We Are

[in no particular order, click on names to read bios]

Christina Papadopoulos

Office Administration


Krista Madsen

Managing Director


Jennifer Franklin

Program Director, Co-Editor Slapering Hol Press, Poetry Instructor


What's the story of the HVWC?

Click to read more about our history and our historic location at the Philipse Manor Railroad Station.

The Hudson Valley Writers Center provides a supportive and constructive environment for a diverse community of readers and writers. We bring language to life through workshops, readings, publications and outreach.

That's our Mission. Here's how we put it in action:


We host writing workshops year-round, weekdays, evenings and weekends. Workshops typically run in four to six week sessions or as one-day intensives. Our instructors are highly-credentialed experienced teachers and published authors.

→ You needn’t be a member to take our classes, but you save money if you do become one.


The Center hosts annually over 40 readings by poets, fiction and non-fiction authors, and playwrights. Our roster of incredible readers who have graced this space is so extensive, we're working on a Wikipedia entry. Our Open Mic attracts such a good crowd of regulars and newcomers, we expanded to have Bill Buschel host one more each month. Other new recurring events building community are Open Write and Submission Sundays. We collaborate with other local arts organizations to bring you special events (sometime off-site like the annual Westchester Poetry Festival at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry) and some on-site like our regular partnership with Pros(e) of Pie storytelling.  And of course our biggest "special" event of the year is our annual fundraising gala, upcoming on Nov. 2 at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown.

→ Keep abreast of our constantly updated calendar by subscribing to our newsletter.


Slapering Hol Press, named after the Dutch for Sleepy Hollow, is our small press imprint committed to publishing small poetry books called chapbooks. The press has operated under the HVWC  umbrella through the efforts of its editors and volunteers. We’ve published 40 chapbook titles since 1990, which you can buy in our Bookstore. Many of these titles are winners of the Annual Chapbook Contest

→ Browse our bookstore here.


Our literary outreach has always been essential to our mission. Our instructors teach free creative writing classes to youth and seniors at a number of community centers throughout the region. We also have special projects to share with you, such as a partnership with the Village of Sleepy Hollow producing Poetry in the Pavement (stamped on sidewalks just north of the Center!), and a puppet/playwriting course recently offered at Washington Irving Elementary School. Finally, we couldn’t do any of this without you -- our community partners of students, members, audience, readers, donors and sponsors. Thank you!

→ Please consider donating to further our mission. 

Board of Directors