Hol Press (Old Dutch for "Sleepy Hollow") launched its first publication,
the anthology, Voices from the River, in 1990.
With its simple and elegant design, Voices from the River which featured
established poets and soon- to-become luminaries such as Hayden Carruth, Jean
Valentine, Dana Gioia, Stephen Dunn, and Billy Collins set the standard for the
chapbooks to come.
publishing several anthologies Slapering Hol Press began focusing its mision on
new authors. Since 1991 SHP has held an annual competition which features promising
poets who have not previously published a collection of their work. Since 1990,
the SHP has conducted a national competition.
Each year, SHP publishes one or more of the most outstanding manuscripts from
the average of more than 200 submissions.
2004, to give advice and support to the Center, the SHP editors created the SHP
Advisory Committee, which consists of poets and others with expertise in small
presses or organizational development. Ann Lauinger, award-winning poet and member
of the English Department at Sarah Lawrence College, joined SHP as co-editor after
long-time co-editor Stephanie Strickland retired. Lauinger was succeeded in 2007
by Pushcart Prize winner Suzanne Cleary, whose latest collection, Trick Pear,
was published in the spring of 2007 by Carnegie Mellon University Press.
the many notable achievements of SHP authors, Dina Ben-Lev Rhoden, the poet chosen
as the 1991 winner (Note for a Missing Friend),
went on to earn an NEA fellowship, publish a second chapbook, and win a national
contest for her first full-length book, Double Helix. Rachel Loden, winner
in 1997 (The Last Campaign), subsequently was
awarded the 1998 Contemporary Poetry Series Competition of the University of Georgia
Press for her first book, Hotel Imperium, later named one of the ten best
poetry books of 2000 by the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review. David
Tucker, the 2003 SHP contest winner (Days When Nothing
Happens), was given the Bakeless Literary Prize by Breadloaf Writers'
Conference. A lofty achievement for a first book author of poetry, Tucker's Late
for Work was published by Houghton Mifflin. David is also the managing editor
of the Star Ledger which won a 2005 Pulitzer Prize.
distinctive and elegant design of the Slapering Hol chapbooks has continued to
be one of its many significant features. SHP chapbooks have been reviewed three
times by Paul Zimmer in The Georgia Review. Additional reviews of SHP authors
have also appeared in many other literary journals such as Booklist, Calapooya
Collage, The North American Review, Gin Bender, and Book/Mark. In February
2011 Garrison Keillor read "Driving Montana, Alone" the title poem from
the 2010 SHP Chapbook Copmetition winning manuscript by Katie Phillips on The
2005, Slapering Hol Press created its own literary
series, which takes place at The Hudson Valley Writers' Center, with a mission
of providing an audience for emerging poets. Additional initiatives include an
on-line newsletter that targets our extensive mailing list with news of Slapering
Hol Press, SHP authors, and upcoming readings. SHP has also organized additional
readings for SHP authors and advisory committee members in established New York
poetry venues such as Cornelia Street Café and Blue Door Gallery.
more than a decade, Slapering Hol Press has brought to light emerging talent whose
diverse themes of survival and hope cross cultures. On a strong foundation of
aesthetic quality, the Press has earned a solid reputation and sustained an enduring
tradition of discovering strong voices in contemporary poetry.