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Publisher Profile / Milkweed Editions

Milkweed Editions


Mission and genres: “To identify, nurture and publish transformative literature, and build an engaged community around it.” Specializing in the literary genre, Milkweed is looking to be a “site of metamorphosis” for authors and their works.

Publisher and CEO: Daniel Slager

Year Founded: 1980

An Interview with the Publisher

Publisher Daniel Slager says Milkweed Editions specializes in “books that change the way people see the world,” and with more than three decades under its belt, and award-winning books to showcase, it must be working. FTW wanted to know more. Below the news, read what makes Milkweed Edition’s books stand out and what keeps Slager up at night.

Daniel Slager
Milkweed Editions is a nonprofit, and you recently completed a successful fund-raising campaign. What is the advantage of this business model rather than traditional for-profit? With contributed income supplementing earned income from sales, we are in a position to publish books that may not have the kind of potential for sales that is necessary—or at least assumed—at commercial publishing houses. This additional revenue makes it possible for us to take more chances, to acquire and publish more first books, and to publish the kind of literary books that add considerable value to society, even if they have no chance to become bestsellers.

Read the interview with Daniel Slager


The World Is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse by Joni Tevis

The Book of Duels by Michael Garriga and Tynan Kerr

Empty Hands, Open Arms: The Race to Save Bonobos in the Congo and Make Conservation Go Viral by Deni Bechard

Waiting for the Queen: A Novel of Early America by Joanna Higgins

Being Esther by Miriam Karmel

Jewelweed by David Rhodes

Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin

The Crepe Makers’ Bond by Julie Crabtree

Extra Indians by Eric Gansworth

Vestments by John Reimringer

Uncoded Woman by Anne-Marie Oomen

Postcards From Ed: Dispatches and Salvos From an American Iconoclast by Edward Abbey, Edited by David Petersen

The Prairie in Her Eyes by Ann Daum

Eccentric Islands: Travels Real and Imaginary by Bill Holm

The Promised Land by Ruhama Veltfort

Thirst by Ken Kalfus


Cures for Hunger by Deni Bechard. 2012 Finalist for Autobiography & Memoir

Things That Are by Amy Leach. 2012 GOLD Winner for Essays

Vandal Love by Deni Bechard. 2012 Finalist for Literary

Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin. 2012 HONORABLE Mention for Young Adult Fiction

Foreword Mentions

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Indie Milkweed Editions to Open Bookstore

Science Under Attack from Left and Right; Author Says Time to Lift the Fog of War

Poetry that Changes the World, One Line at a Time

Other Lives, Other Voices

Press Releases

Chris Santiago wins 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry

Milkweed at #AWP16

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