Poets ADA LIMÓN, PARNESHIA JONES, and WILLIAM BREWER!
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!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018
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!
Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry including The Carrying (forthcoming from Milkweed Editions this month)! Her fourth book, Bright Dead Things, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and is one of the best-selling books in Milkweed’s history. Limón lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
"I want my poetry to help people recommit to the world we are living in, to the ugly mess and beautiful strangeness of it. I don't provide answers in my poems, but I hope to ask the right questions and reveal the right truths that make people feel like they aren't alone."
The author of Vessel, Parneshia Jones is an accomplished poet who is further shaping modern American poetry in her role as the poetry editor at Northwestern University Press. The first book she acquired won the National Book Award. Jones also serves as President of the Board at Cave Canem, an organization championing the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.
“There’s poetry for every kind of person. For instance, I love poetry that tells a story. I tell people, if you love stories, you can love poetry.”
William Brewer’s debut book, I Know Your Kind, was a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series. New York Magazine called him “America’s poet laureate of the opioid crisis.” Originally from West Virginia, Brewer is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.
“I have read my poems in places where the opioid epidemic’s claws are deep and the response has been humbling and incredible and really shows me what poetry can do.”
Stay tuned for a sneak peek at some of the live auction items to be featured at this year's Book Lovers Ball!
Proceeds from ticket sales and donations at the event support working writers—new voices and those you know and love—and the creation of their beautiful, essential books.
The Milkweed Award
The Milkweed Award for Distinguished Contributions to Literary Culture is presented annually at the Book Lovers Ball. Up to two recipients are selected annually by a committee composed of past award recipients. The honorees will have demonstrated ongoing commitment to the purpose and value of nonprofit literary organizations and will be known for having helped make the case in the community for the importance of the literary arts.
Past Award Recipients
- Joanne Von Blon & Margaret Wurtele
- Gail See
- Jim Sitter
- Jim Lenfestey
- Jay & Page Cowles
- Emilie Buchwald & Randy Scholes
- Linda Myers Shelton
- Faith Sullivan
- George Johnson & Kelly Morrison
- Eleanor Winston & Mary Ann Grossmann
- Patricia Hampl & John Gordon