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
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.
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.
The Book of Duels by Michael Garriga and Tynan Kerr
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