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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

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Special Projects

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War Words Dance

Bright Hill Press and Literary Center of the Catskills has been awarded a state REDC grant and is approved for a federal NEA 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 will culminate in staged and outdoor performances held for the general public of the Catskills in upstate New York in August. The final project performance will be 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” brings 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 aims 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 will be choreographed into dance works by professional choreographers, taught to student dancers who will perform the final pieces in a flash mob, and a final performance at The Walton Theatre.

Feast of Crispian’s workshop is a 3-day acting and storytelling Shakespeare intensive, 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 will then host a five-day writing and visual art workshop.

Bertha Rogers, master teaching artist and Founding Director of Bright Hill, will lead students in a series of exercises during which students write and create 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 will bring 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 will lead 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.

Veterans and student artists can visit brighthillpress.org/children-youth-programming/ to download the registration form; email [email protected], or call 607-829-5055 for more information.

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.

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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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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