Our Team

Rose Alexandre-Leach is an editor and sometimes writer from Vermont. Her work is at the junctures of science and stories. Previously, she was the editor of a history magazine, an educator, a gardener, and a baker. Rose graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in biology.

Mara Berkley grew up in Manhattan were she began training as a classical ballerina from age 5. In college, she majored in performing arts and literature, which was followed by an MA in Speech (adapting literature to the stage) and Theatre (directing), a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Mara believes that fiction is a powerful tool to bring about change. Her novel, Flying Lessons, pulls the reader into the mind of a therapist. Tobin’s Revels, a middle-grade chapter book, is about a blind otter that plays the fiddle. The prequel,The Mad River Fiddling Contest, is her current project. Mara is grateful that she stumbled into the world of Children’s Books where she can teach about differences, collaboration, and how chemicals and oil spill pollute river otters’ habitat. On discovering Green Writers Press, she realized their goals and beliefs are in sync with her own. Mara is ecstatic to be an assistant editor at Sprouts for Kids.

Hilary Brown is a recent graduate from the University of Richmond with a Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing.  After college she decided she could combine her love of books and writing with her marketing experience and discovered the world of publishing. She is currently taking online classes toward an Editing Certificate with the University of Chicago and hopes to further explore all the roles in the publishing industry. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, TV, ultimate Frisbee, and posting excessive pictures of her pets on social media.

James Crews is an up-and-coming poetry editor and poet himself, whose work has appeared in Ploughshares, Raleigh Review, Crab Orchard Review and The New Republic, among other journals, and he is a regular contributor to The (London) Times Literary Supplement. His first collection of poetry, The Book of What Stays, won the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and received a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award. Other awards include residencies from the Sitka Center for the Arts and Caldera Arts as well as two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes. He holds an MFA in creative writing / poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in writing and literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he worked for Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry newspaper column and grew to love the Great Plains. He now lives on an organic farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont, just a few miles from the Robert Frost Stone House.

Dede Cummings is a writer, book designer, and publisher; founder of GWP. In 2013, she attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and in 2014, she taught a class at the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference. Dede attended Middlebury College, where she discovered cross-country skiing, majored in English, and was a recipient of the Mary Dunning Thwing Award for Poetry. In 1991, she received an award to study with Hayden Carruth at the Bennington Writers’ Workshop. Dede has had her poetry published in Mademoiselle magazine, The Lake (along with an essay about Maxine Kumin), Connotation Press, and other magazines and journals. Dede’s first poetry collection, To Look Out From, was the winner of the 2016 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize (April 2017). Her seconds poetry collection, The Meeting Place, is due out in May 2018 from Salmon Poetry in Ireland, and she is at work on a collection of stories called Spin Cycle. Throughout the 1980s, Dede worked at Little, Brown & Company, rising to senior book designer. When the company was bought by Time/Warner and moved to New York, Dede headed north to return to Vermont and start freelancing as a designer. She has designed many award-winning books by such authors as Thomas Pynchon, Mary Oliver, William Shirer, and Andre Dubus, and she is a five-time winner of the New England Book Award, including two additional “Best in Show” awards for Sorochintzy Fair by Nikolai Gogol and World Alone/Mundo a Solas by Nobel Prize Winner Vincente Alexandro. Dede is a public radio commentator for Vermont Public Radio and frequently lectures and teaches at writers’ conferences. She lives next to an apple orchard on a dirt road in West Brattleboro, Vermont, with her family, where the home office also looks out onto a solar array, newly installed in 2014, that powers the press from the sun.

Sarah Ellis, assistant editor and publicity associate, is a writer, vocalist, avid reader and environmentalist hailing from Brattleboro, VT and now living in Northampton, MA. She spent recent years in South Hadley, MA, where she graduated from Mount Holyoke College with degrees in anthropology and Italian. Before starting as an intern at GWP, Sarah ventured into education, city government, and retail; now, as a full-blown staff member, she is glad to have found her place in the publishing world! In addition to reading and writing personal essays and fiction, Sarah enjoys watching good television, playing board games, and hiking in the beautiful Pioneer Valley hills.

Michael Fleming, editor, is a creative editor, essayist, novelist, and poet. Born in San Francisco, raised in Wyoming, Michael Fleming set out on a thirty-year odyssey: undergraduate work at Princeton, teaching English in refugee camps in Thailand, a graduate degree from Oxford, teaching high-school mathematics in Swaziland, work as a carpenter, hospice volunteer, and college composition teacher in California, living as a writer and editor in New York, New Hampshire, and now Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been awarded fellowships by the Ragdale Foundation, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Ucross Foundation. He has twice had stories featured on the public radio program “Fiction in Shorts.” Michael’s works of fiction include numerous short stories and poems, and  The Del Ray Method (novel in progress). Nonfiction works include My Commute: Living in the American West (book in progress), essays about writing and the teaching of writing, and essays and speeches about death and dying. Since 2003 he has worked as a writer/edtior for W.W. Norton.

Jenna Gersie, editor, has a master’s in environmental studies with a concentration in writing and communications from Green Mountain College. Her master’s thesis explores connections to nature and ideas of home through an ecocritical lens in the novels of Hermann Hesse. Jenna has participated in the Wildbranch Writing Workshop and the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference. She served as an editorial intern and contributing writer at Dirt Magazine and is a copyeditor for The Goose, the official journal of the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada. She currently works as a literature and writing teacher at The Island School in The Bahamas. Her website is http://jennagersie.org/.

Cathryn Lykes, editor, holds a B.A. from Vassar College in French. She also studied at Middlebury College and in Aix-en-Provence, France with Wellesley College. She lives in Vermont with her daughter and two cats. Cathryn’s website for freelance work is: https://cathrynlykes.wordpress.com/

Bahman Mahdavi has been building websites and web applications for businesses, communities and nonprofits since 1998. Born in Iran and educated in France, Bahman moved to Southern Vermont in 1988, where he lives with his wife and 3 children. Bahman has worked as a web developer and programmer over the last 15 years. He is skilled in e-commerce and web marketing. Bahman will be responsible for setting up the website for GWP, getting the site in all the search engines, and tracking the hits and e-commerce implementation. He is fully versed in the business and already familiar with GWP’s mission. E-marketing and the new GWP newsletter will be a new and expanded part of his work with the press. www.webwerk.com

Anna Mullen, editor, is a poet and naturalist from the suburban foothills of the North Carolina Appalachians. She studied environmental literature at Middlebury College and as a poetry fellow at Bread Loaf Orion’s Environmental Writers’ Conference. Anna recently served as Treleven, Inc.’s writer-in-residence, working on poetic and scientific sketches of their sheep flock in New Haven, Vermont, and now works for a farm nonprofit in Brattleboro. She has special love for writings about the sea, speculative fiction, animal consciousness, psychologies of climate change, and queer ecology.

Ben Tanzer is an Emmy-award winning creative strategist, writer, podcaster, and teacher who lives in Chicago with his family. He has had work published in Punk Planet, Clamor, and Men’s Health; written a series of award-winning books including Be Cool – a memoir (sort of), SEX AND DEATH, Lost in Space, and Orphans; and in support of Curbside Splendor Publishing played an active role in the acquisition, launch, and/or promotion of a number of acclaimed books including May We Shed These Human Bodies by Amber Sparks, Don’t Start Me Talkin’ by Tom Williams, Zero Fade by Chris L. Terry, The Old Neighborhood by Bill Hillmann, and Once I Was Cool by Megan Stielstra. Ben also regularly speaks on topics such as branding, publishing, and writing personal narrative, and curates the cultural website This Blog Will Change Your Life.

Advisors & Friends of the Press
Sierra Dickey
 (one of the founders of our literary magazine The Hopper) is a young writer and editor native to Cape Cod, Massachusetts with auxiliary roots in the Northeast Kingdom. In 2015 she graduated from Whitman College, where her honors thesis on ecofeminist literature was the recipient of the Linda Meyer Award for Best Environmental Essay. She is passionate about both print and digital media, as well as long walks and good coffee. We love Sierra’s essay on the piping plovers in the Yale Forestry school’s environmental magazine, Sage.