HVWC History: a Timeline

1982

With the assistance of a Westchester Council of the Arts decentralization grant, Margo Taft Stever initiated the Sleepy Hollow Poetry Series (SHPS) at the Warner Library in Tarrytown, New York.


1988

Margo Taft Stever broadens the programmatic scope of the SHPS by founding the Hudson Valley Writers Center. On June 28th, HVWC becomes incorporated. The original Board of Directors consists of Margo Taft Stever, her husband Donald Stever, Nicholas Robinson, and Patricia Farewell.


1990

Margo Taft Stever founds Slapering Hol Press (SHP) which publishes its first chapbook, Voices from the River.


1991

The Philipse Manor Railroad Station in Sleepy Hollow is placed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Slapering Hol Press publishes Dina Ben-Lev’s Note for a Missing Friend, the winning entry of its first annual chapbook competition.


1993

HVWC receives Westchester Arts Council Arts Award for Best Arts Organization.


1995

Reconstruction of the Railroad Station begins. HVWC establishes a literacy project at the Coachman Family Center for homeless youth and families in White Plains.


1996

HVWC celebrates the opening of its new railroad station home with a reading by Billy Collins.


2000

HVWC launches its new website, www.writerscenter.org.


2005

HVWC receives the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York State for its station restoration.


2008

SHP launches its Conversation Series, Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, by Elizabeth Alexander and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. HVWC receives three honors within three months: The Westchester Arts Council 2008 Arts Organization of the Year; the 2008 Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson’s President’s Award for Community Work; Westchester Magazine’s 2008 Best of Westchester Editors' Pick for “Source for Literary Inspiration.


2009

HVWC celebrates the quadricentennial of the Hudson River exploration by publishing Hudson River Haiku by Helen Barolini.


2010

SHP celebrates 20 years of publishing.


2013 

SHP is featured at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference and Bookfair in Boston.


2014 

SHP launches the the inaugural chapbook box set for the African Poetry Chapbook Series in association with the African Poetry Book Fund/Prairie Schooner, and University of Nebraska with support from The Poetry Foundation. HVWC and SHP are featured at multiple AWP panels in Seattle. 


2018

30-years strong, HVWC revises its mission, launches a new website and releases a new logo, all leading up to a special anniversary gala featuring Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham.