Hudson Highlands Gathering of Regional Poets
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Desmond-Fish Public Library in Garrison will host a gathering of regional poets on Saturday, April 13th from 2 to 4 pm. This event will kick-off the new Hudson Highlands Poetry Reading Series which will meet monthly at the Library. The poets, who hail from Westchester County through Beacon, will offer short readings and share their creative experience and expertise. The community is invited to experience a variety of contemporary poetry and hear about some of the creative impulses that help shape it.
Following are the participating poets with a mention of their most recent publications.
Ann Cefola’s most recent book is Free Ferry (Upper Hand Press, 2017). For more on Ann, see her website,
Suzanne Cleary’s fourth poetry book, Crude Angel, was published in 2018 by BkMk Press (U of Missouri-Kansas City). She teaches as core faculty in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Converse College. Her website is
Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Her most recent book is Echolocation (Plume Editions/Madhat Press, March 2018).
Cold Spring resident T. R. Hummer has published 15 books of poetry and essays, most recently After the Afterlife (Acre Books). Former editor-in-chief of The Kenyon Review, of The New England Review, and of The Georgia Review, his many awards include a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in poetry and a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant in Poetry.
Ann Lauinger, the author of Against Butterflies (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2013), is the recipient of the Ernest J. Poetry Prize from Smartish Pace and the Agha Shahid Ali Prize from the University of Utah Press.
Heller Levinson’s most recent book is Un-- (Black Widow Press, 2019). He is the originator of Hinge Theory.
Garrison resident Mary Newell’s chapbook, TILT/ HOVER/ VEER was recently published by Codhill Press. Website:
Kathleen Ossip is the author of The Do-Over (Sarabande Books, 2015), a New York Times Editors' Choice. She teaches at the New School.
Sean Singer is the author of Discography (Yale University Press, 2002), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; and Honey & Smoke (Eyewear Publishing, 2015).
Margo Taft Stever’s latest collection is CRACKED PIANO (CavanKerry Press, 2019). She is the founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. She lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York (
Beacon resident Edwin Torres is the author of ten books of poetry including, Xoeteox: the infinite word object (Wave Books, 2018). He teaches the workshop, "Brainlingo: Writing the Voice of the Body," in Beacon on Saturdays in April.
Additional poets will join in the ongoing series, including Ruth Danon and Jeffrey Yang from Beacon and Kristin Prevallet and Iain Pollack from Westchester. This event is free and everyone is invited to attend.
Desmond-Fish Public Library
State Highway 403, Forsonville, New York, United States of America