We are very happy to be moving along in the world of publishing as an indie press and trying our best to keep our voice alive and well during the pandemic. Many of our authors decided to delay their book launches during the onset of COVID-19 a year ago. We have a slew of books coming out this springâ€”and what a great list! Â Click the link below to find out more!
GWP Winter 2021 FWT Interns
This Â year, 2021 is off to a great start with this stellar group of Bennington College Field Work TermÂ interns and three other amazing interns. Dede is always impressedÂ with workingÂ with these smart, motivated young people, who take their internships seriously and really help run the press! Â
Daisy Billington is a first year student at Bennington College. She is interested in studying creative writing, the arts and education. In her free time, Daisy loves spending time outdoors, meeting new people, drawing, playing guitar and writing short stories. Lately, Daisy has enjoyed reading classic plays and poetry.
Iulia Butner is a Bennington College sophomore. “Being an English student, literature is a deep fascination of mine, and my ever-present love of reading and writing from a young age has lent to me an intrinsically keen eye for the fine details of spelling, grammar,Â punctuation, and structure.”
Kat Lâ€™Esperance-StokesÂ is a current sophomore at Bennington College studying Literature and Anthropology. She has publications with Gathering Storms, Wingless Dreamer, and Newfound Magazine. You can find her on instagram and twitter @katlstokes
Bernie Frishberg is a freshman at Bennington, hailing from Brooklyn, NY. Her favorite books include One More Thing by BJ Novak and Room by Emma Donoghue; her favorite colors include #8500b5, #c787ff, and #ff69dd. In her free time, Bernie occasionally does things, such as sewing things onto her pants and writing weird prose.
Jasmine Groom is a second year at Bennington College, studying the cultural adaptation of mythology. She has a long-held interest in art, 19th century fiction and creative writing. From the suburbs of Chicago, in her spare time she likes to bake, take long walks and listen to music.
Emily GutierrezÂ is a first year student at Bennington, originally from Miami, Fl. She is a student of Philosophy with a love for writing. In her time left over, she loves music, meditation, and cooking.
Connie McClugage is a first year at Bennington College studyingÂ creative writing and linguistics. Hailing from Tampa, Florida, she’s still getting used to the cold weather but you can find her writing poetry, watching a Star Wars movie, or learning a new language.
Sofia Titina Salusso is always looking for a good book to read. She is a sophomore at Bennington College where she dedicates her time to writing, literature, theater, media studies, playing the violin, conversations with friends that make her think or laugh, running on back roads, mending all the little tears that clothes grow with wear, and watching the seasons go by, only to find herself constantly astounded at timeâ€™s passing. She loves to be in the mountains and hopes to find, in her future, a balance between breadth of nature and the comfort of other curious souls.
Cassandra Taylor is a senior at Bennington college, studying literature and writing with a specific interest in using the medium of storytelling to help forge and strengthen communities. Raised by a family of avid storytellers herself, she loves to gather around family and friends to share tales old and new. In her spare time, Cassandra spends her time cozied up with her cats enjoying a nice cup of tea and working on her latest knitting project.
Dylan Walawender is a freshman at Bennington College, studying literature/writing with supporting areas of media studies and psychology. He has an interest in Modernist literature and journalism, with a special affinity for contemporary essays, personal narratives, and poetry. Hailing from Cayuga, New York, in his free time Dylan enjoys hiking, writing, reading, and collecting plants.
Winter Interns outside of Bennington’s Field Work Term:
Sydney VincentÂ is currently a sophomore at Susquehanna University, studying Publishing/Editing and Creative Writing with a minor in International Studies. In her free time, she enjoys spending her days outside hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing in the Pocono Mountains, which she calls home. She hopes to open her own independent bookstore or press one day, hike the El Camino in its entirety before she turns thirty, and move to Colorado with her crazy cat, Shelby.
Aubergine Evans (O for short) is a recent alum of the late Marlboro College & an emerging poet out of Brattleboro, VT. They grew up in Louisiana, where they cultivated their passion for writing, asking questions, and spicy food. But this is where they choose to root themselfâ€”in the Vermont soil where poetry grows thick as moss & tall as mountains. They are interested in the plurality & movement in language & form; this interest has led them to the edges of genre, to hybrid forms & hybrid ways of imagining language. They completed a writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center for Vermont Artistsâ€™ Week & have volunteered for & attended various writing programs through Stockton University. Though writing is their primary craft, they also delight in various 2DÂ & 3D visual arts, learning new skills, gardening, & flow arts.
Rosie Rudavsky is an artist and writer living in New York City. She is a recent graduate from Oberlin College, where she studied History and Religion and first developed an interest in writing creative non-fiction. These days, Rosie works at a cheese shop, tutors and reports for a local newspaper. Rosie loves to read short stories, dance, cook and visit museums.
Exciting News:Â Green Writers Press/Green Place Books, & Green Sprouts for Kids has just accepted an offer from a German foreign rights agent for our Adult and Children’s titles exclusively for the German language market. They will also handle other international licensing deals like our current Chinese deal for an exclusive on our children’s titles.
HereÂ isÂ their website and they have offices in Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich!
We will definitely save up for a table in Frankfurt at the International Book Fair in October this year!
Other publishers they represent include the following: Crossroads Press, Melville House, Two Dollar Radio, and more!
~~~~~~~~~ Please note: Our Cuba Trip has been postponed to early November!Â ~~~~~~~~~
Congrats to our Vermont Book Award Nominees from Green Writers Press!
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!
GWP is a proud participant in the Bennington College Field Work internship program, which we have been doing since our inception in 2014. Our Bennington College interns are all extremely motivated young people who care about the fate of the earth and want to do everything they can to foster a sustainable environment. Our newest interns just started this January and will be with us until mid-February. Please join us in welcoming Ruby, Rachel, and Liana!
Here is a recent photo taken at their first meeting with GWP author, Tim Weed (A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing, due out April 2017), at our favorite Brattleboro hangout, Mocha Joe’s.
GWP SPRING BOOKS 2017 … a few great covers to share/sneak previews …
One Manâ€™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 InjaÂ
Wild Play by David SobelÂ
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 WinnersÂ with chapbooks to be published:
LongLeaf by John Saad
The Dark Edge of the Bluff by Ellene Glenn Moore
Josie Meets a Jaguar, by B.K.A.B. Bruno, illustrated by Janet Pedersen
Fall books, 2017 are being assigned right nowâ€¦
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!
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.
April is National Poetry Month and we have news to share!
POEM CITY, Montpelier, Vermont is one of our FAVORITE annual events….
On April 13 at 7:00 pm in the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Leland Kinsey,Â Pushcart Prize nominee, will be reading from his new bookÂ Galvanized: New and Selected Poems, published by Green Writers Press in April 2016. Kinsey is also author ofÂ Winter ReadyÂ and six other books of poetry. He writes of the hard, dark life of the countryside in a haunting, spellbinding manner. Join Kinsey for an evening of poetry at the Library.
Later in the month . . .
A Round-tableÂ Discussion on Nature Poetry with GWP publisher Dede Cummings & Vermont poet Diana WhitneyÂ at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
April 30th at 1:30 at PoemCity 2016
Kellogg Hubbard Libray in Montpelier VT
AND NOW ONTO EARTH DAY (BIG) NEWS!Â
Iâ€™m super excited thatÂ The Order of the TreesÂ is on theÂ Nature Generationâ€™s Green Earth Book Awards shortlist!Â Â Iâ€™m thrilledÂ to see usâ€”a Vermont based publisher â€” on this list with the major New York publishers. It is an honor to be included in this collection which features books that have a strong environmental stewardship message.
The winner and honor books will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd 2016. Stay tuned!
HERE IS A PHOTO OF THE AUTHORâ€”This is the kind of reading she does for kids at libraries and schools . . .
EARTH DAY IS COMING! Green Writers Press is so pleased to help promote our fantastic children’s list for Earth Day. Along with The Order of the Trees, we have another exciting children’s book series we’d like to tell you aboutâ€”our 2014 title/first in the series Josie Goes Green.
Green Writers Press is proud toÂ publish the first childrenâ€™s fiction book about taking action on climate change.Â Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike BrigadeÂ is the first in a forthcoming series about Josie Garcia, a feisty nine-year-old girl from Brooklyn who becomes a crusader for preventing disastrous climate change and other environmental threats. In each book, Josie takes simple, ingenious actions that bring real changes to her neighborhood and the world. The book is for ages 7-11 and is appropriate for schools, school districts, childrenâ€™s social issue book clubs, and families. Nine-year-old Josie Garcia is an ambitious girl from Brooklyn who becomes an advocate for preventing disastrous climate change and other environmental threats. The feisty heroine in â€śJosie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade,â€ť Josie was inspired by the children of P.S. 321 in Park Slope. Kenny Bruno; his wife Beth Handman, assistant principal of P.S. 321; and their daughter Antonia Bruno, who went to school at P.S. 321, co-wrote the new childrenâ€™s book, which they refer to as childrenâ€™s â€ścli-fiâ€ť â€” climate fiction.
Families and book lovers of all ages are invited to “Go Green With Josie” to learn about children taking action to preserve our planet this Earth Day 2016.
The book just came out as an audiobook, too, narrated by the wonderful Rosi Amador!
AÂ GREAT EARTH DAY GIFT đź™‚
Thanks for helping kids feel like they CAN make a difference on Earth Day!
AWPâ€”The Association of Writers and Writing Programsâ€”had their 39th annual convention and book fair in Los Angeles at the beginning of April. Dede went out and had a GWP table. It was thrilling to be around so many writers and avid readers and here was a great deal of interest in our press!
PARTIES! We love ’em!
Don’t forget our two big bashes in April.
The Hopper Launch Party is April 15th from 6:00-8:00PM at the Dianich Gallery at 139 Main Street in Brattleboro.
Our 2nd Annual GWP Earth Day Celebration at Next Stage Arts in Putney, Vermont, is on April 24th from 5:00-8:00 PM with readings/slides/music. Hosted by Vermont’s celebrated writer, Howard Frank Mosher.
LINK for info:Â http://nextstagearts.org/event/green-writers-press-second-anniversary/?instance_id=19674
Happy Spring (though we just got more SNOW in VERMONT!
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.
From inside Amyâ€™s Bakery, you can watch the ice floes drift on the Connecticut River like a herd of large, groggy fish moving downstream, or somewhere, or nowhere.
Alongside this, Iâ€™ve learned a lot during my first week in Brattleboro. Iâ€™ve learned: how to code manuscripts; that I have a hidden love for Thai food, courtesy of my host family; that copy editing is far more backbreaking than I expected; that when itâ€™s cold enough, you can ice skate on the Meadows; and that Dede Cummings and her vibrant personality is a cure-all for gloom, doom, and any other word that can threaten your day.
I always pictured myself romping around in New York City
with a Didion-esqueÂ experience ahead of me
Iâ€™ve also learned that Iâ€™m happy to fork over pretty much all my money to Mocha Joeâ€™s, as long as their magic brews helps me stay up long enough to finish work for a press as great as Green Writers Press. And, thanks to my irresponsible nighttime-sips, Iâ€™ve had the pleasure of seeing Brattleboroâ€™s sky from dusk to dawn.
Iâ€™m eating, laughing, exploring, learning, and most importantly, Iâ€™m doing work that I love. While I always pictured myself romping around in New York City with a Didion-esque experience ahead of me, yellow curtains and all, Iâ€™ve learned that Iâ€™d be happy to work away in a place like Brattleboro, for a place like Green Writers Press. (As long as I can get some of Bamboo Gardenâ€™s pad Thai, that is.)
â€”Ron Anahaw, Bennington College intern/Field Work
A note from the editor: The American Library Association’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits took place January 8â€“11 at the Boston Convention Center. GWP had a table for the first time. Our resident Bennington College interns Ron, Kaitlyn, and Emy love libraries! Our far-flung interns, Ferne and Kaiya, are holding down the fort and Skyping in from New Orleans and Chapel Hill, respectively.
We are lucky to have such a great group of hard-working students from Bennington College!
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,Â 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.
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
AndÂ therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
Greetings to our Green Writers Press Community,
My daughter, Emma, is doing okay after such a tough car accidentÂ June 4th.Â Next Thursday, I will help get her settled in an outpatient rehab apartment in NYC. I am in awe of her strength and so proud of her spiritâ€”her cousin, Molly, a junior high English teacher at Horace Mann, is also doing well, and both girls will be walking after Labor Day!Â I am trying my best to get things back up to speed with the press and it is going wellâ€”it is great to be back at work after a month spent at Yale-New Haven Hospital. I am so fortunate to be part of a community of understanding writers, editors, printers, and readers! Our books may be a bit delayedâ€”but not by much!Â The big news is I have the help and support of two fabulous interns, An Nguyen (from Bennington College) and Flannery Wiest (Smith College).Â Thanks to everyone for the prayers, meditations, thoughts and kind words.
Here is what Flannery has to say about becoming an internÂ with the press, and how she got here:
There are so many exciting things happening at the pressâ€”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:Â PoemCity’s “Press Here: a Panel of Vermont Poetry Publishers” EventÂ at the Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier is on Friday, April 3rd at 6 pm-7:30 pmâ€”tonight! Dede will be on the panel.Â Over the past ten years, Vermont has become a small publishing paradise.TheÂ “Press Here”Â event is designed to showcase and further awareness of the beautiful booksÂ that Vermont publishers of poetry haveÂ brought forth.Â 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.Â 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. AWPâ€™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 Dancesâ€”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 atÂ “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 NYCÂ 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 cityâ€™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 Saturdayâ€”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 Worldâ€”a ya/dystopian/fantasy that features a heroine that will surely become a legend, Polly Lightfootâ€”a 15-year-old Vermont witch!
Please welcome our newest college interns!Â
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.
This St. Patrickâ€™s Day, itâ€™s not only the Irish who will be clad in forty shades of green. GWPÂ publisher, Dede Cummings, and her ecologically-minded team at Vermont Green Writers Press, are launching their own green tribute to the Emerald Isle.
Green Writers Pressâ€”whose books are already being nominated for several prestigious national literary awardsâ€”is launching an exciting new imprint, sure to green the hearts of its readers.
GreenPlace, a line promoting â€śGreen Places & Cultural Spaces for all Readers,â€ť will launch two new green voices in the Irish-American literary scene, authors both deeply committed to preserving Place.
Photographer Jade Beall is on a nationwide mission to celebrate the motherâ€™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 motherâ€™s bodyâ€”stretch marks, cellulite, and saggy-ness includedâ€”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 absâ€”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 openâ€”no matter how they may shake in the beginning.
Please join us in welcoming Audrey Batchelder, our new GWP intern.
Audrey Batchelder grew up in the woods and fields of Marlboro, Vermont, where she developed her love for the land and desire to write.
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!
As I sit on the Amtrak “Vermonter,” hurtling through the Connecticut countryside, I’m reflecting on how amazing the summer was for us at GWP: the Bread Loaf / Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference, Bookstock in Woodstock, the Greensboro Writers’ Forum and my poetry workshop â€” “Making the Global Personal: Using Poetry as an Activist Tool”â€”were just a few of the highlights of the summer, along with hiking, biking, swimming in Vermont’s rivers and gardening, of course.
GWP poet, Greg Delanty, had a beautiful poem published in The Atlantic, and under his name, they mentioned our book, So Little Time! We are so proud and honored to have Greg as one of our authors. He will be down in New York City with us, this Sunday, for the Climate Rally, along with thousands of Vermonters.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.