Hans Weyandt manages Milkweed Books, the independent bookstore located in Open Book and operated by Milkweed Editions. With over twenty years of bookselling experience, including as co-owner of Micawbers Books in St. Paul, Hans is also the editor of Read This: Handpicked Favorites from America's Indie Bookstores—essential reading for any bibliophiles looking to round out their collections.

Joanna R. Demkiewicz is the marketing director at Milkweed Editions and former publicist for the press. Prior to joining Milkweed in 2016, she worked as a publicist for the Bryant-Lake Bowl theater and restaurateur Kim Bartmann. For five years, she co-ran a print and digital magazine, The Riveter, which celebrated narratives and journalism by women and nonbinary folx. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she also serves as a freelance editor for The Sager Group’s Women in Journalism anthology series and her writing can be found in GuernicaLiterary Hub, and The Los Angeles Review.

I work at Milkweed because


Meagan Bachmayer is the development director at Milkweed Editions. Prior to joining Milkweed Editions in 2016, she worked in the office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, where she was deputy state director for operations. Before working for the Senator, she served as director of marketing and development for Women Winning, a group that advocates to elect more women to public office, and as deputy finance director for the Minnesota House of Representatives DFL Caucus. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2008 with a degree in political science.

I work at Milkweed because the books we publish have the power to


Joey McGarvey is the senior editor at Milkweed Editions. Prior to joining Milkweed in 2015, she spent six years in editorial at Penguin Random House: first as an editorial assistant at Alfred A. Knopf, and then as an associate editor at Ballantine Bantam Dell. She earned her MA in nineteenth-century American literature and history at New York University, and her BA in English from Stanford University.

– 11/10/2016

Bringing together one community with one book. Local author of Sins of Our Fathers, Shawn Lawrence Otto will discuss his novel, his process, and more. Light refreshments will be served during book signing. Books will be available for purchase. MahtoREADi is graciously supported by Mahtomedi Community Education and Washington County Library with  funds received from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

– 10/29/2016

This seminar, taught by author Shawn Otto, will investigate the historical, social, philosophical, political, and emotional reasons why evidence-based politics are in decline, and authoritarian politics on both the right and left are again on the rise, as well as some compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses before it's too late. LearningLife seminars embrace Socrates's belief in inquiry and exchange. Seminars include both lecture and critical discussion. Tuition includes continental breakfast.

– 11/16/2016

The Visiting Writers Series at the University of Kentucky is a part of the MFA in Creative Writing program, and adds to the vibrant literary culture of Lexington. Events are free and open to the public.

– 10/19/2016

The Writing By Writers Workshop @ Tomales Bay brings aspiring writers into close community with nationally known poets and writers. Manuscript and poetry workshopsare limited to 12 participants and generative workshops are limited to 15 to ensure an intimate setting. Registration closes on October 15, 2016. Faculty includes Richard Bausch, Pam Houston, Ada Limón, Paul Lisicky, Justin Torres, and Claire Vaye Watkins.


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