The Printing Industries of New England (PINE), a major trade group that has been around in one form or another since 1887, recently presented our Vermont printer, Springfield Printing Corporation, with three awards as part of their 2015 Awards of Excellence Competition. The competition was stiff; they were up against 40 companies from all over New England, who submitted over 300 entries.
There are so many exciting things happening at the press—we want to share a few with you and introduce some new faces.
Last weekend, March 29th, GWP was featured at the Berkshire Festival of Women’s WritersBookfair ion Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It was a great event, and below are two photos of some of our newest fans, Fevean Keflom and Otasha Clark are S.I.T./World Learning graduate students who felt that our book, by photographer Jade Beall, The Bodies of Mothers, was amazing; later, Dede met the wonderful Vergina Gardner of Lenox, Mass., who bought a copy of our beautiful book Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life for her retirement community.
April 3: PoemCity’s “Press Here: a Panel of Vermont Poetry Publishers” Event at the Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier is on Friday, April 3rd at 6 pm-7:30 pm—tonight! Dede will be on the panel. Over the past ten years, Vermont has become a small publishing paradise.The “Press Here” event is designed to showcase and further awareness of the beautiful books that Vermont publishers of poetry have brought forth. As you may know, PoemCity is Montpelier’s swoony signature month-long extravaganza in honor of National Poetry Month. What an honor to be there. Photos TK!
Next week, Dede, Robin MacArthur and other writers and editors connected to GWP will head to Minneapolis, April 8-12th. The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 conference will feature over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosts over 700 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Minneapolis to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.
GWP is at Booth #1520 and we will feature our books and launch GWP poet, Richard Jarrette’s A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dances—there will be a book singing, Saturday, April 11th from 1:00-3:00 and throughout the Conference/Book Fair, along with an offsite party (!) with Jarrette featured at “Reading: Sleet at the Ice House!” Thursday April 9, from 6:30 until 9:15.
Last, but not least, April 24-26th we will be featured in a BOOTH # 372 at the Green Festival Expo in NYC at the LEED Certified Javits Center for our 5th year in New York City. New York continues to be on the forefront in reducing energy consumption and has one of highest percentages of green space among US cities. It also has the highest percentage of workers commuting by public transportation, bicycle, or by foot. The city’s sustainability program PlaNYC has helped achieve the cleanest air in 50 years, adding 865,000 trees and five million feet of reflective rooftop to the urban landscape and has helped to reduce the carbon emissions by 19% since 2005. If you want a badge, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get you in for $10. We will feature Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade and Love in the Time of Climate Change with author appearances on Saturday—we will also be giving away free copies of both books! JOSIE is a finalist for the Green Earth Book Award and LOVE is a finalist for Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award! Our other finalist for Foreword Reviews is Polly and the One and Only World—a ya/dystopian/fantasy that features a heroine that will surely become a legend, Polly Lightfoot—a 15-year-old Vermont witch!
Please welcome our newest college interns!
Danielle is new to the East Coast and excited to be working with Green Writers Press! She’s originally from Michigan, and plans to return in good time to attend Michigan State University in the fall, for a degree in English. Her interests in this field include creative writing and children’s literature. When Danielle isn’t chain drinking coffee and working on philosophy homework, she enjoys playing music with family, and spending time outdoors with her wonderful partner. Danielle proofread our YA spring book, The Order of the Trees.
Sam grew up around central Ohio near Columbus. He has spent the last two years at Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont, focusing on earning a degree in Economics and Behavioral Neuroscience. During his time at Landmark, Sam became interested in environmental issues as a means to protect the environment around him. This has cumulated in founding the Environmental Club at Landmark, and working with faculty members to improve the schools carbon emissions. Sam is currently working with Green Writers Press as their community service intern and hopes to use his skills and interest in business to help market some of the upcoming books being published in the spring and fall of this year. Sam is a member of The Vermont Student Climate Coalition (VSCC), which is a network of Vermont students committed to fighting for sustainability and climate justice.
Photographer Jade Beall is on a nationwide mission to celebrate the mother’s body, un-Photoshopped and unretouched. The impetus for the book project, The Bodies of Mothers, started with her own feelings of inferiority of her body after she had her first child. According to Beall:
As I first sat down to think about the beauty of the mother’s body—stretch marks, cellulite, and saggy-ness included—I was immediately struck by how hard we try to hide what we deem as ‘unattractive.’ In this project, women are more then shedding a little clothing; they are tearing away the self-imposed layers, exposing their insecurities and laying vulnerable for all to see. This is what beauty looks like, more than supple skin or tight abs—beauty is the ability to see oneself and the power of creating new life. It is accepting it all, without labeling it good or bad, with hands wide open—no matter how they may shake in the beginning.
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 March—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!
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!