November @ BL

Book Lounge 

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: or call 802-380–1121.

peter-with-mooseGreen Writers Press author Peter Gould will lead the Writers Lounge on Thursday, November 2nd, from 6:00-8:00. 
Peter’s first novel, a utopian commune fantasy called Burnt Toast, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1971. Peter’s commune memoir Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm was published in 2017 by Green Writers Press. He’s back with fantasy again in 2017, completing Seed Man, a dystopian story set in a future earth where most of the men are infertile. He’ll talk with us about how to construct imaginary worlds in fiction, how to deal with time and space and characters who you know couldn’t possibly exist but you have to make them real anyway. 
NOV. 9th we will host Maine novelist Jim Hornor who will read from his novel Victoria Falls and lead a writing workshop.
NOV. 16th, Book Lounger, Danielle Sessler, will talk about the memoir writing process and offer and writing on unlocking memories.

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.

Tonight at Book Lounge: T Stores!

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Photo of the author by Anita Gratzer.

T Stores is the author of three novels (Getting to the Point, SideTracks, and Backslide) and a collection of short fiction, Frost Heaves, which is forthcoming from Green Writers’ Press. Her fourth novel, Ten Types of Women, is slated for publication later in 2018. Her work has appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Harrington Literary Quarterly, Rock & Sling, Cicada, Out Magazine, Blithe House, Oregon Literary Review, Bloom Magazine, Rock & Sling, Earth’s Daughters, Blueline, SawPalm, Kudzu, Fourth Genreand Minerva Rising, among others. Honors include grants from the Vermont Arts Council and Barbara Deming Fund, residencies at Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley, and Shiro Oni, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. A graduate of the M.F.A. program at Emerson College, she is Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Hartford.



T is going to talk about ekphrasis, writing based on or prompted by fine art, including my novel, Ten Types of Women, which will be out from Spinster’s Ink in late 2018. She will have an ekphrasis writing prompt. Folks who are coming bring along a copy of a visual artwork that they particularly love but that they haven’t written about. They can, of course, always look something up on their smart phones, and T will bring along some art books for resources as well.

See you tonight at The Book Lounge!