• What a terrific gem, where art and poetry is encouraged and revitalized. A vintage feel, overlooking the Hudson with just the nicest people.

    Matthew Charles Abertell
  • Impressive location at the Sleepy Hollow train station. Neighborhood is amazing, facility is quite nice, terrace is refreshing and the view of the Hudson River is stunning. Fabulous experience for a first time guest.

    Kevin Kaye
  • Dedicated to advancing the craft of writing in the lower Hudson area on many levels. I’ve taken several poetry workshops, e.g., one from Patricia Smith a few years back, who is the recent winner of a $100,000 poetry prize and a four time National Poetry Slam champion.

    Maynard James Keller
  • As sources of inspiration go, the Hudson Valley Writers Center is right up there. Housed in the former Philipse Manor train station with a great view of the Hudson River, the center offers no lack of things to write about. Want to put your characters on a train? One will be through regularly. A boat? The river’s right there. So, too, is the bridge. There’s also strength in numbers, writers gathering to collaborate and raise their games.

    Peter Kramer The Journal News
  • Teaching there is a dream for a poet. Interesting, talented people find their way to the Writers Center.

    Suzanne Cleary
  • I think places like the Writers’ Center are very rare. There’s a place I go in downtown Manhattan for writers, and they have workshops and things. Compared to Westchester, it looks like graduate-student housing. It’s very bare-bones. The Writers Center is such a serene space, like a sanctuary. And the audience is very well-read. I’m really envious, frankly.

    Patricia McCormick Author
  • I love this environment; I’m geeky that way…  You discover writers you really fuse with here. You get inspired. For me, this is like the life of a mayfly or a dragonfly or — better still — a butterfly. I was cocooned here in the audience for years, and then I crawled out with my sticky wings spreading. And now here I am.

    Marilyn Johnson Bestselling author
  • A Chrysalis for Writers in an old train stop

    The New York Times March 12, 2010
  • At the humble beginnings of the Hudson Valley Writers Center, before the train station renovation, before Slapering Hol Press, before the workshops, and before e-mail, when the Writers Center was located in a small attic room, I was one of the first workers for what has become one of the amazing art centers of America. Now, after so many years, I am delighted to be one of the first in the Slapering Hol Press Conversation Series for a small, small press that has accomplished much more than its size belies.

    Denise Duhamel Slapering Hol Press author, 2011
  • Everything I know is here/ where everything I’ve thought/ or drunk winds up/ The essence of my ancestors is here/ and in such rivers

    Ron Houchin River Poems
  • I almost feel that I could find you now / between the river of grass / that flows around our feet / and the river of sky that bears / our names inside the clouds.

    Richard Parisio The Owl Invites Your Silence
  • Her eyes do not fit the room / her legs do not fit her bones / her arms do not fit the space above her head.

    Nancy Taylor Everett Juliet as Herself
  • I loved being at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. It looks and feels like a haven. Conversation and reading flow into each other. What a pleasure.

    Margo Jefferson former theatre critic at The New York Times[2016 National Book Critics Circle Award winner for her memoir, Negroland
  • The Hudson Valley series at the Philipse Manor train station is the essence of what a public reading can offer: a meaningful pause from one’s individual travels, a chance to form part of something larger for just an hour and allow one’s mind to connect in real time with other minds taking in the same words and ideas.

    Idra Novey Poet and novelist
  • The Hudson Valley Writers Series conceived a beautiful idea for a unique literary collaboration: the Slapering Hol Press Poems-in-Conversation series.  Through this series I had the privilege of co-creating with the splendid poet Amy M. Clark a chapbook called A Turn Around the Mansion Grounds. Thanks to all the people involved in this process our book was stunningly produced, and our reading at The Hudson Valley Writers Center was a memorable event.

    Molly Peacock author of eleven books and recipient of awards from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts. Former President of the Poetry Society of America, Former Poet in Residence at the American Poets' Corner, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
  • The Hudson Valley Writers Center is the gem of Westchester County, and reading in the beautifully and lovingly restored Philipse Manor train station with the hard-working and generous staff in attendance along with an attentive audience of readers and writers felt like a homecoming. A truly unforgettable experience.

    Michele Poulos Winner of the 2012 SHP Chapbook contest
  • I found reading at the Hudson Valley Writers Center to be a pleasure on so many levels: the attentive and responsive audience, the beautiful arts & crafts restored Philipse Manor train station, facing the river out the windows as I read. Even the occasional train blast going by. A wonderful venue in which to read and to listen to poetry!

    Carol Moldaw Poet
  • The Hudson Valley Writers Center is an inspiring place to read poetry and to listen to it.  I’ve enjoyed giving readings there, among caring people and attentive audiences. The restored train station is a beautiful retreat, set in a landscape that has generated paintings and poems. May the center continue to thrive and prosper.

    Grace Schulman
  • Beautiful venue for a reading, with a warm and receptive audience

    Kim Addonizio author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me.
  • To read at the Hudson Valley Writers Center or attend an event there is to be welcomed into a community that includes emerging writers as well as writers who are the definitive voices of their generation. That sense of inclusivity and support resonates in the conversations that are part of every event at the Center. I have been inspired by the readings I’ve attended there, and when I’ve had the honor to read at the Center myself, I have felt grateful for the deeply committed staff and thoughtful audience response that is characteristic of Center events—not to mention the evocative Hudson River views that remind us we are part of something very old, and very new.

    Lynn McGee Author of Bonanza, winner of the 1996 Slapering Hol Press chapbook contest, Heirloom Bulldog, winner of the 2014 Bright Hill Press chapbook contest
  • With its array of readings, courses, workshops, and other programs, The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center presides over a great river of language, imagination, and heart. It makes an absolutely necessary contribution to the entire region’s life and letters.

    Fred Marchant Author of Said Not Said
  • I very much enjoyed the experience of reading in the beautifully restored train station, as I’ve always been a fan of historic buildings which offer such a dramatic window on the past, a stimulation to the imagination.

    Gregory Donovan Author of Torn from the Sun and editor of the online journal Blackbird
  • The Hudson Valley Writers Center’s reading series is a book lover’s dream: a night of conversation and laughter between writers and readers, in the intimate and magical restored Philips Manor train station. This series feels like a gathering of open-armed friends, new and old.

    Sophie McManus
  • A beautiful spring day, an attentive audience, a gracious introduction, a memorable venue – what a pleasure to read for HVWC! I look forward to going back one day.

    Rachel Hadas Poet, professor, essayist, translator
  • Reading & teaching in the Philipse Manor space is like being part of a site-specific literary art installation. Inside the restored railway station, there’s a kind of emotional locomotion that takes place as poets share work, steps away from passing passenger cars we watch as they gently hum by. 

    Elaine Sexton Poet, book-maker, micro publisher
  • I don’t even know how to describe her. She (Joan) is the best teacher I could ever have.

    Joselyn RSHM LIFE Center, 4th grade, 2017-2018
  • I’ve been in the writing program since last fall and I really enjoy it. It’s really nice how you get to know more about your friends that you didn’t know.

    Andy RSHM LIFE Center, 4th grade, 2017-2018
  • I loved writing fiction and comedy because I like making people laugh… Thanks Joan for being kind to us.

    Abraham RSHM LIFE Center, 4th grade, 2017-2018
  • I enjoyed the writing program. I enjoyed writing about different topics.

    Raul RSHM LIFE Center, 4th grade, 2017-2018
  • Joan is the best.

    Melanie RSHM LIFE Center, 4th grade, 2017-2018
  • I wouldn’t change anything in the writing program. It’s already perfect.

    Alexis RSHM LIFE Center, 4th grade, 2017-2018
  • I enjoyed coming to the writing program. It helped me be more confident about my writing… I would not have changed anything because it (her writing) is perfect to me.

    Brianna RSHM LIFE Center, 4th grade, 2017-2018
  • Writing can take anyone to the zoo, space, the city, and many places that you go to in your mind.

    Jason RSHM LIFE Center, 4th grade, 2016-2017
  • The writing workshop made me a better writer and it helped me focus on what I’ doing. I am really going to miss the writing program and I wish we could do it again next year. This could help me in the future to get my high school diploma and college diploma.

    Pablo RSHM LIFE Center, 4th grade, 2016-2017
  • I feel like I got better at writing. I also look forward to Mondays so I can write.

    Jaelyn RSHM LIFE Center, 4th grade, 2016-2017
  • [the workshop] made me get better grades on my writing and my writing got very pretty and my mom is happy.

    Mariely RSHM LIFE Center, 4th grade, 2016-2017
  • The writing workshop taught me how to be not afraid to share my life with people and I got a little better with my handwriting and lost a bit of stage fright.

    Jake RSHM LIFE Center, 4th grade, 2016-2017
  • Carla’s class was among the best writing classes I’ve taken over the course of many years. Her combination of instruction, exercises and inspiring materials provided one of the most worthwhile classroom experiences I’d had in a long time.  She was a lovely person, her materials were fresh and relevant, and her comments were most helpful. Thank you!

    Harley April student of Carla Calrson's Lyric Essay course
  • This class far exceeded my expectations. Participating in the workshop has actually changed my life and I am well on my way to writing my first play. Bill is so encouraging that you leave class and can’t wait to start writing. Thank you to HVWC for offering this class to the community!

    Kitty Schwartz student of Art of Dramatic Writing with Bill Bigelow
  • I see measurable growth. It feels safe.

    Sandra Summer-Parks student of Susan Hodara's memoir class
  • Memoir’s vulnerable subject matter requires a sensitive critique while still fully addressing the writing issues. I find Susan masterful.

    Joanne Arledge student of Susan Hodara's memoir class
  • When I first started Susan Hodara’s memoir class, I thought I knew what I wanted to write about. Through the writing process and insights from Susan and the other writers, over many weeks, I realized that my story was really about something else-a difficult chapter in my early childhood. That was the beginning of my memoir. I would not have had the courage to explore this terrain without the support, encouragement and feedback from Susan and the thoughtful and talented writers that she attracts to HVWC.

    Amy Reyer student of Susan Hodara's memoir class
  • We gather with the common purpose to help ourselves and each other to hone our writing projects.

    student of Pure Critique with Peter Bricklebank
  • I love the building looking out over the Hudson river.

    Nathalie "Nan" Ernst student of Memoir Class with Susan Hodara
  • Four years ago, if you had told me that today I’d be writing poetry regularly, and accepted as a student into NYU’s MFA for poetry program, I wouldn’t have believed it.

    Roseanne English student of Friday Morning Poetry: Year of Your Book with Jennifer Franklin
  • Enjoyed the individual focus and the extremely supportive criticism.

    Roxanne Cardona student of Year of Your Book with Jennifer Franklin
  • The class offers an extremely supportive creative environment but also pushes experienced writers to produce their best work.

    Paula Ristuccia student of Deep Revision with Jennifer Franklin
  • It’s like going to the gym AND church for your brain.

    Amy student of Year of Your Book: Poetry with Jennifer Franklin
  • Peter’s course is better than an MFA in writing.

    Beverly Tobin student of Pure Critique with Peter Bricklebank
  • Peter is the best out there if you are looking to improve your writing. He is always kind but never satisfied until you get to higher and higher levels of ability. He has a kind of genius — this ability to sense where you might want to go and yet not to push you there or even really suggest it. I have noticed that all of my workshop members have become much better — really good — writers after working with Peter for a year or two. Highly recommend to serious writers!

    student Peter Bricklebank's Pure Critique Class
  • This class has become a central part of my life.

    Carolyn Martin student of Workshop for Pure Critique with Peter Bricklebank
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    Everything I know is here/ where everything I’ve thought/ or drunk winds up/ The essence of my ancestors is here/ and in such rivers

    from "The River Triumphant" by Ron Houchin in River Poems
  • I almost feel that I could find you now / between the river of grass / that flows around our feet / and the river of sky that bears / our names inside the clouds.

    from "Everglades" by Richard Parisio in The Owl
  • Language is the only homeland / the contagious vernacular / voice bourne up by what ailed it / our growing heavy furry tongues

    from "Scrap Atlantic" by Spree MacDonald in Milksop Codicil
  • Her eyes do not fit the room / her legs do not fit her bones / her arms do not fit the space above her head

    from "Juliet and Blue" by Nancy Taylor Everett in Juliet as Herself
  • What a terrific gem, where art and poetry are encouraged and revitalized.

    Matthew Charles Abertell student
  • Teaching and reading at HVWC is not only a joy, but a light—the enthusiasm of others is contagious.    

    Kate Knapp Johnson
  • Reading and teaching in the Philipse Manor space is like being part of a site-specific literary art installation. Inside the restored railway station, there’s a kind of emotional locomotion that takes place as poets share work, steps away from passing passenger cars we watch as they gently hum by. The Hudson Valley Writers Center supports poets and cultivates an educated audience of poetry lovers, both engaged and engaging!

    Elaine Sexton poet, book-maker, micro publisher
  • And then what baffles you, what hurts you most / is the impatience of the absent lovers.” 

    Sylvia Moss from "Summer Night" in Voices from the River
  • Stars are ghostflies / the moon a trick mirror

    Jianqing Zheng from "Deception" in The Landscape of Mind
  • Nothing’s ever said and then everything’s said.

    Brighde Mullins from "Lunar, Girl" in Water Stories
  • It was positively bizarre to exit the train and find my way just up a flight of stairs to the dark wood and big windows and moody beauty of the Hudson Valley Writers Center in the restored Philipse Manor train station, as though I had stepped from the known world into an alternate and mystical reality. I loved it.

    Helen Phillips
  • My poetry and prose reading was memorable since the audience was attentive, intense listeners and lovers of language. It made my connection with them clear and instantaneous.

    Kevin Pilkington novelist, poet
  • I love it when I’m reading at the podium, with or without a mike, and the train goes roaring by.

    Peggy Ellsberg Barnard Professor
  • Reading at HVWC was one of my absolute favorite experiences doing a poetry reading. It was a spectacular afternoon… The community was welcoming in the extreme, and Philipse Manor is one of the most magical locations I know for literary events, up there with the Robert Frost Farm.  

    Anton Yakovlev poet, translator
  • There’s a sense of instant comfort and community in the old train station that houses the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. The Center is an oasis for the beauty and power of language—a place where people come together in an intimate space to share the transformative power of words.

    Anya Krugovoy Silver Guggenheim Fellow
  • The Philipse Manor train station, built about 100 years ago in the Tudor revival style, is one of the most elegant reading venues you could imagine; heavy granite, stucco, and wood overlooking the Hudson River, it does feel like something from a lost world, something half-dreamed or remembered, and something that means we’re trying to preserve such dreams in our poems.

    Sean Singer Yale Younger Poet
  • Writing can take anyone to the zoo, space, and city and many places that you can go in your mind.

     

    Rudy Fourth grader at RSHM LIFE Center, Sleepy Hollow
  • The Center is an oasis for the beauty and power of languagea place where people come together in an intimate space to share the transformative power of words.

     

    Anya Krugovoy Silver poet
  • Taking classes at HVWC has been like getting a mini-MFA with excellent teachers, fascinating guest lecturers and a warm and supportive community.

     

    Kathleen Williamson Student
  • The Hudson Valley Writers Center presides over a great river of language, imagination, and heart.

     

    Fred Marchant Poet
  • A glorious space with a glorious view! A community of serious readers and writers.

    Denise Duhamel author of twelve poetry collections, NEA Fellow