Dede reading her poetry at the Vermont Studio Center in April, 2016. Photo by Mallory Bass.

Dede reading her poetry at the Vermont Studio Center in April, 2016. Photo by Mallory Bass.

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. Upon graduation from college, she worked for David R. Godine, Little Brown and Company, and Shambhala Publications in Boston. In 1986, she moved to Vermont 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, Mom Egg Review, and Bloodroot Literary Magazine. She was a Discover/The Nation poetry semi-finalist and was recently awarded a writer’s grant and a partial fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Dede was the recipient of the 2016 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize and her full length poetry book entitled To Look Out From is coming out in April 2017. Dede lives in Vermont where she designs books and runs the startup Green Writers Press.



Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, full scholarship, 1978 (waiter)

Mary Dunning Thwing Award for Poetry, Middlebury College

Centrum Poetry Symposium, 1979

Bennington Writers’ Workshop, Scholarship, 1991

Discover/The Nation, poetry semi-finalist

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2013

The Vermont State Poetry Broadside Contest, finalist judged by Sydney Lea, poet laureate, 2013, for “Sky Line Lodge,” written in 1978.

The Vermont Studio Center: Partial Fellowship and Writer’s Grant for Poetry Residency, April, 2016

Homebound Publications Poetry Prize for To Look Out From, 2016


Mademoiselle Magazine: “Poem Written at Home on My Mother’s Typewriter,” 1978

Connotation Press: “Die Lügen,” 2013

Connotation Press: “Falling Grounds” and “Trephine,” 2014

Vending Machine Press: “San Juan’s,” 2015 (link)

InQUIRE: “My father told stories all the time,” 2015

The Lake: “Island Offering (for Maxine Kumin),” 2015

Kentucky Review: “Lament of the Glaciers,” January 2016 (link)

Bloodroot Literary Magazine: “The Cataract Surgeon,” May 2016 (link)

Mom Egg Review: “Day Hike,” December, 2016 (link)

Figroot Press: “Marriage,” and “The Bath,” 2017 (link)

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