2017 Benefit Gala honoring Nick Flynn, Jim Tilley, & Sr. Susan Gardella
Mark the date, donate auction items, and buy your tickets now for the HVWC's biggest annual production. Read more about our honorees, the music, the venue, and the Writers' Center mission here.
Our annual benefit at Tappan Hill features the live music of Bear 54, the delicious food and drinks from Abigail Kirsch catering, auction-item shopping courtesy of so many generous business owners and friends of the HVWC, and three very special honorees: author/poet Nick Flynn, Board member James Tilley, and Executive Director of the RHSM LIFE Center, Sister Susan Gardella.
The gala is a great celebration of literature and its supporters, but it's also a fundraiser. Please support the Center and our community programs by purchasing tickets and donating generously to the gala. Current HVWC teachers and students are eligible for discounted tickets but if you can afford the regular price, please purchase those instead. Your money will be put to good use. And if you happen to giving or going to the gala for the first time (or higher than your usual amount), your contribution can now go twice as far.
Through the Art$WChallenge program, every new dollar donated (up to $5,000 per organization until all available funds have been allocated) WILL BE MATCHED by ArtsWestchester.
This Year's Honorees
Nick Flynn was born in Scituate, Massachusetts. He worked as a ship’s captain and at a homeless shelter in Boston before being awarded a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. After the two-year fellowship he moved to New York City, where he earned his MFA from New York University and taught in Columbia University’s Writing Project.
He is the author of the poetry collections My Feelings (Graywolf Press, 2015), The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands (Graywolf Press, 2011), Blind Huber (Graywolf Press, 2002), and Some Ether (Graywolf Press, 2000), which was the recipient of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award.
Nick Flynn is also the author of the memoirs The Reenactments (Graywolf Press, 2013), The Ticking Is the Bomb (W. W. Norton, 2010), and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004), which received the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, has been widely translated, and was adapted into the film Being Flynn. He was awarded the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Amy Lowell Trust. He teaches at the University of Houston and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Susan Gardella is the Executive Director of RSHM Life Center in Sleepy Hollow, where our dedicated teachers (Micahel Patrick Collins and Joan Potter) work in the after-school program to teach creative writing to the students of our local Latino youth.
Jim Tilley, Canadian-born and a physicist by education, is an American poet and novelist who previously worked at senior management levels in the insurance and investment banking businesses. He is being honored for his invaluable contributions to HVWC as a board member and treasurer.
Live Music from
Bear 54 is a city based ensemble devoted to a range of music, from the loosely termed "New Music" of downtown that spawned Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, and Laurie Andersen, etc., through pop and dance music. In the latter genre, the group tends to focus on work of the late avant guard pioneer Arthur Russell, as well as on our own compositions and occasional selected covers. The members have worked (on stage and in the studio) with notable groups and individuals, including the Modern Lovers, David Byrne, David Johansen, the Tricia Brown Dance Company, Paul Simon, Joey Ramone, and Allen Ginsberg—just to give a sense of the group's diverse reach. The sound is for both listening and dancing.
Recent NY gigs of note
Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM Cafe doing a night of Arthur Russell’s Music, Howl Gallery, 6 East 1st St. for Allen Ginsberg’s Birthday
Other venues are
Le Poisson Rouge
The New Museum
The Poetry Project (St. Mark Church)
Bergen Community College Ciccone Theatre
Socrates Sculpture Park
Exile On Bowery
Tompkins Square Park, Howl Music Festival
Mustafa Ahmed: percussion
Joyce Bowden: voice
Ernie Brooks: bass and vocal
Bill Ruyle: drums, hammer dulcimer
Peter Zummo: Trombone,vocals
From their website:
Tappan Hill Mansion is located on the former estate of Mark Twain in the scenic Hudson Valley. Just 45 minutes from midtown Manhattan, the Mansion is easily accessible from the entire tri-state area. Nestled on a hilltop overlooking the Hudson, this stunning stone structure features luxurious rooms and garden terraces.