Green Writers Press Celebrates Earth Day with Reading, April 26

Next Stage Arts Project presents the 4th Annual  Green Writers Press Earth Day Celebration & Reading in Putney, Vermont at Next Stage on Friday, April 26, at 7 pm.

Green Writers Press (GWP) is a locally-grown, Vermont publisher with a global reach and sphere of influence in creative arts and letters that extends beyond the mountains of Vermont. GWP founder, Dede Cummings, will host the event.

The evening will feature book signings, cake, and short readings by Vermont authors and some from out of state.

Featured writers include: Water Wetherell, Bianca Stone, Tim Weed, Chard deNiord, Gary Margolis, Shanta Le & Maclean Gander, Cassie Fancher, Ehris & Velya Urban-Jancz, Neile Parisi, Stevie Z. Fischer, James Crews, Bill Mares, Sarah Wolfson, Charity Gingerich, Nancy Hayes Kilgore, Brian Adams, Marilyn Neagley, and Sarah Ward.

For more information: or visit… $10 suggested donation to benefit Next Stage’s education programs. Review copies, interview requests, and photos available upon request.

Some of the featured readers:

Nancy Hayes Kilgore
…is a writer and psychotherapist, the winner of the Vermont Writers Prize 2016. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her first novel, Sea Level, was a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year. Her most recent novel is Wild Mountain (Green Writers Press, 2017). She is a pastoral psychotherapist and writing coach. Formerly a parish pastor, Nancy leads workshops on writing and spirituality for clergy, therapists, and writers throughout the U.S. She is the leader of a twice-monthly Monday Evening Burlington Writers Workshop: Writing with Spirit. She lives in Vermont with her husband, a painter. Learn more at

Brian Adams
Offline is a romantic romp through the dark underbelly of technology. Equally parts serious and ridiculous, this fast paced romantic comedy for adults and young adults gently pokes fun at the perils and pitfalls of the online world. Brian Adams is the author of two award-winning romantic comedies about environmental activism. He is a Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science at Greenfield Community College and lives with his wonderful wife and cat in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Cassie Fancher (recipient of the Howard Frank Mosher 2nd Annual First Novel/Short Story Collection Book Prize)
In Cassie Fancher’s debut collection of stories, Street of Widows, small town American women navigate grief and loss. Piecing together images from her own life, Cassie creates stories that prioritize not the trauma itself but the relationships these women find in order to survive. This collection, and the characters within, consider home from afar, from close up, from the past and the present. Cassie Fancher grew up in New Haven, Vermont. She is a graduate of Hampshire College. This is her first book and it was the 2018 winner of the annual Howard Frank Mosher First Novel or Short Story Collection Book Prize judged by PEN-New England winner Robin MacArthur.

Stevie Z. Fischer
River Rules, a small-town suspense novel with a deep heart and powerful conscience, reveals a New England community under attack by environmental exploitation. Old rivalries flare as love and friendships are threatened by treachery. Can Peter Russo, a part-time farmer who rambles along the Connecticut River with his rescue dog, be the everyday hero that Bridgeville needs? Stevie Z Fischer

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. His first collection of poetry, The Book of What Stays, won the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and received a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award. His second collection, Telling My Father, won the Cowles Prize and will be published by Southeast Missouri State University Press. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Writing and Literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was an Othmer Fellow and worked for Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry newspaper column. He lives on an organic farm with his partner in Shaftsbury, Vermont and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Eastern Oregon University.

Chard deNiord is the Poet Laureate of Vermont and author of five books of poetry, most recently Interstate, The Double Truth, and Night Mowing. His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Ruth Stone, Lucille Clifton, Donald Hall, Robert Bly, Jack Gilbert, and Maxine Kumin) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on Twentieth Century American Poets was published by Marick Press in 2011. His poems and essays have appeared widely in such journals and anthologies as The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry, the Kenyon Review, The New England Review, The American Poetry Review, The New Ohio Review, AGNI, The Harvard Review, The New York Times, Ploughshares, and Salmagundi. He is the co-founder and former program director of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry and a trustee of the Ruth Stone Trust. For the past 19 years he has taught English and Creative Writing at Providence College where he is Professor of English. He lives in Westminster West, Vt. with his wife, Liz.

Bianca Stone
Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of the poetry collections Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books, 2014), Poetry Comics from the Book of Hours (Pleiades Books, 2016), and multiple chapbooks. She is also a contributing artist for a special edition of Anne Carson’s Antigonick. With her husband, the poet Ben Pease, Stone co-edits the small poetry press Monk Books, and with Pease is executive director of The Ruth Stone Foundation, an organization dedicated to the furthering of poetry and the arts and the preserving Ruth Stone’s legacy and house in Vermont.

Tim Weed
Classic in feel and fresh in approach, the stories in A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing (just out in paperback) speak to the inextricability of exterior and interior experience; to the powerful magnetism of solitude versus friendship, brotherhood, and love; and to the urgent need for a more direct engagement with the planet that sustains us. Putney, Vermont resident Tim Weed, teaches writing at Grub Street in Boston and in the MFA Writing program at Western Connecticut State University, and works as a featured expert for National Geographic Expeditions and is the co-founder of the Cuba Writers Program. His first novel, Will Poole’s Island (Namelos, 2014), was named one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year and Green Writers Press plans to bring back the book in a new edition next year.

Walter Wetherell
Where We Live is master story-teller W. D. Wetherell’s fifth story collection, and his first in ten years, bringing together the best of his recent fictions. The stories exemplify the qualities readers and critics have praised in the past, while continuing to explore new directions in style, theme, and characterization. He illumines contemporary American life and culture by focusing on the forgotten places and people living on the edges, from a young Somali immigrant who finds an unlikely mentor in his attempt to come to terms with his new home, to a widower faced with the everyday challenges of his first day alone. Wetherell lives in Lyme, New Hampshire.

Dede Cummings