Milkweed's Seedbank Series

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

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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 By Michael Bazzett (Translator) Cover Image
By Michael Bazzett (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571314680
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 9th, 2018

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Listening to the Wind By Tim Robinson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571313706
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 10th, 2019

When the Whales Leave By Yuri Rytkheu, Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse (Translator) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781571311313
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 10th, 2020

The Blue Sky By Galsan Tschinag, Katharina Rout (Translator) Cover Image
By Galsan Tschinag, Katharina Rout (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571311399
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 9th, 2020

Stone-Garland By Dan Beachy-Quick (Translator) Cover Image
By Dan Beachy-Quick (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315328
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

The Thinking Root: The Poetry of Earliest Greek Philosophy By Dan Beachy-Quick Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571315441
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Published: Milkweed Editions - April 11th, 2023

Dreaming the Mountain By Tuệ Sỹ, Nguyen Ba Chung (Translator), Martha Collins (Translator) Cover Image
By Tuệ Sỹ, Nguyen Ba Chung (Translator), Martha Collins (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781639550180
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 13th, 2023

Walking the Ojibwe Path: A Memoir in Letters to Joshua By Richard Wagamese Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313942
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Published: Milkweed Editions - July 18th, 2023

The Last Pool of Darkness: The Connemara Trilogy By Tim Robinson Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781571313744
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Published: Milkweed Editions - November 14th, 2023

How to Be a Good Savage and Other Poems By Mikeas Sánchez, Wendy Call (Translator), Shook (Translator) Cover Image
By Mikeas Sánchez, Wendy Call (Translator), Shook (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781639550203
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Published: Milkweed Editions - January 9th, 2024

The Last Quarter of the Moon By Chi Zijian, Bruce Humes (Translator) Cover Image
By Chi Zijian, Bruce Humes (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781571311474
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - June 3rd, 2025