About HCC + LIVE WRITING present: 6 Award-Winning Hudson Valley Poets

Howland Cultural Center + LIVE WRITING present: 6 Award-Winning Hudson Valley Poets - Celebrating National Poetry Month

Kristen Holt-Browning's chapbook, The Only Animal Awake in the House, was the runner-up in Moonstone Press's 2021 Annual Chapbook Contest. Her poems have been published in several journals, including Frontier Poetry, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Hunger Mountain Review. She earned an MA in English from University College London and lives in Beacon, New York, where she works as a freelance copy editor. 

Janlori Goldman is a poet, teacher, and activist.  Her second poetry book, My Antarctica, was published Finishing Line Press (2022).  Bread from a Stranger's Oven, her first collection, was chosen by Laure-Anne Bosselaar for the 2016 White Pine Press Poetry Prize. Gerald Stern chose her poem “At the Cubbyhole Bar” for the Raynes Poetry Prize, and Janlori’s poetry has been published in The Cortland Review, Rattle, Beloit Poetry Journal, Connotation Press, Calyx, Gertrude, The Sow’s Ear, Contrary, Naugatuck River Review, The Stillwater Review, WORDPEACE, Rhino, and featured as “Poem of the Week” in Split This Rock. She divides her time between NYC and Accord, NY.

Amy Holman is a poet, literary consultant, and artist. She is the author of the collections, Captive, forthcoming from Saddle Road Press, and Wrens Fly Through This Opened Window (Somondoco Press, 2010), as well as the 2004 Dream Horse Press prizewinning chapbook, Wait for Me, I’m Gone. She writes the Substack newsletter, What Where: Literary Journals for poets and fiction writers. In April 2021, she was a recipient of a NYC Poets Afloat work micro- residency on the Waterfront Barge Museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn. She teaches poetry workshops at The Hudson Valley Writers Center, and is one of the poetry editors at The Westchester Review. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Mike Jurkovic is a 2016 Pushcart nominee. His poetry and musical criticism have appeared in hundreds of magazines and periodicals. Full length collections, Blue Fan Whirring, (Nirala), Smitten by Harpies & Shiny Banjo Catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016) Chapbooks: Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014), Purgatory Road (Pudding House Press) Anthologies: WaterWrites and Riverine (Codhill Press, 2009, 2007). President, Calling All Poets, New Paltz, NY and producer of CAPSCASTS, performances from Calling All Poets Series. Features & CD reviews appear in All About Jazz (August 2017 –) & the Van Wyck Gazette. He lives in Walkill, NY.

Natania Rosenfeld  has published two books of poetry, The Blue Bed (Spuyten Duyvil Press 2021) and Wild Domestic (Sheep Meadow Press 2015), as well as a scholarly book, Outsiders Together: Virginia and Leonard Woolf (Princeton 2000). An e-chapbook, She and I, appeared in 2018 from Essay Press. Her essays, poems and fiction have appeared in journals including AGNI, The Yale Review, APR, Raritan, Gettysburg Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Southwest Review, and four essays have been listed as "Notable" in Best American Essays collections. She recently moved from Chicago to Glenford, NY.

Sean Singer is the author of Discography (Yale University Press, 2002), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, selected by W.S. Merwin, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America; Honey & Smoke (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); and Today in the Taxi (Tupelo Press, 2022) which won the 2022 National Jewish Book award. He lives in Ossining, NY.

Curator: Ruth Danon
Ruth Danon’s fourth book of poetry, Turn Up the Heat, will be published by Nirala Series in 2023. Her previous books are Word Has It (Nirala Series 2018), Limitless Tiny Boat (BlazeVOX, 2015), Triangulation from a Known Point (North Star Line, 1990), a chapbook, Living with the Fireman (Ziesing Brothers, 1980), and a book of literary criticism, Work in the English Novel (Croom-Helm, 1985), which was reissued by Routledge in 2021. Her poetry has appeared in a number of anthologies., including Eternal Snow (Nirala, 2017), Resist Much, Obey Little (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017) Noon: An Anthology of Short Poems (Isobar Press, 2019). CAPS 20 Anthology (CAPS 2020), Stronger than Fear: Poems of Compassion, Empowerment and Social Justice (Cave Moon Press, 2022), and is forthcoming in the Poetry is Bread Anthology (Nirala Publications, 2023.) Her work was selected by Robert Creeley for Best American Poetry, 2002.  Her poetry and prose have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Florida Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Post Road, Versal, Mead, BOMB, the Paris Review, Fence, the Boston Review, 3rd Bed, Crayon, 2Horatio, Barrow Street, and many other publications in the U.S. and abroad. She has been a fellow at the Ragdale Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Ora Lerman Foundation, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. For 23 years she taught in the creative and expository writing programs that she directed for The School of Professional Studies at New York University and was founding Director of their Summer Intensive Creative Writing Workshop.   Those workshops ran from 1999 to 2016.  She is the founder of Live Writing: A Project for the Reading, Writing, and Performance of Poetry, which has been operating since 2018.  Before the pandemic she curated the Spring Street Reading Series for Atlas Studios in Newburgh, New York. In 2021 she was co-curator of the Newburgh Literary Festival in Newburgh, NY and is currently one of the curators for the newly developed Beacon LitFest, to be held in June of 2023.  She lives n Beacon, NY and teaches through Live Writing and New York Writer’s Workshop.

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