Who We Are

DEDE CUMMINGS, Publisher/Managing Editor/Designer

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Dede Cummings is a writer, book designer and publisher. Dede attended Middlebury College where she discovered cross country skiing and majored in English, 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), Bloodroot Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, InQuire, Vending Machine Press, and ConnotationPress. Her poetry collection, To Look Out From, is coming out in April 2017. She is at work on a collection of her stories called Spin Cycle, along with her day job in publishing and design. In 2013, she attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and in 2016, she received a partial fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. 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, Andre Dubus, and 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.


mikeflemingMichael Fleming 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.



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Suzanne Kingsbury is the award-winning author of two critically-acclaimed books, both published by Scribner, translated widely abroad and optioned for film by Will Akers and Anne Hathaway. After getting her masters degree from the Bennington Fine Arts in Literature and Creative Writing, Suzanne founded Gateless Writing (formerly Wild Words), a nationwide organization based on creative brain science and non-dual thought that supports writers to the point of publication and beyond. Through salon-style retreats and workshops; one-on-one intensives; and career training programs, Suzanne has helped over 250 writers on their path to signing with top agents, getting book deals, hitting bestseller lists and wining prestigious literary awards. Suzanne is the recipient of a Fulbright Award, an Oxford Town Fiction award and has been shortlisted for the Robert Olen Butler Award for Short Fiction, the Fog City Writer’s Award and a Dana Award. She was the co-editor with William Gay of the first Alumni Grill Anthology and was the fiction editor for the Bennington Review. Her essays and short stories have been anthologized in At My Grandmother’s Table by Fairview Press, The Blue Moon Cafe Anthology by Macadam and Cage and Contemporary Vermont Fiction by Green Writer’s Press. Her work has appeared in Glamour magazine, LA Times, the Huffington Post, People Magazine, The Rolling Stone (European edition) and many other publications. She and her husband Peter live in southeastern Vermont, where she is one of the principal organizers of the Brattleboro Literary Festival. She is currently at work on her third book.


nice meMargaret Wimberger copyedits adult trade fiction and nonfiction for HarperCollins, Random House, Knopf, St. Martin’s, William Morrow, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (adult and young adult), and now we are lucky to have her freelancing for us at GWP. Before that, she worked as associate editor at HarperCollins Publishers. Margaret has been living in Vermont for over 20 years.


ROSANNE ALEXANDRE-LEACH, Adult Nonfiction & Children’s Books Editor; one of the founders of our literary magazine The Hopper

RoseAlexandre-LeachRosanne Alexandre-Leach is an editor and writer with a background in science and education. She specializes in non-fiction and is passionate about making complex subjects accessible and engaging for all. Rosanne writes and edits stories about the natural world in the hopes that greater understanding will inspire care and care will inspire action. Previously, Rosanne was the editor of a history magazine of non-fiction stories, a science educator, a farmer, a baker, and an ice cream-maker. Rosanne graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in biology. We are so happy that Rosanne now lives in Vermont!



John K. Tiholiz is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews in 2011, and he received a Master of Arts in ancient history at University College London in 2012. An enthusiast of antiquity, archaeology, and the classics by training, he worked as an educator before joining Green Writers Press. He also loves to travel, especially throughout Europe. John joined Green Writers Press in 2014, and he lives with his family and two dogs in Strafford, Vermont.

JENNA GERSIE, Editor, co-editor of our literary magazine The Hopper

Jenna Gersie holds an MS 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 attended the Wildbranch Writing Workshop and the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writer’s Conference.  She served as an editorial intern and contributing writer at Dirt Magazine and is a copy editor 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 and spends the rest of her time in bucolic Sussex County, New Jersey, and Brattleboro, Vermont. Her website is http://jennagersie.org/.

SIERRA DICKEY, Poetry Advisor, one of the founders of our literary magazine The Hopper

IMG_1340.JPGSierra 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.

ANNA MULLEN, Marketing/Outreach Coordinator, Assistant Editor, co-editor of The Hopper

Anna with GoatcropAnna is a poet, naturalist, and aspiring morning person from the suburban foothills of the North Carolina Appalachians. She has special love for writings about the sea, speculative fiction, animal consciousness, psychologies of climate change, and queer ecology. She studied Environmental Literature at Middlebury College and as a poetry fellow at Bread Loaf Orion’s Environmental Writers’ Conference. Most recently she served as Treleven, Inc.’s writer-in-residence, working on poetic and scientific sketches of their sheep flock in New Haven, VT.

CATHRYN LYKES, Acquisitions Advisor; copyeditor

Cathryn_GWPeditorCathryn Lykes 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.

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JAMES CREWS,  Nonfiction and Poetry Editor at GWP and for our literary magazine The Hopper

james_crewsJames Crews’ 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.


official headshot smallerGail Marlene Schwartz is an American writer and editor living in St-Armand, Quebec. Creative writing honors: “Inside, Crying,” finalist, Malahat Review, Open Season Award 2014, fiction; “Loving Benjamin,” honorable mention, Room Magazine, creative nonfiction, 2012. Her work has been published in anthologies including How To Expect What You’re Not Expecting, TouchWood Editions, 2013; Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2013; and Hidden Lives, Brindle and Glass, 2012. Gail’s writing has also appeared in Parents Canada, Witty Bitches, Wilde Magazine, Sundays@6, and Poetica Magazine. Gail teaches writing at the Community College of Vermont and is a freelance commercial copywriter at Gail Writes. www.gailwrites.net, www.gailmarleneschwartz.net.

BAHMAN MAHDAVI, Web Developer & Programmer

BahmanMahdaviBahman 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

ALETA ALCORN COURSEN, Assistant Designer/Photographer

Aleta AlcornAletaBioPic 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.

MELISSA SCOTT, Proofreader

MelissaScottMelissa Scott was raised in Great Neck, New York. Growing up, she was interested in the performing arts. In school, you could find her playing clarinet in both Concert and Marching Band, lending her voice in school chorus as well as in church. Her main love was, and still is, acting. Melissa was very active performing in high school productions and eventually graduated with a degree in Speech and Theatre from Wagner College. Melissa is a member of the Editorial Freelancer’s Association as well as the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

DESMOND PEEPLES, Editorial Advisor, outside reader

dspeeplesDesmond S. Peeples is a writer of fiction and nonfiction loosely based in Vermont. His work is either available or forthcoming in Big Bridge, Cultural Logic, and Goreyesque. During his time at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT, Desmond completed the manuscript of a speculative novel, and he is currently hunting for literary representation. Most recently he founded Mount Island, an online literary magazine now accepting quality prose and poetry for its debut issue.

MAGGIE SWEENEY, volunteer reader, poetry prize judge for The Hopper

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetMargaret Sweeney is a native of Brattleboro, Vermont and a recent graduate of Bennington College, where she studied literature and writing. While at Bennington, she interned for the literary organizations Poets House and the Center for the Art of Translation, and served as co editor-in-chief of plain china, the first national anthology of undergraduate student writing. She now lives in Western Massachusetts, and works as a bookseller at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley.

ALEX FISCHER, Bookkeeping

AlexFischerAfter years of organic farming and working as a bookkeeper, Alex decided to take the plunge and start Open Bookkeeping. The business is rooted in the values and experiences learned from social justice organizing and managing the finances of small businesses and nonprofits.  Alex holds an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School in Brattleboro, VT. Grounded in past experiences on farms, at farmers markets and in restaurants, Alex understands the reality facing small business owners and sees the need for innovative and alternative business models, such as Community Supported Businesses (ie CSA farms), worker owned cooperatives and other vertically integrated structures. In Vermont, Alex co-founded HomoPromo, a queer events promotion collective, volunteers with Vermont Worker’s Center and Migrant Justice and facilitates anti-oppression and anti-racism workshops and trainings.