June Newsletter


— Notes from the Field | The latest news from our authors with world-changing reach: Deni Béchard, Shawn Lawrence Otto, and Gaia Vince

— 35 Years of Poetry, Thousands of Poems | Introducing our full Spring 2015 list: Melissa Kwasny, Sally Keith, Parneshia Jones, Eric Pankey, and Brian Laidlaw

SPECIAL DISCOUNT | Celebrate our 35th anniversary early!

— Get Behind the Desk | Meet our summer interns, see what they’re up to, and apply for the fall internship session!

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The Other Side of the Desk: On Interning

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How do you get a job as an editor? Who writes a book’s cover copy? How do you proofread poetry? The questions are many, and the answers are in the experience. Having spent almost a month in the office, we asked our summer interns to reflect on their work here in the office thus far and what they’ve learned since they stepped past the front desk. Whether you’re curious about the general publishing process or are interested in applying for an internship at Milkweed (fall applications are due July 15!), our current interns—who put in hours of hard work behind the scenes, for which we all are beyond grateful—offer a window into their world.

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June Events: Beat It, Apocalypse

This June, we invite our local friends to join us for two very special events.


Joni Tevis brings The World is on Fire to the Twin Cities


The World is on Fire | Milkweed Editions

Thursday, June 18

at 7pm
Du Nord Craft Spirits
2610 E 32nd Street
Minneapolis 55406

Arrive early for books and drinks on us!

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Newsletter: Reverence and Revelation


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May brought rave reviews, the announcement of the 2015 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, epic beats, and more!

Read on for a New York Times review of Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese, extras and excerpts (including a playlist!) for The World is On Fire by Joni Tevis, and a roundup of news featuring Jennifer Willoughby, Sean Lawrence Otto, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Alison Hawthorne Deming.

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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 →



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