â€śThese writings are as rich and dense and hard and lovelyÂ as the state itself.â€ť
â€”Rick Bass, author ofÂ All the Land to Hold Us
Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology is a 240-page collection of short fiction by established Vermont-based writers, each rendering their own unique and diverse perspectives on the cultural and physical landscape of the Green Mountain State.
Here is a link to a video made by GWP editor, Robin MacArthur
Featuring stories by Howard Frank Mosher, Annie Proulx, Wallace Stegner, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Castle Freeman, Jr., Laurie Alberts, Peter Gould, Ellen Lesser, Joseph Bruchac, Jeffrey Lent, Suzanne Kingsbury, Miciah Bay Gault, Robin MacArthur, Bill Schubart, and Julia Alvarez, this book is a chorus of voices portraying the diversified landscape and culture of Vermont: farmers, hippies, loggers, summer people, immigrants, academics, the Abenaki, migrant workers, etc.
Though we believe such a book will be particularly relevant to Vermont residents and tourists, Green Writers Press has national distribution and we hope the anthology will have broad reach and impact. We consider this collection not just an ode to a specific place, but a book about how places shape and are shaped by the people who inhabit them, how writers interpret places differently, and about the power of fiction itself: how stories are a means of engendering empathy, illuminating interconnection, prompting new ways of imagining and living, and by doing all of these, help birth cultures of conservation.
Wallace Stegner wrote, â€śNo place is a place until things that have happened in it are rememberedâ€¦fictions serve as well as facts.â€ť
We at Green Writers Press agree and believe such literary renderings are key components to the conservation, understanding, appreciation and preservation of places.
About the Editor
Editor, Robin MacArthur, is a third-generation Vermonter from Marlboro who has been studying Vermont-based fiction (and writing her own) since she left for college at eighteen. She has an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts; her essays and stories about Vermont have appeared in Orion, Shenandoah, Hunger Mountain and Alaska Quarterly.
Foreword by John Elder
John Elder specializes in American nature writing and pastoral literature, as well as Basho and the Haiku Tradition, contemporary poetry and environmental studies. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship and Guggenheim Fellowship. His most recent books includeÂ Reading the Mountains of HomeÂ (Harvard University Press, 1998),Â The Frog RunÂ (Milkweed Editions, 2002).
What People are Saying . . .
â€śCritically important in the struggle to keep good and important literature and ideas alive and well.â€ťÂ â€”Howard Frank Mosher, author of A Stranger in the Kingdom
â€śThe mysteries of geography are profound, as is my deep affinity for the fiction, people, landscape and politics of Vermont. Often, Vermont reminds me of a concentrated, Eastern brand of Montana, though obviously it is only its own place. It should come as no surprise that these writings are as rich and dense and hard and lovely as is the state itself.â€ť
â€”Rick Bass, author of All the Land to Hold Us
Pub date: NovemberÂ 7, 2014 Â | Â $19.95 for print and $9.99 for e-Book
Paperback | Â 244 pages Â | Â 6 x 9 Â | Â 978-0-9899838-2-2
eBook Â | Â 978-0-9899838-3-9