Poem From Meredith Trede
of the SHP Advisory Committee)
Around Peterson's Field Guide
the cormorant unfurls his heraldic wings
the roofer is here his
task directly below
my window movements deliberate
is my gaze
on the page
on the piling dives snake like beneath
how can he hoist such
copper-gold tanned skin
must look up deltoids
the long submersion of a creature
the cutout sides of
his turquoise shirt
lumbering wide-winged giant
the stroking syllables
of latissimus dorsi
slow to elevate
backbeat of hammer, saw and staple
triceps contract, biceps flex the right
hooked bill raised
a nice day, ma'am
low, like a loon
published in PMSpoemmemoirstory.
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.
KEILLOR READS SHP AUTHORS ON NPR
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
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
To hear David Tucker's poem, "Snowbound," click
& Writers on War & Peace
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.
Call for Submissions
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
Writers On War & Peace
The Hudson Valley Writers' Center
300 Riverside Drive
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Poetry Reading in Poland
Susana H. Case
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
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
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.
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
Szkocka, was published by Opole University
Press in Poland. Forthcoming is her Manual
of Practical Sexual Advice from Kattywompus
reviews of Katie Phillips' Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition Winner, Driving
Montana, Alone, at Newpages.com click
here and to read the review in Gulfstream click
For a review of Liz Ahl's Slapering Hol Press
chapbook, A Thirst That's Partly Mine, in Galatea Resurrection
Hudson Valley Writers' Center staff is:
Juliano - Executive Director
J. Conatti - Slapering Hol Press Managing Editor/Assistant to the Director/Office
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, 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
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.