We are Vermont! is a calendar created to benefit 350Vermont. Our goal is to share the creativity, passion,Â diversity, and progressive activism of Vermonters through beautiful color images donated by talented photographers. We will feature images of organic farms, farmersâ€™ gardens, protests for climate and migrant justice, renewable energy, our outspoken and brave progressive elected officials, the womenâ€™s march, the 2016 pipeline protests, and more. Continue reading
GWP is a proud participant in the Bennington College Field Work internship program, which we have been doing since our inception in 2014. We also work with interns from other colleges who are all extremely motivated young people and care about the fate of the earth and want to do everything they can to foster a sustainable environment. We welcome this summer’s stellar group!
2017 Green Earth Book Award â€śLong Listâ€ť Announced â€” Brattleboro, Vermont
indie publisher has 3 titles on the list!
Geen Writers Press has recently been notified that three of our childrenâ€™s books from the Sprouts for Kids Childrenâ€™s Book line have been long listed for a national award for environmental stewardship in publishing,Â the 2017 Green Earth Book Award. The Nature Generation created the Green Earth Book Award to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment. This is an annual award for books that best raise awareness of the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility we have to protect it.
The Green Earth Book Award recognizes books in five categories â€“ Picture Book, Childrenâ€™s Fiction, Childrenâ€™s Nonfiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Young Adult Nonfiction. In each category, the author/illustrator are awarded $1,500.Â The winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.
1.Â Broken Wing
Green Writers Press has recently publishedÂ Broken WingÂ posthumously by celebrated Vermont poet David Budbill.Â Broken WingÂ is the story of one manâ€™s love for birds and efforts to save a rusty blackbird that canâ€™t fly south for the winter. The author worked closely with publisher Dede Cummings in order to finish the book before he died in late September of this year. The publisher enlisted local artist Donald Saaf, who illustrated the pages with stunning black and white collages that bring the book to life. The book is appropriate for young adult readers and adults.Â InÂ Broken Wing, David Budbill has composed a monumental love letter to the natural world, an astute and minutely observed portrait of the avian inhabitants of a mysterious hillside orchard. The Man Who Lives Alone in the Mountains, a reclusive keeper of the earth whose soul is devoted to one injured rusty blackbird, embodies a narrative voice compelled to witness, in the rhythm and brutality of the seasons, the intimate patterns of the wild creatures surrounding his home. Budbillâ€™s lyrical storytelling effortlessly transports the reader into his realm with a rare and poetic beauty.
KABOOM!Â is the candidly comical and dynamic story of Cyndie and Ashley, two spunky and spirited teens from coal country West Virginia, who become activists overnight when their beloved mountain is threatened by Big Coal. This expertly crafted coming of age and rise to activism novel tracks the girlsâ€™ experience as they start their own club, Kids Against Blowing Off Our Mountaintops, as they explore the power of grassroots activism, and even as they both begin to fall in love for the first time. Â KABOOM!, published on Earth Day (April 22, 2016) by Green Writers Press, utilizes humorous narration and the lively dialogue of impassioned characters to make serious environmental issues more accessible for adolescents. This Young Adult novel can be categorized as a Romantic Comedy â€śCli-Fiâ€ť (Climate Fiction), one sure to inspire teens to evoke positive change in the world around them.
Â The author, Brian Adams, is a recently retired professor Emeritus of Environmental Science at Greenfield Community College in western Massachusetts. His first novel,Â Love in the Time of Climate Change, was aÂ Foreword ReviewsÂ IndieFAB Gold Medal Winner for Humor.Â He is active in the environmental movement andÂ now devotes his time to writing romantic comedies centered on environmental activism. Brian lives with his wife in Northampton, Massachusetts.
2.Â Did Tiger Take the Rain?
Charles Norris-Brown was born in the small town of Warren, Pennsylvania. He completed a PhD degree in Social Anthropology and Sociology at Lund University, Sweden, in 1984, based on fieldwork in the inner hills of Uttarakhand, India. His other research his took him from India to the rainforest of Borneo, and to forest communities in eastern Canada and the Appalachian region of the USA. While visiting the Corbett National Park in India, he decided to combine his art, anthropology, and concern for the environment to focus on writing and illustrating childrenâ€™s books. In time, he would visit western Nepal in 2011 and 2012, and develop what would become his first childrenâ€™s book,Â Did Tiger Take the Rain?,Â an exquisitely told and illustrated tale of a Himalayan land without rain, of frightened farmers, and of courageous girls who go into the forest seeking an answer from the tiger they believe has stopped the rain out of anger. As one of the girls, Anjali, learns,Â ‘We all live under the same sky.’Â The combination of gorgeous watercolors, a forest adventure, and the notion that children can act to make life better, creates a vibrant emotional message that welcomes multiple readings.
Review copies available upon request by contacting the publisher or distributor.Â Authors and artists are available for interviews (David Budbillâ€™s daughter, Nadine Budbill, is the spokesperson for her father).
Upcoming spring titlesÂ include:Â Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss FarmÂ by Vermont legend and communard, Peter Gould;Â One Manâ€™s MaineÂ by environmental essayist, Jim Kroschell;Â A Field Guide to Murder and Fly FishingÂ by fiction writer Tim Weed;Â Walking Through the Seasons: Observations and ReflectionsÂ by Marilyn Neagley;Â Learning to See in Three DimensionsÂ by Pamela Spiro Wagner;Â Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont PoetryÂ edited by Chard deNiord and Sydney Lea with an introduction by Dan Chiasson;Â Last CorrespondenceÂ poems by Leland Kinsey, edited by Howard Frank Mosher;Â Clothesline ReligionÂ poetry by Megan Buchana; and for Children:Â Josie Meets a Jaguar, Book 2 in theÂ Josie Goes GreenÂ Series by Beth Handman and the Bruno family of Brooklyn, NY.Â
April 7th, at Next Stage Arts in Putney, Vermont, the press will be featured at the annualÂ Earth Day celebrationÂ and reading.
OF NOTE: Our children’s picture book,Â Ralph Flies the Coop, will be “flying” to the BolognaÂ International Children’s Book Fair this spring.
All titles are distributed by Midpoint Trade Books, New York and Tennessee and available wherever books are sold.
Green Writers Press is a Vermont-based, global publisher whose mission is to spread a message of hope and renewal. Read more atÂ http://www.greenwriterspress.
Thank you for helping us spread the word!
Galvanized: New and Selected Poems by LelandÂ Kinsey
By David Nilsen
Galvanized, the new collection from Vermont poet Leland Kinsey, is a document of the hardship and rough-hewn beauty of living close to the land, in reach of its temper but also its embrace. Kinsey grew up on a Vermont farm, the child of a long line of such folk who clung to existence in the face of a cold north wind, working impossibly hard because to do less was to starve. These poemsâ€“some new, most from his seven previous books since 1991â€“are more closely tied to a particular place than any others Iâ€™ve read, and bring Vermont into a vivid focus, painting a landscape and a way of life I had never associated with the state.
Kinseyâ€™s poems are beautiful but brutal pastorales, uncompromising in their depictions of the strain and heartache of living off the land. At times these poems feel like catalogs of woe, running through lists of injuries and tragedies, but they are never self-pitying, and they are never dishonest. The occasional joys of such hard lives are also given their turn, from necessary late night swims in glacial ponds to wash off the sweat and chaff after a day of baling, to summer baseball games, to barn dances to thank the neighbors for helping rebuild a burnt down farm building. Kinsey remembers sledding as a child, the near-suicidal danger of this diversion, the danger less impending than that of their farm work because it was chosen:
â€śWe mostly slid at night to tell
if cars were coming,
no stopping at the corner
except by ditching at forty miles and hour,
blood and fractures either way.â€ť
â€“ page 97
More than anything, these poems chronicle survival, an endeavor that for Kinseyâ€™s family was often a fraught and unforgiving one, but oneÂ that laid down from time to time in the shadow of joy. There is a wry humor underlying much of this poetry, rarely spotlighted but often teasing at the edges of harder truths, a humor that undoubtedly served its own role in the familyâ€™s endurance. In â€śRiding in the Open,â€ť Kinsey recalls countless rides on top of farm loads in his youth, experiences that were sometimes fun, a chance to rest, and sometimes quite dangerous, and often both:
â€śI think of how we mostly could not talk,
cheeks puffed out by the force of wind,
any conversation blown back passed us,
ears wind stopped,
and of the holding on,
and in the face of the black despair
we were all prone to,
â€“ page 96
There is a section of the book containing poems from his 2004 collectionÂ In the Rain Shadow, a series of poems he wrote during his extended visit with his cousin in Tanzania. These poems presentÂ a jarring change of landscape and culture initially, but it quickly becomes apparent to the readerâ€“as it did to the poetâ€“how much there is in common betweenÂ the experienceÂ the inhabitants of this impoverished nation have had in trying to scrape a living from theÂ harsh African environmentÂ and the struggleÂ Kinseyâ€™s own family and ancestors hadÂ in prying a living from the glacier-scoured hills of northern Vermont.
GalvanizedÂ concludes with selections from Kinseyâ€™s most recent collection, 2014â€™sÂ Winter Ready. Living as close to (and off of) the land as Kinsey and his family have, many of his poems deal with the seasons, the heavensâ€™ rationing of sunshine and rain, and the cruelties and wonders of winter, but this final section hones in on the way the calendar in a cold-weather climate bends around the gravity well of winter. Spring is about escaping it and planting as soon as the ground warms. In summer it can almost be forgotten as crops grow high and the sun beats down. But by fall, everyone knows whatâ€™s coming. Crops are gathered, wood is chopped, repairs are made, food is laid in. Winter will spare no one who isnâ€™t ready. These poems perfectly encapsulateÂ theÂ simple clarity with which Kinsey documents the hardship of living as he and his family have, wasting little regret or resentment over the fairness of their lives. There simply isnâ€™t time for it, and nature is as unforgiving with human life as it is with animal. In one of the new poems in the book, he summarizes this while talking about a recent fishing excursion. He set two trout eggs on a rock by the river, and while he had his back turned, they were snatched up by an opportunistic gull he hadnâ€™t noticed a moment before:
â€śEggs, and no gull noticed,
gull, and no eggs to be seen,
no oneâ€™s rights involved,
just, quick as that,
â€“ Fish Eggs, page 7
I was unfamiliar with Leland Kinsey before this anthology, and I look forward to backtracking through his work in the future. He is a singular poet, deft with his words but aware his greatest asset is the strange and wondrous life heâ€™s lived; he forefronts those experiences over flourishes of language, using his narrative skill to show us a scene, a people, and a place, and he trusts in the raw beauty and grace and pain of those details to do the work for him, which they certainly do.
Leland and many of our GWP aithors will be at BOOKSTOCK Literary Festival this summer! You can read about them here: http://bookstockvt.org/2016-presentations/
MARGARETÂ SWEENEY, Editorial Intern and Publicity
Margaret 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 TranslationÂ and served as co-editor-in-chief ofÂ plain china,Â the first national anthology of undergraduate student writing. She now lives in Western MassachusettsÂ and works as a part-time bookseller at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley.
JESSICA JAUNDOO, Editorial Intern and Marketing
Jessica is an upcoming sophomore at Bennington College and was born and raised in Boston, MA. She has always had a lifelong interest in nature and her friends always find her trying to adopt any animal or critter into her life. With her interest in the field of Biology and the Environment still in its exploitative stages, her long term hobby has always been writing her own stories and coming up with ideas with friends. Inspiration never fails to strike her at any moment and many who know her are curious to see which book she may publish in the future.
RON ANAHAW, January-February Field Work Intern and 2016 Summer Fellow
Ron Anahaw has three things close to his heart:Â
his loved ones, writing, and Korean fried chicken. With a hand on playwriting, poetry, journalism, and fiction, he considers himself a jack-of-all-trades in writing. He is a big believer in trying to keep the world habitable. He is as quick to crack a joke as he is to ask you to collaborate. Ron is a first-year student atÂ Bennington.
KAIYA LEWIS-MARLOW, Editorial Intern
Kaiya is a first term Bennington student with a passion for literature and social change. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and was raised with close ties to the local farm movement and community there. In her spare time, she enjoys writing speculative fiction, hiking, and making jewelry out of found mechanical objects and polymer clay.
KAITLYNÂ PLUKAS, January-February Field Work Intern and 2016 Summer Fellow
Kaitlyn is a first-year student at Bennington College with a passion for any and everything Literature oriented. She firmly believes in the power of literature; both in the way it completely transforms perceptions of the world and in the way it inspires unity amongst communities. Her many years as a Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient have inspired her to enact social and environmental change. Kaitlyn is an avid sock collector, an outdoors adventurer, and is a right-handed writer who is preferential to pens.
We are a growing Vermont publisher with exciting news to share!
Other news onÂ upcoming books:
Having written more than eight novels, including My Amputations and Dirty Bird Blues, alongside a dozen books of poetry, Chicago Heat and Other Stories is Clarence Majorâ€™s second work of short fiction and first book with Green Writers Press is coming out September 6, 2016. Here is a quote from Clarenceâ€”and we are honored to be his publisher!
At the same time one of the most pressing issues for all of humanity is the environment, namely climate change. I would like to support efforts to bring about awareness of the problem. We are running out of time. â€”Clarence Major
And last, but not least:Â We are so excited about Green Writers Press having 5 finalists in the annual Foreword Reviews IndieFAB Book of the Year Awards:
Richard Jarrette, A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dancesâ€”Poetry
M Jackson, While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Changeâ€”Memoir
Lauren Alderfer, Teaching from the Heart of Mindfulnessâ€”Education
Leslie Rivver, Blackberries and Creamâ€”Juvenile Fiction
Sydney Lea, What’s the Story? Reflections on a Life Grown Longâ€”Essays
â€śThe 2015 INDIEFAB finalist selection process is as inspiring as it is rigorous,â€ť said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews magazine. â€śThe strength of this list of finalists is further proof that small, independent publishers are taking their rightful place as the new driving force of the entire publishing industry.â€ť
Please welcome, ANNA MULLEN, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Assistant Editor!
Anna 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 Orionâ€™s Environmental Writers’ Conference. Most recently she served as Treleven, Inc.â€™s writer-in-residence, working on poetic and scientific sketches of their sheep flock in New Haven, VT.
Thanks for taking the time to help support our growing list!
We are dedicated toÂ the “LOCALVORE” movement in bookselling.
new novella, ‘Marly’ Â
on Sunday, February 7, at 4 p.m.; admission is by donation,
and proceeds benefit the Women’s Freedom Center
Latchis Arts, in association with Green Writers Press, presents a dramatic reading of Peter Gould’s new novel, “MARLY,” starring Jonny Flood and directed by Gould on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m., in the Ballroom Theatre at the Latchis.
This event, also presented by New England Youth Theatre, will benefit the Women’s Freedom Center of Brattleboro. Admission is by donation, all of which will go to the Women’s Freedom Center
“Marly“ is dramatic climate fiction in a new literary form. To find out what that means, read it, or hear it read aloud, or both. Green Writers Press is a new Brattleboro-based publisher lighting up the New England literary landscape with high-quality books on ecological themes. Come to the reading, and talk with Dede Cummings, founder of GWP, and her Bennington College interns. Gould, author of three well-known published novels, is a professor in the Conflict Transformation Program at Brandeis. He’s the smaller, quieter half of the renowned theater duo, Gould & Stearns. Jonathan Flood has been doing theater non-stop with Peter since he was 12 years old. He’s the director of several “Get Thee to the Funnery” youth theater camps, and he’s also the new Education Director at NEYT.
The fictional female character, Marly, teaches at a small Vermont College, where she specializes in forestry, wildlife habitat, chainsaw technique and self-defense for women. She’s a survivor of domestic violence; strong and self-actualized as she is, she still suffers from the after effect of the attack.
Please come and enjoy the reading, support the Freedom Center, and join the discussion. You’ll be home in plenty of time to watch the Super Bowl, if that’s your thing.
Copies of the novel will be on sale. I hope I see you here at the Latchis,
Jon Potter | Executive Director, Latchis Arts Inc. | Latchis Corporation
50 Main Street | Brattleboro VT | 05301
802.254.1109×3Â | firstname.lastname@example.org
Preserving the Latchis | Promoting the Arts
Please welcome Sierra Dickey! She joins editors John Tiholitz, Jenna Gersie and Rose Alexandre-Leach.
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. Continue reading
Lindsey Vachon is Green Writers Pressâ€™ first high school intern. She is a junior at Leland and Gray Union High School in Townshend, Vermont, where she lives, and hopes to learn everything there is to learn about writing and the publishing world. She loves writing, mostly fiction, and besides that, has a love for creating pottery, traveling and learning about the stars. Please welcome the talented and wonderful, Lindsey Vachon!
Lindsey is helping to edit this young adult/middle grade reader fiction coming out in May, The Order of the Trees.
The People’s Climate March
Green Writers Press authors and editors were down in NYC in full force with the rest of the world watching as 1% of Vermonters and almost half a million people marched for Climate Justice! We are proud beyond words to have been asked to carry the Vermont flag. Here are some photos from The Marchâ€”one of Dede Cummings and Vermont-Irish poet from our book, So Little Time, Greg Delanty! Please share and keep the momentum going….March On!
Things at GWP are in full summer bloom, along with the heirloom yellow lilies given to Dede and Robin by Howard Frank Mosherâ€”actually, I should say stolen yellow lilies, for Howard, his wife, Phyllis, and a local woman, now deceased (who was a Kingdom legend and most likely in one of Howard’s stories), snuck over to an abandoned farmhouse and dug up quite a pike if bulbs last fall. Howard brought them down to us as a gift at our inaugural publishing launch!
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
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