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

Dede Cummings frequently works as an event producer. Whether it is for grassroots environmental activism, author book launch events, art exhibitions, a cappella concerts, or feature films or documentaries, Cummings shares a passion with her clients for bringing art to life. Environmental activism and organizing is a major impetus for Dede, as she feels the clock is ticking on climate change, and the time is now to do everything to stop global warming. The “buy local/ride local” mantra is a way of life she hopes will be available and supported by all. Here are a few upcoming events Dede is involved in, including her book tour for To Look Out From

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! Review copies, interview requests, and photos available upon request.



April 7
7:00 PM: Launch Party with Green Writers Press at Next Stage Arts Project in Putney, VT.
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 event: Putney’s TIM WEED, will read from his highly-anticipated, first short story collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing. Guilford’s MEGAN BUCHANAN, has a first poetry collection that she will read a few poems from entitled Clotheseline Religion. Brattleboro scribe, PETER GOULD, will read from his memoir of commune tales, Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm. JAMES CREWS, poetry editor of The Hopper, will read from his poetry collection, The Book of What Stays and a new chapbook.

April 8~ Nature Poems, Favorite Poems
PoemCity, Montpelier, Vermont:
Join us in exploring the poems that have influenced and inspired our lives. Diana Whitney, the poetry columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of the prizewinning poetry debut WANTING IT, and Dede Cummings, publisher and editor at Green Writers Press, will host a lively discussion of some of their favorite nature poetry. We’ll read classics like Wordsworth, Yeats, and Frost, as well as contemporary poets like Jane Kenyon and Cleopatra Mathis, and then talk openly about why and how their voices speak to us. Bring a copy of your favorite poem if you wish to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, at 2 p.m.

April 11
7:00 Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT ~ Join us for a poetry reading with three southern Vermont poets who will read from new work. Each poet has a new collection of poetry being published in 2017.

Dede Cummings‘ To Look Out From (Homebound Pubs, April 11, 2017) has been described as “breathtakingly vivid; deeply felt; pastoral…New England poems that transcend New England.”
James Crews‘ Telling My Father (Southeast Missouri State Univ Press, Oct. 2017) is a collection of poetry that interrogates the personal grief of losing his father to a prolonged illness and losing a lover at nearly the same time.
Megan Buchanan’s Clothesline Religion (Green Writers Press, April 7, 2017) chronicles twenty years worth of adventures in the life of an artist as young single mother.
A PoemCity Montpelier event. Free and open to the public.

April 15: 4-6:00 PM ~ Poets House Launch & Reading
Poets House, 10 River Terrace, NYC. Please join Green Writers Press for a reading, reception, and book signing from Dede Cummings, Megan Buchanan, James Crew, Su Smallen, and Lisa Gruenberg.


April 20: 6:30 PM ~ An Evening of Poetry at Phoenix Books, Rutland, Vermont.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with Vermont poets Dede Cummings, Megan Buchanan, and James Crews. Discover “New England poems that transcend New England” (Clarence Major), adventures in the life of an artist as young single mother, forbidden love, forbidden unions, & secret lives at an event featuring Dede Cummings’ To Look Out From, Megan Buchanan’s Clothesline Religion, & James Crews’ The Book of What Stays.

April 21  6:00 PM

Savoy Bookshop, 10 Canal Street, Westerly, RI.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with Vermont poets Dede Cummings, Megan Buchanan, and James Crews in their only Rhode Island appearance (where Dede grew up!) . . . The Savoy Bookshop is a new favorite bookstore, as is Mystic’s Bank Square Books, owned by Dede’s college friend, Annie Philbrick, who is herself a legendary bookseller and a mover-and-shaker in the national book scene! We are thrilled to be reading “at the Savoy” and staying over for a tour of Matunuck, RI, which is the setting for most of Dede’s book and the name “To Look Out From” is a variation on the translation from the Narragansett name of “Matunuck.” See you there, Rhodies!

April 25: 10:00 AM ~ The Vermont House of Representatives Devotion by Dede Cummings
At the request of Representative Valerie Stuart, Dede will read something in honor of National Poetry Month . . . a Vermont series of three short poems for the devotion in the House of Representatives at the Vermont State House. A devotional is a two-to-three minute inclusive homily, life lesson, song, poem, prayer, reading, or musical piece appropriate to the setting. The devotional helps to set the tone and allows a few moments for reflection and contemplation.

April 27: 6:30-8:00 PM ~ Hartland Poetry FeverFest ‘A Sense of Place and Connections’
A festive smorgasbord of poetry offerings celebrating ‘A Sense of Place and Connections’ during April’s National Poetry Month
Hartland Library
53 US-5, Hartland, Vermont
Hartland Community Arts and the Hartland Public Library invite you to a festive smorgasbord of poetry offerings celebrating ‘A Sense of Place and Connections’ during April’s National Poetry Month!
* A visit from Vermont Poet Laureate Chard DeNoird
* A visit from Dede Cummings, Founder of Green Writers Press
* A discussion of J. Howard Flower, 19th century Hartland poet and author of “The Free Soul: A Pioneer of Personal Liberation and Eternal Youth, Printed in Our Corner of the Universe at Erratic Intervals of Eternity”
* Poetry selections of favorite poems by: Robert Frost, Leland Kinsey, Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Carlos Williams; and Chard de Niord.
* A reading by local poet Rob Foote
* And more!
Everyone who attends will go home with a poem in their pocket! Light refreshments provided.
For more information contact the library at or call 802.436.2473.

May 16, 7:00 PM ~ An Evening with Green Writers Press featuring Dede Cummings and Tim Weed at the Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, VT

The two Middlebury College alums who will read from new poetry and short story collections.

May 19, 7:00 PM ~ Poetry Reading at 118 Elliot in Brattleboro, VT. Vermont poets Dede Cummings, Diana Whitney, Megan Buchanan, James Crews, Chard DeNiord, Sydney Lea, and others will read from the upcoming anthology Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry, published  by Green Writers Press.

May 23: 6:00 PM ~ Dede, James & Megan, along with current and former Vermont state poets, Chard deNiord and Sydney Lea, will read at The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, VT.

May 24: 6:00 PM (TBD) ~ Dede and current and former Vermont state poets, Chard deNiord and Sydney Lea will read from Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry at the Kellog-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, Vermont

October 21, 4:15 PM ~ The Northern Woodlands Conference
~ Poetry Reading and Workshop with Dede Cummings at the Hulbert Outdoor Center. GWP author, Tim Weed, will also read and do a workshop on October 21st.

Poetry Reading: To Look Out From, Poetry of Place & Environment with Dede Cummings: When asked in an interview if he was a nature poet, Vermont poet Galway Kinnell responded, “What other kind of poet is there?” Join Vermont poet and founder of Green Writers Press, Dede Cummings, on a journey through time and landscape as she reads selections of poems from her award-winning collection, To Look Out From. John Elder writes of Cummings’ new collection, “Wha
t an authentic, moving, and beautifully cadenced collection this is.”
Following the poetry reading, audience participation is encouraged to address questions such as “What role does the environment play in literature? How can instilling a vivid sense of place help literature fulfill its role as a form of solace, enrichment, and betterment for writers?”
Cummings reminds her readers that Henry David Thoreau says, so typically, It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. . . . Bring a favorite nature poem to share.


There will be more events and workshops TK! Please call Dede at 802-380-1121 or email at if you’d like to schedule and event, reading, workshop, class.
Dede and Diana Whitney do a nature poetry workshop/discussion; Dede & Tim Weed also do a Writing Place workshop, and Dede, James & Megan will read anytime!

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