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2012 Poetry Contest Winners Announced

On Saturday, October 27 the Hudson Valley Writers Guild held a celebratory reading by the winners of the 2012 Poetry Contest at the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, NY.

Judges: Cecele Kraus, Thom Francis, Dawn Marar, Mimi Moriarty, Phillip Levine


The poetry contest was open to writers living in New York State and was judged by Cecele Krause, Dawn Marar and Thom Francis.  The final judge was Phillip Levine, poet and actor who lives in Saugerties, NY.  The program was coordinated by Mimi Moriarty, who also served as host of the reading on Saturday.  There were about 240 entries received.  The Hudson Valley Writers Guild sponsors a writing contest in a different genre each year.  The contest for 2013 will be in fiction & details will be announced next Spring.

A complete list of winners follows:

2012 Hudson Valley Writers Guild Poetry Contest Winners, Honorable Mentions and Finalists

(left to right) Tess Lecuyer, Carol Graser, Phillip Levine

First Place Winner – $100
“We, Misplaced” – D. A. Bird, Saugerties

Second Place Winner – $75
“The Haiku” – Carol Graser – Galway

Third Place Winner – $50
“Sonnet for Dana Avenue at Midnight” – Tess Lecuyer, Albany

Honorable Mentions: Kathleen Anne Smith, Deb Livingston Picker, Dennis Sullivan, Virginia Bach Folger, & Karen Schoemer

Honorable Mentions – $10
“How to Get a Busted Lip” – D. A Bird, Saugerties
“To My Heart” and “To the Girls Who Pour Coffee” – Noah Kucij, Albany
“In Church, at Lunchtime, When I was 12 in Catholic School” –
Kathleen Anne Smith, Loudonville
“When the Sunflowers of Summer are Planted” – Dennis Sullivan, Voorheesville
“Marcela – Living in America” – Deb Livingston Picker, Albany
“Julia in Her Room” – Karen Schoemer, Kinderhook
“The Queen of England” – Virginia Bach Folger, Schenectady

“Goldfinch” – Jo Pitkin, Cold Spring
“Beds” – Noah Kucij, Albany
“At the Last” – Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca
“Whenever I Am Alone (after Diane dePrima’s Guaceme)” – Joan Oliver, Glenmont
“View from the Highway” – Justin Hardecker, Albany
“Reflections in a Barroom Mirror” –  Mike Burke, Voorheesville
“Marcela – The Name of the Game” – Deb Livingston Picker, Albany
“Bag Ladies” – Amy White, Old Chatham
“A Round for Bix” – John Hopper, Ithaca
“The Book of Sand” – Barbara Louise Unger, Saratoga Springs
“Handles” and “I Did Something…” – Esther Willison, Niskayuna
“Darkwalking” – Tess Lecuyer, Albany
“The Sea of Cause” – Bert Shaw, Bearsville
“It Never Comes Alone” – Nancy Marie Payne, Berne
“Laid Off Summer” – Carol Graser, Galway


HVWG hosts poetry publishing workshop

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Daniel Nester, associate professor of English at The College of St. Rose, conducted a free workshop on “Getting Your Poems Published in Journals,” Saturday, April 9. The workshop was sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and was free and open to the public.

The world of literary journals, famous and small, new and old, print and online, seems daunting to many newcomers. This workshop/class centered on where to start: how to find the right places for your work, what goes into a cover letter, formatting your manuscript, resources for poets, and how to start looking at one’s own work with an eye on publication.

Reading celebrates HVWG short fiction contest winners

Covered here in the Times Union

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild recognized the winners of its 2010 Short Fiction Contest at a reading on Saturday, April 2, at 1 p.m. at the East Greenbush Public Library. The first, second and third place winners, respectively, are Ken Holland, Fishkill; Jo Salas, New Paltz; and Carol Derfner, Kinderhook. Honorable mentions are John Velie, Albany; David Sylvester, Watervliet; and Susan Clements, Buffalo.

More than 30 attend Albany Community of Writers

An audience of 30 to 40 gathered in the auditorium of the Albany Public Library’s main branch on Washington Avenue on Saturday, October 16, 2010, for the annual Albany Community of Writers. Hosted by Dan Wilcox, the event featured authors Kathe Kokolias, Elizabeth Floyd Mair and D. Alexander Holiday talking about their processes and projects and reading chapters or essays that represent their work.

Click on each photo to see it in full size. Photos courtesy of Dan Wilcox.

Welcome to our website

LEFT: Some Founding Guild Members at the Readings Against the End of the World, 1988 (Photo by Dan Wilcox)


Welcome to the redesigned website of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild. We are still finding our way around. Be patient! And let us know in the comments section how we can build a website that serves our members and our community. Please ignore the barrage of posts for this week. It’s just our set-up phase. The pace will even out soon.