Book Lounge this Thursday, September 21st, Dede’s guest will be Vermont state poet laureate, Chard DeNiord. YES! We are all looking forward to Chard’s guest slot and he may give us a writing prompt for poetry (but prose is fine, too). Chard is a fabulous poet, a professor, a scholar, and you can read about his accomplishments here (he is one of the nicest people and humble)… We hope he reads some of his work. . .
See you 6-8:00 PM for book talk, writing, and a bit of feedback.
Chard deNiord is the poet laureate of Vermont and author of six books of poetry, most recently Interstate, (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015) and The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). He teaches English and Creative Writing at Providence College, where he is a Professor of English. His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Donald Hall. Maxine Kumin, Jack Gilbert, Ruth Stone, Lucille Clifton, Robert Bly) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on 20th Century American Poets was published by Marick Press in 2011. His new book of interviews with Natasha Trethewey, Jane Hirshfield. Carolyn Forche, Martin Espada, Peter Everwine and others will appear this spring from the University of Pittsburgh Press under the title I Would Lie to You If I Could. He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Providence College and a trustee of the Ruth Stone Trust. He lives in Westminster West, Vermont, with his wife Liz.
T Stores is the author of three novels (Getting to the Point, SideTracks, and Backslide) and a collection of short fiction, Frost Heaves, which is forthcoming from Green Writers’ Press. Her fourth novel, Ten Types of Women, is slated for publication later in 2018. Her work has appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Harrington Literary Quarterly, Rock & Sling, Cicada, Out Magazine, Blithe House, Oregon Literary Review,Bloom Magazine, Rock & Sling, Earth’s Daughters,Blueline, SawPalm,Kudzu, Fourth Genreand Minerva Rising, among others. Honors include grants from the Vermont Arts Council and Barbara Deming Fund, residencies at Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley, and Shiro Oni, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. A graduate of the M.F.A. program at Emerson College, she is Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Hartford.
T is going to talk about ekphrasis, writing based on or prompted by fine art, including my novel, Ten Types of Women, which will be out from Spinster’s Ink in late 2018. She will have an ekphrasis writing prompt. Folks who are coming bring along a copy of a visual artwork that they particularly love but that they haven’t written about. They can, of course, always look something up on their smart phones, and T will bring along some art books for resources as well.
On Thursday, July 20th from 6:00-8:00 PM, our regular Book Lounge on Thursdays will feature Putney author Tim Weed. Tim’s new short story collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing is selling briskly nationwide. Tim will talk about his writing and give a prompt for the group to do some of our own writing followed by sharing work.
Tim Weed is the winner of a Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award and a Solas Best Travel Writing Award. His first novel, Will Poole’s Island, was named one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year. His short fiction collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing, was a finalist in the Short Story category of International Book Awards and has been shortlisted for the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project, the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, and the Lewis-Clark Press Discovery Award. Tim teaches a popular novel revision series at Grub Street in Boston, is the co-founder of the Cuba Writers Program, and occasionally serves works as a featured expert for National Geographic in Cuba, Spain, and Patagonia. Read more at www.timweed.net.
The Book Lounge, where poets, writers, and readers mingle and lean into this beautiful profession.
The Book Lounge is curated by the editors of The Hopper literary magazine and Green Writers Press to foster a social community around the creative arts in southern Vermont in a central space, where all writers will be invited to participate.
This week, we have a special guest, Nancy Hayes Kilgore, whose upcoming novel entitled “Wild Mountain” will published October 1st by Green Writers Press.
Nancy Hayes Kilgore, a writer and psychotherapist, is the winner of the Vermont Writers Prize 2016. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her first novel, SEA LEVEL, was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year. Formerly a parish pastor, Nancy leads workshops on writing and spirituality for clergy, therapists, and writers throughout the U.S. She lives in Vermont with her husband, a painter. Find her online at nancykilgore.com.
Nancy’s workshop at Book Lounge details:Writing With Spirit: Meandering
This evening we will focus on the conjunction of creative writing and spirituality. Opening to our own inner creative spirit involves a letting go of the shoulds and rules to catch what Elizabeth Gilbert calls the ideas that are already floating around in the universe. They are within us too, and when we allow some inner space through quieting meditation, we can “meander” and let them arise. Nancy will give a brief talk, lead a meditation, we will write from a prompt, and then discuss.
Contact host, Dede Cummings, for more information:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 802-380-1121
Please join us Thursday evening, May 25th, from 6:00-8:00 PM with Vermont author Bill Schubart
About the evening’s special program
In my seventy years on earth I’ve seen and learned much. I can track and feel the changes wrought over time to my body and intellect, but must retreat into silence to appreciate the subtle change in social culture over these years. By culture, I don’t mean arts and humanities, I mean what we were taught, what we came to believe, and how we lived and behaved seventy years ago, as opposed to today. Trying to understand and measure this change over two generations is like trying to quantify and qualify the growth of reindeer moss on a granite boulder.
Using Lila & Theron as a frame for an earlier culture, I will engage the audience in a discussion of how social culture and mores have changed for the better and for worse, and answering any questions on writing and publishing.
December 8th’s Book Lounge was a tight group of writers and readers coming together in solidarity post-election. Jay sang a new poem for us, stunning in its dirge-like simplicity; Dede shared a long poem about trauma recovery from her forthcoming book; we talked at length about allegories in literature: Plato’s Cave through Animal Farm. Fascinating 📚… just thought of Lord of the Flies….. Dede’s newest GWP book that publishes on Dec. 12th is called Broken Wing by David Budbill, which is an allegory on racism in America using the symbol of the injured bird as a metaphor for injustice. ✊🏽
Next Book Lounge on Thursday, December 15 at 6:00 PM, bring writing or poetry (yours or a published author you love….. on hope/activism…. (I’m thinking of a poem by Sherman Alexie, for example).