Ndiya Grayson returns to her childhood home of Chicago as a young professional, but even her high-end job in a law office can’t protect her from half-repressed memories of childhood trauma. One evening, vulnerable and emotionally disarrayed, she goes out and meets her equal and opposite: Shame Luther, a no-nonsense construction worker by day and a self-taught piano player by night.
Jake Skeets writes about the cover of his debut collection of poems, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers (forthcoming September 2019), which features the portrait of his uncle, Mr. Benson James, taken in 1979 by Richard Avedon in Gallup, New Mexico.
Beginning with our Summer 2019 cohort, Milkweed Editions will relaunch its internship program as a paid program. With this step, Milkweed seeks to address significant barriers to publishing careers by offering a more viable and equitable internship experience.
Just released in the latest issue of Emergence Magazine is a new essay by Robin Wall Kimmerer, complete with an interactive experience including audio, parallax illustration, the most cosmological photos of corn you will possibly ever see in your life, stop motion animation with folded paper corn, and an interactive timeline.
What borders are really about, and what we do with them. The fullness of what it is to be Mexican (and American). A preview of Luis Alberto Urrea’s contribution to the forthcoming anthology Hearth: A Global Conversation on Community, Identity, and Place.
For his manuscript The Milk Hours, chosen by acclaimed poet and judge Henri Cole, James will receive $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions in June 2019.
Milkweed Editions is pleased to announce that the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, the largest regional poetry prize in the country, will continue under a new name, the Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry. The prize will also offer expanded eligibility, adding Michigan to the list of eligible states of residence for entrants in the upper Midwest. The 2019 judge will be acclaimed poet, essayist, and literary translator, Khaled Mattawa.
Upon accepting the National Book Critics Circle Award, Ada Limón delivered a powerful speech about women and community. Read the full speech here.