S239. From Silver to Gold: A Case Study in Planning for the Next 25 Years of a Regional Writers’ Center and Its International Press

Room 604, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


How did a derelict railroad station in Sleepy Hollow become the internationally-renowned, regional hub for literary arts that is The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and its Slapering Hol Press? And how, after weathering leadership clashes, the economic collapse, and two hurricanes, does HVWC intend to thrive in the coming decades? By candidly addressing such questions, key HVWC constituents, including its founder, will share secrets—and cautionary tales—of their remarkable history and success.



Jo Ann Clark is author of the forthcoming collection, 1001 Facts of Prehistoric Life. Her poems and translations have appeared in Colorado Review, Boston Review, Prairie Schooner, the New Republic, and the Paris Review. She is executive director of the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.

Melanie Hulse is a writer, editor, and publishing consultant. Her work has been published by Reader’s Digest, Kensington Publishing, and the Threepenny Review. She has taught writing at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Margo Taft Stever is the author of The Hudson Line, Frozen Spring, and Reading the Night Sky. She is the founder of the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and founding editor of Slapering Hol Press.

Jim Tilley writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He has published one book of poetry, and another is forthcoming. His work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, the Southern Review, Southwest Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review.

Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, and the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He teaches workshops at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center and he is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers' Conference.


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