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Bright Hill featured on WBNG Channel 12!

 

Bright Hill was featured on WBNG Channel 12, Tuesday, January 12! We are so honored to be recipients of the Southern Tier Tuesdays grant, and to be able to have this opportunity to share information about the enriching arts and arts education programs we offer to our community! Thanks to all of our poets, artists, students, and audience who helped us to win this wonderful award. Stay tuned for our 2021 season schedule!

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Bright Hill Poets Corner Featuring publications created during Bright Hill’s Seeing Things intensive poetry workshops THE POETS Published by Woodland Arts Editions (Oneonta) Edited by Robert Bensen Click here to purchase anthology and chapbooks on our website

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THE CHAPBOOK POETS Published by Woodland Arts Editions (Oneonta) Edited by Robert Bensen Click here to purchase anthology and chapbooks

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New Bright Hill publication by author V.P. Loggins

The Wild Severance contains six poems that serve as a prologue and an epilogue and introduce each of the book’s four sections. They form a loose narrative depicting a deadly encounter between a hawk and a crow and stand as an extended metaphor exploring the difficulties of living a complex human life—loss, loneliness, desperation, joy, sorrow, love. As the poem “O” observes, ‘The hawk bows to the breast of the crow / with the abandon of a lover. Beak for teeth / tearing away at the heart’s cover.’ The book opens with a poem entitled “Orison,” which calls into consciousness its central symbol of brutality, the hawk, and is followed by “Crow,” which introduces the book’s first section and initiates an exploration of the dark dualities of predator and prey, perpetrator and victim, guilt and innocence, fear and fearlessness, terror and assurance. The Wild Severance concludes with “Hawk and Crow,” which begins ‘When morning returns’ and ends with ‘prayer.’ This book takes its reader, therefore, on an undulating flight through darkness to light.

 

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Book Description
The Wild Severance contains six poems that serve as a prologue and an epilogue and introduce each of the book’s four sections. They form a loose narrative depicting a deadly encounter between a hawk and a crow and stand as an extended metaphor exploring the difficulties of living a complex human life—loss, loneliness, desperation, joy, sorrow, love. As the poem “O” observes, ‘The hawk bows to the breast of the crow / with the abandon of a lover. Beak for teeth / tearing away at the heart’s cover.’ The book opens with a poem entitled “Orison,” which calls into consciousness its central symbol of brutality, the hawk, and is followed by “Crow,” which introduces the book’s first section and initiates an exploration of the dark dualities of predator and prey, perpetrator and victim, guilt and innocence, fear and fearlessness, terror and assurance. The Wild Severance concludes with “Hawk and Crow,” which begins ‘When morning returns’ and ends with ‘prayer.’ This book takes its reader, therefore, on an undulating flight through darkness to light.
The type and layout of The Wild Severance were designed and composed by Bertha Rogers, using Adobe InDesign. The book and cover are set in Adobe InDesign Lapidary333 Book Type.The book was printed on 60-lb. offset, acid-free, recycled paper in the United States of America. This first edition is limited to copies in paper wrappers.
About the Author
V. P. Loggins is the author of The Green Cup (2017), winner of the Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize, The Fourth Paradise (Main Street Rag 2010) and Heaven Changes (Pudding House Chapbook Series 2007). He has published one book of criticism on Shakespeare, The Life of Our Design, and is co-author of another, Shakespeare’s Deliberate Art. His poems have appeared in The Baltimore Review, First Things, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The Healing Muse, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Poetry Ireland Review, The Southern Review and Tampa Review, among others. He has been a finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the May Swenson Award, and the Tampa Review Prize. Talking Drums, an art exhibition and installation by sculptor and ceramicist Andrew Cooke, music by Paddy Craig, based on poems in The Fourth Paradise, appeared in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. His work has been featured in A Universe of Dreams, poetry and music performed nationally by Neal Conal of National Public Radio and Ensemble Galilei. Born in
Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Illinois, V. P. Loggins holds a Ph.D in English Renaissance literature from Purdue University and has taught most recently at the United States Naval Academy.
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About Bright Hill

BRIGHT HILL is dedicated to increasing audiences’ appreciation of the writing arts and oral traditions that comprise American literature, and to encouraging and furthering the tradition of poetry and writing in the Catskills and beyond. Writers and artists who participate in Bright Hill Press/Word Thursdays programs are selected for their artistic excellence, their ability and willingness to work within a community setting, and the diversity of their backgrounds, genres, and styles. BHP understands that recognition of the need for a literary community and a commitment to lifelong learning are critical aspects of audience development; our programs for children and adults engender the spirit, craft, and imagination that makes this possible.

We offer literary and art programming for youth and adults.

Programs range from children and adult literary workshops to “Word Thursdays.” featured poet and writer readings with open mic.

We publish poetry, prose, and anthologies

The press has published more than 75 collections of poetry as well as anthologies of poetry, prose, and visual arts.

We partner with national, state and non-for-profit orgs on special projects.

Bright Hill partners with the New York State Council on the Arts, developing and maintaining the NYSCA Literary Map of New York State and the NYSCA Literary Tree

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Beatrice GeorgalidisExecutive Director

Beatrice brings 10+ years of grant writing and production experience to BH. She is a writer educated at NYU, a small business owner, and mom to her beloved son Charlie.

Lawrence ShawAdministrative Assistant

Larry is born and raised in Delhi, NY. He brings precision and passion to his work at Bright Hill.

Bertha RogersEditor in Chief

Bertha Rogers, poet & visual artist & master teaching artist, founded Bright Hill Press with her husband, Ernest M. Fishman, in 1992. Rogers has published more than 600 poems in literary magazines and in several individual collections of poetry, & has shown her visual art in exhibits throughout the USA.

Literary and Art Programming

Special Projects

Random Acts of Kindness

In February 1999, Jennifer Finkle, a teacher at Andes Central School (1990 – present) wrote on the first page of an empty journal: Kindness Chain Key: “Remember you as a human being are very powerful and challenges teach us about the elasticity of the human spirit.”Use this journal to record a random act of kindness that you do for someone else. Pass the journal to the recipient and have them do the same. I hope you’ll be surprised to see how good random kindness can feel and hope it will continue within our school community.  The first of hundreds of entries by faculty and staff followed, filling two large journals by 2019. Finkle was inspired by an episode of the Oprah Show in which she spoke of random kindness and how it can be just as fulfilling to the giver as it is to the receiver. The journals contain small, heartfelt and uplifting acts of random kindness, in written form. A retired administrator, who now helps with teacher evaluations, received the book and was so moved he recommended Finkle should get it published; “a lasting tribute to our unique school and all of the people who work so hard to make Andes Central School such a special place.”

 

Finkle partnered with Bright Hill Press to begin planning for the publication and circulation of The Andes Central School Faculty and Staff Kindness Journal, as well as the partner program “Kindness is Contagious Project.” Bertha Rogers, Editor-in Chief, will edit the manuscript, and Beatrice Georgalidis, executive director, is producing the project and promotional campaign with associate producer Sophie Bille.

 

500 copies of the Andes Central School Faculty and Staff Kindness Journal will be printed; one copy will be mailed to each of the 46 schools in the Delaware County and Otsego County BOCES school districts, including the gift of an empty journal, and a letter detailing the “Kindness is Contagious Project;” the hope that every school will begin their own kindness journal, and archive the kindness of their respective faculty and staff for years to come. A video, email and social media campaign will launch to publicize the publication of the journal, and the Kindness is Contagious Project.

 

On Thursday, September 23 at 7pm, Bright Hill will also host a special Word Thursdays event featuring Jennifer Finkle and the Random Acts of Kindness Journal Writers. Learn more HERE.

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Bright Hill Press and Literary Center of the Catskills awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Artworks grant, and a New York State REDC grant for “War, Words, Dance: A Collaboration,” a multi-disciplinary performance and arts education project.

“War, Words, Dance” brings veterans of war; professional dance choreographers and student dancers; high school student artists; and Shakespeare together for a series of workshops that  culminated in staged and outdoor performances held for the general public of the Catskills in upstate New York in August. The final project performance was held at The Walton Theatre on Saturday, August 18 at 7 PM.

Feast of Crispian Directors Nancy Smith-Watson, Bill Watson, and Jim Tasse

Collaborators include the not-for-profit organizations Lake Arts Project (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Feast of Crispian (Wisconsin), and Jessica Vecchione (Delhi, NY), owner of VeccVideography.

Bright Hill Press Executive Director Beatrice Georgalidis designed the project in 2017, based on a 5-year collaboration with Lake Arts Project, with Feast of Crispian joining to further expand the scope of the multidisciplinary arts education and performance project. Bright Hill was awarded the Regional Economic Development Council of New York State grant in the amount of $27,260 in the category of Arts and Cultural Impact: Art in Public Places.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $16,000 to Bright Hill. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category, and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Bright Hill Press in Treadwell, NY, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.” Additional funding for the project has been awarded by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and the George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation to support workshop costs and scholarships for students in Walton, Hancock and Deposit.

“War, Words, Dance” brought post-deployment combat veterans, high-school student writers and visual artists together to collaborate in a series of acting, writing, dance, and videography workshops; the project aimed to facilitate the interaction of students and veterans in order to generate ideas for creating professional caliber visual art, poetry, and dance. Results of those workshops were choreographed into dance works by professional choreographers, taught to student dancers who performed the final pieces in a flash mob, and a final performance at The Walton Theatre.

Feast of Crispian held a  3-day acting and storytelling Shakespeare intensive workshop, during which acting exercises based on techniques invented by Shakespeare and Co. give veterans the opportunity to explore the “mask” of character, to express big feelings without telling any personal information. Feast of Crispian is led by director Nancy Smith Watson, who runs the program with her husband, University of Wisconsin Theatre Department Director Bill Watson, and actor Jim Tasse, all of whom live and work in Milwaukee.

Bright Hill then hosted a five-day writing and visual art workshop.

Bertha Rogers, master teaching artist and Founding Director of Bright Hill, led students in a series of exercises during which students wrote and created visual art about the Vets’ experiences, based on various themes that evolve organically, such as leaving and/or returning home (a transformed person).

For the third workshop, Lake Arts Project brought New York State and national advanced student dancers together, with six professional NY-based choreographers, for a two-week intensive, advanced contemporary dance and ballet workshop. Lake Arts Project Directors Karl von Rabenau (principal faculty member at the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy) and Jennifer Miller (faculty, Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy) are former professional ballet dancers and founded Lake Arts Project in 2013; their mission is to bring professional development experience to youth, and immerse them in the arts.

For the final project workshop, Jessica Vecchione of VeccVideography led a 5-day professional videography intensive for (5) students with interest in film and videography, to film rehearsals and final performances. Jessica is an award-winning videographer with 20 years of experience in advertising and marketing.

Bright Hill’s 2018, 26th anniversary programs are made possible by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; National Endowment for the Arts; Otis  A. Thompson; A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor; A.C. Molinari; Dewar, and Tianaderrah Foundations; Stewart’s Shops; the Abraham Kellogg Education Fund; the Delaware Youth Bureau, through the auspices of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services; the Delaware National Bank of Delhi, Delaware County Office of Economic Development, CDO Workforce Career Center, and with the support of Bright Hill’s members and friends. Bright Hill’s facilities include the Bright Hill Community Library, home to more than 12,000 books and literary and art periodicals that may be borrowed by local residents; the complete catalog is online.  The NYSCA Literary Map of New York State and The NYSCA Literary Tree was developed and is administered by the New York State Council on the Arts in partnership with Bright Hill. The organization and library are located at 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY 13846.

War Words Dance Final Performance

400Word Thursdays Readings
3000Poets and Writers Hosted
13000Volume Library
1300Poets, Writers, & Artists Published

The Bright Hill Literary Center

The Bright Hill Center features the Bright Hill Community Library & Internet Wing, the Word & Image Gallery, our renovated education wing (where workshops take place, home to our smart board and art supply storage), our dine-in kitchen book shop, the Bright Hill administrative offices, and guest rooms for visiting writers and artists. Outdoors, the Patterns Literary Garden and the Children’s Secret Garden are features of our peaceful, Catskills nature haven.

Stay tuned for the virtual tour, coming soon.

01Poetry Collections
More than 90 publications range from 1992 to present.
02Children's Anthologies
Our workshops started in 2002; we have been publishing our youth works for almost two decades.
03Adult Anthologies
Bright Hill has welcomed more than 3,000 writers at Word Thursdays and in our publications.
04Exhibit Catalogs
Book Arts Catalogs have been published for more than two decades.

Testimonials

“Bright Hill Press for 25 years, under founding Director Bertha Rogers, has brought to life her vision of a network of writers and a center for teaching the young and sustaining in the community the life of the literary mind.  Reading and attending Word Thursdays and special events, and having my book chosen for Bright Hill Press, have nourished my writing in countless ways for which I am unspeakably grateful.”

Robert Bensen, Ph.D. I Professor of English & Director of Writing

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Bright Hill Press & Literary Center, Fall 2016

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