Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Milkweed Editions, Inc.

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.milkweed.org

Mission Statement

Milkweed
Editions works to identify, nurture and publish transformative literature, and build an engaged community around it. We publish distinctive voices of
literary merit, exploring the ethical, cultural and esthetic issues that
societies continually need to address. Milkweed publishes fiction, poetry,
nonfiction about the natural world, and fiction for young readers.

Main Programs

  1. Publishing Program
  2. Alliance for Reading
  3. Reaching Readers
  4. Open Book
Service Areas

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International

Based in Minneapolis, MN, several Milkweed program initiatives reach readers and promote the literary arts in underserved schools, prisons, or shelters in the Twin Cities area and around the United States. In addition, all of our books are sold nationally or even internationally.

ruling year

1980

Principal Officer since 2005

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Daniel Slager

Co Principal Officer

Self-reported

Janna Rademacher

Keywords

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literature, literary, art, publishing, book, books

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EIN

41-1365177

 Number

0533265452

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Printing, Publishing (A33)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Recognized
both nationally and internationally, we publish between fifteen and twenty
books each year in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and books for
young readers. We have some two-hundred-fifty titles in print, and there are well over
a million copies of our books in circulation. Over the three decades since the
founding of the press as a nonprofit organization, our books and authors have
received hundreds of awards and designations of national significance, including
two Lannan Literary Awards, two Whiting Awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, two American Book Awards,
seven New York Times Book Review Notable
Books of the Year, two Publishers Weekly
Best Books of the Year, and thirteen Minnesota Book Awards. Locally,
nationally, and even internationally, Milkweed Editions is widely respected for
the artistic excellence of our publishing program.

Programs

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Program 1

Publishing Program

Our
identity is most clearly expressed in the writers and work we select for
publication. We publish books in four genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and
literature for young readers. One of the few independent publishing houses to accept
unsolicited as well as agented manuscripts, Milkweed publishes books that have
the potential to become a part of our cultural legacy and make a lasting impact
on society. Our high editorial and production standards ensure that we are
publishing the best novels, short stories, and poetry being written today by
emerging and established writers. In 2010, we will publish 78 writers in
16 books.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Alliance for Reading

For fourteen years, Milkweed
Editions’ Alliance for Reading program, in collaboration with local educators
and local arts organizations such as COMPAS and the Community Reporter, has worked in underserved schools throughout
the Twin Cities to engage youth in the arts and to enhance academic achievement
for underserved students in the middle grades. The Alliance was developed soon
after Milkweed began publishing books for young readers in the 1990s, and has a
long record of achievement in Twin Cities’ schools. Through author visits, in-class book clubs, class sets of novels,
and the Read, Explore, Create program, we provide innovative curricula focused
on cultivating a love of reading that extends beyond the classroom. In
2009, we served over 1300 students in 13 schools, for over 7500 program hours.
In 2010, we look forward to refining our evaluation process, developing new
curriculum for the books Perfect and Slant, and continuing to seek new
opportunities to serve students in need.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

Reaching Readers

Milkweed provides books to readers who otherwise would not have access
to them, including readers in prisons, shelters, underserved schools, rural
libraries, and other places where good books are usually not in the purchasing
budget. We donate
thousands of books each year to organizations such as Books for Africa,
Children’s Book Project, 826 Valencia, and the Books 4 Kids program of the
Junior League in Minneapolis.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Offenders/Ex-offenders

Homeless

Budget

Program 4

Open Book

Milkweed Editions is one of three founding tenants of Open Book, the
only center for book and literary arts in the nation. In addition to housing
our offices and those of the other founding tenants (Minnesota Center for Book
Arts and The Loft Literary Center), Open Book is a community gathering place
and programming center for literary arts. In 2009, our Publisher and CEO spent
roughly 75 hours in strategic planning for the building, which is itself a
nonprofit organization. Open Book welcomes more than 11,000 visitors each
month, and we at Milkweed are proud to be a supporter of this unique venue.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Based in Minneapolis, MN, several Milkweed program initiatives reach readers and promote the literary arts in underserved schools, prisons, or shelters in the Twin Cities area and around the United States. In addition, all of our books are sold nationally or even internationally.

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MILKWEED EDITIONS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Milkweed Editions, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Daniel Slager

Co Principal Officer

Janna Rademacher

BIO

Daniel Slager is the Publisher and CEO of Milkweed Editions. He came to Milkweed after five years as an editor with Harcourt Trade Publishers. Prior to joining Harcart, Daniel was the Associate Editor of Grand Street, a leading quarterly magazine of literature and fine arts. He is also a widely published translator from the German Language. Daniel received a B.A in History from The University of Michigan and an M.A. in Comparative Literature and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University. Daniel is responsible for Milkweed's editorial vision as well as long-term planning, development, and finances.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kelly Morrison

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