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Virtual Reading with SHP Editors: Peggy Ellsberg, Jennifer Franklin, Margo Taft Stever

June 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free – $5

Join Slapering Hol Press’s founding and current co-editor, Margo Taft Stever, as she reads from her two new poetry collections, Cracked Piano (CavanKerry Press, 2019) and Ghost Moose (Kattywompus Press, 2019). SHP’s two other co-editors, Peggy Ellsberg and Jennifer Franklin will also read from their most recent collections.

During this difficult time when everyone is deprived of contact with our beloved poetry community, we hope that the SHP virtual reading series will connect and inspire us until we can meet again in person at the Hudson Valley Writers Center. This reading is free and open to the public, via Zoom, but there is a $5 suggested donation. You may always donate more if your budget allows. Thank you for your generosity in assisting to keep HVWC open.

NB: When you sign up online, you will receive an automated reservation with the Zoom link. Please make sure you type your email address correctly when you sign up for your free tickets otherwise you will not receive the zoom link. If you do not receive the link, please email [email protected] the day before the reading.

Peggy R. Ellsberg is a poet and a professor of English at Barnard College in Manhattan. Her poetry and reviews have been published widely in literary journals and magazines such as The Paris Review, Commonweal, Atlantic Monthly, and Salmagundi. Her book, Created to Praise: The Language of Gerard Manley Hopkins, was published by Oxford University Press in 1987. Her new text on Hopkins, The Gospel in Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selections from His Poems, Letters, Journals, and Spiritual Writings, was published in 2017 by Plough. Her chapbook, Riding Out, was published by Kattywompus Press in October 2017.

Jennifer Franklin is the author of Looming (Elixir Press, 2015) and No Small Gift (Four Way Books, 2018). Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Blackbird, Boston Review, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, JAMA, Love’s Executive Order, The Nation, Paris Review, Plume, “poem-a-day” on poets.org, and Prairie Schooner. She teaches poetry in Manhattanville’s MFA program. She also teaches manuscript revision at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, where she runs the reading series and serves as Program Director. She lives in New York City.

Margo Taft Stever’s poetry collections include Cracked Piano (CavanKerry Press, 2019); Ghost Moose (Kattywompus Press, 2019); The Lunatic Ball (Kattywompus Press, 2015); The Hudson Line (Main Street Rag, 2012); Frozen Spring (Mid-List Press First Series Award, 2002), and Reading the Night Sky (Riverstone Press Poetry Chapbook Competition, 1996). She co-authored Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to China (Zhejiang University Press, 2012). Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Verse Daily; Prairie Schooner; Connecticut Review; “poem-a-day” on poets.org, Academy of American Poets; Cincinnati Review; upstreet; Plume; and Salamander. She is founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. She lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York.


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June 7
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $5
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States