A Brief History of The Hudson Valley Writers' Center

Margo Taft Stever launches the Sleepy Hollow Poetry Series (SHPS) at the Warner Library in Tarrytown.


Margo Taft Stever broadens the programmatic scope of the SHPS, by founding The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.
On June 28th, HVWC becomes incorporated. The original Board of Directors consists of Margo Taft Stever, Donald Stever, Nicholas
Robinson, and Patricia Farewell.


Margo Taft Stever founds Slapering Hol Press (SHP) which publishes its first chapbook, Voices from the River.


The Philipse Manor Railroad Station is placed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.
SHP publishes Dina Ben-Lev’s Note for a Missing Friend, the winning entry of its first annual chapbook competition.


HVWC receives Westchester Arts Council Arts Award for Best Arts Organization.


Reconstruction of the Railroad Station begins.
HVWC establishes a literacy project at the Coachman Family Center. 1996
HVWC celebrates the opening of its new railroad station home with a reading by Billy Collins.


HVWC launches its new website, www.writerscenter.org.


HVWC receives the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York State for its station restoration


SHP launches its Conversation Series, Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, by Elizabeth Alexander and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon.
Granted Westchester Arts Council’s prize for best arts organization.


HVWC celebrates the quadricentennial of the Hudson River exploration by publishing Hudson River Haiku by Helen Barolini.
HVWC named “Best Bargain Date” by Westchester Magazine.


SHP celebrates 20 years of publishing.


Jo Ann Clark appointed Executive Director of the HVWC.
HVWC adopts a new strategic plan.


SHP is featured at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference and Bookfair in Boston.


HVWC and SHP will be featured at multiple AWP panels in Seattle.