Held weekly at The Lounge at 4 High St., Brattleboro, Vermont with host Dede Cummings, a writer and poet, publisher and founder of Green Writers Press in Brattleboro
Thursday, November 9, 6 PM to 8 PM
Special guest, debut novelist, James Hornor. His book entitled Victoria Falls will be published in spring 2018 by Green Writers Press.
James Hornor teaches composition and directs the Mid-Coast Writing Center at Southern Maine Community College. He has been a Lead Presenter at the CEEB Annual Advanced Placement Conference and an Examiner for International Baccalaureate. His workshop on point of view challenges participants to consider multiple points of view as a gateway to credibility and authenticity in their own writing.
Thursday, November 16, 6 PM to 8 PM
Special guest, Brattleboro writer/memoirist, Danielle Sessler
Danielle Sessler is a local writer who moved from Brooklyn in early 2017 to finish her first book, a memoir, in Brattleboro. She will talk about releasing memories and crafting them into a compelling story, and offer a writing prompt to unlock our own memoirs we have within us.
Note: there will be no Book Lounge on November 23… We will resume on the 30th.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-380–1121.
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:
email@example.com, or at 802-380-1121
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).