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.
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
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).