Now Celebrating 21 Years of Anthology and 20 Years of Chapbook Publication  

The Hudson Valley Writers' Center
Sleepy Hollow, New York


In this issue...
  • A poem by Meredith Trede

  • Garrison Keillor Reads SHP on NPR's "The Writer's Almanac"
  • Cindy Beer-Fouhy on SHP's Poets and Writers on War & Peace
  • Susana H. Case reports from Poland
  • Recent reviews of SHP Chapbooks

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A Poem From Meredith Trede
(A member of the SHP Advisory Committee)


Working Around Peterson's Field Guide  

as the cormorant unfurls his heraldic wings
that pose
              the roofer is here       his task directly below
my window      movements deliberate

                    as is my gaze
on the page

                                                    he preens
on the piling   dives snake like beneath
the river's surface

                        how can he hoist such a long
ladder            copper-gold tanned skin
     must look up deltoids

        the long submersion of a creature
without gills

        the cutout sides of his turquoise shirt

dark plumage              lumbering wide-winged giant

        the stroking syllables of latissimus dorsi

so slow          to elevate

the backbeat of hammer, saw and staple

            so swift
                        in descent
triceps contract, biceps flex the right

            slender hooked bill raised

have a nice day, ma'am

                                swimming low, like a loon

Previously published in PMSpoemmemoirstory.

Meredith Trede's book of poems, Field Theory, is coming out this fall from Stephen F. Austin State University Press. She is a founding publisher of Toadlily Press and her chapbook, Out of the Book, was published in Desire Path, the inaugural volume of The Quartet Series. Some journals that have published her poems are Barrow Street, Blueline, Gargoyle, and The Paris Review.  She has received fellowships from Blue Mountain Center, Ragdale, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Virginia and France.

Congratulations to Slapering Hol press authors read on NPR's The Writer's Almanac:

To hear Garrison Keillor read Katie Phillips' poem, "Driving Montana, Alone" on NPR's "The Writer's Almanac" Friday, February 25, click here.

Katie Phillips won the 2010 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition.


Poems by other Slapering Hol Press chapbook competition winners have also been read by Garrison Keillor on "The Writer's Almanac."

To hear Ellen Goldsmith's poem, "The Secret of Life," click here.

To hear David Tucker's poem, "Snowbound," click here.



Poets & Writers on War & Peace

Plans are underway for the 2011 Poets and Writers on War an Peace Reading scheduled for Friday November 11th. So far the evening will feature readings from Richard Levine and Daniel Wolfe along with a whole cast of comunity readers. Make sure to check the HVWC website for updates as the event draws nearer.

2011 Call for Submissions

Those interested in reading at the November 11th 6th Annual Poets and Writers on War and Peace gathering at the Writers' Center  may submit up to three samples of original poems or prose for consideration. Each piece should be no longer than two pages (double spaced), as there is a three minute limit per reader at the event. Please include name, e-mail address and /or phone number at top of submission for notification of acceptance. Only those accepted will be notified.

Email submissions will not be considered. Submissions must be postmarked no later than 9/30/2011.

Send submissions to:

Writers On War & Peace - Submissions
The Hudson Valley Writers' Center
300 Riverside Drive
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591


A Poetry Reading in Poland

By Susana H. Case

In 2002, I was the Slapering Hol Press chapbook competition winner for The Scottish Café, a collection of poems about mathematicians in pre-World War II Poland.  The following year, Prof. Roman Duda translated two of them into Polish for the Warsaw journal Mathematical News (Wiadomo?ci Matematyczne). Then, after Nowy Dziennik, the Polish-language American newspaper interviewed me, I was contacted by Seweryn Makosa, who translated several of the poems into Polish for Glaukopis, a Polish literary magazine and completed a translation of the entire Slapering Hol Press chapbook for an Opole University Press dual-language edition of the poems that was published in the Fall of 2010.

This May, I was invited to Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland to participate in a symposium on the 100th anniversary of the granting of a Ph.D. to Hugo Steinhaus, one of the mathematicians in my poems, who graduated from that university.  As Prof. Alex Weron told me, Hugo Steinhaus is still very popular in Poland.  I suggested that a Polish reader accompany me in reading a selection of the poems in both languages, since I was allocated a very generous 30 minutes for my part of the symposium.  Since I know no Polish myself, I was very curious how the poems would sound, since some of the consonants sound different and each language has sounds that do not exist in the other language.  I imagine that differences in word order also affected the sound, although it's hard for me to know in what way.

It was a thrilling experience to have this international recognition, which included an interview by Anna Markwart in Krakow for the cultural magazine Pressje and, of course, it would not have been possible, without Slapering Hol Press having originally published the poems in 2002. The Polish parts were read by Lech Piechota, a student at the University.  The last photo also shows the conference organizer, Prof. Alex Weron.  I was the only poet at what was essentially a math and physics conference.  The poetry was well-received and many were interested in obtaining the poems.  There were upwards of 50 people in the audience and I was told at the reception afterward that a poetry reading brought something very different to the symposium, something that the attendees seemed to enjoy.

Susana H. Case, a professor and program coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology, has recent work in many journals, including Hawai'I Pacific Review, Portland Review, and Potomac Review. Her chapbooks include, The Scottish Café (Slapering Hol Press), Anthropologist In Ohio (Main Street Rag Publishing Company), and The Cost Of Heat (Pecan Grove Press).   An English-Polish reprint of The Scottish Café, Kawiarnia Szkocka, was published by Opole University Press in Poland.  Forthcoming is her Manual of Practical Sexual Advice from Kattywompus Press.



Recent Reviews

For reviews of Katie Phillips' Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition Winner, Driving Montana, Alone, at click here and to read the review in Gulfstream click here.

For a review of Liz Ahl's Slapering Hol Press chapbook,  A Thirst That's Partly Mine, in Galatea Resurrection click here.


The Hudson Valley Writers' Center staff is:

Frank Juliano - Executive Director
Ryan J. Conatti - Slapering Hol Press Managing Editor/Assistant to the Director/Office Manager

Let us know what you think! Feel free to contact us with any comments, questions, or suggestions! 

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, 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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