The Editor’s Circle
The Value of Milkweed
“I became a supporter of the press when I heard an author describe his almost magical experience working with Milkweed—a collaborative, challenging, and deeply affirming process. I understood the critical value of independent presses in a world ever more focused on cranking out whatever sells best.”
Vital to Society
“As an avid reader, I consider innovation, fresh perspective, and creativity essential to the vitality and well-being of our society. Milkweed cultivates and nurtures writers whose voices deserve to be heard, whose imaginations, passions, and insights enrich our lives.”
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THIS YEAR’S VIRTUAL EVENT ON FRIDAY, JUNE 26 at 2:00 P.M. CDT!
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Each year members of the Editor’s Circle invite friends and family to join them at a luncheon featuring an author published by Milkweed. Hosted at the beautiful Open Book building in downtown Minneapolis, this event is not to be missed! Previous featured authors include Deni Ellis Béchard, Ada Limón, and Elizabeth Rush.
“Books like Mamaskatch are critically important for us to reclaim our place, our health, our culture, our way of life, and our space in society. There are new voices: writers, musicians, visual artists, who are creating rich pieces of work that are being shared with the Canadian public, and now with the U.S. public thanks to Milkweed.”
—DARREL J. MCLEOD, author of Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age
“From the very start, Milkweed has invested time, attention, and resources that together have helped make Rising into the best possible version of itself. And for that I am deepy grateful. Put another way, because of Milkweed’s investment in this book, it will contribute to and shape our national discussion around sea level rise, resiliency, and how we might adapt to ongoing changes along the coast in as egalitarian a manner as possible.”
—ELIZABETH RUSH, author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore
“Tolstoy said the purpose of poetry is to infect the world with feeling and so induce a change in conscience, a change in care for the suffering and poor. I like that description of poetry, and I think it suites art and literature in general. I believe that art broadly defined is always about empathy. It's about imaginative identification with the other. Whether it’s a human being close to us or distant from us or beyond the human world. Never has it been more important to cultivate empathy in our culture.”
—ALISON HAWTHORNE DEMING, author of Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit
“At a time when language seems to be used only as a blunt tool to proliferate rage, hatred, violence, and dangerous othering, it seems not only important but absolutely essential to our survival to celebrate the way language can be used for good. How language can awaken something within us, dig up the dead and let us speak with them again, honor our ancestors, show us what is righteous and true, let us stand in the cruel storm of the moment and not be knocked down by it.”
—ADA LIMÓN, author of The Carrying