Who We Are
Jennifer Franklin, Program Director & Slapering Hol Press Managing Editor
Jennifer Franklin (Program Director since 2014) concentrated in English and Creative Writing at Brown University and her MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. She is the author of two collections No Small Gift (Four Way Books, 2018) Looming Elixir, 2015). She is co-editor of Slapering Hol Press and teaches poetry workshops at the Writers’ Center.
Krista Madsen Managing Director
Krista has written two novels, has been a successful small business entrepreneur, journalist, creative writing instructor and not-for-profit grant administrator. Krista is a cum laude with distinction graduate of Yale University and holds an MFA degree in Creative Writing Fiction from the New School University. Most recently for Historic Hudson Valley she organized the implementation of a New York Community Trust grant to bring an interdisciplinary social studies/art curriculum based on slavery in the colonial north to New York City middle school and high school students. Krista has also been a regular contributor to The Hudson Independent, recording, editing and summarizing oral histories of significant local organizations and individuals in collaboration with the Warner Library in Tarrytown. She lives in Sleepy Hollow with her husband and two children.
Board of Directors
Donald W. Stever, Board Chair
A prominent environmental lawyer, Donald Stever has practiced and taught environmental law for forty-seven years. He is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and is Of Counsel to the law firm K&L Gates LLP, based in the firm’s New York office. He is a widely published author, and his works include, among many others, the multi-volume treatise, Law of Chemical Regulation and Hazardous Waste and an award winning analysis of nuclear power plant licensing, Seabrook and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is a past board chair of the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC ,and currently serves on the boards of directors of Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve and Teatown Lake Reservation. He is a founding board member of the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Inc.
Jim Tilley, Treasurer
Jim Tilley earned a doctorate in Physics from Harvard University in 1975. He worked as an actuary in the life insurance industry from 1975 to 1983 when he joined Morgan Stanley, where he was named a Managing Director in 1987. At Morgan Stanley, he headed Global Fixed Income Research before becoming Chief Information Officer for Institutional Securities in 1997. He retired in 2001, but continued to serve as an Advisory Director until 2007. Since retiring, Jim has published three collections of poetry through Red Hen Press and a short memoir as a Ploughshares e-solo. His first novel will be published in 2019. He lives in Bedford with his wife Deborah Schneider.
Angelina Mak, Secretary
Angelina Mak (Secretary-Treasurer, Executive Committee, Audit Committee). Ms. Mak is a businesswoman who serves as a retail sales consultant. She formerly owned and operated two retail Baskin & Robbins franchises in Westchester County, New York. She previously served on the board of directors for several years and during that period spent several years as corporate secretary.
Paula Armbruster is a retired clinical professor at Yale University. She is the author of numerous books and articles on the subjects of social psychology and social work. Ms. Armbruster is a member of the boards of directors of several arts and culture organizations in New Haven, Connecticut.
Michael A. Baker
Michael Baker has had an eclectic business career developing numerous entrepreneurial ventures. He has been chef/owner of a well-known restaurant and is recently retired from UBS Financial Services. He is currently a partner at Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods in Chappaqua NY. Michael has authored children’s books, cookbooks and a recently performed play at The Arc Stages Theatre in Pleasantville where he is on the Community Board. In addition, he has volunteered for many community organizations including The Open Door Family Medical Center, Loucks Regional Track Meet at the White Plains High School, White Plains Rotary, Connecticut Organic Farmers Association and is a Deputy Fire Chief for The Archville Fire Department in Mt. Pleasant. Michael is honored to now be part of HVWC.
Alan C. Brown, MD
After a 30 plus year career doing eye surgery and general ophthalmology in Manhattan, Dr. Alan C. Brown is devoting most of his time to visiting his children on the West Coast, riding his bicycle and turning an occasional bowl or pepper mill. An amateur wood worker with more tools than he will ever be able to use, he hopes to be able to one day show his grandchildren how to create something beautiful out of the natural objects that surround us.
Alice Campbell-Romano is a writer and film producer who lives in New York and Los Angeles.
Herbert Hadad is an award-winning freelancer writer, who has specialized on topics of family and the Middle East. He is the author of “Finding Immortality: The Making of One American Family,” and is at work on a new collection of essays. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Parenting, Reader’s Digest, Poets & Writers and others. He worked as a reporter for The Times, New York Post, Boston Globe and Keene (N.H.) Sentinel. He also served in New York as a press officer for the U.S. Department of Justice and currently teaches at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY. He has won writing awards from the New York Press Club, Council or the Advancement and Support of Education, Folio magazine and others. Hadad is a governor emeritus of venerable press club called Society of Silurians and a board member of the Rockefeller Preserve. His wife Evelyn and he have three children and live in Pocantico Hills, New York.
Jason Kelly is a Bloomberg News reporter and managing editor of Bloomberg LINK. Kelly is the author of the book The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything. A frequent Bloomberg Television Contributor, Kelly has worked on stories ranging from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to economic advancements made during the war in Afghanistan.
Mary Carroll Linder
John Lyden, MD
John Lyden, M.D. is an orthopedic trauma surgeon at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from HSS at its 26th Annual Tribute Dinner in 2009. He won numerous accolades as a Navy orthopedic surgeon including three Presidential Unit Citations and Bronze Star for his work with the United States Department of Defense’s research team. He serves on various committees at HSS and is involved in a Hudson River Healthcare program that has developed a series of medical clinics for migrant workers in the Hudson Valley.
Wayne L. Miller
Nicholas A. Robinson
Nicholas Adams Robinson joined Margo Stever and Don Stever in supporting their vision to establish the Hudson Valley Writers Center nearly four decades ago. He has served on the HVWC Board for several terms, as a member and officer. He contributed his expertise in historic preservation law for the campaign to save and restore and reposition the landmark Philipse Manor station as the HVWC's home. He was honored by the HVWC at its annual dinner in 19__. In honor of his Grandmother, the poet Sanger-Stewart, her descendants (the Claflin Adams, de Lara, Heathcote and Robinson families) endowed an annual reading for the Center. He is University Professor for the Environment at Pace University and Kerlin Professor Emeritus at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Professor Adjunct at the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He was founding chairman of the Hudson River Greenway Conservancy for the State of New York and throughout his life worked to conceive and develop environmental conservation law in New York and abroad.
Slapering Hol Press
Peggy Ellsberg Co-Editor
Jennifer Franklin Co-Editor
Margo Taft Stever Co-Editor
Slapering Hol Press Advisory Committee
Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Her poems appeared in New Ohio Review, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, PLUME, Poetry London, the NYT, PBS NewsHour, upstreet, The Writer’s Almanac, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day, and Ted Kooser’s column, among others. In 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. Her two books, Talking Underwater and Second Skin were published by Wind Publications in 2007 and 2010. Galapagos Poems published by Kattywompus Press in 2016. Her third full-length collection, Echolocation, will be published by Plume editions in October of 2017.
Susana H. Case
Susana H. Case is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Drugstore Blue, new in 2017 from Five Oaks Press, and 4 Rms w Vu from Mayapple Press, as well as four chapbooks. One of her collections, The Scottish Café, from Slapering Hol Press, was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka by Opole University Press in Poland. Her poems appear widely in magazines and anthologies. Recent poems can be found in: The Cortland Review, Fourteen Hills, Portland Review, Potomac Review, and Rattle, among others. Dr. Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology in New York City.
Suzanne Cleary won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry for her third book, Beauty Mark, published in 2013 by BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her other awards include a Pushcart Prize, the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Her publication credits include the journals The Atlantic, Poetry London, Georgia Review, Sewanee Review, New Ohio Review, Poetry International, and the anthologies Best American Poetry and Poetry 180. She holds an M.A. in Writing from Washington University and a Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Professor of English at the State University of New York at Rockland, Suzanne also teaches as core faculty in the Converse College low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. Former editor of Slapering Hol Press, her website is www.suzanneclearypoet.com.
Julie Danho’s chapbook, Six Portraits, won the 2013 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Mid-American Review, West Branch, Southern Poetry Review, and New Ohio Review, among other journals. She has received a 2015 MacColl Johnson Fellowship as well as fellowships in poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Julie received an M.F.A. from Ohio State University and works as an editor in Providence, Rhode Island.
Lynn McGee is the author of Sober Cooking (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2016), and two award-winning poetry chapbooks: Heirloom Bulldog (Bright Hill Press, 2015) and Bonanza (Slapering Hol Press, 1996). Her poems have appeared in journals including The American Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Ontario Review, Phoebe, Storyscape, Painted Bride Quarterly, Sun Magazine and The New Guard (one poem a finalist and one a semi-finalist in the Knightville Contest judged by Donald Hall). She taught writing at private and public colleges as well as having led poetry workshops in public schools. Lynn is a winner of the Judith's Room Award, was a 2015 Nominee for the Best of the Net award and received both the NYC Literacy Center's Recognition Award and the Heart of the Center Award from the LGBT Community Center in NYC. Today she is a communications manager at Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York.
Meredith has lived and worked in major U.S. cities, small rural towns, and in the suburbs. She draws on all these experiences with poems that see the “small town” embedded in lives in the towering city, the common experiences of life regardless of the setting.
Her chapbook, Out of the Book, appeared in Desire Path, the inaugural volume of The Quartet Series. She was awarded the James J. Nicholson Political Poetry Prize.
Meredith is a founder of Toadlily Press which published perfect bound books, featuring four poets’ chapbooks, for 10 years. Each book featured a diverse group of poets, geographically from Qatar to Washington State, aesthetically from formal to experimental, and demographically from their 20’s through their 70’s. Toadlily poets won Pushcart Prizes, NEA Grants, residency fellowships, and state and regional awards, including the Washington State Poet Laureateship.
Estha Weiner's newest poetry collection is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry, Ireland, in Spring, 2018 She is author of In the Weather of the World (Salmon, 2013), The Mistress Manuscript (Book Works, 2009); Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press, 2009); and co-editor/contributor to Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (Akron Poetry Series, University of Akron Press, 2005.) Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The New Republic and Barrow Street. Winner of a Paterson Poetry Prize and a Visiting Scholar at The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford, England, Estha is founding director of Sarah Lawrence College NY Alumnae Writers Nights, Marymount Writers Nights, and a Speaker on Shakespeare for The New York Council For The Humanities. She is a Professor in the English Dept. at City College of NY, and serves or has served on the Poetry/Writing faculties of The Frost Place, Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute, Hudson Valley Writers Center, Stone Coast Writers Conference, Poets and Writers, Poets House, and The Writers Voice. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of Slapering Hol Press, Hudson Valley Writers Center. In her previous life, Estha was an actor and worked for BBC Radio.
Literary Advisory Committee
Rowan Ricardo Phillips