Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont

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.

Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 7.28.31 AMChard 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.

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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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