• 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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