Milkweed's Seedbank Series

We're proud to partner with Milkweed Editions to highlight Seedbank, a visionary series of world literature.


Since the advent of language we have understood our world, and passed that understanding from one generation to the next, through story and song. From the Aboriginal stories of the Dreamtime to the Original Instructions of the Ojibwe, and from the Mayan Popol Vuh to medieval bestiaries, the imaginative expression of human experience offers essential tools for reflection on our relationship to the world around us. 

Today, however, the stories that have guided human interaction with ecosystems for millennia are steadily disappearing, as cultural and linguistic diversity disappears at a pace matching the loss of biological diversity. In response to this trajectory, and with the understanding that literature has been a source of cultural transformation throughout modern history, Milkweed Editions is launching the Seedbank series of books.

This new series of world literature expands Milkweed’s publishing program to bring ancient, historical, and contemporary works from cultures from around the world to American readers. Just as repositories around the world gather seeds to ensure biodiversity in the future, Seedbank gathers works of literature from around the world that foster conversation and reflection on the human relationship to place and the natural world—exposing readers to new, endangered, and forgotten ways of seeing the world.


The Popol Vuh Cover Image
By Michael Bazzett (Translator)
ISBN: 9781571314680
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - October 9th, 2018

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Listening to the Wind Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313706
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 10th, 2019

When the Whales Leave Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571311313
Availability: Not On Our Shelves Now (Usually Ships in 1-5 Days)
Published: Milkweed Editions - March 10th, 2020

The Blue Sky Cover Image
By Galsan Tschinag, Katharina Rout (Translator)
ISBN: 9781571311399
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - June 9th, 2020

Stone-Garland Cover Image
By Dan Beachy-Quick (Translator)
ISBN: 9781571315328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

For Joshua: An Ojibwe Father Teaches His Son Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313942
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - May 10th, 2022