Milkweed’s Literary Legacy: Notes from the Archivist

Carissa Hansen, the Project Archivist at the Upper Midwest Literary Archives (UMLA), has spent hours sifting through and organizing the years of history contained in Milkweed’s archives. As part of the Prairie Poets and Press project, Carissa writes about the Widwestern literary legends that live in these files, illuminating Milkweed's history and the vast legacy of Minnesota writers.

Carissa Hansen

Carissa Hansen is the Project Archivist in the Upper Midwest Literary Archives for the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Prairie Poets and Press: Literary Lives of the Upper Midwest grant, financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Amy & Dave Freeman

Amy and Dave Freeman are the authors of A Year in the Wilderness. They have traveled over thirty thousand miles by canoe, kayak, and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic, and National Geographic named them Adventurers of the Year in 2014.

Dan Beachy-Quick

Midway through the journey of his life, Dan Beachy-Quick found himself without a path, unsure how to live well. This collection of essays, fragments, marginalia, images, travel writing, and poetry follows him through the result: a classical search for meaning in the world and in his particular, quiet life.

Eric Pankey

In these poems, revelation waits in all of nature’s smallest details: a lizard’s quick movements, a tree scarred by lighting, the white curve of a snail’s shell. This is a masterful and magical collection from a poet of stirring intelligence.

Hackensack, MN – 08/12/2017

As part of the Twenty-Second Annual Northwoods Art & Book Festival, Faith Sullivan will give a special presentation titled, "Now or Never: Capturing Family Stories." 

Jan Wagner

One of the most important contemporary poets working in German makes his American debut in this compact, light-footed, and curious dual-language collection. These poems, crafted with the care of a master gardener tending his topiary, seem to gleam and shiver with their own life.

Jan Wagner is a German poet, essayist, and translator. He is the author of The Art of Topiary, translated in collaboration with David Keplinger. The editor of two influential anthologies of German language poetry, Wagner is also the German translator of several British and American poets, including James Tate, Matthew Sweeney, and Charles Simic. In 2017, he was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize. He lives in Berlin.


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