Mary Austin Speaker

Mary Austin Speaker

Art Director

Mary Austin Speaker is the Art Director of Milkweed Editions. Before joining Milkweed's staff in 2017, Mary worked in New York trade publishing for ten years, managing the Ecco and Smithsonian imprints for HarperCollins Publishers and designing for Simon & Schuster. She co-founded and curated the Triptych Poetry Series in the East Village, and while studying for her MFA in poetry at Indiana University, she taught creative writing and edited the Indiana Review. She has published two collections of poetry—Ceremony (Slope Editions 2013) and The Bridge (Shearsman Books 2016)—and edits a chapbook review column for Rain Taxi as well as a series on poetry and power called Society Editions. She has been designing books for Milkweed in a freelance capacity since 2013.

I work at Milkweed because their list celebrates poetry, ecology, and diversity, and because they prize the making of beautiful books and are tireless, sincere champions for their authors.