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Chelsea Green Author Receives National Medal of Arts Award

In a recent ceremony at the White House, president Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Arts to novelist, poet, essayist, and Chelsea Green author Julia Alvarez.

Currently a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez is a highly successful author in multiple different genres, including poetry (Homecoming, The Other Side/El Otro Lado), novels (How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, In the Time of Butterflies), nonfiction (Something to Declare, Once Upon A Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA), and books for young adults (How Tia Lola Came to Visit/Stay, Finding Miracles, and Return to Sender). Her work grapples with themes of heritage, familial dynamics, and the navigation of cultural differences.

The marriage of her activism and her prosaic prowess is perhaps most evident in her book A Cafecito Story, published by Chelsea Green in 2002. This eco-fable is based on her experience founding and cultivating Alta Gracia, a sustainable coffee farm and literacy center in the Dominican Republic. Alvarez writes about the rejuvenating power and cultural significance of reclaiming this coffee farm and returning it to traditional growing methods.

This book is not only a beautifully crafted story, it’s a reminder that fair trade, sustainable agriculture has the potential to positively impact hundreds of thousands of real lives.

Congratulations Ms. Alvarez on this prestigious award!


“Rules for Revolutionaries” Offers New Political Playbook for Activists

A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the “rules” used by the “revolutionaries” who helped harness the volunteer power that fueled Bernie Sanders’ historic, and insurgent, presidential campaign.Authors Becky Bond and Zack Exley led the Sanders campaign’s efforts to recruit and engage volunteers at an unprecedented level, which was crucial to the Vermont senator capturing 46 percent […] Read More

In Memory: Poet David Budbill

“One village of the many—call it Judevine.”The Chelsea Green family was saddened to hear of the death of Vermont poet, author, and friend David Budbill. He died early Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 at his home in Montpelier. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a year ago, and was in steady decline.In 1991, Chelsea […] Read More

Celebrate Homesteading Month with Chelsea Green

It’s September, which means it’s time to celebrate homesteading: Pose a question, tell a story, win a book!That’s right, September is International Homesteading Education Month, and throughout the month we’ll be publishing some of our favorite homesteading tips, techniques, and even recipes. We’ll be featuring authors Carol Deppe, Janisse Ray, Ben Hewitt, Philip Ackerman-Leist, as […] Read More

Hop Grower’s Handbook Wins Silver for Garden Writing

We’re “hopping” for joy at Chelsea Green for authors Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring as they’ve been honored with a Silver Medal by GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators for their book The Hop Grower’s Handbook.Laura and Deitrich won the prestigious honor in the Writing category for a technical/reference book of greater than 120 […] Read More

Gene Logsdon: Contrary Farmer & Rural Philosopher (1931-2016)

One of Chelsea Green’s most prolific writers, thinkers, and all-around curmudgeonly but lovable farmer — Gene Logsdon — died this week. We were heartbroken to hear the news, and many of us who have worked with Gene over the years  began to think of all the ways in which we were the better for not […] Read More
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