Poetry and editing topic at the Book Lounge

BRATTLEBORO — At the Book Lounge today at 6. p.m., poet and publisher Dede Cummings, and poetry editor and poet, James Crews, will discuss the process of editing a poetry manuscript and also picking the winning manuscript for a poetry prize. What does an editor look for? How does the connection to theme benefit in standing out in a crowd? What is the process of editing for the poet and the editor?

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. 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 and works as a poetry editor for Green Writers Press and The Hopper, a journal of environmental literature.

Dede Cummings studied poetry at Middlebury College (Mary Dunning Thwing Award). Her poetry has been published in Mademoiselle, The Lake, InQuire, Vending Machine Press, Kentucky Review, Connotation Press, MomEgg Review, Figroot Press, and Bloodroot Literary Magazine. She attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. "To Look Out From" won the 2016 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize. Her second poetry collection, "The Meeting Place," is due out in 2019 from Salmon Poetry of Ireland. She lives in Brattleboro and is the founder of Green Writers Press.


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