The Hudson Valley Writers Center presides over a great river of language, heart, and imagination.”

-Fred Marchant




The staff and the board of the Hudson Valley Writers Center are dismayed by the horrific violence against innocent people, especially Black and Asian Americans. The dual viruses that are sweeping the country—coronavirus and systemic racism—are both emphasizing the undeniable inequality that exists in our society. 

Here at HVWC we believe in the importance of creative writing and the empathy and creativity it offers to the world. But we also believe that writing without action will not contribute to the change that is sorely needed. In our thirty year history, HVWC has been committed to amplifying diverse readers in our reading series, hiring teachers from diverse backgrounds, and through Slapering Hol Press, the small press imprint of the Hudson Valley Writers Center, to publishing poets of diverse ethnicities. In our roles as writers, editors, and administrators we can always do more. Words matter but they matter most if they are paired with decisive action. We are now offering two scholarships to students of color in each and every one of our one-day classes and are committed to expanding this program. We stand in solidarity with those who are suffering and those who are outraged at this injustice and inequality.






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