Jennifer Willoughby Wins 2015 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry

Jennifer WilloughbyWe are very happy to announce that Jennifer Willoughby is the recipient of the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. Willoughby will receive $10,000 and the collection, Beautiful Zero, will be published in December. The independent judge for 2015, Dana Levin, shared the following about the collection:

“‘You were born the weirdo that you are,” writes Jennifer Willoughby in her very alive first collection, Beautiful Zero. With its sense of affection and straight talk, such a pronouncement sets the tone for these poems, whose speakers tumble and swerve as they urgently try to inhabit and describe the contours of being strange and alive in our electrified now. There’s a hint of dread, apprehension, to the speakers’ searches for connection and understanding, but the book’s primary argument seems to be for beauty, joy, surprise, release: “The world doesn’t want to see you / on your knees for more than a minute / when it could be inspecting a music / box that knew how to fly,” Willoughby writes in “Do Not Be Broken By This Day,” a poem whose title acts as command and charm.” Continue reading →


Author Signings at Milkweed’s AWP Booth

As promised, here is your second pre-AWP installment of Milkweed events! If you missed the first, you can find it here.

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Join Milkweed Editions at AWP!

This April 8th through 11th, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference — lovingly known as AWP — will be coming to Minneapolis, which means authors, directors, friends, and fans of Milkweed Editions will be gathering from far and wide. If you’ll be in town, we’d love to see you!

In this first pre-AWP installment, we’ll be sharing a compiled list of AWP events featuring our staff and authors. Continue reading →


Milkweed 2015 Annual Subscriptions

As 2014 nears an end, our efforts at Milkweed Editions are full steam ahead toward 2015. With the new year will come a new list of Milkweed books, which are already coalescing into something wonderful and wild. We work to identify, nurture, and publish transformative literature, and we want you, our closest friends, to be a part of that process. Become a 2015 annual subscriber today, and receive every book that Milkweed publishes in a calendar year, delivered right to your doorstep. Continue reading →


Books we wish we could travel to

Summer is made for vacations and weekends on the road, but who’s to say you actually have to travel to experience a summer getaway? In honor of the upcoming publication of James P. Lenfestey’s travel narrative Seeking the Cave, we chose our dream locations found in books published by Milkweed Editions. Indulge in a little wanderlust this summer by traveling to the isles of Ireland through Sara Eliza Johnson’s Bone Map, around the glittering shores of Lake Superior in Danielle Sosin’s The Long Shining Waters, or through the inhospitable Australian outback in Rafael de Grenade’s debut Stilwater. And if you’re on a budget — fear not. Take 25 percent off any of these books with the discount code “TRAVEL”.

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