WELCOME TO THE HVWC CALENDAR: home of all our upcoming readings, events and workshops. You can view by list or calendar (see right menu to choose). Click the colored tabs below to show only specific options. Our workshops run as multi-session series or one-day “intensives.” Note, we list the multi-session courses on the first day they meet only. The full dates of the session are described in the course descriptions. You would need to scroll back to the start date if you needed to enroll for something already underway. But do let us know if you want to join something in midstream since we need the blessing of the instructor. Questions? Email us.

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July 2020

YoYB: Poetry, Friday with Jennifer Franklin

July 10 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 2 tickets left

NB: This a 6-week class meeting Friday 10:30-1pm starting on Friday July 10th. This class will be taught online via Zoom. You have written the first draft of your full-length collection. Now, we need to order all of the poems, decide if there should be sections, revise each of the poems, settle on the title, and most importantly—remove any poems that are not as strong. This series of classes begins at the start of 2020 and goes through the year.…

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Submission Sunday

July 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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Free 8 tickets left

Submission Sundays is a free service to members of HVWC. Space is limited so please reserve your spot.   One Sunday a month, 12:30-2:30 pm. Join host M.A. Scott for two hours of insider information on where and how to send your best work to literary journals. Members can reserve a seat at the table of like-minded writers with a room of journals, advice on where to submit, moral and technical support, and everything you need to successfully send your work…

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Pageturning Fiction Workshop with Joanne Dobson

July 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 11 tickets left
Joanne Dobson

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom. It will start on Thursday July 16th and end on Thursday August 20th. FIRST TIME students to the class must email [email protected] before registering. If you’ve ever stayed up ‘til three with a compelling novel, you’ve probably wondered, “How do they do that?” Study the literary techniques of popular genres and learn how to create compelling plots in a unique voice, by harnessing the conflict and tension between sympathetic protagonists and disquieting antagonists. Whether…

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Improvise Your Story with Sloane Miller (via Zoom)

July 18 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 12 tickets left

Learning about and playing with the rules of applied improvisation (“Yes, And,” support, be present, be flexible, commit), author and improvisation workshop facilitator Sloane Miller will address elements of storytelling through applied improv exercises that will turn you into a creative powerhouse, brimming with ideas. This workshop is experiential: we will do some improv exercises and have time for in-class writing prompts. Please note: This class will be taught ONLINE using Zoom, which is a very user-friendly platform to facilitate…

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Emerging Writers (writers group via Zoom)

July 18 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 19 tickets left

We are excited to offer an Emerging Writers group, based on our popular monthly Open Write. We welcome young writers 18-30 years old for this event. Join prolific local writer and MFA student at Manhattanville College, Taylor Vogt, as he provides writers in all genres monthly prompts and uninterrupted writing time. Emerging Writers is free for HVWC members and $10 a session for non-members. It will take place on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 to 11:00 pm.…

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Film Screening of A Late Style of Fire by Michele Poulos (via Zoom)

July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $5 71 tickets left

Join Michele Poulos, director and poet as she presents her award winning documentary about the poet Larry Levis. The brilliant writing and troubled life of Californian Larry Levis came to an abrupt halt when he died at age 49. Is self-destruction required for a serious life of art? Featuring an original score by Iron and Wine and film excerpts by award-winning Spanish filmmaker Lois Patiño, this innovative documentary explores his childhood working alongside Mexican-American field hands, three marriages, friendships with…

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SHLF Saturday: A Reading by Anthony Murphy, Andrea Kott, & David Puretz via Zoom

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $5.00 79 tickets left

In the spirit of the Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest, we proudly present our semi-annual showcase of local and/or self-published authors. Krista Madsen hosts. This reading will take place via Zoom. Please register to receive the Zoom login link in the confirmation email. Saturday, July 25, 7 pm SHLF Saturday Presents: Born in 1970 in Burton-upon-Trent, Anthony C. Murphy grew up in Lancashire. He has had many jobs, a few dogs, and three children. He has worked and performed at spoken…

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Deep Dive: Revision as Discovery with Fred Marchant via Zoom

July 26 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 Sold out

Please note that this workshop is now sold out! Thanks for all the interest. If you want to be put on the waiting list for this workshop, or have questions about other poetry workshop options, please email [email protected] Sometimes the poem arrives fully realized, but most of the time we revise our way toward what the poem is striving to say. Sometimes a poem might be giving the poet a "hard time," that is leaving the poet with an intuition…

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Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow

July 31 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 10 tickets left
William Bigelow

This class will meet from Friday, July 31 for six consecutive Fridays, ending on September 4. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Zoom login information will be included in the email confirming class registration. This is a course designed for writers looking to create screenplays, stage plays, and teleplays for one-hour televisions shows. Paramount in this effort, we will focus on an approach which is necessary in all dramatic writing — the importance of conflict. How we define,…

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An Evening with Mona Awad & Quan Barry via Zoom

July 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $5 94 tickets left

Mona Awad was born in Montreal and has lived in the US since 2009. Her debut novel, 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL (Penguin), won the Amazon Best First Novel Award, the Colorado Book Award and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Arab American Book Award. It was also long-listed for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour and the International Dublin Award. Her new novel, BUNNY was published in June 2019 by Viking Press, Penguin Canada,…

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August 2020

Submission Sunday

August 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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Free

Submission Sundays is a free service to members of HVWC. Space is limited so please reserve your spot.   One Sunday a month, 12:30-2:30 pm. Join host M.A. Scott for two hours of insider information on where and how to send your best work to literary journals. Members can reserve a seat at the table of like-minded writers with a room of journals, advice on where to submit, moral and technical support, and everything you need to successfully send your work…

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YoYB Poetry Student Reading: Bell, Fisher, Jennes, Miller, Powers, Salter, Scott, Wright

August 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $5 95 tickets left

Join YoYB: Poetry instructor, Jennifer Franklin, as she welcomes her talented poetry students to read on Zoom. Nine accomplished poets will read their work, including poems that have been recently published in journals. Vincent Bell, Helene Fisher, B. Fulton Jennes, Wayne L. Miller, Jack Powers, Vera Salter, M.A. Scott, and Ellen Wright will bring the "house" down with their powerful poems. Vincent Bell grew up in NYC and has a BS and MA from NYU and an MBA from Fordham.…

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The Art of Revising the Poem with Sean Singer via Zoom

August 8 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 13 tickets left

Join Yale Younger Poet, Sean Singer, as he helps you revise your difficult to place poems that you think are almost finished. Send one poem (limit two pages) to [email protected] when you register for this class. Sean Singer is the author of Discography (Yale University Press, 2002), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; and…

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YoYB: Poetry Student reading on Zoom: Augenbaum, Campbell-Romano, Cardona, Carlson, Fleck, Garber, Howarth, Moncrieffe, Morris

August 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $5 97 tickets left

Join YoYB: Poetry instructor, Jennifer Franklin, as she welcomes her talented poetry students to read on Zoom. Nine accomplished poets will read their work, including poems that have been recently published in journals. Gayle Augenbaum, Alice Campbell-Romano, Roxanne Cardona, Carla Carlson, Lisa Fleck, Jim Garber, Tony Howarth, Aubrey Moncrieffe, and Beth Morris will bring the "house" down with their powerful poems. Roxanne Cardona was born in New York City. Her work has appeared in Constellations, Red Eft, Poetic Medicine-New Voices,…

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Protected: Memoir Writing Workshop with Susan Hodara – AM 3wk session

This is a 3-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 10:30am-12:45pm on August 11, 18, and 25. Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects both full-length and short-form,…

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Protected: Memoir Writing Workshop with Susan Hodara – PM 3wk session

This is a 3-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 1:15pm-3:45pm on August 11, 18, and 25. Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects both full-length and short-form,…

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HVWC Published Student Reading: Brodnick, Delehanty, Joseph, Odynocki, Matthews, Reitman, Shenkman, Ward

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free – $5 97 tickets left
Hudson Valley Writer's Center Readings

Join HVWC Instructors Bill Bigelow, Beth Hahn, Amy Holman, and Susan Hodara as some of their students read from recently published work. Bill Bigelow will present Susan Ward who will read an excerpt from her solo show Wasbian. She has performed Wasbian in the Emerging Artists New Works Festival in NYC and in the United Solo Festival in NYC where she received the award for “Best Autobiographical One Woman Show.” Susan Hodara will introduce four of her memoir students—Bonni Brodnick, John Delehanty,…

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In the beginning: Exploring Questions of Spirituality & Religion Through Creative Writing with Jessica Jacobs via Zoom

August 15 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 8 tickets left

Please note: This class will be taught ONLINE using Zoom, which is a very user-friendly platform to facilitate video classes from your computer. Students will receive login instructions from the instructor prior to the class date. We will maintain the same high caliber of course and instruction with the same emphasis on keeping class sizes small. We live in a time of always more, always faster, a time of disembodied screen-living where what’s new insists on itself as what’s most…

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Poetry as a Practice of Awareness with Nickole Brown via Zoom

August 16 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 12 tickets left

This class will be taught ONLINE using Zoom, which is a very user-friendly platform to facilitate video classes from your computer. Students will receive login instructions in the registration email at the time of purchase. We will maintain the same high caliber of course and instruction with the same emphasis on keeping class sizes small. Poetry as a Practice of Awareness with Nickole Brown With everything happening in the world these days, how can you possibly stay present to your…

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Unearthing Your Memoir: Throwing the Bones on the Table with Sarah Bracey White

August 16 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 7 tickets left

NB: Sign up now for this intensive class with award-winning journalist and memoirist, Sarah Bracey White, on organizing and beginning your memoir. It will be taught online via Zoom on Sunday, August 16th. As soon as you register, you will receive the Zoom link so make sure you check your email. This class is capped at 12. There are two scholarship seats in each one-day class given on a first come first served basis. Sarah Bracey White has taught creative…

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Monday Night Poetry Workshop with Silvina López Medin via Zoom

August 17 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$250 11 tickets left

Over the course of this workshop we will read poems by key figures in Latin American twentieth century poetry: Susana Thénon, Amanda Berenguer, Ana Cristina Cesar, Rosario Castellanos. We will observe the formal elements of each poet’s work, and pay attention to which aspects resonate with the participants as they generate their own writing. The workshop aims to build a shared space that encourages the reading of poets not often included on course syllabi, exploring their trajectories from the tip…

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Writing the College Application Essay That Counts with Dominique Padurano, PhD

August 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$370 10 tickets left

Writing the College Application Essay That Counts As 4.0 GPAs have grown more common, the personal statement has become an important way to distinguish oneself in the college application process. That’s never been more important than for the Class of 2021, many of whom will apply to college without having taken an SAT or ACT.  While the stakes of college essays are particularly high this fall, crafting an authentic personal statement can also catalyze an invaluable journey of self-discovery and…

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Emerging Writers (writers group via Zoom)

August 22 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$10

We are excited to offer an Emerging Writers group, based on our popular monthly Open Write. We welcome young writers 18-30 years old for this event. Join prolific local writer and MFA student at Manhattanville College, Taylor Vogt, as he provides writers in all genres monthly prompts and uninterrupted writing time. You will receive the Zoom login information when you receive your registration confirmation email. Emerging Writers is free for HVWC members and $10 a session for non-members. It will…

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SHP Presents: Kimiko Hahn, Mervyn Taylor, and Nick Makoha

August 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $5 83 tickets left

Join Slapering Hol Press’s advisory committee member and award-winning poet, Suzanne Cleary, as she introduces Kimiko Hahn, Mervyn Taylor, and Nick Makoha. 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…

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Beyond “I love you”: Syntactic Strategies for Poems with Martha Collins via Zoom

August 29 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 15 tickets left

This four hour workshop will begin with a discussion of a variety of syntactic strategies for writing poems that get beyond the predictable subject-verb-object sentence (“I love you”). Using examples of published poems, we’ll explore ways in which syntax and prosody—sentence and line—can work together to create complex poetic textures. In addition to giving you a number of ideas for crafting new poems, this discussion may provide focus for our consideration of your own poems in the second part of…

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September 2020

An Evening with Yona Harvey, John Murillo, and Jacob Strautmann

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $5 99 tickets left

Join three amazing Four Way Books poets—Yona Harvey, John Murillo, and Jacob Strautmann— as they read from their new collections.  Yona Harvey is an American poet and recipient of the the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for her first poetry collection, Hemming the Water. Her second poetry collection, You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in fall 2020. She is among the first black women to write for Marvel Comics since the company’s…

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Taking Risks in Narrative Poetry with Erin Hoover via Zoom

September 12 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 10 tickets left

Though narrative is a popular mode for poets writing today, narrative poetry is infrequently a focus of study. How can poetry tell stories differently from its prose cousins?  What lens does poetry offer us to examine, interpret, and subvert popular storytelling conventions? We’ll learn to write the narrative poem that takes risks in this workshop open to poets working at all levels.  We’ll look at how model poems use the craft elements of story -- scene and exposition, specificity and…

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Year of Your Book: Deep Revision with Kirsten Bakis via Zoom

September 14 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
$267 6 tickets left

This a 5-week class meeting Mondays 10:15am-12:15pm starting on Monday September 14 and ending on October 26. (There will be no class on September 28 and October 12.) This class will be taught online via Zoom. New students should send ten pages to [email protected] to apply. She will then send to Kirsten for review. This advanced class is for fiction writers who have a full, or near-full, draft of a novel or book of stories, and are ready to revise.…

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Memoir Writing Workshop (AM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom (Fall1 Session)

September 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
$374

This is a 7-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 10:30am-12:45pm on  Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects…

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Memoir Writing Workshop (PM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom (Fall1 Session)

September 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm
$374

This is a 7-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 1:30pm-3:45pm on  Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects…

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Year of Your Book: Fiction with Kirsten Bakis via Zoom

September 16 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
$320 6 tickets left

This a 6-week class meeting Wednesdays 10:15am-12:15pm starting Wednesday September 16 and ending on October 21 (with a makeup date of October 28). This class will be taught online via Zoom. How long have you been saying you want to write a book? How much longer do you have to wait? Whether you have a partial draft, or just an idea and the desire to write, this class can help you reach that goal. In-class work will hone specific skills…

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Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow via Zoom

September 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
$320
William Bigelow

This class will meet from Friday, September 18 for six consecutive Fridays, ending on October 24. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Zoom login information will be included in the email confirming class registration. This is a course designed for writers looking to create screenplays, stage plays, and teleplays for one-hour televisions shows. Paramount in this effort, we will focus on an approach which is necessary in all dramatic writing — the importance of conflict. How we define,…

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An Evening with Ryan Black, Maya Phillips, and Jason Schneiderman

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $5 96 tickets left

HVWC welcomes three amazing poets—Ryan Black, Maya Phillips, and Jason Schneiderman—as they read from their most recent award-winning collections. This reading is free and open to the public via Zoom but there is a suggested $5 reading fee. Ryan Black is the author of The Tenant of Fire (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of the 2018 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Death of a Nativist, selected by Linda Gregerson for the Poetry Society of America's 2016 Chapbook Fellowship. He has published previously or has…

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October 2020

The Lyric Memoir with Marco Wilkinson via Zoom

October 3 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 15 tickets left

How can we narrate our lives faithfully while innovating at the level of language and structure, considering truth as something that goes beyond facts and includes imagination? In this workshop students will come to the class having written a short piece about a potent moment in their lives, a moment that "sticks," and in the workshop we will explore various techniques for how to get at different truths of the experience using lyric prose. We will read and discuss various…

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The Art of Telling with Chen Chen via Zoom

October 4 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 12 tickets left

Typically, the principle of “Show, don’t tell” is sound advice for poets—we should aim to evoke and enact emotion, to surprise through imagery and sensory detail. In this generative workshop, though, we will explore how we might use “telling” in beautiful, unexpected, and politically engaged ways. We will examine modes and moods of “telling,” like the discursive, the aphoristic, the bold remembering, the conversationally witty, the necessarily strange challenge to the normative. Writing experiments will occur in between discussion of model poems. We will consider how it is often a fresh combination of…

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A Reading with Joshua Bennett, Diannely Antigua, and Zeeshan Pathan via Zoom

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Free – $5 100 tickets left

HVWC is proud to welcome Dr. Joshua Bennett back to read at HVWC for the third time along with first time readers Diannely Antigua and Zeeshan Pathan as they read from their new collections via Zoom. This reading is free and open to the public but we encourage a $5 donation. Dr. Joshua Bennett is the Mellon Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is the author of three books of poetry and literary criticism: The…

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Poetry of Resistance with JP Howard via Zoom

October 10 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 11 tickets left

Join JP HOWARD  as she returns to HVWC to grapple with writing poetry of resistance. She will helps you take your writing to a new level with prompts and advice that will teach you how to enhance your work. JP Howard is a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the author of SAY/MIRROR, a debut poetry collection published by The Operating System (2016, 2nd expanded ed) and a chaplet “bury your love poems here” (Belladonna Collaborative*). SAY/MIRROR was a 2016 Lambda…

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An Afternoon with Edward Hirsch and Jeffrey Harrison

October 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Free – $5 96 tickets left

Join us for a reading and Q&A with award-winning poets Edward Hirsch (Stranger by Night, Penguin, 2020) and Jeffrey Harrison (Between Lakes, Four Way Books, 2020) as they read from their latest collections and discuss the craft of poetry. Please support our friends at the family-owned local Village Bookstore in Pleasantville, NY where you order the readers' books here. Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. He was born in Chicago in 1950 and educated at Grinnell…

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Gala: Online 2020

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$100 – $1500 359 tickets left

We will hold our annual benefit ​​on Friday evening, OCTOBER 30​,2020, at 7 pm, via Zoom. In line with our mission to celebrate the highest quality literature across genres we are proud to honor ​Jericho Brown (winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; Susan Choi (Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction); ​Toi Derricotte (Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry); Katharine Holabird​ (author of the Angelina Ballerina series of Children’s Literature); and ​Leslie Jamison…

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