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).



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Dede Cummings

Dede Cummings holds a BA from Middlebury College in Literature where she was also a poetry contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and was the recipient of the Mary Dunning Thwing Award. In 1991, she received an award to study with Hayden Carruth at the Bennington Writers’ Workshop. Dede has had her poetry published in Mademoiselle magazine and She was a Discovery/The Nation poetry semi-finalist, and a Vermont State Poetry Broadside Finalist (Feb., 2013), and currently writes in a salon hosted by the author Suzanne Kingsbury where she lives in Brattleboro, Vermont. Dede is a 2010 graduate of the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Continuing Education course “Publishing Books, Memoirs and Other Creative Non-Fiction,” under the direction of Julie Silver, M.D. Her first book, Living With Crohn’s & Colitis: A Comprehensive Naturopathic Guide for Complete Digestive Wellness, was published in 2010 by Hatherleigh Press and distributed by Random House. Dede's first poetry collection entitled TO LOOK OUT FROM won the Homebound Publications 2016 Poetry Prize and will be published April, 2017. Dede is a public radio commentator for Vermont Public Radio (

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