Impact Report 2020

Celebrating 40 years of Milkweed Editions
Impact Report 2020

For the past 40 years, Milkweed Editions has published books that have the power to change the way we live in the world. In this time of great division, literature connects us to other cultures, illuminates the human experience, and fosters empathy and appreciation for difference. Among the 20 books Milkweed published last year was Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s first work of nonfiction, World of Wonders, which shows us that inhabitants of the natural world can teach, support, and inspire us and instructs that these experiences are for everyone regardless of background or skin color. torrin. a. greathouse’s debut poetry collection, Wound from the Mouth of the Wound, invites readers into the disabled and trans body-mind experience. The Shame, the first novel by Makenna Goodman, explores capitalism, technology, and feminism from a young mother’s perspective. Poems in Benjamin Garcia’s debut, Thrown in the Throat, reveal the perspectives of Latinx, queer, and undocumented peoples. See what we’re publishing »

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Our 2020 Authors

The Seedbank series of world literature expands our publishing program to bring ancient, historical, and contemporary works from cultures around the world to American readers. Just as seedbanks protect biodiversity, this series protects cultural diversity—exposing readers to new, endangered, or forgotten ways of seeing or being in the world. The latest books in the series include a retelling of the Chukchi creation story, an exploration of the teachings of ancient Greek poetry, and a Tuvan boy’s coming-of-age story. Below is the list of all available Seedbank titles as well as the next book in the series, For Joshua by Richard Wagamese, scheduled for publication in 2022.

Seedbank Titles
Michael Bazzett

The K’iche’ creation myth of The Popol Vuh is thousands of years old, one of the only epics indigenous to the Americas. By turns poetic and lucid, sinuous and accessible, this verse translation—the first of its kind, and the first in the...

Tim Robinson

From cartographer Tim Robinson comes the second title in the Seedbank series, a breathtakingly intimate exploration of one beloved place’s geography, ecology, and history. Footstep by footstep, moment...

Yuri Rytkheu

Nau’s greatest joy is to visit the sea, where whales gather every morning to gaily spout rainbows. Then, one day, she finds a man in the mist where a whale should be: Reu, who has taken human form out of his Great Love for her. This...

Galsan Tschinag

In the high Altai Mountains of northern Mongolia, the nomadic Tuvan people’s ancient way of life is colliding with the pervasive influence of modernity. And for Dshurukawaa, a young shepherd boy, this means loss—of his siblings, of his...

Dan Beachy-Quick

A New York Times Book Review “New & Noteworthy” Poetry Collection
A Book Riot “Best Fall 2020 Book in Translation”

Stone-Garland, this new entry in the ...

Richard Wagamese

Ojibwe tradition calls for fathers to walk their children through the world, sharing the ancient understanding “that we are all, animate and inanimate alike, living on the one pure breath with which the Creator gave life to the Universe.” In this...

The Milkweed Fellowship Program

The Milkweed Fellowship is grounded in our belief that books have the potential to change the way we live in the world, and that equity is essential to a vibrant, diverse, and empowered literary ecosystem.

Milkweed is committed to offering intentional entry points into the book publishing and nonprofit fundraising fields to those who hold the potential to transform and reimagine what literature can accomplish in a changing world. Read more about our fellowship program, and meet our current fellows below!

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