Amy and Dave Freeman lived in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota for an entire year. Their book, A Year in the Wilderness, is a rousing cry of witness activism and a stunning tribute to wild places. One year ago today, Dave awoke before dawn and crawled out of their tent. This is what he saw.
These are just a few of the many documents housed at the Upper Midwest Literary Archives.
Carissa Hansen, the Project Archivist at the Upper Midwest Literary Archives (UMLA), has spent hours sifting through and organizing the years of history contained in Milkweed’s archives. As part of the Prairie Poets and Press project, Carissa writes about the Widwestern literary legends that live in these files, illuminating Milkweed's history and the vast legacy of Minnesota writers.
Bookstore / Roundup
During our Kickstarter campaign, one of the promises we made was to support emerging writers—those with just a debut or second book to their name. Emerging writers often struggle to reach readers in the marketplace because it favors guaranteed sales from proven authors, so we pledged to read, stock, and celebrate their books in part by devoting an entire section of Milkweed Books to their work. Our front display (the first thing you see when you walk in the door!) is dedicated to these important...
Editors / Authors / Interviews
Dalia Rosenfeld, author of the debut story collection The Worlds We Think We Know, joined Milkweed editor Joey McGarvey in a discussion about place, humor, and literary influences. From the meaning of symbolism to the catalysts for character creation, Rosenfeld recounts how her book came into being.
News / Awards & Prizes
Milkweed Editions, in partnership with the Alan B. Slifka Foundation, is pleased to announce the inaugural Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. The winning poet will receive publication by Milkweed Editions in April 2018 and $10,000, making the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize the most lucrative first-book prize.
Does a book seem small in influence compared to the monstrous forces of mean-spirited avarice that shadow our public life today? Sure. But why do we remember Leo Tolstoy, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, or James Baldwin?
Whether you're a reader, writer, donor, or subscriber—or all four!—you made great books happen in 2016. Read on to see how you helped Milkweed accomplish incredible things last year.
Bookstore / Roundup
The next Milkweed Books Subscription pick is here! Read on for more about Edward McPherson's The History of the Future, plus other books that explore American myths and misdeeds, boomtowns and Doom Towns.