Margo Taft Stever would like to announce that in 2019, CavanKerry Press, LaurelBooks Imprint, will publish her second full-length poetry collection, CRACKED PIANO. In 2015, Kattywompus Press published her chapbook,The Lunatic Ball. Also, the same year, the University of Cincinnati and Zhejiang University press collaborated on the publication of the English-language version of Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia, The Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods (Orange Frazier Press, 2015), a book of narrative historical analysis of the mission accompanied by hundreds of antique photographs taken during the trip. In 2012, Zhejiang University Press published the Chinese-language version of the book.
She is the founder of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center (HVWC) and the founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press, the Center’s small press imprint. Her chapbook, The Hudson Line, was published by Main Street Rag in 2012. For more information, log onto: mainstreetrag.com.
Stever is an award-winning poet whose readings include the internationally acclaimed Troubadour Café, London; Cornelius Street Cafe, New York; Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival, Newark; and the Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai. Her first book, Frozen Spring (2002), was the winner of the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Poetry, and her first chapbook, Reading the Night Sky (Introduction by Denise Levertov), won the 1996 Riverstone Poetry Chapbook Competition.
Stever is a graduate of Harvard University, a recipient of an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. After establishing the Sleepy Hollow Poetry Series at the Warner Library in 1983, Stever founded The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, located at the restored Philipse Manor Railroad Station. She also had overall management responsibilities for the station restoration. She was the primary fundraiser for the building renovation and for the Center.
In 1990, she founded Slapering Hol Press (SHP), the small press imprint of HVWC. Slapering Hol Press is now the oldest poetry press in Westchester County and one of the longest-standing chapbook presses in the United States. SHP conducts a national competition to feature chapbooks by emerging poets, and publishes special poetry chapbooks and anthologies. The SHP Advisory Committee also organizes a reading series for emerging poets at the Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow.
Following is an interview by Laura Madeline Wiseman, poet and editor of the anthology, Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, which she published in her blog, “Poemeleon: The Blog—The Habitual Poet,” Summer, 2013. The interview also appears on Laura Madeline Wiseman’s new website comprised of interviews of many poets on the chapbook as a popular form for presenting poetry in the new millennium.
With her son, James Taft Stever and Professor Hong Shen of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, Stever published Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia, The Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods (Zhejiang University Press, 2012). She also created a traveling “Looking East” exhibition of the 1905 mission with photographs by her great grandfather, Harry Fowler Woods, which was featured at the William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati, Ohio; The Nippon Club in New York, New York; the View in Old Forge, New York; and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China (www.ohiohistory.org/tafttrip). In 2013, Stever donated the “Looking East” exhibition to the William Howard Taft National Historic Site (www.nps.gov/wiho). The Woods family donated the five original photography albums to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Francesca Maxime of Arise TV, interviews Jennifer Franklin and Margo Taft Stever, two co-editors of Slapering Hol Press, talk about the seven new generation African poets published in a collaboration between Slapering Hol Press, Prairie Schooner, and the Poetry Foundation.
She is a proud partner in an organic farm, Generation Farm, which was established in 2012 by her son, James Taft Stever and certified by the U.S.D.A. from 2012 until the present. James Stever operates Generation Farm with his fiancé, Marley Horner. Visit Generation Farm on Facebook or visit their website: www. generationfarmnh.com.
From THE LUNATIC BALL:
Evening tidings, the preparations,
How a mother can change from angel
Flail my heart upon the stone
Thin rivulets of fear, running-away-
Don’t forget me, don’t forget that hill
First published in Prairie Schooner,
Outside peasant women shrouded with
Animals flank her sides, but Mary
She clasps her hands together. Her fingers
Her clothes are a casing, a chrysalis;
hammer, the heavy
First published in The Same.
From The Hudson Line:
It was the thought of his entering
She remembered his face the first time
The neighbors heard it,
His workman’s hand,
The dogs barked outside, snapdragons,
The wild moon foamed at the mouth.
The arms that grabbed the ax
“Splitting Wood” was first published in