Our Team

Rose Alexandre-Leach is our senior 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. Rose also leads Sprouts for Kids (Green Writers Press), where she acquires and edits picture books, middle grade novels, and young adult fiction that reflect GWP’s environmental mission. Rose is trained as a biologist; her work with words is informed and inspired by her time in the outdoors and as a teacher, and particularly by the magic of the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. Previously, Rose served as a nonfiction editor at Mud Season Review and worked to develop creative elementary science curriculum. Among many favorites, GWP has proudly published Yuan Pan’s The Last Goodbye, a finalist of the Bologna Book Fair’s Silent Book Contest, and three books honored by the Green Earth Book Awards: Katy Farber’s The Order of the Trees and Salamander Sky, and the Josie Goes Green series. Born and raised on the river in Vermont, Rose now lives in Brattleboro.

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, was published in spring 2020 by Salmon Poetry. 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 Brattleboro, Vermont, with her family, where the home office also looks out onto a solar array, installed in 2014, that powers the press from the sun.

Sarah Ellis, is a discerning writer, developmental editor, and copy editor, vocalist, avid reader, and environmentalist hailing from Brattleboro, VT and now living in Burlington, Vermont. 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 also moonlights as a teen librarian and enjoys watching good television, playing board games, and hiking.

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.

Asha Hossain ~ (Illustrator/Cover Designer) With more than 25 years in the design and marketing industries, Asha Hossain infuses a vast array of knowledge and experience in her design work, which includes book cover design and corporate branding and design. Since launching Asha Hossain Design 20 years ago, she has worked with clients ranging from New York Times bestselling authors and self-published authors to Fortune 500 companies, small independent businesses and nonprofits. She thanks her stars every day that she has the opportunity to immerse herself in and with such fun and engaging work and people. Beyond design, Asha is an avid traveler, lover of the outdoors and busy mom to a seven year old.

Emma Irving is a writer, editor, and graduate of Widener University with a BA in English. She works at Green Writers Press as a poetry editor and special projects (most recently, A Year in Nature), where she’s been overjoyed to work with figures like Madeleine Kunin. She also counts hiking the beloved paths of Wordsworth’s home in Grasmere and seeing the 2017 solar eclipse in totality as some of her finest achievements. She is fascinated with journaling, yin over yang, and the propagation of under-represented voices in art.

Ferne Johansson, editor, is an artist, avid reader, and aspiring mechanic from the back roads of southern VT. She studied biology and printmaking at Bennington College, where she graduated with a B.A. in 2018. In 2016 she started as an intern at Green Writers Press and emerged as a fully-fledged editor a couple years later. Her work with GWP has traveled with her to and fro across the southern US, and continues to be a connection to her beloved home state wherever she may be.

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.



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. Anna was a translator for our ASLE award-winning translation of Landscapes With Donkey.

Rachel Nolan (Poetry Editor) holds a BA in poetry from Hampshire College, edits poetry manuscripts for Green Writers Press, and acts as managing editor for Millennial Pulp Literary Magazine. Past accomplishments include being a finalist in jubilat’s Make a Chapbook Competition in 2017. Rachel’s work is recent or forthcoming in Juste Milieu, Duende, HOOT, Beyond Words, and Tilde.

Caroline Shea, poetry editor, is a poet and MFA candidate at NYU.

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.

Charlotte Williams (Managing Editor) is a writer and editor who grew up in the middle of densely populated New Jersey. At Champlain College, she studied professional writing and psychology and worked with the Center for Publishing where she discovered her love of publishing. Working as a writing tutor, literary magazine editor, and blog writer sparked her interest in editing and has led her down the editorial path at Green Writer’s Press. A lover of fiction and drama, she loves live entertainment, be it a play, musical, comedy set or concert. When she isn’t watching feel-good TV shows or obsessing over capturing the perfect photo, Charlotte works on her own writing and expanding her reading list beyond YA novels.

Additional Support


Aleta Alcorn Coursen is a photographer and graphic designer. With a background in fine art and commercial photography, it was a natural transition to enter the world of graphic design. After studying with Dede Cummings in 2004, she joined DCdesign and GWP in a freelance capacity.  Aleta specializes in book design, branding, marketing and publications. She enjoys working late nights so she can spend her days homeschooling her three kids in rural Vermont.

Sierra Dickey
 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.


Desmond Peeples’ writing has appeared in Five [Quarterly], Big Bridge, Goreyesque, and elsewhere, and their original music is released independently. Desmond received a BA in Creative Writing and Critical Theory from Goddard College and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. They are the founding editor of Mount Island, a small press dedicated to rural LGBTQ+ and POC voices. Learn more at desmondpeeples.com.