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the art and craft of writing for twenty-five years.
HVWC Inclement Weather Policy
As a general rule, if bad weather causes the Tarrytown schools to close, HVWC will also be closed. Please call the office (914-332-5953) after 8 a.m. on the day of your class to find out if the Center is open. If the need to close arises after we have opened for business, we will contact students via phone and email with that information.
If you have any questions, feel free to call the office (914-332-5953) or email email@example.com. Otherwise, stay safe, get some extra writing done, and keep warm!
Take HVWC's Chapbook Challenge!
If you’re eager to draft a new suite of poems or even an entire chapbook-length manuscript, then consider taking the Chapbook Challenge. At the end of it, not only will you have an impressive body of new work, but you’ll also receive two rewards. The first is a free HVWC seminar led by Slapering Hol Press editors Dr. Peggy Ellsberg, Barbara “B.K.” Fischer, and Margo Stever. The second is a featured reading with your fellow Challengers (wine, cheese, microphone, lectern, adoring fans—the works!). Both the seminar and the reading take place at the Center on May 17th.
You can become a Chapbook Challenger by pledging to enroll in three of the fourteen Poetry Workshops on offer in HVWC’s 2014 Winter/Spring season. It’s as easy as that. The line-up of poetry offerings is our most impressive ever (see the offerings here). I’m confident that you’ll find the combination of 3 classes that will inspire your writing and help you meet this ambitious Challenge.
Further details follow. But if they don’t answer all of your questions then please give me call: 914.332.5953.
2013 SHP Chapbook Contest Winner!
Six Portraits by Julie Danho
Thank you to all of the poets who entered the 2013 Slapering Hol Press (SHP) Poetry Chapbook Contest. This year’s winning chapbook manuscript is Julie Danho's Six Portraits. We are excited to invite Julie into the Slapering Hol Press family and proud of the work that she has created. Be sure to look for her debut collection later this year.
"Julie Danho writes a poetry of ekphrasis with a genuine passion for visual images, from paintings and sculpture to the shapes of punctuation marks. She loves words, not just for their fickle meanings, but for the hooks and angles they make for the eye when fitted together so precisely, and for the way they taste in the human mouth. If I wore a hat I would take it off in honor of these sharp-edged poems."
Early praise for Six Portraits:
"In Six Portraits, a chapbook ingeniously organized around common punctuation marks, Julie Danho serves a mash-up of ekphrasis and illumination, field and typography, private grief and public discourse, leaving her reader stunned and haunted by these wisely crafted, devastatingly forthright poems.”
- Kathy Fagan, author of Lip
- Tom Chandler, author of Guitar of the Stars
By Julie Danho
I can’t stop lingering
along those curves, the sexy
esoteric way she teeters
on that dot, how she rises
from the basket, a cobra
unfazed by my pungi’s
charm. A Matisse odalisque,
she teases. No one else
dives with half a parachute,
alights in backless dress.
All I ask is to unhook
that strap, let fabric pool
until it’s just her pearl:
small, round, certain
as it’s possible to be.
JULIE DANHO is an editor working in Providence, Rhode Island. Her poems and essays have appeared in Barrow Street, Mid-American Review, West Branch, Southern Poetry Review, and Bellingham Review, among other journals. She received an M.F.A. from Ohio State University and has received fellowships in poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
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Keillor reads Katie Phillips
here to visit The Writer's Almanac website where you can listen
to Garrison Keillor read the title poem from Katie Phillips' new collection Driving
Montana, Alone. Katie Phillips was a finalist in the 2009 Slapering Hol Press
Chapbook Competition and was selected as the winner in the 2010 Slapering
Hol Press Chapbook Competition with her manuscript Driving Montana, Alone.
Keillor, as always, is in great voice and really helps draw the
listener in. He brings a whole new life to Katie's words. If you want to read
the rest of Driving Montana, Alone (or any of the other 24 SHP titles)
please visit the Slapering
Hol Press website.
Hudson Valley Writers' Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization founded
in 1988 with a mission to advance
the art and craft of writing by encouraging writers and readers at all levels
to participate in and enjoy the literary arts. It
offers classes for professional and amateur writers, presents public readings
by well-known and emerging prose writers and poets, does outreach work in several
community sites, and publishes at least one book of poetry each year under the
imprint Slapering Hol Press (Slapering
Hol is Old Dutch for Sleepy Hollow).
Center's headquarters is the restored Philipse Manor railroad station, which overlooks
the Hudson River in the village of Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York.
The Center is approximately 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan and 2.6 miles
north of the Tappan Zee Bridge.
by Karl Tanner, adapted for HVWC website use by Lee Kennedy)
events at The Hudson Valley Writers' Center are made possible in part by grants
from the Bydale Foundation, David G. Taft Foundation, Orchard Foundation, William
E. Robinson Foundation, and Thendara Foundation; with public funds from the New
York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the National
Endowment for the Arts; and by the Basic Program Support Grant of Arts
Westchester with funds from Westchester County Government.
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