Now Celebrating 20 Years of Anthology and 19 Years of Chapbook Publication  

The Hudson Valley Writers' Center
Sleepy Hollow, New York


In this issue...
  • Excerpts from Estha Weiner’s New Book
  • Slapering Hol Press’s new Conversation Series chapbook
  • Cindy Beer-Fouhy on SHP's Poets and Writers on War & Peace
  • The Palm Beach Poetry Festival;
  • An Update from SHP Author Mary Kaiser
  • Helen Barolini’s Hudson River Haiku

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 Two Poems from Estha Weiner's new book 

Transfiguration Begins At Home

Scatology Series

Marek calls the erotic
sculptures he invites me to see
at the gallery where I run
into the man
who'd once been my life,
who'd introduced me to Marek;
"Scatology Series," to which I bring
another man, whom I met through
another man, who has twice been my lover,
and friend to both men I've already mentioned,
but not to Marek, whose wife is here
and helped with the opening of "Scatology Series,"
although they're living apart;
and I gaze at the objects
Marek has sculpted, sensuous urinals
in purest white porcelain, mounted
on steel, and I learn
that the man who'd once been my life
will be married in autumn,
(although this didn't happen),
and I leave with the man
whom I brought to the gallery
who will soon have to leave
to dine with the son of the woman
who has left him for the third time. 

Scatology Series was originally published in The New Republic and also in The Mistress Manuscript


Don't wear it
said the mother--It
makes you look

Wear it
said the Irish lover--It
looks terrific
on you.

Won't have it
in the house
said the friend--It
reminds me
of my husband
who loved
Lipstick    Silk
Maraschino    Geranium
Tomato    Lobster
Fire    Radish
Toenail    Polish    Blood.

ESTHA WEINER is co-editor and contributor to Blues For Bill: A  Tribute To William Matthews (Akron Poetry Series, 2005), and author of The Mistress Manuscript (Book Works, 2009) and Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The New Republic and Barrow Street.  She serves on the Advisory Board of Slapering Hol Press, Hudson Valley Writers Center. In her previous life, Estha was an actor and worked for BBC radio.  Her new book is forthcoming from Salmon Press.

Denise Duhamel has agreed to do the second Slapering Hol Press Conversation chapbook with Amy Lemmon as the "emerging” poet. The manuscript is nearly done and it is currently being edited! We'll let you know as soon as we have any updates!
Denise Duhamel is the author of numerous books and chapbooks of poetry, including Ka-Ching! (University of Pittsburgh, 2009), Two and Two (2005), and Mille et un sentiments (Firewheel Editions, 2005).  She received a B.F.A. degree from Emerson College and a M.F.A. degree from Sarah Lawrence College.

Amy Lemmon is the author of two poetry collections: Fine Motor (Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Press, 2008) and Saint Nobody (Red Hen Press, 2009). Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Verse, Court Green, The Journal, Barrow Street, and many other magazines and anthologies. Amy holds a PhD in English/Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati.

Poets & Writers on War & Peace:
D. Nurkse, Frances Richey, and Community Writers
by Cindy Beer-Fouhy

Another “standing room only” success,  HVWC’s Slapering Hol Press presented our fourth annual Veteran’s Day ”Poets & Writers on War and Peace” featuring   award winning poet and human rights activist D. Nurkse, poet Frances Richey and community poets whose work was selected from our juried competition.. The audience included  our diverse community of literary supporters as well as Veterans, who each year, attend  and participate in  the event.    The reading was part of the Slapering Hol Press Second Friday Café Reading Series.

The event's feature readings began with award winning Poet Frances Richey whose book,  The Warrior. A Mother’s Story of a Son at War (Viking; 2008), was nominated for a Pushcart Award. In addition to reading  selections of her book, Richey shared personal stories regarding  the context of several poems Poet  D. Nurkse, the award winning  author of nine books of poetry, followed with selections of his  work including poems from  his most recent book The Border Kingdom.

Following the feature poets, selected community poets and writers who submitted work for consideration by a panel of SHP judges read their work. Community writers included a range of published and novice poets including: Andrew Acciaro, Andrea Alterman, Michael Carman, Philip M. Carr-Harris, Gretl Claggett, Gillian Cummings, Terry Dugan, Ruth D. Handel, Margaret Kogan, Gloria Lazar, Natalie Safir, Mervyn Taylor, Christina Turczyn, and Laura Vookles.

Plans are underway for the 2010 Poets and Writers on War an Peace scheduled for Friday November 12th. Check the HVWC website for updates and information for submitting work for consideration for this reading. For updates and information about other readings at the HVWC, log onto our website

This event was  made possible with a re-grant from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

2010 Call for Submissions
Those interested in reading at the November 12th , 2010 Slapering Hol Press (SHP) 5th Annual Poets and Writers on War and Peace gathering at the Writers' Center (with featured poets and writers from David Surface's writers workshop with Veterans) 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 10/1/2010.

Send submissions to:

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

Palm Beach Poetry Festival Beats Cold Snap

by Margo Stever

For the last six years, poet Miles Coon (MFA, Sarah Lawrence College) has organized the Palm Beach Poetry Festival at the Old School Square Cultural Arts Center in Delray Beach, Florida.  Held this year from January 18-32, the festival featured poets Marie Howe, Tom Lux, David Wojahn, Carolyn Fourche, Kevin Young, Stephen Dobyns, Mary Cornish, and Ilya Kaminisky.  The festival attendees participated in a workshop each morning, listened to craft talks in the afternoons, and attended poetry readings each evening.  Special events such as performance poetry and participant readings were also included as part of the festival fare.  For anyone who has a spare week in January and an intense interest in focusing on their own poetry, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, with its relaxed and supportive ambience, is the perfect antidote to the cold.

From left to right at the PBPF Benefit Gala: photographer Lynn Butler who did the photo on the cover of Margo Stever’s book, Frozen Spring, and on the front of What's Become of Eden: Poems of Family at Century's End, a Slapering Hol Press anthology, Don Stever, Vice-Chairperson, HVWC Board of Directors, Susan Williamson, Assistant Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and Margo Stever.

An Update from Mary Kaiser author of Falling Into Velázquez

I'm hoping to pull together my full-length collection of my Shaker poems in the next few weeks.   I've published a number of the poems from the book, one was selected by Wendell Berry as an Honorable Mention in the Thomas Merton poetry contest this past year, and an excerpt from the manuscript came in as a Distinguished Entry in the Campbell Corner contest.   Last summer, I attended Bread Loaf and worked with Linda Bierds, who was very encouraging and helpful.  

The  publication of my chapbook was a pivotal and defining moment in my career.  After working for about twenty years as a scholar and reviewer, I made the transition to writing poetry in my mid-forties, when I was fully engaged as a community college teacher and the mother of two school-age children.  I had no opportunity for full-time study, so I worked feverishly through an apprenticeship as a poet by taking workshops online and attending summer conferences and week-long workshops.  The manuscript of Falling into Velazquez was the end product of five years of intensive work, and when it was published by Slapering Hol Press, I felt that I'd passed through the apprentice stage.  The publication for me marked the beginning of my life as a mature poet, and gave me the affirmation I needed to move on with poetry.

I know that the beautiful letter-press printing of Slapering Hol's chapbooks makes every poet feel honored and recognized with a truly beautiful presentation, and the invitation to read at the Writers' Center is a thrill for every winner, but I feel that in my usual career trajectory, Slapering Hol was my portal into the identity of a creative writer, and for that admission, I will always be deeply grateful.

Helen Barolini’s Hudson River Haiku published by Slapering Hol Press to Celebrate the 2009 Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial

The Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson, Robert Fulton, and Samuel de Champlain’s voyages up the Hudson River are celebrated in Helen Barolini’s, Hudson River Haiku, published by Slapering Hol Press.  In addition to Barolini’s haiku, the  chapbook includes watercolors by Italian Artist Nevio Mengacci.  Hudson River Haiku is co-edited by the co-founder of HVWC and poet Margo Stever and editor Jo Ann Clark.

The Hudson Valley Writers' Center staff is:

Frank Juliano - Executive Director
Ryan J. Conatti - Assistant to the Director/Office Manager
Jean Schatz - Administrative Assistant

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, the Morgan Stanley Foundation, the Orchard 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 of the Westchester Arts Council 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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