms. Magazine interviews t'ai freedom ford"I like to think that I walk with my ancestors and are righteously guided by th...
05/12/2020
Sappho's Series of Lesbian Poets: t'ai freedom ford's Black-Ass Sonnets - Ms. Magazine

Ms. Magazine interviews t'ai freedom ford

"I like to think that I walk with my ancestors and are righteously guided by them. I’ve also live 47 years on this planet as a Black, queer, masculine presenting woman. There’s an inherent strength one has to have to live in one’s truth. So my personal experience definitely informs the poetry I write."

Mary Meriam—editor of Headmistress Press, specializing in lesbian poetry— interviews t’ai freedom ford about her fantastic new collection, "& more black."

Today I'm asking folks to buy books from independent publishers. A lot of small presses are struggling, and the resource...
05/04/2020

Today I'm asking folks to buy books from independent publishers. A lot of small presses are struggling, and the resources we rely on are either grinding to a halt or have become severely impaired/impacted by the coronavirus.

Brooklyn Arts Press & Augury Books sell PDFs & ebooks for $9 or less.

Google us, and #ReadIndie

Congratulations T'ai Freedom Ford, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award!
03/11/2020

Congratulations T'ai Freedom Ford, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award!

AWP – Booth 1418 – March 5-7 / Whale Prom – March 7If you’re a writer, publisher, or book enthusiast coming out to AWP t...
03/01/2020

AWP – Booth 1418 – March 5-7 / Whale Prom – March 7

If you’re a writer, publisher, or book enthusiast coming out to AWP this year in San Antonio, please read on to learn what Brooklyn Arts Press / Augury Books has planned for you!

Nothing. We have nothing planned.

Between the coronavirus freaking everyone out, last minute cancelations, and my finger getting sliced open in an Uber en route to the airport (which led to a fun tetanus shot in Austin), it’s been decided that we are going to wing it. Everything. We are winging everything.

Which so far has been awesome. They have breakfast tacos here that put your breakfast tacos to shame. The weather is a comfy 68 degrees. I just watched The Invisible Man at the Alamo Drafthouse and might go swimming today, because people swim here. We’re living life to the fullest with a hybrid rental and friends to knock back drinks with. A grackle swooped down to attack me this morning, because Texas, and I’m happy to report that following some bargaining involving a tostada, we are now friends, and he will be staying with us in Brooklyn this summer. See if I’m kidding.

Here is what we can promise. Next week, starting Thursday March 5th, we will be selling some of the best small press books on the market at Booth 1418 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, where they keep inventing the Alamo. We will be sporting two enormous bottles of Purell and unmitigated pride in what we do. We will arm-bump you, we will discuss literature and movies and Netflix with you, we will be collecting your hotel toiletries to hand out to Haven For Hope, a nonprofit center for the homeless that sports a teaching campus and living facilities. Awesome blossom. Concurrently, on Saturday the 7th, we will have a table at Whale Prom, that iconoclastic anti-AWP popup where all the cool and anti-cool kids hang out. Our book discounts will be so amazing that people will ask if we’re kidding.

Come see if we’re kidding.

(photo: a diner in Austin because that's where we are now.)

02/21/2020
CLMP

CLMP listing books and magazines they recommend reading in celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, including t'ai freedom ford's & MORE BLACK and An Duplan's TAKE THIS STALLION.

We asked our members to share with us some of the books and magazines they recommend reading in celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth. Discover titles from Shade Mountain Press, BOA Editions, Brooklyn Arts Press, Augury Books, Acre Books, The Feminist Press at CUNY, Tupelo Press, Kweli Journal, Kore Press, Bellevue Literary Press, Headmistress Press, Indolent Books, Mosaic Magazine, Four Way Books, Anomalous Press, Jamii Publishing, Autumn House Press, Futurepoem & more!
https://www.clmp.org/blog-post/a-reading-list-for-black-history-month/

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A month after its publication, t'ai freedom ford's & MORE BLACK is at #3 on SPD's Poetry Bestsellers list!
08/05/2019

A month after its publication, t'ai freedom ford's & MORE BLACK is at #3 on SPD's Poetry Bestsellers list!

T'ai Freedom Ford interviewed by Rob McLennan."I am always asking:What is the point of my art if not to speak to and for...
08/02/2019
12 or 20 (second series) questions with t’ai freedom ford

T'ai Freedom Ford interviewed by Rob McLennan.

"I am always asking:

What is the point of my art if not to speak to and for my people?

What is the point of all these words if I am not saving a life (especially my own)?

How is it that we have survived this long? And who am I if I do not acknowledge, archive and celebrate these survivals?"

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appear...

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07/29/2019
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07/23/2019

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07/20/2019
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& more black Poetry. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. t'ai freedom ford's second collection of poems, & MORE BLACK, is direct, ingenious, vibrant, alive, queer, & BLACK. By turns tough and sexy, wrapped up in the evolving language ...

"Funked-up with the dark of the Gothic, with the hip-hop of the future, with electric vibrato and too much to swallow, t...
07/18/2019
Paul Cunningham Reviews & more black, t’ai freedom ford’s second poetry collection

"Funked-up with the dark of the Gothic, with the hip-hop of the future, with electric vibrato and too much to swallow, t’ai freedom ford’s & more black gets inside your lungs and Styx with you. It’s a transgressive and excessive book of darkly sonic poems that will twist your tongue in spectacular ways."

Poet Paul Cunningham reviews t'ai freedom ford's & MORE BLACK

& more black, by t’ai freedom ford. Brooklyn, New York: Augury Books, July 2019. 104 pages. $18.00, double-sided book. “prehistoric afro futuristic antagonistic / ragamuffin natural mysti…

"It behaves like an echo chamber, asking us to hear certain terms as central and inescapable: blood, blues, black, skin,...
07/16/2019
159: from here i saw what happened and i cried | The Slowdown

"It behaves like an echo chamber, asking us to hear certain terms as central and inescapable: blood, blues, black, skin, kin. Reading the poem, I pay attention to what it feels like to register these words again and again. On one level, it's like an assault. But on another, I follow a trail, a progression. I watch history happen in fast motion, and I am as moved by what has changed as by what hasn't."

US poet laureate Tracy K. Smith speaks on Carrie Mae Weems and reads t'ai freedom ford's "from here i saw what happened and i cried"

July 4, 2019159: from here i saw what happened and i criedPlay Episodefrom here i saw what happened and i criedby t'ai freedom ford after Carrie Mae Weemsthe blood is red the blues is red the bluesis blood the red is dirt the dirt is brownthe brown is red the dirt is blood the bloodis blues the blue...

t'ai freedom ford was featured on Tracy K. Smith's stunning poetry podcast, The Slowdown! Listen up!
07/10/2019
159: from here i saw what happened and i cried | The Slowdown

t'ai freedom ford was featured on Tracy K. Smith's stunning poetry podcast, The Slowdown! Listen up!

July 4, 2019159: from here i saw what happened and i criedPlay Episodefrom here i saw what happened and i criedby t'ai freedom ford after Carrie Mae Weemsthe blood is red the blues is red the bluesis blood the red is dirt the dirt is brownthe brown is red the dirt is blood the bloodis blues the blue...

t'ai freedom ford's just published collection & MORE BLACK is the #1 Best Seller on SPD! Get 20% off with code: HANDPICK...
07/10/2019
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t'ai freedom ford's just published collection & MORE BLACK is the #1 Best Seller on SPD!

Get 20% off with code: HANDPICKED

& more black Poetry. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. t'ai freedom ford's second collection of poems, & MORE BLACK, is direct, ingenious, vibrant, alive, queer, & BLACK. By turns tough and sexy, wrapped up in the evolving language ...

“& MORE BLACK, ford’s second book, is comprised of two beautiful back-to-back books for black butches about dyke dowry’s...
07/09/2019
Queer Poetry Books To Ignite Your Most Inspired Summer Ever

“& MORE BLACK, ford’s second book, is comprised of two beautiful back-to-back books for black butches about dyke dowry’s and other gay dynamics and against a culture that relentlessly perpetrates anti-black violence."

GoMag featured t'ai freedom ford's & MORE BLACK on their list of queer summer reads

Looking to make your summer reading a bit more lyrical? Switch that YA novel or non-fiction book for a bit of queer poetry.

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07/03/2019

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07/02/2019
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Happy publication day T'ai Freedom Ford!!!
07/01/2019
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Happy publication day T'ai Freedom Ford!!!

& more black Poetry. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. t'ai freedom ford's second collection of poems, & MORE BLACK, is direct, ingenious, vibrant, alive, queer, & BLACK. By turns tough and sexy, wrapped up in the evolving language ...

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07/01/2019

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06/25/2019
Stonewall Legacy Poetry Reading

t'ai freedom ford will be reading tonight in Bryant Park!

Stonewall Legacy Poetry Reading Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 19:00 20:00 Bryant Park Reading Room 1060 6th Avenue New York, NY, 10018 United States (map) Google Calendar ICS

t'ai freedom ford's & MORE BLACK is available now! Keep an eye out for upcoming readings across NYC and pick up a copy t...
06/20/2019
& more black

t'ai freedom ford's & MORE BLACK is available now! Keep an eye out for upcoming readings across NYC and pick up a copy today

Poetry. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. t'ai freedom ford's second collection of poems, & MORE BLACK, is direct, ingenious, vibrant, alive, queer, & BLACK. By turns tough and sexy, wrapped up in the evolving language and sonics of life, these poem...

Hear t'ai freedom ford read as part of Poets & Writers Magazine's "New & Noteworthy Books" for the summer. Her new book,...
06/17/2019
Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

Hear t'ai freedom ford read as part of Poets & Writers Magazine's "New & Noteworthy Books" for the summer.

Her new book, & MORE BLACK, is available now: https://amzn.to/2KkgwdP

The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn.

t'ai freedom ford and artist Alexandria Smith discuss their experiences as black creatives, intended audiences, gentrifi...
06/04/2019
Saving Myself, and That Is Enough: A Conversation by t’ai freedom ford, Alexandria Smith - BOMB Magazine

t'ai freedom ford and artist Alexandria Smith discuss their experiences as black creatives, intended audiences, gentrification, gender, Toni Morrison, and a whole host of other interesting topics related to their work.

Grab t'ai's new collection of poems, & MORE BLACK, here:
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The writer and visual artist discuss their work, experience as black creatives, and mutual love for Toni Morrison.

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