Hudson Valley Writers' Center
and Slapering Hol Press
at The Neuberger Museum
June 13th, 2007, 6:15 pm
Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 6:15 pm
Inspired by Nature: Wednesday, June 13th
Join us at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, for a tour of Cleve Gray: Man and Nature, after which authors affiliated with Manhattanville College's Inkwell literary journal and The Hudson Valley Writers' Center's Slapering Hol Press will read their poetry and prose inspired by the natural world. A reception will follow the reading.
Inkwell readers include: Christine Orchanian Adler, whose poetry has appeared in Penumbra and Coal: A Poetry Anthology; Ann Cefola, author of Sugaring, winner of the 2001 Robert Penn Warren Award; Ira Joe Fisher, Emmy-Award winner and author of Remembering Rew and Some Holy Weight in the Village Air; John McCluskey, a regular contributor to Inkwell; Laurel Peterson, whose work has been published in the Atlanta Review, Yankee, and The Distillery; Linda Simone, whose Cow Tippers won the 2006 Shadow Poetry Chapbook Competition; Karen Steinmetz, whose first novel, The Mourning Wars, will be published by Roaring Brook Press next spring; and Dianalee Velie, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and author of three poetry collections.
Slapering Hol Press readers include: Cindy Beer-Fouhy, whose poetry was published in Bronx Accent: A Literary and Pictorial History of the Bronx; Suzanne Cleary, whose awards include a Pushcart Prize, the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America; Brenda Connor-Bey, poet laureate of the town of Greenburgh and 2002 recipient of the Outstanding Arts Educator award from the Westchester Fund for Women and Girls; Ann Lauinger, whose book Persuasions of Fall won the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry in 2004; Sean Nevin, editor of 22 Across: A Review of Young Writers; Margo Stever, founder and current board member of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center; Meredith Trede, co-publisher of Toadlily Press; David Tucker, one of two 2007 Witter Bynner fellows and the managing editor of Metro News for the Star Ledger; and Estha Weiner, co-editor and contributor to Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews, and the 2005 winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize.
Admission $6; $3 for Museum and Hudson Valley Writers’ Center members; Free to Purchase and Manhattanville College faculty, staff and students
Threnody: Wednesday, July 11th
This inspiring literary tribute to Cleve Gray's site-specific work focuses on the themes of war and peace. After a guided tour, authors who have interpreted Threnody through commissioned poems, created since the opening of the exhibition, will read their poetry.
The program is a collaboration of the writing program at Manhattanville College and The Hudson Valley Writers' Center. Poets will include Manhattanville College's 2007 Summer Writers' Week students of poet Suji Kwock-Kim, and students of the Writers' Center's poetry workshop taught by poet Suzanne Cleary. Ms. Kwock-Kim's Notes from a Divided Country won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, The Nation/Discovery Award, and was a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Pushcart Prize winner Suzanne Cleary is the author of two poetry collections, Keeping Time and Trick Pear.
Additionally, Francine du Plessix Gray, noted author and widow of Cleve Gray, will read from her memoir; and author Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, will read from his critically-acclaimed memoir, Chasing Ghosts.
A reception and book signing follows the reading.
$6; $3 for Museum and Hudson Valley Writers’ Center members; Free
to Purchase College faculty, staff and students
Programs and events of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center are made possible, in part, by grants from the Bydale Foundation, the David G. Taft Foundation, the Orchard Foundation, and the Thendara 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.