Ridge Memory 9, 18×53 oil pastel over watercolor, © Elissa Gore 1999

About Bright Hill

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

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.

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Bertha RogersFounding Director

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.

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.

Literary and Art Programming

Special Projects

The NYSCA Literary Map of New York State and the NYSCA Literary Tree

The New York State Literary Web Site & New York State & NY City Online Maps – Brought to you by Bright Hill, in Partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts

The NYSCA Literary Map of New York State and the NYSCA Literary Tree

The NYSCA Literary Map of New York State and the NYSCA Literary Tree were developed by the New York State Council on the Arts, Richard J. Schwartz, Chairman; and Al Berr, Jack Lindahl, and Debby Silverfine, Deputy Directors. Bright Hill Press, in partnership with Kathleen Masterson, Director of the Literature Program at NYSCA, developed the Map and Tree, which were created to offer writers, educators, students, and the general public both a historical perspective and a useful resource about authors and literature in New York State. The NYS LitMap constantly evolves as new information is added. The print version was distributed to organizations, libraries, schools, and colleges by BHP.

1992 to 2017 - Bringing Literary and Art Programming to the Catskills Region
90Books Published
3000Children Served
125Highly innovative literary programs
NYS Littree
300Word Thursdays Readings
2500Poets and Writers Hosted
12000Volume Library
1000Poets, 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.

Reading Sunday

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By Terry Savoie

Published 3/31/2018

Poetry. READING SUNDAY, a selection of poems written between 1980 and 2015 by Terry Savoie, contains material first published in journals such as American Poetry Review, North American Review and The Iowa Review that centers on life in rural Midwest Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Poetry. READING SUNDAY, a selection of poems written between 1980 and 2015 by Terry Savoie, contains material first published in journals such as American Poetry Review, North American Review and The Iowa Review that centers on life in rural Midwest Iowa and Wisconsin.

“How bracing to come across these weathered poems, intensely seen and known and felt. Despite ‘black nights like long flat ribbons stretched,’ each new poem, like a whiskered catfish, or Lazarus, rises ‘into another morning,’ often with ‘a barbed hook planted deep’ in its throat.” —David Hamilton

Terry Savoie is a retired teacher, married and living just outside Iowa City. He was educated in Wisconsin and Iowa before serving as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam conflict. After working with adjudicated and at-risk adolescents for two decades, Savoie completed his career teaching both writing and literature in high school and community colleges. The recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, he has had poetry and short stories published in more than two hundred literary journals in the past thirty-five years including American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Northwest Review, The Sonora Review, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review and North American Review.

Book Arts 2017: 25th Anniversary Americas Book Arts Exhibit

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Edited by Bertha Rogers

Published 3/15/2018

Literary Nonfiction. Art. Photography. Edited by Bertha Rogers. Catalog of the Ninth Americas Curated Book Arts Exhibit at Bright Hill Literary Center, juried and curated by Alexander Campos and Bertha Rogers. The catalog includes detailed, color photographs of the finest in contemporary book arts and book binding. Individual artist books contain both words and images in a various book formats with clearly-stated concepts, thought-provoking text, engaging visual and exceptional technical presentation, an imaginative approach, and an integrated overall delivery. Includes artist books by Cristina de Almeida, Mary Ashwood, Kristine Bouyoucos, Tara Bryan, Sarah Bryant, Ginger Burrell, Valerie Carrigan, Margot Fagan, Wendy Fernstrum, Cathleen Ficht, Karen Hanmer,   Barbara Henry, Craig Jobson, Emily Martin, Carolyn Shattuck, Richard Reitz Smith, Diane Stemper, Peter & Donna Thomas, Nikki Thompson, Jennifer Vignone, and Susan Viguers.

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Literary Nonfiction. Art. Photography. Edited by Bertha Rogers. Catalog of the Ninth Americas Curated Book Arts Exhibit at Bright Hill Literary Center, juried and curated by Alexander Campos and Bertha Rogers. The catalog includes detailed, color photographs of the finest in contemporary book arts and book binding. Individual artist books contain both words and images in a various book formats with clearly-stated concepts, thought-provoking text, engaging visual and exceptional technical presentation, an imaginative approach, and an integrated overall delivery. Includes artist books by Cristina de Almeida, Mary Ashwood, Kristine Bouyoucos, Tara Bryan, Sarah Bryant, Ginger Burrell, Valerie Carrigan, Margot Fagan, Wendy Fernstrum, Cathleen Ficht, Karen Hanmer,   Barbara Henry, Craig Jobson, Emily Martin, Carolyn Shattuck, Richard Reitz Smith, Diane Stemper, Peter & Donna Thomas, Nikki Thompson, Jennifer Vignone, and Susan Viguers.

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.

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02Children's Anthologies
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Testimonials

The Bright Hill Kids Workshops are by far my children’s favorite option for summer activities. Two years in a row Bright Hill was the only “camp” my kids wanted to attend. The workshops are the perfect mix of literature, art, friends, and free time. Hands down one of the best gems of Delaware County!

Jennifer Potrzeba - Bright Hill Parent

Our twin boys, who’ve attended the Bright Hill workshops for the past 5 years, simply adore them. Their enjoyment thrills us, but even more importantly, the workshops helped instill a true love of reading, research, the art of the spoken word, poetry, mythology, arts of all types, performance and more. The workshops’ positive and lasting impact is huge for our family, as evidenced by child-hosted poetry slams, written-word gifts for special occasions, and countless child-instigated trips to museums of all types. We’re blessed to have access to an educational resource of this caliber.

Susan Muther and Hazen Reed, Bright Hill Parents

We’ve been sending our first child, then our second, to Bright Hill Press workshops every year since 2006.  We consider BHP to be an affordable unsung gem here in the Catskills, one of those rare gifts of place and experience that simultaneously bring educational value and exuberant joy to children and their families.  I think a quote from my son sums it up: “I wish Bertha and Bright Hill Press was my full time school.”

Anna Sea, Bright Hill Parent

One day, while attending the usual parent’s presentation, I heard another voice come through the words of my daughter’s writing. It was her own creative heart peeping through. What a joy.

Jessica Patterson, Bright Hill Parent

“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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94 Church St, Treadwell, New York 13846
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