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In celebration of Milkweed Editions’ 40th anniversary, these award-winning and debut authors read from new work and translations to showcase not just where Milkweed has been, but where the press is going. Among them are writers giving voice to erased histories, landscapes, identities, cultures, and creatures. In their work, the lyric and transformative meet at the intersections of trauma, injustice, sacrifice, beauty, curiosity, and grace.
Rick Barot's fourth collection of poems is The Galleons, published by Milkweed Editions in 2020. He directs the Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and is the poetry editor of New England Review.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of Oceanic, her fourth book of poetry, and a forthcoming book of nature essays. She serves as poetry editor for Orion and is professor of English in the University of Mississippi's MFA program.
Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. She teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.
Michael Bazzett is a 2017 NEA fellow. He is the author of three books of poetry–You Must Remember This (winner of the Lindquist & Vennum Prize), Our Lands Are Not So Different, and The Interrogation–as well as a verse translation of the Mayan creation epic The Popol Vuh.
Su Hwang is the recipient of the inaugural Jerome Hill Fellowship in Literature and is the author of the poetry collection Bodega. She teaches creative writing with the MN Prison Writing Workshop and is the cofounder of Poetry Asylum with poet Sun Yung Shin.
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