HVWC History: a Timeline
With the assistance of a Westchester Council of the Arts decentralization grant, Margo Taft Stever initiated the Sleepy Hollow Poetry Series (SHPS) at the Warner Library in Tarrytown, New York.
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, her husband Donald Stever, Nicholas Robinson, and Patricia Farewell.
Margo Taft Stever founds Slapering Hol Press (SHP) which publishes its first chapbook, Voices from the River.
The Philipse Manor Railroad Station in Sleepy Hollow is placed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Slapering Hol Press publishes Dina Ben-Lev’s Note for a Missing Friend, the winning entry of its first annual chapbook competition.
HVWC receives Westchester Arts Council Arts Award for Best Arts Organization.
Reconstruction of the Railroad Station begins. HVWC establishes a literacy project at the Coachman Family Center for homeless youth and families in White Plains.
HVWC celebrates the opening of its new railroad station home with a reading by Billy Collins.
HVWC launches its new website, www.writerscenter.org.
HVWC receives the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York State for its station restoration.
SHP launches its Conversation Series, Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, by Elizabeth Alexander and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. HVWC receives 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 Editors' Pick for “Source for Literary Inspiration.
HVWC celebrates the quadricentennial of the Hudson River exploration by publishing Hudson River Haiku by Helen Barolini.
SHP celebrates 20 years of publishing.
SHP is featured at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference and Bookfair in Boston.
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 are featured at multiple AWP panels in Seattle.
30-years strong, HVWC revises its mission, launches a new website and releases a new logo, all leading up to a special anniversary gala featuring Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham.