Now Celebrating 23 Years of Chapbook Publication
The Hudson Valley Writers' Center
Sleepy Hollow, New York
THE NEWSLETTER OF SLAPERING HOL PRESS
In this issue...
Slapering Hol Press
at The Hudson Valley Writers' Center
Philipse Manor Railroad Station
300 Riverside Drive
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
A Disturbance in the Air by Michele Poulos
Last year’s winning chapbook manuscript is Michele Poulos's A Disturbance in the Air. The mysterious poems in this collection take us from Greece to New Orleans, and places in between. Despite the changing landscape, each poem addresses themes of suffering, ecstasy, and transcendence with a crystalline sensuality. In “The Golden Age of Herbalists,” Poulos concludes, “in his hands a garden, an herbal / he would pen against sickness, soreness, wounds, / the formulas behind the labyrinth of green / unfolding before him.” Reveling in the quantum world of past, present, and future, the chapbook’s stunning last poem, “The White Rabbit,” ends by returning to the beginning, “Let me take you back through the fields, / you who never turned from me, / who held violets in your mouth.”
The Golden Age of Herbalists
When he throws a fist of parsley into the pond,
Michele Poulos’s poems and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2012, The Southern Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. IV: Louisiana, Crab Orchard Review, The Hollins Critic, Copper Nickel, Sycamore Review, and other journals. Her essays and book reviews have been published in Blackbird and Stone Canoe.
Poems from the 2012
Your Poetry Career:
Individual poems can be previously published, but poems should not have been published as a group in any form, including self-published collections. Each manuscript should be accompanied by a $20 reading fee. Poets may submit more than one collection, but a $20 reading fee must accompany each entry. Publishing with SHP has transformed the lives of many SHP authors by opening doors for fellowships, graduate programs, and even book deals. Slapering Hol Press has earned a solid reputation and sustained an enduring tradition of discovering strong voices in contemporary poetry over the last two decades.
Kentaro Fujioka gave Slapering Hol Press permission to print his painting, “Elements,” on the cover of the SHP chapbook, Enjoy Hot or Cold: Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, by Denise Duhamel and Amy Lemmon. Kentaro could light up any room he entered with his brilliance, his warm smile, and kindheartedness. He earned a Masters in Engineering at Chiba University, Japan. He moved to New York City to pursue his career in fine arts and studio painting at the Arts Student League of New York. He was principally interested in exploring materials, both conventional and non-conventional. He lived in Long Island City. He died in January, 2013. Fujioka once stated, “I believe in the strength of the dialectic method, for example, of art and nature, construction and deconstruction. I always work on two opposite things at once. In some cases, I try to push the contradiction further. My bicycle is a practical tool for transportation, but I also use it as a drawing tool.”
Hot September Day
Anneliese spent the remainder of her early years living in the Bronx, and attended public schools, including Taft High School. She was the first member of her family to attend college, and graduated from NYU in 1951.
In 1953 she married Bob Wagner, moved to Hartsdale, New York, and had two daughters, Elise and Carrie.
Anneliese went back to school to study for her Master’s Degree in Poetry when her daughters were teenagers. She received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1975. Anneliese went on to have a very successful career as a poet and teacher of poetry, memoir writing and literature. She taught at Sarah Lawrence, SUNY Purchase, Pace and Bucknell. Her accolades as a poet included winning the Eileen W. Barnes Award in 1983, and receiving fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her poems have been published in many journals, including Chelsea, Kenyon Review, and The Paris Review. Her books include Murderous Music (1995), Fish Magic (1989), and Hand Work (1983).
Anneliese was very proud of being a founding member of The Hudson Valley Writers Center. She loved to travel, and was a true film buff.
For the last twenty years of Anneliese’s life, she fought a valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease. She continued to write poetry as long as she was physically able.
James Laird, who lived in Philipse Manor, was the designer of Slapering Hol Press chapbooks for about a decade and served on the board of directors of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. He created the Slapering Hol Press logo which is in continued use. His creativity and light-hearted spirit were always appreciated by those who had the opportunity to work with him. Jim was a graphic designer with a baccalaureate degree from Kent State and a Masters from Syracuse University. He died on January 26, 2011, at the age of 78.
Brenda Connor-Bey was a supporter, together with her husband, Jim Miller, of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. Whether in her output as a poet or in her outreach as a literary ambassador, she represented the Writers’ Center at its best. She served invaluably on our board, and on our Slapering Hol Press Advisory Committee.
The Hudson Valley Writers' Center is located in the Philipse Manor Railroad Station in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Follow the Metro North signs to the station from Route 9, near Historic Hudson Valley's Philipsburg Manor. For more information, call us at (914) 332-5953 or visit our website, www.writerscenter.org. Our programs and events are made possible, in part, by grants from the Bydale Foundation, the David G. Taft Foundation, Maslin Foundation, Eileen Fisher Foundation, the Thendara Foundation, and the William E. Robinson 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 from ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government.
The Hudson Valley Writers' Center, Inc. (HVWC) 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. HVWC is a not-for-profit, IRC section 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions in excess of value received are deductible for Federal Income Tax purposes
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