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The Milkweed Fellowship
Applications for the 2024 Milkweed Fellowship will be accepted March 11 –May 13, 2024
Interviews to take place (virtually or in-person) over the summer
Fellowship recipient will be announced by August 1, 2024
Fellowship start date to be determined
2022–2023 Milkweed Fellow: Moheb Soliman
Moheb Soliman is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest who’s presented work at literary, art, and public spaces in the US, Canada, and abroad with support from the Joyce Foundation, Banff Centre, and diverse other organizations and institutions. He has degrees from The New School for Social Research and University of Toronto and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was Program Director for the Arab American lit and film organization Mizna before receiving a multi-year Tulsa Artist Fellowship. His debut poetry collection, HOMES (Coffee House Press, 2021), explores nature, modernity, identity, belonging, and sublimity through the site of the Great Lakes bioregion/borderland. Moheb has been a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards, Heartland Booksellers Award, and others, and showcased in Ecotone Journal’s annual indie press shortlist and the Poets & Writers annual 10 debut poets feature. www.mohebsoliman.info
Congratulations and gratitude to our extraordinary Finalists for the 2022–2023 Milkweed Fellowship: Simone Campbell, Sevval Ercin, Gabriela Nesheim, and Alex Reeve.
The Milkweed Fellowship is grounded in our belief that books have the potential to change the way we see the world, and that equity is essential to a vibrant, diverse, and empowered literary ecosystem.
This paid, one- to two-year immersion program is designed to offer the tools, experience, and exposure necessary to pursue a career in book publishing. Intended to provide an alternative route to leadership in an industry where the prerequisite to an entry-level position is typically an unpaid internship, this learning-oriented position seeks to provide entry to those historically underrepresented among workers in book publishing—Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and those with disabilities—so they may advance, discover, and champion transformative literature for years to come. This position is based on-site in our Minneapolis office and is full time (non-exempt, 40 hours per week, for 12–24 months), beginning in 2023. Compensation includes a salary, generous paid time off, and health and dental benefits.
Who We Are
Milkweed Editions was formed in 1980 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our mission is to identify, nurture, and publish transformative literature, and to build an engaged community around it. As a mission-driven independent book publisher, we publish 25–30 new books of literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction each year, as well as continuing to print and support authors published in prior years such as Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ada Limón, Jos Charles, Elizabeth Rush, and J. Drew Lanham. Our books have recently won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the LA Times Book Prize, and been named finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Milkweed Editions is located in Open Book, a literary and book arts center that also houses Milkweed Books, our independent bookstore. Open Book is accessible by light rail and bus lines.
By turns poetic and lucid, sinuous and accessible, this verse translation of the Mayan epic—the first of its kind, and the first in the Seedbank series—breathes new life into an essential tale.
From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction—a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.
Winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, the poems of Worldly Things offer needed guidance on ways forward—toward radical kindness and a socially responsible poetics.
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Robin Wall Kimmerer shows how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons.
Rising weaves the firsthand accounts of those who are living through sea level rise today with eyewitness reporting from our shoreline’s disappearing places.