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Milkweed Staff – 08/02/2021

by Kerri ní Dochartaigh

When someone writes a book about anything the first thing they are often asked is: HOW?

How did you find the time, the topic, the means to get it out of your insides and into the outside world for all to see? When someone writes a book that takes as its subject matter their own personal lived experiences – those which might range from deeply unsettling – to upsetting – or even traumatising; perhaps the...


Milkweed Staff – 06/30/2021


Milkweed Editions is thrilled to announce that Jennifer Huang has won the 2021 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry. For their poetry collection Return Flight, selected by Jos Charles, Huang will receive $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions in January 2022.

Jennifer Huang was born in Maryland to Taiwanese immigrants and has since called many places her home. Their poems have appeared in POETRY, The Rumpus, and Narrative Magazine, among other places; and they have received...


Milkweed Staff – 06/22/2021

A great deal of Dutch poetry nowadays is influenced by urban tendencies, by movies, by social media, by elements of the news. Earlier generations often focused on nature, that traditional source of consolation for modern man who has lost his religious faith and paradise. This tendency also means that most younger poets do not strive any longer for unity behind all diversity, for calming the chaos, for a symbolist view on reality; on the contrary, they emphasize pluriformity, changes of registers, they prefer the prismatic glance of diversity. 

 Also quite striking is the renewal of language in Dutch poetry seen...


Milkweed Staff – 04/21/2021


by Victoria Chang

The cover for Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief, emerged organically, in the same way that this book emerged. After my mother died, there was the obvious grieving of my mother as body, as mind, as caretaker, but I was surprised to feel a greater sense of loss--a loss of not only her history but my own history. When she died, my connection to and with my family’s Chinese and Taiwanese culture...


Daniel Slager – 04/09/2021

We are excited to welcome three Editors-at-Large to Milkweed Editions, and along with one of these editors, a new literary series.


Over the years, I have often asked writers we are publishing to recommend other writers and manuscripts. Countless new relationships and projects have come to us as a result, and so when I thought of ways to expand the range of curatorial and editorial perspectives at work in building our publishing program, the notion of adding Editors-at-Large struck me as a natural outgrowth -- a formalization, perhaps more precisely --...


Milkweed Staff – 04/07/2021

Author Arra Lynn Ross reminisces on the inspiration for the cover of her forthcoming collection, Day of the Child.

Authors / Interviews / Watch & Listen / Roundup / Poetry & Migration

Bailey Hutchinson – 04/02/2021

Hello again, friends! It's time for round two of our National Poetry Month feature (check out part one here).

For our second installment, I touched base with a few well-loved poets whose books are entering the world again as paberbacks. I'm thrilled that Grady ChambersJohn James, and Ada Limón shared their thoughts (and voices) with us to discuss the process of putting together a poetry collection, as well as the power of poetry-out-loud....

Authors / Interviews / Watch & Listen / Roundup / Poetry & Migration

Bailey Hutchinson – 04/02/2021

Hello, friends! Welcome to a very special edition of 5 Reasons to Teach This Book. This month, we're taking a break from our standard five-question, solo-author interview format; instead, we're taking a stroll with a few different poets through new books and returning favorites in Milkweed's 2021 poetry lineup. And oh, hey, look at that—it's National Poetry Month! Why not celebrate by listening to each of these striking poets read from their collections?

We're starting off this two-part feature with Wayne Miller, Kathryn Smith, and Robert VanderMolen, each of...

Authors / Interviews

Bailey Hutchinson – 03/01/2021

Hello, friends, and welcome to another edition of Deep Cuts! In this series, we dive in with some of our authors and discuss the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the composition and production of their books. This month, I'm so pleased to be featuring Kazim Ali's Northern Light, a ruminative study of the word home.

Northern Light opens with a photo of a young, smiling Ali. He's standing at the end of one of three rows of children—Jenpeg School's '77-'78 class of first graders. I've found...

Awards & Prizes

Milkweed Staff – 02/18/2021


Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions are thrilled to announce that judge Randall Mann has chosen Brian Tierney’s book Rise and Float as the winner of the 2020–21 Jake Adam York Prize. Rise and Float will be published by Milkweed Editions in February, 2022, and Tierney will receive $2,000.

Brian Tierney’s poetry appears in Agni, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow...