Academic

Academic Resources and Information
Desk and Exam Copy Requests

Educators can request complimentary desk copies of titles they have already adopted for course use, or can request exam copies of titles they are considering teaching for a small fee via Ingram Academic Services. Please search by ISBN to find your desired title. You can browse all Milkweed desk and exam titles available via Ingram Academic Services here. In your request, you will be required to provide your name, address, email, educational institution, and relevant course information. Please email deskcopy@milkweed.org if your desired book is not available via Ingram Academic Services or if you have any other questions or concerns.

Bulk Orders and Custom Printings
  • School bookstores must place book orders via our distributor Publishers Group West/Ingram. 
  • If your institution selected a book published by Milkweed Editions for your Common Read program, please email orders@milkweed.org for bulk book ordering options. 
  • Custom printing options may be available for your bulk order over 1,000 copies for Common Read programs. Email shannon_blackmer@milkweed.org for more details
  • Educators placing their own classroom or event orders via milkweed.org can use the coupon code SCHOOL48 at checkout to receive a 48% nonreturnable discount. These book orders must not be for resale. 
  • Invoicing and wholesale direct order options are available by emailing orders@milkweed.org with your detailed request. We cannot fulfill course book direct orders to Barnes & Noble or Follett affiliated bookstores. 
Reader’s Guides and Reading Lists

When available, discussion questions are accessible to educators and workshop leaders as downloadable PDFs via individual book pages by clicking “Reader’s Guide.” 

Reading lists for Indigenous Studies, Climate Change & the Environment, University & Library Common Read Selections, Frequently Taught Poetry, Nonfiction & Craft, and more are available here.   

Thin Places

A Natural History of Healing and Home
By Kerri ní Dochartaigh

An Indies Introduce Selection for Winter/Spring 2022
An Indie Next Selection for April 2022
A Junior Library Guild Selection for Spring 2022

In Thin Places, a luminous blend of memoir, history, and nature writing, ní Dochartaigh explores how nature kept her sane and helped her heal, how violence and poverty are never more than a stone’s throw from beauty and hope, and how we are, once again, allowing our borders to become hard and terror to creep back in. DOWNLOAD NOW.

Graceland, At Last 

Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South
By Margaret Renkl

Winner of the 2022 Southern Book Prize
Finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

For the past four years, Margaret Renkl’s columns have offered readers of the New York Times a weekly dose of natural beauty, human decency, and persistent hope from her home in Nashville. Now more than sixty of those pieces have been brought together in this sparkling new collection. DOWNLOAD NOW

Dear Memory

Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief 
By Victoria Chang

An Electric Literature Favorite Nonfiction Book of 2021
TIME Magazine Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2021

From poet Victoria Chang, a collection of literary letters and mementos on the art of remembering across generations. In letters to family, past teachers, and fellow poets, as the imagination, Dear Memory offers a model for what it looks like to find ourselves in our histories. DOWNLOAD NOW

Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
By Robin Wall Kimmerer

New York Times Bestseller
Washington Post Bestseller
Named a “Best Essay Collection of the Decade” by Literary Hub

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. DOWNLOAD NOW

Northern Light

Power, Land, and the Memory of Water
By Kazim Ali

A Book Riot “Best Book of 2021”
A Shelf Awareness “Best Book of 2021”
An Outside Magazine “Favorite Book of 2021”

Ali explores questions of land and power―and in remembering a lost connection to this place, finally finds a home he might belong to. DOWNLOAD NOW

Diary of a Young Naturalist

By Dara McAnulty

A Buzzfeed Best Book of 2021

Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of a year in Dara’s Northern Ireland home patch. Beginning in spring—when “the sparrows dig the moss from the guttering and the air is as puffed out as the robin’s chest”—these diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are vivid, evocative, and moving. DOWNLOAD NOW

Saga Boy

My Life of Blackness and Becoming
By Antonio Michael Downing

A Book Marks Best Reviewed Memoir of September 2021
An Essence Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2021

Harnessing the lyricism of an evangelical childhood into a flourishing and unforgettable prose all its own, Saga Boy is a poignant journey of overcoming, belonging, and becoming one’s own self. DOWNLOAD NOW.

Permissions and Accessibility

Copyrighted material from Milkweed Editions is available to educators and students for classroom use through the Copyright Clearance Center. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s Literature titles are available. For any requests related to material not found there, please contact Fred Courtright of The Permissions Company at permdude@eclipse.net.

For education accessibility PDF requests, please email deskcopy@milkweed.org with the relevant title and course information.

Seedbank

A New Series of World Literature
Seedbank expands Milkweed’s publishing program to bring ancient, historical, and contemporary works from cultures from around the world to American readers. Just as repositories around the world gather seeds to ensure biodiversity in the future, Seedbank gathers works of literature from around the world that foster conversation and reflection on the human relationship to place and the natural world—exposing readers to new, endangered, and forgotten ways of seeing the world.

The Popol Vuh

By Michael Bazzett

A New York Times Best Poetry Book of 2018

The K’iche’ creation myth of The Popol Vuh is thousands of years old, one of the only epics indigenous to the Americas. By turns poetic and lucid, sinuous and accessible, this verse translation—the first of its kind, and the first in the Seedbank series—breathes new life into an essential tale. LEARN MORE

Listening to the Wind

By Tim Robinson

From cartographer Tim Robinson comes the second title in the Seedbank series, a breathtakingly intimate exploration of one beloved place’s geography, ecology, and history. Footstep by footstep, moment by moment, Robinson takes readers deep into this storied Irish landscape, from the “quibbling, contentious terrain” of Bogland to the shorelines of Inis Ní to the towering peaks of Twelve Pins. LEARN MORE

When the Whales Leave

By Yuri Rytkheu
Translated by Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse

Nau’s greatest joy is to visit the sea, where whales gather every morning to gaily spout rainbows. Then, one day, she finds a man in the mist where a whale should be: Reu, who has taken human form out of his Great Love for her. This Seedbank series novel is at once a vibrant retelling of the origin story of the Chukchi and a timely parable about the destructive power of human ego. LEARN MORE

The Blue Sky

By Galsan Tschinag
Translated by Katharina Rout

In the high Altai Mountains of northern Mongolia, the nomadic Tuvan people’s ancient way of life is colliding with the pervasive influence of modernity. And for Dshurukawaa, a young shepherd boy, this means loss—of his siblings, of his grandmother, and of his beloved dog, Arsylang. Rooted in the oral traditions of the Tuvan people and their epics—reissued as a Seedbank title—weaves the timeless story of a boy poised on the cusp of manhood with the tale of a people’s vanishing way of life. LEARN MORE

Stone-Garland

Six Poets from the Greek Lyric Tradition
By Dan Beachy-Quick

New York Times Book Review “New & Noteworthy” Poetry Collection
A Book Riot “Best Fall 2020 Book in Translation”

Stone-Garland, this new entry in the Seedbank Series, presents translations of poem six poets of the Greek lyric tradition. Anecdotes of Simonides, Anacreon, Archilochus, Theognis, Alcman, and Callimachus may be easy to come by but their poems are restored less often. Dan Beachy-Quick is our guide on this walk through a ruin of lyric poetry. To these reclaimed fragments he brings a love of discovery through lyricism. Returning to the foundations of a poetic tradition that has evolved throughout the ages is a chance to rekindle past identities and relationships to the world. LEARN MORE

Multiverse

A Literary Series Dedicated to Different Ways of Languaging
Multiverse is a literary series devoted to different ways of languaging, curated by neurodivergent poet Chris Martin, and featuring a chorus of editorial voices. Multiverse primarily emerges from the practices and creativity of neurodivergent, autistic, neuroqueer, mad, nonspeaking, and disabled cultures. The desire of Multiverse is to serially surface multiple universes of underheard language that might intersect, resonate, and aggregate toward liberatory futures. In other words, each book in the Multiverse series gestures toward a correspondence—human and more-than-human—that lovingly exceeds what is normal and normative in our society, questioning and augmenting what literary culture is, has been, and can be.

The Kissing of Kissing

By Hannah Emerson

In this remarkable debut, which marks the beginning of Multiverse—a literary series written and curated by the neurodivergent­—Hannah Emerson’s poems keep, dream, bring, please, grownd, sing, kiss, and listen. They move with and within the beautiful nothing (“of buzzing light”) from which, as she elaborates, everything jumps. LEARN MORE

The Wanting Way 

By Adam Wolfond

In The Wanting Way, the second book in Multiverse, Adam Wolfond proves more than willing to “extend the choreography.” In fact, his entire thrust is out and toward. Each poem moves out along its own underutilized pathway, awakening unseen dimensions for the reader like a wooded night walk suddenly lit by fireflies. LEARN MORE.