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?
Authors / Interviews / Watch & Listen / Roundup / Poetry & Migration
Authors / Interviews
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
ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF THE 2020–21 JAKE ADAM YORK PRIZE!
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...
What is home? The house you grew up in? Your hometown? Where-ever your family stays?
When I was 11 everything I thought I knew about home and who I was disappeared. I went to sleep in a rainforest and woke up in a blizzard. I moved from Southern Trinidad in the Caribbean Sea to Northern Ontario, Canada. My grandmother Miss Excelly, who was my whole universe, was gone. The way people looked and spoke, the assumptions they made, were all gone. My place in the world was gone. And everything that followed was a mad scramble to find a way back to a sense of belonging.
Saga Boy is my return back to that place. This is a memoir of my scattered family, of colonialism, of childhood trauma, of blackness, of placelessness, and of an old lady's prayers living far beyond her life. I travelled through North America, shared stages with rock stars, took meetings with tech tycoons, and changed my name many times in pursuit of the elusive sense of arrival. And there is still a little boy inside me. He is still in the jungle, running through the bush, singing her songs, with a guava wood scepter and a hibiscus crown. This book is the alchemy of his experience. The saga of a boy returning home.
Authors / Poetry & Migration
Welcome, friends, to the latest installment of 5 Reasons to Teach This Book! In this interview series, we examine what we can learn from Milkweed’s titles by discussing our books with educators, authors, and booksellers. This month, we’re delighted to feature an incandescent conversation between Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley and Milkweed Fellow Tijqua Daiker. Read on to learn more about Kingsley's upcoming poetry collection, Dēmos: An American Multitude, out in March!
Authors / Interviews
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, we're excited to chat with Deirdre McNamer about Aviary, a brightly-plumed spin on a who-done-it due out later this year in April.
With senior residence Pheasant Run at its nexus, Aviary explores an extensive cast of overlapping lives—many of whom feel themselves forgotten. But McNamer invites us to slow down and appreciate the depth...
Thirty years ago today, Max Joseph Ritvo was born in Los Angeles.