Years of Chapbook Publication, 19 Years of Anthology Publication
Hudson Valley Writers' Center
NEWSLETTER OF SLAPERING HOL PRESS
Hol Press, the small press imprint of The Hudson Valley Writers' Center,
founded in 1990 to publish emerging poets and thematic anthologies.
introduction to our new co-editor,
Martin Mitchell and a few words of thanks to our former co-editors, Suzanne
Cleary and Renato Rosaldo; photos
from the Liz Ahl and Cornelius Eady reading at the Philipse Manor train
station, the chapbook panel, "The Chapbook and the Emerging Poet,"
and the Slapering Hol Press chapbook reading at the Old Forge Arts Center.
Also, an interview with former
chapbook competition winner, Jianqing Zheng, on his Fulbright to China
and excerpts from new collections
by former competition winners Ellen Goldsmith and Rachel Loden. See
our list of 2009 chapbook competition
14, November 2009
at the Writers' Center
Best of Westchester Magazine Editors' Pick for
"Best Bargain Date"
Hol Press is pleased to announce that Martin Mitchell has joined the press
as co-editor, with founding editor Margo Stever.
The press would like
to thank Renato Rosaldo for his service as co-editor after the retirement
of Suzanne Cleary from that position.
The press and its authors
are grateful to Rosaldo and Cleary for their enthusiasm, expertise, and dedicated
service to the work of emerging poets and the art of poetry.
joins founding editor Margo Stever in the co-editorship of the press as it moves
into a new phase of growth. Stever writes, "My hope for the Slapering Hol
Press is that we can maintain the quality of the press and add publications."
Martin Mitchell is a former editor of Rattapallax (2001-06) and of
Pivot (1983-98) and reviewed films for several publications, including
After Dark for the length of its existence (1968-81). He is a contributing
editor of BigCityLit and of The Same and is on the board of Bright Hill
Press. He has served on the Slapering Hol Press Advisory Committee for many years.
B. K. Fischer and Susana Case
Liz Ahl, Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Winner for A Thirst That's Partly
Mine, which has been named one of the Best Books for Spring, 2009 by The
Montserrat Review. Jonathan Santore, composer and chair of the Department
of Music, Theatre and Dance, at Plymouth State University, is setting three of
the poems from A Thirst That's Partly Mine into a choral piece for the
NH Master Chorale.
Liz Ahl reading from her chapbook at the Hudson Valley Writers Center
Hol Press event in March 2009 with Cornelius Eady:
by Fred Yee
Hol Press at the Chapbook panel, "The Chapbook and the Emerging Poet,"
that took place at the Fort Washington Branch Library and was organized by Patricia
Eakins through the New York Public Library, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance,
and the Sunday Best Reading Series (panelists Margo Stever and Meredith
Trede on the left):
by Brad Kenyon
Hol Press chapbook reading at the Old Forge Arts Center (Liz Ahl, on the
left, and Susana Case, on the right) July 2009:
by Don Stever
with Jianqing Zheng
2001 Chapbook Competition Winner / Fulbright
to Jianqing Zheng, former chapbook competition winner, for his Fulbright
in China. We asked him to tell us a little about his plans and recent accomplishments:
1) Where are you going in China for your Fulbright and when do you leave? How
long will you be there?
am going to Wuhan for my Fulbright, and I plan to leave in late August. First
I will go to Beijing for orientation at the US Embassy and then to the host university.
I will stay there for five months. In fact, I was awarded the ten-month Fulbright
grant, but for certain reasons and my obligations in my home university, I can
only stay there for five months.
What will you be doing there?
I will teach two American Literature courses. I hope to teach Introduction to
American Poetry and Modern Literature. I will certainly use this chance to write
some poems. I think I need a change, a change for a new focus on my creative writing.
I will travel too. I hope to do poetry reading from my chapbook as a published
poet from SHP.
What work have you done since the publication of your Slapering Hol Press chapbook,
The Landscape of Mind?
my Slapering Hol Press chapbook publication, I began to try my luck for book publication.
Unfortunately, the best results I received from the book competition were a finalist
from the University of Pittsburgh Press and a semifinalist from the Crab Orchard
Series. The poetry market is scarce, and I don't send out my manuscript very often,
so I don't have more chances to hit the target. I am more and more interested
in editing. I edit Poetry South, Valley Voices: A Literary Review,
and Haiku Page. I am also associate editor of Notes on American Literature
for the NCTE Assembly on American Literature. I have established the Yazoo River
Press, and the website (www.yazooriverpress.com) is still under construction.
How has the publication of your chapbook facilitated other of your accomplishments?
publication of The Landscape of Mind with Slapering Hol Press is significant.
It was like the first bite of a piece of watermelon in hot summer. Juicy, sweet,
cool. Since then, I was fortunate to take some bites of other accomplishments.
I received the Literary Arts Fellowship for Excellence in Poetry and two mini-grants
from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Humanities Teacher Award
for which I made a presentation on how I became a Mississippi poet. I was invited
to have my poems showcased on the Southern Arts Federation's webpage. I also served
as a grant panelist for the Mississippi Arts Commission. More importantly, I still
Zheng is Professor of English at Mississippi Valley State University and editor
of Valley Voices and Poetry South. His chapbook, The Landscape
of Mind, won the 2001 Slapering Hol Press Poetry Competition. He is the recipient
of grants and awards from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Humanities
Council, the NEH, and the East-West Center in Hawaii. He is a former writer-in-residence
for the Mississippi Arts Commission's All-Write Project. His work has appeared
in Mississippi Review, Poetry East, Poet Lore, The Antigonish
Review, and Hanging Loose, among other publications. He has received
the Fulbright Scholar award to China for 2009-2010.
to Ellen Goldsmith on her new chapbook, Such Distances, published
by Broad Cove Press, from which an excerpt is reprinted below:
caw, the rumble
of a plane overhead,
bird sound and bee buzz.
here to read,
uninterrupted by phone,
dusty tables, unmade beds.
There is nothing I need
to do for the cove. I can
leave the grasses as
The water comes and goes.
The wind makes its own decisions.
(Image reprinted from
Goldsmith is the author of two chapbooks – Such Distances and No Pine
Tree in This Forest Is Perfect. Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines
and journals including Bangor Metro, California Quarterly, the
Kerf, Off the Coast and Wolf Moon Journal. She has been selected
twice as one of ten poets for the Belfast Poetry Festival. A professor emerita
of The City University of New York, she lives in Cushing Maine. Please email the
author at email@example.com for further
information on her new chapbook.
to Rachel Loden on her new book, Dick of the Dead, published by
Ahsatta Press, from which an excerpt is reprinted below:
Solanas shot Andy Warhol
and was wrong about most everything
her boredom. That was real.
Valerie, let’s cut up verbiage and not
We won’t outlaw them
although they are as delicate as glass
beads sewn to ancient moccasins
and as mysterious as Brillo boxes
in a museum. O city of men!
We wandered in you aimlessly on long,
Italian afternoons, reminiscing
about your beauty like historians.
Loden first wrote about Nixon in Hotel Imperium, which won the Contemporary
Poetry Series Competition of the University of Georgia Press (and in the prizewinning
chapbook that preceded it, The Last Campaign). It was named one of the
ten best poetry books of the year by The San Francisco Chronicle, which
called it "quirky and beguiling," and was shortlisted for the Bay Area
Book Reviewers Award. More recently she published The Richard Nixon Snow Globe,
a chapbook, with Wild Honey Press in Ireland, and her work has appeared in two
volumes of the Best American Poetry series, the Pushcart Prize anthology,
and numerous magazines, including New American Writing, The Paris Review,
Thorson in Open Letters writes, "In Loden's world, not only is the
spirit of Tricky Dick capable of rising again, possessing the occupants of the
White House, and driving the world awry, but poetry has the capacity to renew
itself and respond to these events. Her updates transform poems that had become
museum pieces – beloved objects shut up behind the glass case of poetic memory
and reverence – into living, vital work again, ready to kick up a fuss."
Further information on the book can be found at: http://ahsahtapress.boisestate.edu/books/loden/loden.htm
Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition Winner Announced
Congratulations to 2009 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition winner,
for her winning manuscript,
Blues This Raucous Song
and to runners-up:
Cummings, Hiroshima Haibun
Rachel Malis, Call This Odessa
Gilley, A Handful of Bright Change
Ron Lavalette, Fallen Away
Katie Phillips, Driving Montana, Alone
for our next issue with excerpts from their chapbooks.
edited by Susana H Case
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