Poetry. Fiction. Cultural Writing. On a wintry January evening in 1992, in a hilltop house in the Catskill Mountain region of New York, a reading series began. That series, Word Thursdays, and its subsequent affiliates--the annual Speaking the Words Poets and Writers Tour and Festival, the Share the Words Catskill High-School Poets and Writers Forum, Workshop, and Competition, and Radio by Writers, have hosted more than six hundred established and emerging poets and writers from New York and other states and, through Bright Hill Press, published their poetry and prose. This collection celebrates those vibrant voices.
Bertha Rogers, founding director of Bright Hill, has juried and/or curated more than 100 exhibits at Bright Hill and has exhibited her paintings, drawings, and artist books in more than 250 juried, invitational, and solo shows nationally and abroad. Her word-and- image work is collected privately and in museums, including the Harry Ransom Archive at the University of Texas. Awards include fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Hedgebrook Foundation, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Caldera Foundation, and NYFA and NYSCA grants for presentation and exhibits. A master teaching artist, she has taught writing and visual arts at schools and for organizations throughout NY. She serves on panels for the Empire State Writers Hall of Fame and NYSCA. She has published several poetry collections, among them Sleeper, You Wake (Mellen) and Heart Turned Back (Salmon Pub., Ireland). Her illustrated translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf was published in 2000 (Birch Brook Press). Her illuminated translations of the 95 Anglo-Saxon riddle-poems from the 10th-Century Exeter Book will be published in 2018 under the title of Uncommon Creatures, Singing Things.Author City: DELHI, NY USA