Dede Cummings, Megan Buchanan and James Crews at Vermont Voices

CHESTER — Phoenix Books Misty Valley will host Dede Cummings, Megan Buchanan, and James Crews on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. for a discussion of Cummings' To Look Out From, Buchanan's Clothesline Religion and Crews' The Book of What Stays. This is the fourth event this year in the store's annual Vermont Voices series.

"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," said Clarence Major. Dede Cummings is a poet, 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 fellow, 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, Connotation Press, Mom Egg Review, Figroot 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. Her first poetry collection, To Look Out From, was awarded the 2016 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize and was published by Homebound Publications in April 2017. Her second poetry collection, entitled The Meeting Place, is due out in May 2018 from Salmon Poetry. Dede lives in Brattleboro, where she designs books and runs the startup Green Writers Press.

In Telling My Father, James Crews explores familial bonds, memory, and grief through a beautifully written collection of poems. James Crews' work has appeared in Ploughshares, Poet Lore, and The New Republic, among other journals, and he is a regular contributor to The (London) Times Literary Supplement. He holds an MFA in Poetry Writing from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Writing & Literature from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also worked for Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry newspaper column. His first collection of poetry, The Book of What Stays, won the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award. His second collection, Telling My Father, won the Cowles Prize and was published by SMSU Press. He lives on an organic farm with his partner in Shaftsbury, Vermont and regularly leads Mindfulness & Writing workshops throughout New England.

Clothesline Religion chronicles twenty years worth of adventures in the life of an artist as young single mother. Megan Buchanan's poems have appeared in such as journals as The Sun Magazine, make/shift, A Woman's Thing, and numerous anthologies such as Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space and Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry. Born in California, she's lived for long stretches in Ireland, the mountains of the southwest, and New England. Her work has been supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council, and the Vermont Studio Center. Megan is also a collaborative performer and dancemaker. Most recently she presented the interdisciplinary, collaborative performance project REGENERATIONS: Reckoning with and Responding to the Closing of Vermont Yankee. She currently lives in Guilford, Vermont with her young son. She is currently an English Language Arts faculty member at The Greenwood School in Putney.

This event is part of the longstanding Vermont Voices series at Phoenix Books Misty Valley. The full Vermont Voices line-up for 2017 includes:

Daniel Lusk on Nov. 19.

Vermont Voices events take place at 2pm, and are free and open to the public. Phoenix Books Misty Valley is located at 58 Common St., Chester. Copies of the featured title will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-875-3400 or visit

About Phoenix Books:

Phoenix Books was established in 2007 on the principles of social responsibility, community, and sustainability, and is a proud member of Local First Vermont and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Phoenix Books Essex, Phoenix Books Burlington, Phoenix Books Rutland and Phoenix Books Misty Valley are Vermont-owned, independent bookstores. Whenever possible, Phoenix Books sources eco-friendly products from Fair Trade/Green Certified companies. Seven Days readers voted Phoenix Books the "Best Bookstore" for the newspaper's 2013-2017 Daysie Awards, and Rutland Herald readers voted Phoenix Books the 'Best Local Bookstore' for the newspaper's 2016-2017 Best of the Best awards.


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