Thursday July 6th Special Guest

ktphoto_170525_078a.jpgThe 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:
dede.cummings1@gmail.com, or at 802-380-1121

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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 ConnotationPress.com. 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 (www.vpr.net).

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