We’re celebrating National Poetry Month with works by writers living in the Hudson Valley!


Get inspired to write at local scenic spots.


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The poet T. S. Eliot once mused that “April is the cruelest month,” but we beg to differ. In fact, April is National Poetry Month, making it the perfect time to pen pretty phrases in pentameter (that’s a line of poetry comprising five metrical feet). To get in the spirit of National Poetry Month, we’ve assembled published works by authors in the Hudson Valley (plus editor’s picks to give you a feel for each writer) and five scenic spots where you can turn a phrase or two of your own. Check out these chapbooks and collections, then get rhyming!





Foraging for LightJan Zlotnik Schmidt

In this 2019 release from SUNY New Paltz Professor Jan Schmidt, she “explores themes of loss and grief, the complexities of familial relationships…and the struggle to maintain feelings of hope and resilience.”


Editor’s Pick: “Bess’s Lament





Rethinking the Ground Rules, The Hudson Valley Women’s Writing Group

What happens when seven women from different walks of life—academics, social workers, teachers and lawyers—assemble to read and write poetry over the span of decades? In their second group anthology, this collective offers the “perspective of being women-of-a-certain-age in a culture that tends to render older women invisible or irrelevant” as well as “unique perspectives on memory, joy, resistance, resilience, aging, and transformation.”


Editor’s Pick: “Late Autumn in Woodstock