Newsletter released, January 1

Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter, January 1, 2011

In This Issue

Member Announcements: M.E. Kemp, Kathe Kokolias

Area Announcements: Jason Crane at Caffe Lena, Poetry and Prose Open Mic at the Arts Center, Taylor Mali in Schenectady, Writers Institute Spring Workshops, Call for Entries for Saltonstall Residencies, Text as Art Call for Entries

Member announcements

M. E. Kemp of Saratoga Springs is teaming up with Albany author Susanne Alleyn to offer a talk called “A Tale of Two Cities: Boston, 1689 and Paris, 1763.” Both are historical mystery authors who will cover why they chose their periods, their characters and misconceptions to be overcome. If members know of a group that would like to hear the talk, please contact Marilyn (M. E. Kemp) at (518) 583-9571 or by email at

Kathe Kokolias would like to announce that her latest book, What Time do the Crocodiles Come Out? A Travel Memoir of Mexico, has been released. It is available from The Troy Bookmakers at Kathe invites members to check out her website

Area announcements

Jason Crane to Read at Caffé Lena, January 5
Jason Crane will be the featured reader at the next Caffé Lena open mic for poetry on Wednesday, January 5. Readings start at 7:30 with a 7 pm sign-up. Caffé Lena is located at 47 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs.

Poetry and Prose Open Mic, January 9
Join fellow writers the second Sunday of each month at the Art Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St in Troy. Bring friends and prose or poetry for performance in the black box theater.

Taylor Mali in Schenectady, January 29
“An Evening with Taylor Mali to Support Safe Passage,” Saturday, January 29, at 8 p.m., at First Unitarian Society in Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady. This is a fundraiser for a service project trip for the Society’s Senior Youth Group to assist the Safe Passage program in Guatemala. Tickets are $25.

Writers Institute Spring Workshops
The New York State Writers Institute will offer three writing workshops at the University at Albany uptown campus in the Spring of 2011. Prize-winning author and Institute Fellow James Lasdun will offer two workshops, “The Novel: Beginnings” (eight Wednesday nights, 6-9 p.m. — February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) and “Getting There and Being There,” a travel writing workshop (eight Thursday nights — March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12). Metroland columnist and fiction writer Jo Page will offer an “Introduction to Short Fiction and Creative Nonfiction” (nine Tuesday nights — March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 26, May 3).

The non-credit workshops are offered free of charge for members of the non-University community. Enrollment will be limited to ten to twelve students. To be considered, submit manuscripts to the Writers Institute according to the guidelines which may be found on the website. You may also obtain additional information by calling the Institute at (518) 442-5620. Note that deadlines are January 13 for mail and January 19 for walk-ins.

Call for Entries at the Saltonstall Arts Colony
Artists who are awarded a month-long residency at the Saltonstall Arts Colony are given time, space, and support for their own creative research. In 2011 there will be four month-long sessions, beginning in May and running through September. Artists are chosen by a panel of jurors for each discipline, and scheduled for one of the four sessions.

The categories for 2011 are as follows: Painting/Sculpture/Visual Art, Photography, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction. All visual and literary artists are invited to apply for the month-long Summer Residencies at the Saltonstall Arts Colony, located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York State. For each of the four sessions, five artists are chosen to be in residence; one photographer, two visual artists, and two literary artists. Each artist has a private apartment and bath with ample work space. There are two large, well-lit studios for the visual artists and a black/white darkroom for the photographer.

The postmark deadline for application is January 15, 2011. Please visit for detailed information about the Saltonstall Foundation, the Summer Residency Program and Saltonstall Arts Colony.

Text as Art at the Arts Center of the Capital Region
The Memoir Project invites visual/literary submissions for February’s Bookmarks, part of a series of group literary presentations featuring writing that is grounded broadly in personal experience. Events are curated by members of the Arts Center’s Literary Committee.

Text as Art seeks to explore the intersection between the visual and literary worlds. Curator Nancy Klepsch is calling for graphic representations of the spoken word, suitable for all ages, to be displayed in a public art space. Think Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger and artists who combine words and text, and technology. Please submit your idea described in writing or as a visual sample, along with a brief description. Interested writers/artists should submit a proposal and a resume/CV, both in PDF form to Katherine Stephens. Please include the following text in the subject line: “Memoir Project: Text as Art.”

All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, January 31st (not a postmark date if submitting hard copy). More information at


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