Desmond S. PeeplesÂ is a writer of fiction and nonfiction loosely based in Vermont. His work is either available or forthcoming inÂ Big Bridge, Cultural Logic,Â andÂ Goreyesque.Â 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 foundedÂ Mount Island,Â an online literary magazine now accepting quality prose and poetry for its debut issue.
With summer finally here, we can all let out a collective sigh of relief, but I am doing some stacking of wood for next winter at my home office, so there is always the “Winter Ready” â€” to paraphrase our very own poet, Leland Kinsey’s new book title â€” work that has to be done, especially in Vermont with our longer winters… But that brings me to the next thing: winter, seasons, climate crisis, and building awareness.
Join us to meet Dede Cummings, the publisher behindÂ Green Writers Press, as well as authors from the new press. Phoenix Books is partnering with GWP â€” a new, Vermont-based publisher that prints their books in Vermont and seeks to change the way books are printed by using only post-consumer waste paper and not virgin timber â€” to celebrate this new indie publisher.
It is an exciting time for GWP! Our new press is growing rapidly, but we need your support. Please visit ourÂ donation pageÂ if you’d like to donate. Here is some news to share!
So Little Time had its inaugural reading at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, on January 30th. Here is a gallery of photos of the various poets who read from Gloria Seidler, wife of poet Ralph Culver and aÂ nature photographer as well as a holistic healer. Gloria donated these great photos to us as GWP!
Poem by Ilya Kaminsky
To your voice, a mysterious virtue,
to the 53 bones of one foot, the four dimensions of breathing,
to pine, redwood, sworn fern, peppermint,
to hyacinth and bluebell lily,
to the train conductor’s donkey on a rope,
to smells of lemons, a boy pissing splendidly against the trees.
Bless each thing on earth until it sickens,
until each ungovernable heart admits: “I confused myself
and yet I loved â€” and what I loved
I forgot, and what I forgot brought glory to my travels,
to you I traveled as close as I dared, Lord.”
Reprinted courtesy of the author and The Academy of American Poets website www.poets.orgÂ
As the Keystone XL pipeline clears a hurdle, we await word from the Obama administration. A New York Times article sums up the plan well:
Environmentalists said they were dismayed at some of the reportâ€™s conclusions and disputed its objectivity, but they also said it offered Mr. Obama reasons to reject the pipeline. They said they planned to intensify efforts to try to influence Mr. Kerryâ€™s decision. For more than two years, environmentalists have protested the project and been arrested in demonstrations against it around the country. But many Republicans and oil industry executives, who support the pipeline because they say it creates jobs and increases supplies from a friendly source of oil, embraced the findings.
Advance Praise forÂ So LIttle Timeâ€”Pub Date February 11, 2014:
â€śA book of eloquent testimony, in poetry and image, to the mystery and beauty immanent in nature, now so desperately imperiled. Like all art, it asks that we look up and see.â€ťâ€¨â€”Publishers Weekly
â€śEnvironmentalists long ago won the scientific battle, but we needed to reach peopleâ€™s hearts as well. This superb volume will do exactly that.â€ťâ€”Bill McKibben
Hello â€” I am Green Writers Press’ new intern, Cheyenne Vaughn!
Vermont author, Howard Frank Mosher, and publisher, Dede Cummings, commenced the first-ever â€śAuthor-New Publisher Tour of Vermont Bookstores.â€ť This trip was Howardâ€™s idea. â€śWhy not tour the bookstores, take the pulse of book selling in Vermont, see what people are reading and buying, and just talk on the way,â€ť he asked me, ending with a chuckle. As we drove, I held the mic and asked him to tell me some stories. This is the first of 4 Podcasts. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays from Green Writers Press!
PHOTOS FROM THE ROAD TRIP:
A busy time of year you ask? Â
. . . it is, but we are pretty excited here at GWP, with the launch of So Little Time: Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis.Â The book just grew, and grew, at the end we added new poems and things got moved around, and the book emerged better and more beautiful than I could have imagined!
Edited by Green Writers Press managing editor, Dede Cummings,Â with a Foreword from John Elder, and poems that feature the work of Greg Delanty,Â along with quotes from such environmentalists, as BIll McKibben,Â So Little TimeÂ is an interactive and interpretive book that will inspire, enrich, and a call to action in an urgent plea to stop global warming.
There is no question: We are experiencing the effects of global climate change. According to the BBC, “Negotiators from around 190 countries are meeting in Warsaw to try to advance steps towards a global climate agreement.” The link above goes right to the major donation spots.
OUR Green Writers Press PUBLISHING LAUNCH PARTY, WITH LIVE MUSIC (from “Red Heart The Ticker,” CAKE, AND AFTER PARTY, WAS HELD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST, AND WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. Thanks to all who came out! We are on our way . . .
Please help us make the dream a reality: Our Fundraising campaign ends IN JUST 2 DAYSâ€”November 7th. Â Thanks for sharing & contributing!
Here’s the link:Â http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/green-writers-press
Here are some photos from the party/readings . . . Enjoy and if you can, share this link or the Indiegogo page. WE need to push hard in the next few days, and need everyone’s help! ~ Dede
Dede writes: I’ve worked on some book trailers before, for some of my author/clients in the publishing business, most notably for David Blistein and his book, David’s Inferno. For that book trailer, I got to go to help set it up and work on the story board, and attend the filming, which was at Ken Burns’ Florentine Films in New Hampshire (not far from where I live in Brattleboro).
It was “wicked” exciting to be there, hanging out with one of my heroes, well, Dave, my client, but KEN BURNS! I think Ken’s work is brilliant….. so, in any event, I was suitably inspired last night when I went to hear Ken give a talk and presentation for his new PBS series, The Roosevelts. In fact, I was so inspired, I went home and made this video so that we can raise tons of money and pay our printing bill for The Bird Book, So Little Time, and The Beavers of Popple’s Pond… If we raise even half of our $20,000 goal, we will be in good shape, so I am hoping for $10,000.Â Maybe, just maybe, this little earnest filmâ€”with my son, Sam Carmichael, playing an original composition on the guitar….will bring us there!
Here it is, and tell us what you think? I already got feedback on the bad sound quality đź™‚ Going to try to fix that or rerecord… Please share! We will list your name on our site as supporter if you donate, too! Our big party is November 1st, Putney, Vermont at Next Stage Arts Project!
After the wonderful weekend at the Burlington Book Festival, we felt so excited and filled with energy to move forward with our goal of publishing beautiful books that are created with sustainability and preserving our environment first and foremost.
So Little Time . . . Our new book is coming out in one month, and editors Dede and Alexandra have poured their time, their heart and souls into this project.
Marlboro College graduate and multimedia storyteller, videographer and photographer, Willow O’Feral, has just signed on to offer a few photos from her black and white collection, of which you can see in this post’s slideshow. Willow presently lives in NYC but hails from Northern California. She got a Bachelor’s degree at Marlboro College in Vermont, with a double-major in French and Film/Video. She plays dobra in the all-women samba-reggae percussion group, Batala NYC. Willow is a multi-media artist who primarily works in photography and video. See more of her work atÂ http://snippetproductions.com
I feel like a mother about to have a babyâ€”the excitement, the collaboration between publisher-printer-artist-writerâ€”is everything I dreamed about when I started this publishing company! I want to thank the many supporters along the way, especially the people who don’t think I am crazy, and have celebrated the idea of a publisher working in harmony with the earth’s resources.
Page to Performance, a poetry organization based in Cambridge, UK and led by Hollie McNish and Inja, worked with a group of amazing young people for three months in summer, 2013, to find out what it is they all love about riding.
Here at GWP, we are very happy to say that a neighbor of Dede’s in Southern Vermont, writer/editor/teacher/musician, Robin MacArthur, has joined us as an editor!
Exciting news… Green Writers Press is growing…. And we’d like to welcome our first-ever intern, Alexandra Sandman-Pitonyak.
TODAY, the sun came out, and our publishing venture was born! (…hi author, Patti Smith!)
We will co-publish, with our writers, in a unique venture â€” a collaboration of writer, artist, publisher, printer, designer, packager, marketer and publicist â€” that the publishing world will see as one of a kind.Â We will focus on children’s literature, art, nature, poetry; as well as literary fiction and non-fiction.
There will be no end to what we will do. First and foremost, we will work together to try to save the planet for what is appearing to be a global climate crisis. According to 350.org founder, Bill McKibben, we live in an unprecedented time of global catastrophes on the rise.