Book Lovers Ball

Milkweed Editions
Book Lovers Ball



An annual celebration of writers, books, and readers, the Book Lovers Ball features a seated dinner, live auction, presentation of the Milkweed Award for Distinguished Contributions to Literary Culture, storytelling from authors, and more!

We are delighted to be welcoming three poets we’ve had the honor of publishing here at Milkweed Editions in recent years to share both remarks and poems with you at this year’s Book Lovers Ball! Each of these poets make a distinct case for the power of poetry. Limón, Jones, and Brewer are exploring the personal and political issues of our time: identity and belonging, urban and rural divides, racism, sexism, feminism, truth, coming of age, the opioid epidemic and addiction, perseverance in the face of fear and loss, where we come from—and where we might go.

No matter where you’re coming from—poetry enthusiasts to those who haven’t read a poem since high school English class—you’ll be treated to a fun and memorable evening about an artform that is captivating American readers in bold new ways!


The Machine Shop
300 Second Street SE  |  Minneapolis, MN 55414

Private Reception  5:30 p.m.
Doors Open + General Reception  6:00 p.m.
Program + Dinner  7:00 p.m.


A special thank you to event co-chairs Geoff Gothro and Robin B. Nelson!


General Admission Ticket  $175
Premium Seating Ticket  $500

Manuscript Level Sponsorship  $2,000
Galley Level Sponsorship  $5,000
Critically Acclaimed Level Sponsorship  $10,000

Interested in sponsoring a table? Click here to connect with Meagan Bachmayer!

*Want to sponsor the event but aren’t interested in filling a table? Sponsors can also simply reserve a premium seat at a table with other sponsors and special guests.

**Join our featured speakers for an intimate private reception immediately preceeding the dinner.

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