History

 

 

 

The Hudson Valley Writers' Center was incorporated on August 5, 1988. Its mission is to advance the art and craft of writing by encouraging writers and readers of all levels to participate in and enjoy the literary arts. It is the only cultural organization of significant size in the Hudson Valley north of NYC devoted exclusively to literary activities, and it is providing residents with a wide range of literary experiences previously unavailable.

 

In 2008, HVWC received three honors within three months: The Westchester Arts Council 2008 Arts Organization of the Year; the 2008 Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson’s President’s Award for Community Work; Westchester Magazine’s 2008 Best of Westchester Edit Pick for “Source for Literary Inspiration.”

 

The Center hosts over 40 readings by poets, fiction and non-fiction authors, and playwrights yearly, holds a monthly open mic night, offers up to 30 workshops weekly, arranges visits by writers to community sites for one-time interactions and residencies, and publishes chapbooks annually under its Slapering Hol Press imprint.

 

In 1982, with the assistance of a Westchester Council of the Arts decentralization grant, Margo Taft Stever initiated the Sleepy Hollow Poetry series at the Warner Library in Tarrytown, New York. After many years, Stever and the founding board determined that establishing a writers' center would be a good idea. Since 1990, the Center has offered workshops of all genres. The center holds at least forty readings and eighty classes annually. From the outset, the mission of the Writers' Center has been to "advance the art and craft of writing."

 

 

1982

Margo Taft Stever launches the Sleepy Hollow Poetry Series (SHPS) at the Warner Library in Tarrytown.

 

1988

Margo Taft Stever broadens the programmatic scope of the SHPS by founding The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.
On June 28th, HVWC becomes incorporated. The original Board of Directors consists of Margo Taft Stever, Donald Stever, Nicholas Robinson, and Patricia Farewell.

 

1990

Margo Taft Stever founds Slapering Hol Press (SHP) which publishes its first chapbook, Voices from the River.

 

1991

The Philipse Manor Railroad Station is placed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.
SHP publishes Dina Ben-Lev’s Note for a Missing Friend, the winning entry of its first annual chapbook competition.

 

1993

HVWC receives Westchester Arts Council Arts Award for Best Arts Organization.

 

1995

Reconstruction of the Railroad Station begins.
HVWC establishes a literacy project at the Coachman Family Center.


1996

HVWC celebrates the opening of its new railroad station home with a reading by Billy Collins.

 

2000

HVWC launches its new website, www.writerscenter.org.

 

2005

HVWC receives the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York State for its station restoration

 

2008

SHP launches its Conversation Series, Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, by Elizabeth Alexander and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon.
Granted Westchester Arts Council’s prize for best arts organization.

 

2009

HVWC celebrates the quadricentennial of the Hudson River exploration by publishing Hudson River Haiku by Helen Barolini.

 

2010

SHP celebrates 20 years of publishing.

 

2013 

SHP is featured at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference and Bookfair in Boston.

 

2014 

SHP launches the the inaugural chapbook box set for the African Poetry Chapbook Series in association with the African Poetry Book Fund/Prairie Schooner, and University of Nebraska with support from The Poetry Foundation. HVWC and SHP featured at multiple AWP panels in Seattle.