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News from 3 Degrees Vermont

Dear GWP Community (and welcome new authors & readers!),

It has been quite a year for our Press. As we look toward a new year, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the latest news from our growing press—Happy New Year to you all! Let’s hope we can persevere in the face of the Mad Tweeter. 

We have lots of exciting news . . .

M Jackson, Geographer and Glaciologist. Photo by Randall Scott.

We are extremely excited to announce that one of authors, M Jackson has been named a 2018 TED GLOBAL FELLOW!

Green Writers Press author to take the stage at TED2018, joining newest class of 20 young innovators from four continents.

NEW YORK, NY, JANUARY 9, 2018—Geographer and glaciologist Dr. M Jackson of Eugene, Oregon has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 20 change-makers from around the world who will deliver a talk on the TED stage this April in Vancouver. Members of the new Fellows class include a journalist who fights fake news in her native Ukraine; a Thai architect designing buildings and spaces with climate change in mind in order to protect vulnerable communities; and a pediatrician who helps families file their taxes in the doctor’s waiting room. A full list of the new TED Fellows and Senior Fellows is available at ted.com/fellows.

Dr. M Jackson is a geographer, glaciologist, environmental educator, and an Explorer for the National Geographic Society who researches and writes about glaciers and climate change worldwide. M earned a doctorate from the Geography Department at the University of Oregon, where she examined how climate change transformed people and ice communities in Iceland. A veteran three time U.S. Fulbright Scholar in both Turkey and Iceland, M currently serves as a U.S. Fulbright Ambassador. M works as an Arctic Expert for the National Geographic Society, holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Montana, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia. She’s worked for over a decade in the Arctic chronicling climate change and communities, guiding backcountry trips and exploring glacial systems. Her 2015 book While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change weaves together the parallel stories of what happens when the climates of a family and a planet change. Her 2018 book coming from Green Writers Press, The Secret Lives of Icelandic Glaciers, explores the stories of Icelandic people and glaciers through the lens of climatic changes. She is currently working on In Tangible Ice, a multi-year Arctic project examining the socio-physical dimensions of glacier retreat in near-glacier communities across all eight circumpolar nations.

 

In her own words ….

“Being named a 2018 TED Fellow feels extraordinary and validating. I grew up rural and poor, and told over and over I was neither smart nor strong enough. The idea of being a scientist was not even in my realm of possible. But my parents kept encouraging me. And when they died, I nearly gave in. Nevertheless, I drew on the strength they gave me, and I kept going further. And even today, when I am told over and over that my work is not “science” enough, or that my Ph.D. does not qualify me to be an expert on climate change (it’s real), or when being a female scientist is seen as sufficient grounds to harass & attack, I keep going, energized by validation from the TED Fellows Program and so many others. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Here’s to inspiring and encouraging the next generation of female scientists, and working each day to make our world better.”

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We are thrilled to announce the first of our 2018 interns!

EVELYN YIELDING
Evelyn Yielding is a rising first-year student at Bennington College who hopes to study marine biology and sociology. She grew up exploring bits and pieces of the Pacific Northwest and is particularly fond of Point Defiance Park and the Puget Sound. Her favorite books are Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. She wouldn’t mind becoming an aquarist.

HANNAH WOOD
Hannah Wood was raised in New Hampshire. She attends Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont as a graphic design student. Currently she is a senior looking to get into publication and book design after graduation. She works with her school’s Center for Publishing, designing two different semi-annual magazines, ‘Weathervane’ and ‘Willard and Maple’, and other miscellaneous works.  As part of her study abroad to Dublin, Ireland last year she completed an internship with a local design firm called Snap. During her four month stay she completed many projects including a photo book, a business folder, and a variety of business cards and letter heads.  In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing board games.

More exciting news!

  • GWP is working on our first-ever print catalog (with the help of our two college interns, Hannah Wood/Champlain and Evelyn Yielding/Bennington) to send out with all our reps to leave behind with the bookseller.
  • GWP has hired Sarah Ellis part-time as a publicity associate and editorial assistant and we have two wonderful partnerships with Sundog Poetry and a Vermont writing retreat and book coaching company called When Words Count founded by marketing whiz Steve Eisner, where we also work with a freelance marketing consultant Ben Tanzer (http://tanzerben.com). We are thrilled to have Steve’s guidance and Ben’s energy and expertise.
  • I am delighted to introduce the newest member of the Midpoint team, Annette Hughes. Annette has worked for over 30 years in trade publishing, primarily in sales, most recently as the Director of National Accounts at Scholastic. At Scholastic she managed many blockbuster successes, including Harry Potter, Minecraft, The Hunger Games, and Bob Books. Prior to that Annette spent 9 years at HarperCollins, and before that, Little, Brown and Company. Having worked with almost every account in the trade business, she understands how to maximize sales by working with publishers, sales reps and their accounts. Her experience building authors and shaping titles to best fit particular markets will be invaluable to aligning production with marketing and publicity plans; determining and presenting targeted title positioning; and utilizing business analysis to focus on best opportunities for both front and backlist growth. As the Director of National Accounts, Annette will be managing the Midpoint Sales Group working out of the New York office. Her account responsibilities will include Barnes & Noble and Baker & Taylor. Annette will also be working closely with me developing our titles to maximize sales results. As a passionate book champion and avid reader, Annette will be instrumental building new authors, nurturing continuing series and imprints, and championing our backlist—bringing each to the highest level of successful publishing.

 

We are growing—that’s for sure, but most of all we are a community and we support and appreciate all the talents of each and every one of you.

As we approach the anniversary of the passing of Howard Frank Mosher (he literally helped me launch the press & drove me to practically every bookstore in Vermont!), I know he would be so pleased at our growth and sense of community. 

Blessings and much gratitude, The GWP Team

We Are Vermont! An Activist Calendar for 2018 is Here!

Our Calendar is a 100% donation to 350-Vermont! Thanks to all our photographers who donated their work! Conceived by Nancy Braus, GWP advisory board and owner of Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro. Our paper is Reincarnation, made from 100% recycled content waste, bleached without the use of chlorine compounds and printed locally in Vermont by Springfield Printing Company, using soy-based ink.

We are Vermont! is a calendar created to benefit 350Vermont. Our goal is to share the creativity, passion,  diversity, and progressive activism of Vermonters through beautiful color images donated by talented photographers. We will feature images of organic farms, farmers’ gardens, protests for climate and migrant justice, renewable energy, our outspoken and brave progressive elected officials, the women’s march, the 2016 pipeline protests, and more. Continue reading

GWP SPRING BOOKS 2017

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GWP SPRING BOOKS 2017 … a few great covers to share/sneak previews …
Nonfiction:
One Man’s Maine, Essays on a Love Affair by Jim Kroschell
Walking Through the Seasons, nature essays by Marilyn Webb Neagley
Why I Ride: Because a Bike Pedal Lasts Longer Than a Gas Tank by Holly McNish and Inja 
Wild Play by David Sobel 

Fiction:
A Field Guide to Murder and Fly Fishing, stories by Tim Weed
Horse Drawn Yogurt, Stories from Total Loss Farm by Peter Gould

Poetry (with Sundog):
Learning to See, poetry by Pamela Spiro Wagner
Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry, edited by Sydney Lea and Chard deNiord with a Foreword by New Yorker staff writer, Dan Chaisson
Clothesline Religion, poems by Megan Buchanan

The Hopper Poetry Prize Winners with chapbooks to be published:
LongLeaf by John Saad
The Dark Edge of the Bluff by Ellene Glenn Moore

For Children:
Josie Meets a Jaguar, by B.K.A.B. Bruno, illustrated by Janet Pedersen

Fall books, 2017 are being assigned right now…
They include a picture book for children entitled Salamander Sky written by Katy Farber with illustrations by Meg Sodano …. another picture book called Janey Monarch Seed by Julie Dunlap … We are also publishing a new book of poetry entitled The Long Correspondence by the late Vermont poet, Leland Kinsey, a novel entitled Wild Mountain by Nancy Kilgore, a collection of short stories by Teresa Stores called Frost Heaves, and more!

Our “Poet’s Poet” Leland Kinsey, a Tribute

Our “Poet’s Poet” Leland Kinsey, a Tribute

BY HOWARD FRANK MOSHER

14355008_10154135421804682_3038776183872002142_nEarlier this month I lost a dear personal friend and Vermont lost its best poet since Robert Frost. Leland Kinsey of Barton, a seventh-generation Vermonter and gifted writer, teacher, naturalist, woodsman and storyteller, passed away after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Here is my tribute to Lee, who was also my fishing partner of 50 years.
Belonging
For Leland Kinsey
May 2, 1950 – September 14, 2016

Leland Kinsey and I loved to fish for brook trout in the Northeast Kingdom. Not just trout. And not just anywhere. Brook trout in the Kingdom.
I suppose that there are good, trouty brooks in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties that Lee and I never discovered. Not many, though. At least once a week during fishing season, for nearly half a century, Lee and I would strike out early in the morning and follow a brook miles up through cedar bogs, upland meadows, hardwoods and softwoods, to its source at an icy spring high on some Kingdom mountain.
Lee was a poet’s poet. By that I mean that he did not care one bit about renown. He cared about results, about writing powerful and beautiful poems, often about the Kingdom, where he was born and raised and lived all his adult life. Vermont State Poet Sydney Lea said it best. Leland’s poetry “chronicles the profoundest Vermont anyone might possibly know.”
It’s hard to tell for sure, but my guess is that several dozen of Lee’s poems, or major sections of them, were inspired by those fishing treks we made to the wildest and most remote corners of the Kingdom. In his sixth collection – perhaps my favorite – The Immigrant’s Contract, he recounts the life and times of a French Canadian who, as a small boy, comes to the Kingdom with his folks in a horse-drawn wagon containing all their worldly possessions. Over the next seventy-some years he worked as a horse trader, logger, timber cruiser, whiskey runner, log driver on the Vermont tributaries of the upper Connecticut River, dairy farmer, dam builder – the list goes on. On our fishing excursions we explored many of the places Lee brought to life in The Immigrant’s Contract. The Upper Jay Branch, where Lee’s Quebecois jack-of-all-trades helped build the first road over Jay Peak. The Upper Black Branch of the Nulhegan in the wilderness northeast of Island Pond.
Not to mention the wildlife we encountered, the goshawks and pileated woodpeckers, the twenty varieties of warblers and scores of woods flowers – Lee knew them all by name – the great glacial boulders brought down from the Far North 10,000 years ago, every species of tree that grows in northern Vermont. Along with family history and local work – farming, blacksmithing, lumbering, sugaring, cedar-oil distilling, welding – the natural world that we immersed ourselves in on our quests for brook trout was a constantly recurring theme of Lee’s poems.
Early on in our fishing partnership, Lee and I made a deal. If either of us ever caught a 20-inch brook trout, the other would have it mounted for him. We both figured this was a safe arrangement. One June afternoon on a swampy brook in the Victory Bog, miles from the nearest road, Lee caught a 16-inch two pounder. That was the closest either of us had come until last fall.
It was late October, after most of the leaves were down, and raining lightly. The only color along the stream we were fishing – never mind what stream or exactly where – was the rusty yellow of the tamarack trees. At the time, Lee was in between grueling treatments at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, but still very strong. Still as good in the woods as any man in the Kingdom. I couldn’t see him but somehow I always knew about where he was on a trout brook we were fishing. He knew where I was, too. From upstream, around a bend, maybe a hundred yards away, I heard him say, not loudly, “Good one.” That’s all he said but if you knew Lee, that was enough. Net in hand, I thrashed my way through the bankside alders and hurried around the bend.
There he was in the misting afternoon, standing in the water with the fly rod he’d built himself bent almost double. The hooked trout was about midway between us when it exploded from the dark water, leaping up and up and twisting like a salmon. Its fiery red belly and green back and pink side-speckles with violet halos, its big square tail, its crimson fins edged with white stood out against the low, gray sky even brighter than on a sunny day. It hit the water like a beaver smashing the surface with its tail.
I never knew a man better at playing a fish than Leland Kinsey. It was a battle royal but ten, maybe fifteen minutes later, I slipped my landing net under the big brookie and held it up, shimmering, gorgeous, for Lee to see. “You win,” I said. Who do you want to mount it for you?”
“No one,” Lee said. “Put it back in the brook where it belongs.”
I cannot say that I was greatly surprised. I removed the hook and turned the net inside out, releasing the trout. For a moment the fish hung in the tea-colored water. Then it shot off into the depths of the stream where it belonged, and Lee and I fished on into the wild heart of the Kingdom to which he belonged and of which he was, and will be for all time to come, the truest poet laureate.

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Some photos of Lee for our memories . . . but his poems live on and we are honored to have been his publisher! If you want, you can listen to an interview Dede and Howard did on VPR here.

Freelance and Volunteers: Summer News

We are a low-profit publisher based out of Brattleboro dedicated to telling stories that will make the world a better place. Specifically, Green Writers Press is uplifting regional and national voices that embrace the natural world and interrogate the destruction of it.

PARTNER WITH US:
GWP is an L3C or a “low-profit limited liability company” which is a for-profit business that holds a charitable or educational cause as its main purpose. The business embodies our mission from our choice of printers (US printers that utilize renewable energy, forest stewardship council-certified papers, and soy-based inks) to our donation of a percentage of profits to national and Vermont-based environmental organizations.

Our vision is that collectively, our books will become a chorus of voices of writers and readers, artists and photographers, who care about the fate of the earth and want to do something about it.

If anyone knows of a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization you think would like to partner with us as an L3C company, please tell them about us! It is tax-free for them to work with us on publications/books.

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AND NOW . . . SUMMER NEWS:
Green Writers Press is growing, but we are still primarily a VOLUNTEER RUN ORGANIZATION. We could not do what we do without our dedicated cadre of freelance editors! Please welcome our newest freelancer/volunteer staff members.

MARGARET SWEENEY, Assistant Editor and Publicity
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 part-time bookseller at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley.

JAMES CREWS,  Assistant Editor

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.

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VISIT US AT BOOK FESTIVALS COMING UP!
GWPatBOOKSTOCKGreen Writers Press has a BIG presence at BOOKSTOCK-VT, one of Vermont’s premiere literary festivals. Please join us!  http://bookstockvt.org/2016-presentations/
Left to right: Leland Kinsey (Galvanized), Sheila Post (The Road to Walden North), Cardy Raper (An American Harvest), Brett Stanciu (Hidden View), Tim Weed (forthcoming, A Field Guide to Murder and Fly Fishing), Sara Dillon (Planning for Escape), and Vermont State Poet Chard DeNiord (co-editor, with Sydney Lea, of the forthcoming Contemporary Vermont Poetry) . . . what a lineup!

Burlington Book Festival, Brattleboro Literary Festival, and more! 

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STAY TUNED FOR THE HOPPER PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT AUGUST 1st!

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Pushcart Prize 2015 GWP Nominees

Congrats to our authors! THE FOLLOWING POEMS AND SHORT STORIES HAVE BEEN NOMINATED BY GREEN WRITERS PRESS FOR THE 2015 PUSHCART PRIZE:

Julia Alvarez – “A Light Out: A Vermont Story in Five Voices” from Contempora1ry Vermont Fiction: An Anthology (Green Writers Press, 2014)

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Word is spreading . . . just the beginning we think

logo-transWe are pretty psyched by the media attention we are receiving. Here a short list and other news. Thanks for helping us spread the word!

Advance Praise for So LIttle Time—Pub Date February 11, 2014:

“A 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.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Environmentalists long ago won the scientific battle, but we needed to reach people’s hearts as well. This superb volume will do exactly that.”—Bill McKibben
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An Amazing Launch Party—TWO DAYS LEFT ON OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN!

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 DAYS—November 7th.  Thanks for sharing & contributing!
Here’s the link: 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

Making our first film to introduce the new press

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. Maybe, just maybe, this little earnest film—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 🙂 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!

Thanks for your support—we are live on Indiegogo for funding until November 7th!

GWP publisher and poet-activist, Greg Delanty, the lead author of the upcoming GWP book, "So Little Time."

GWP publisher and poet-activist, Greg Delanty, the lead author of the upcoming GWP book, “So Little Time.”

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.
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So Little Time ~ A Poet & New Photographer

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 at http://snippetproductions.com
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Respects for Seamus Heaney & Our First Book is Printing in Vermont Today

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I feel like a mother about to have a baby—the excitement, the collaboration between publisher-printer-artist-writer—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.
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Exciting new book signed from GWP!

WHY I RIDE: Because a Bike Pedal Lasts Longer Than a Gas Tank by British Slam Poet, Hollie McNish

WHYIRDIEcovPage 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.
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The Vermont Office Blog

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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 — a collaboration of writer, artist, publisher, printer, designer, packager, marketer and publicist — that the publishing world will see as one of a kind. 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.

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