Dede Cummings is a writer, book designer and publisher. Dede attended Middlebury College where she discovered cross country skiing and majored in English. Her poetry collection, To Look Out From, is coming out in April 2017. She is at work on a collection of her stories called Spin Cycle, along with her day job in publishing and design. In 2013, she attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and in 2016, she received a partial fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Throughout the 1980s, Dede worked at Little, Brown & Company rising to senior book designer. When the company was bought by Time/Warner and moved to New York, Dede headed north to return to Vermont and start freelancing as a designer. She has designed many award-winning books by such authors as Thomas Pynchon, Mary Oliver, William Shirer, Andre Dubus, and is a five-time winner of the New England Book Award, including two additional “Best in Show” awards for Sorochintzy Fair by Nikolai Gogol, and World Alone/Mundo a Solas by Nobel Prize Winner, Vincente Alexandro. Dede is a public radio commentator for Vermont Public Radio and frequently lectures and teaches at writers’ conferences. She lives next to an apple orchard on a dirt road in West Brattleboro, Vermont with her family where the home/office also looks out onto a solar array, newly installed in 2014, that powers the press from the sun.
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.
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The Hopper is a lively environmental literary magazine, along with stunning visual art, from Green Writers Press that strives towards an invigorated understanding of nature's place in human life. The annual publication in a series is part of a new phase in nature writing that seeks to include a modern consciousness in narratives of place.
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