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.