April is National Poetry Month, and The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center (HVWC) offers four opportunities to join in the celebration.
One event will feature a poet who has won the Center’s Slapering Hol Press competition, which is open to poets who have not yet had a book of their poetry published.
- The most recent Slapering Hol Press winner, Sean Nevin, will be here from Arizona to read on Friday, April 21, at 8 pm as the first half of the Center’s regular 3rd Friday Open Mike. His collection, A House That Falls, features poems about his father’s Alzheimer’s disease. Poets interested in the Slapering Hol Press competition should contact the Center for guidelines before the May 15 deadline. Other poetry events during April are:
- A reading on Sunday, April 9 at 4:30 pm by two poets with books recently published by Alice James Books. Kazim Ali of Beacon, NY, (with The Far Mosque) and Anne Marie Macari of Lambertville, NJ, (with Gloryland).
- A reading on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 4 – 6 pm at the Westchester Arts Council (WAC) by the National Book Award winning poet, Gerald Stern of Lambertville, NJ, who has just had his 14th collection of poetry published, Everything is Burning. WAC is at 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. (Directions available at www.westarts.com or 914-428-4220 or from the HVWC.)
- A reading on Sunday, April 30, 4:30 pm featuring Warren Wilson MFA program writers, including 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning poet Carl Dennis of Buffalo, Marianne Boruch of Indiana, Laure-Anne Bosselaar and Kurt Brown of NYC, and others.
Admission to each of these events is $5 ($3 for members).
For more information, contact the HVWC at 914-332-5953 or check www.writerscenter.org.
Dare Thompson is the Executive Director of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center at Philipse Manor RR Station in Sleepy Hollow