My first poetry collection is coming out April 11, 2017!
“In To Look Out From, Dede Cummings takes good advantage of the imaginative fluidity that poetry offers. Even her poems of memory and family are driven by curiosity and enlivened by quick maneuvers and spritely turns. And she is careful never to leave the reader behind.” — Billy Collins
Dede Cummings was the winner of the 4th annual Homebound Publications Poetry Prize for her collection To Look Out From, which will be published by Homebound Publications on April 11, 2017. The collection is drawn from poems that span 30 years in a narrative of place explored through craft and form: from growing up with four sisters, to alibis for secrets, family, memory, leaving home, and a mother’s grief; through poems that take the reader deep into forests and unexpected treasures found in nature.
According to acclaimed poet Clarence Major, “Dede Cummings’ poems in To Look Out From are breathtakingly vivid. Deeply felt, they often chronicle the relationship between self and the natural world, between self and others. These are New England poems that transcend New England. They are well-crafted testaments, often pastoral, to the cycles of life. At times they are elegiac and bittersweet, yet attentive in their hopefulness and trust in the Great Wonderments and mysteries. At times gracefully discursive and always brilliantly paced, they are poems given to recovery and renewal. This is a book I will read over and over.”
Dede Cummings is a writer, literary agent/publisher and commentator for Vermont Public Radio. At Middlebury College, she was the recipient of the Mary Dunning Thwing Award, attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as an undergraduate waiter, and studied with Hayden Carruth at the Bennington Writers’ Workshop. In 2013, she was a poetry contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her poetry has been published in Mademoiselle, The Lake, InQuire, Vending Machine Press, Kentucky Review, Connotation Press, and Bloodroot Literary Magazine. She was a Discover/The Nation poetry semi-finalist and was awarded a writer’s grant and a partial fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center in 2016. Dede lives in Vermont where she designs books and runs the startup Green Writers Press. (Author photo by Howard Romero.)
~~~~ INFO on the BOOK LAUNCH TOUR during APRIL 2017 ~~~~
I will be touring throughout the year, beginning April 7th at Next Stage Arts in Putney, Vermont, with short story writer, Tim Weed. There will be a launch party for his book, A Field Guide to Murder and Fly Fishing and mine at the same time (see more below!).
This Book Launch Party is an annual affair that GWP hosts with Next Stage in a partnership to bring out the best of Vermont literature, and new books from outside the state, published by an emerging, independent publishing house located in southern Vermont! Please join us to hear emerging poets and fiction writer, Tim Weed read, as well as the voices of two Vermont poet laureates: Sydney Lea and current laureate, Putney’s own, Chard deNiord! Brattleboro’s own Dede Cummings will host a reading from her first poetry collection, To Look Out From, winner of the 2016 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize. Dede will read a few poems and host the other readers: Putney’s Tim Weed, Guilford’s Megan Buchanan, and Brattleboro/Guilford scribe Peter Gould. Cummings will introduce our newest Vermont transplant, James Crews, as well as Chard deNiord & Sydney Lea. Special guests include Jim Krosschell, author of One Man’s Maine, and Burlington’s Cardy Raper, author of An American Harvest.
Books will be available for purchase and signing. EVENT WEBSITE:
Dede Cummings is a poet and publisher, founder of Green Writers Press in Brattleboro. She has been writing poetry since she was 13, and had her first taste of fame and immortality with the publication of a poem that began with the lines, “Darkness came,” but that is all she can remember. Her first poetry collection took 30 years in the making!
For more dates for Dede’s book tour, see below—I’d love to see you in VT, RI, or NYC!
OTHER EVENTS IN APRIL/NAT’L POETRY MONTH:
April 1, 2017 9-4:15 PM—New Hampshire Writers Day featured reader/panelist
April 1, 2017 7:00 PM — Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, Vermont
April 7, 2017: 7:30 PM — Reading/Launch at Next Stage Arts Project in Putney, Vermont
April 11, 2017 6:00 PM — Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, Vermont—Featured reader at PoemCity
April 15, 2017 4:00-6:00 PM — Poet’s House, 10 River Terrace, New York City
April 20, 2017 6:30 PM — Phoenix Books, Rutland, Vermont
April 21, 2017 6:00 PM — Savoy Bookshop, 10 Canal Street, Westerly, Rhode Island
April, 2017 TBD — Nature Poetry, featured workshop leader at PoemCity, Montpelier, Vermont
April, 2017 TBD — The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, Vermont
To Look Out From, poems
by Dede Cummings
PUB DATE: April 11, 2017
Hardcover with Flyleaf | 92 Pages | $24.95 | ISBN 978-1-938846-82-3
Trade Paperback | 92 Pages | $16.95 | ISBN 978-1-938846-83-0
eBook Coming Summer 2017
This book is a pre-order. It will be released on April 11, 2017. Pre-orders will ship April 1st. www.homeboundpublications.com Review copies available upon request.
Homebound Publications ~ Ensuring the mainstream isn’t the only stream.