Milkweed Editions

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Milkweed Editions
Founded 1980
Founder Emilie Buchwald and R.W. Scholes
Successor Daniel Slager
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Minneapolis
Distribution Publishers Group West
Publication types Books
Fiction genres fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Official website

Milkweed Editions is an independent, nonprofit literary publisher founded in Minneapolis in 1980. It releases eighteen to twenty new books each year in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Milkweed Editions annually awards three prizes for poetry: the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry,[1] the Jake Adam York Prize (in collaboration with Copper Nickel), and they are a partner publisher for the National Poetry Series. In 2016, they opened an independent bookstore focused on the sale of literary works.[2]


Milkweed was co-founded by Emilie Buchwald and R.W. Scholes. The press began as a journal called The Milkweed Chronicle, which was a venue for local writers and artists in Minneapolis. In the mid-1980s, the press published its first book and ceased publication of the journal.[3] Since this first publication, the press has published more than three hundred and fifty titles.[4] In 1999, Milkweed combined forces with Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Loft Literary Center to purchase an old warehouse in downtown Minneapolis to house each organization.[5] They named the warehouse, the Open Book.[6] In 2007, Daniel Slager was named Publisher & CEO of Milkweed Editions. Since his arrival, Slager has focused the press on the publication of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and has focused on publishing more work in translation.[7] In 2016, the press opened a bookstore, Milkweed Books.[2][8][9][10]

Milkweed Prizes[edit]

The Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry was established in 2011 by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation.[11] Submissions for this regional prize are accepted only from poets residing in the states of the Upper Midwest. The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize and a publishing contract.[1][12] Previous winners have included Patricia Kirkpatrick,[13] Rebecca Dunham,[14] Michael Bazzett,[15] Jennifer Willoughby,[16] and Chris Santiago.[17]


  1. ^ a b Hertzel, Laurie (2013-04-11). "Lindquist & Vennum Prize For Poetry". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved 2015-09-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Milkweed Editions to Open Indie Bookstore". Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  3. ^ "National Book Critics Circle: NBCC 2007 Sandrof Awardee Emilie Buchwald of Milkweed Editions - Critical Mass Blog". Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Milkweed Editions Raises $1.5 Million For Its 35th Anniversary". Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  5. ^ Chamberlain, Lisa (2008-04-30). "With Books as a Catalyst, Minneapolis Neighborhood Revives". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  6. ^ Wood, Turner (2001-11-01). "The Mighty Pen". Retrieved 2015-09-12. 
  7. ^ "The Maturing of Milkweed". Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  8. ^ "Why Do Bookstores Matter?". Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  9. ^ "Milkweed Editions to open new chapter, bookshop in Open Book building". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  10. ^ "Why Indie Presses Are Opening Bookstores | Literary Hub". Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  11. ^ "Milkweed Announces $10,000 Regional Poetry Prize". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  12. ^ "THE BOOKMARK: The latest from the local scene". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  13. ^ "Kirkpatrick wins Milkweed Edition's poetry prize". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  14. ^ "Second Milkweed poetry prize announced". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  15. ^ "Minneapolis poet wins Lindquist & Vennum Prize". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  16. ^ "Review: 'Beautiful Zero,' by Jennifer Willoughby, winner of the Lindquist & Vennum Prize from Milkweed". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  17. ^ "St. Paul poet Chris Santiago wins the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 

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