Shannon Blackmer is sales & marketing associate at Milkweed Editions. Shannon rose into this position in the fall of 2018 after a summer internship at the press. She holds a BA in English and journalism with honors from Stony Brook University, where she started an online magazine written by and for college women during her time there. Shannon enjoys environmental and feminist literature, as well as reading bedtime stories to her nieces.

I work at Milkweed because we need literature to boost empathy through human stories of the soul. I hope to continue supporting Milkweed’s passion for thoughtful story telling and spreading

– 12/13/2018

Milkweed Editions and Rain Taxi present the launch of Brian Laidlaw’s The Mirrormaker, his new poetry collection and its accompanying album.

– 11/18/2018

Amber Tamblyn and Roxane Gay are bringing back their Vulture Festival staple reading series, Feminist AF, for another afternoon showcasing the most daring voices in feminist writing today. Special guests will include America Ferrera, Ada Limón, and Carmen Maria Machado.

Bookseller Recommendations: November

This month’s recommendations from our bookstore staff feature foldout folktale monsters, reflections on freeing ourselves from legacies of harm, lovingly-told tales from the basketball court, and unusual, textured stories of women and mystery. Each of these books is uniquely suited to be revisited—all four are made up of stories, histories, and ideas that merit our returning to them over and over again, to lending them out to friends and family, to unpeeling a new layer with every re-read.

New Work by Robin Wall Kimmerer: “Corn Tastes Better on the Honor System”

Just released in the latest issue of Emergence Magazine is a new essay by Robin Wall Kimmerer, complete with an interactive experience including audio, parallax illustration, the most cosmological photos of corn you will possibly ever see in your life, stop motion animation with folded paper corn, and an interactive timeline.

– 12/05/2018

Join the Poetry Society of America for a special program featuring writers Sarah Ruhl, Angela Chen, and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, who will share and reflect on the poems, letters, and journals of poets who explored – with verve, intellect, and grace – the presence of death in their lives and their work. 

Ed Pavlić

Ndiya Grayson returns to her childhood home of Chicago as a young professional, but even her high-end job in a law office can’t protect her from memories of an impoverished past. One evening, vulnerable and emotionally disarrayed, she goes out and meets her equal and opposite: Shame Luther, a no-nonsense construction worker by day and a jazz pianist by night.

John James is the author of The Milk Hours, selected by Henri Cole as winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley.


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