Dede Cummings


34 Miller Road
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Author's Bio

"With poetry," Billy Collins says, "you don’t have to go through a windshield to realize that life is precious." My work is very autobiographical and true-to-life. I've spent lots of hours working with it over the last ten years or so, cutting, polishing, moving things around. I look for meaning and truth in the poem and then try to chip away the excess—to clarify the arcs of each poem and make sure that every word and each line is important, and will be important to the reader.

Publications & Prizes

To Look Out From (Homebound Publications, 2017)
Bloodroot Literary Magazine
Connotation Press: An Online Artifact
Kentucky Review
The Lake
Vending Machine Press
Prizes won: 

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, full scholarship, 1978, Centrum Poetry Symposium, 1979 Bennington Writers’ Workshop, Scholarship, 1991 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 2013 Mary Dunning Thwing Award for Poetry, Middlebury College Discover/The Nation, poetry semi-finalist The Vermont State Poetry Broadside Contest, finalist (1 of 2) judged by Sydney Lea, poet laureate, 2013 The Vermont Studio Center: Partial Fellowship and Writer’s Grant for Poetry Residency, April, 2016

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Alice Munro, Gretl Ehrlich, Flannery O'Connor, George Elliott, Anne Lamott, Jesmyn Ward, Zadie Smith, Mary Oliver, Roxane Gay, Tracy K. Smith
What I'm reading now: 
Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón, Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann, Funny Once: Stories by Antonya Nelson, William Trevor by Love and Summer, Brenda Hillman by Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Irish American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Children, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Raised in: 
Providence, RI
Rhode Island
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Last update: Feb 09, 2020