The poems of this debut collection are dispatches from chemotherapy beds and hospitals and the loneliest spaces in the home. They are relentlessly embodied, communicating pain, violence, and loss—and yet they are also erotically, electrically attuned to possibility and desire.
One Friday afternoon this past May, I received an email from Martha Collins. She asked me to consider a manuscript by a young poet named Max Ritvo. Jean Valentine had selected his work for a chapbook competition, Martha explained, and Lucie Brock-Broido had selected some of the poems in the manuscript for publication in the Boston Review. Martha added only that there was some urgency, as an illness had thrust this young man into what would become the final stage of his life.
Growing up on his family’s land in South Carolina, the author fell in love with the subtle beauties of the natural world around him—and grew up to be one of the lone black men in a predominantly white field. This memoir is a riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South, asking what it means to be “the rare bird, the oddity.”
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The author was in the Bahamas, pursuing bonefish—one of the world’s most elusive creatures—when he had a life-changing encounter with David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide. Here he tells Pinder’s story, as well as that of an ecology, of an industry, and of his own journey to enlightenment.
When a New Jersey native moves to Minnesota, she discovers a local food movement strong enough to survive the toughest winter. Fascinating and heartfelt, this memoir “personalizes the path from farm to fork with heart and skill” (Wall Street Journal).
The 4th annual Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference is a week-long writers’ conference, based on the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference model, that’s designed to hone the skills of people interested in producing literary writing about the environment and the natural world. The conference is co-sponsored by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Orion Magazine, and Middlebury College’s Environmental Studies Program. Faculty will include acclaimed nature and environmental writers Megan Mayhew Bergman, Camille T. Dungy, John Elder, Ross Gay, Ted Genoways, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Joe...
A night of local and global flavors with local food advocate Beth Dooley, author of IN WINTER’S KITCHEN. Featuring recipes from Naomi Duguid’s beautiful new cookbook TASTE OF PERSIA, reinterpreted with fresh and local Minnesota ingredients. Enjoy delicious snacks, Beth’s culinary wisdom, and the bookstore’s eclectic selection of cookbooks. You can join us for this event at Milkweed Books, our new bookstore on the first floor of the Open Book building.