MARGO TAFT STEVER
Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. 10591-1412
Telephone: 914-391-5018 (cell)
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York. M.F.A. in Poetry, 1988.
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ed.M. Degree. Reading and Human Development, 1974.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts A.B. Degree, 1972. Cum Laude.
GHOST MOOSE, Kattywompus Press, forthcoming 2019.
CRACKED PIANO, CavanKerry Press, LaurelBooks, forthcoming, 2019.
The Lunatic Ball, Kattywompus Press, Boston, Massachusetts, 2015.
Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia, The Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods, by Margo Taft Stever and James Taft Stever, Orange Frazier Press (published through a collaboration between Zhejiang University Press and University and the University of Cincinnati) 2015.
The Hudson Line, Main Street Rag, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2012.
Frozen Spring, Minneapolis, MN: First Series Award for Poetry, Mid-List Press, 2002.
Reading the Night Sky, Riverstone Press, West Chester, PA: Winner of the Riverstone Poetry Chapbook Contest, 1996 (Introduction by Denise Levertov).
Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 Mission to Asia, the Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods, Museum Catalogue by Margo T. Stever and James T. Stever, 2007.
POETRY JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
Canary Literary Journal (forthcoming); Plume Poetry Journal; Flock Literary Journal, Statorec Literary Journal, 2018; upstreet, 2018; Valley Voices, 2018, 2006; Poetry Flash, September 2017; BigCityLit, 2017, 2007; Salamander, 2017, 2014; Blackbird, Vol. 15, No. 2, Fall 2016, 2014; Heron Tree, November, 2016; A Poetry Congery, Connotations Press: An Online Artifact, April, 2016, The Academy of American Poets, Poem-A-Day, March, 2016; Cahoodaloodaling, 2015; PoetryMagazine.com, edited by Andrena Zawinski, Fall, 2014; Prairie Schooner, 2014; The Same, 2008, 2014; Connecticut Review, 2012, 2005, 2002; Poetry South, 2009, 2011; Elsewhere, 2007; Valley Voices, 2006; Rattapallax, 2006; The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Autumn, 2005; The Cincinnati Review, Spring, 2004; Lumina, Summer, 2004, Spring, 2003; Sarah Lawrence, Vol. 74, 2002; New World Poetry (Five poems from Frozen Spring translated into Chinese by Jianqing Zheng), 74, 2002; The Preserve Observer: Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve Magazine, Vol. VII, 2001 and Vol. IX, 2002; Poet Lore, Volume 96, Number 1, 2001; West Branch, Vol. 44, 1999; Nightsun, Vol. 18, 1998; West Branch, Vol. 41, 1997, Vol. 12, 1983; Arts News, Volume 14, No., 4, May 1993; The Seattle Review, Vol. XV, No.1, 1992; Potato Eyes, Issue No. 6, Fall/Winter, 1991-1992. Chelsea, Vol. 47, 1988; Ironwood, Vol. 15, No. 2, 1987; The Sarah Lawrence Review, 1987; The Croton Review, No. 9, 1986; Folio, American University, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1986; The Webster Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, 1983; Yet Another Small Magazine Vol. 2, No. 1, 1983; Poetry Now, Vol. VII, No. 1, 1982; Poet Lore, Vol. 77, No.3, 1982; The G.W. Review, Vol. 2, Nos. 4/5 & 2, 1981; The Washington Dossier, 1981; Crop Dust, No. 1, Spring, 1980; Phoebe, Vol. 9, Nos. 1 & 2, 1979; The New England Review, Vol. II, No. 2, 1979; The Harvard Advocate 125th Anniversary Edition, Fall, 1971; Hanging Loose, Fall, 1970.
“Queen City,” Boom Project Anthology, edited by Kimberly Garts Crum and Bonnie Omer Johnson, Butler Books, Louisville, Kentucky, forthcoming, 2019.
“Braids,” Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry, Edited by James Bertolino, World Enough Writers Publications, Tillamook, Oregon, 2018.
“Nothing’s Holding up Nothing,” Pirene’s Fountain: Collateral Damage, edited by Ami Kaye, Glass Lyre Press, 2018.
“Idiot’s Guide to Counting,” Reflecting Pool: Poets and the Creative Process,” Codhill Press, edited by Laurance Carr, 2018.
“Nightly Weeping Rock,” Undead: An Anthology of Ghouls, Ghosts, and More, edited by Bianca Lynne Spriggs and Katerina Stoykova, Apex Publications, 2018.
“Idiot’s Guide to Counting,” “Splitting Wood,” and “My Mother Is Dying,” Enskyment: An Anthology of Print and Online Poetry (Enskyment.org), 2018.
“Horse Fair,” Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, edited by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane, Lost Horse Press, 2017.
“Reading the Night Sky,” The Moon, edited by Whitney Scott, Outrider Press, 2017.
“Night Rising,” Connoisseurs of Suffering: Poetry for the Journey to Meaning, edited by Jason Dias and Louis Hoffman, University Professors Press, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2017.
“Van Gogh to His Mistress,” The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, edited by Tina Ayres, February 18, 2017.
“Nothing’s Holding up Nothing,” Bared: An Anthology on Bras and Breasts, edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman, Les Femmes Folles Books, 2017.
“Nothing’s Holding up Nothing,” Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, edited by Charles Fishman and Smita Sahay, Kasva Press (Israel), Spring, 2016;
“Drought,” Joys of the Table: An Anthology of Culinary Verse, edited by Sally Zakariya, Richer Resources Publications, 2015;
“Splitting Wood,” Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman, Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013;
“Wind Innuendo,” A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women of the Hudson Valley, edited by Laurence Carr & Jan Zlotnik Schmidt, Cod Hill Press, 2013, 2014 Best Book Award in the Anthology (Fiction) Category, Sponsored by USA Book News, 2014 da Vinci Eye Award for book cover artwork of Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Finalist in the 2014 Beverly Hills International Book Awards for anthology, Finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the category of Women’s Issues, and Finalist in 2014 International Book Awards in the category of Chick Lit/Women’s Literature;
“The Porch,” Voices from the Porch: Poems, Essays and Fiction from Favorite Gathering Places, edited by Maureen Sherbondy, Mint Hill Books Main Street Rag, 2013;
“On the Possession of Horses, “Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses,” edited by Susan Yatz, Yarroway Mountain, Press, 2008;
“Conversation with Bertolt Brecht,” Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, edited by Laurence Carr, Codhill Press, 2007;
“Ascension,” The Dire Eligies: 59 Poets on Endangered Species of North America, edited by Karla Linn Merrifield with Roger M. Weir, Foreword by Bill McKibben, FootHills Publishing, 2006;
“The Nightly Weeping Rock,” Chance of a Ghost: An Anthology of Contemporary Ghost Poems, edited by Gloria Vando and Philip Miller, Helicon Nine Editions, 2005;
“The Nightly Weeping Rock,” Undead: An Anthology of Ghouls, Ghosts, and more, 2005;
“Treehouse,” “Drought,” “Splitting Wood,” en(compass): The Poetry Caravan Anthology, edited by Usha Akella, Yuganta Press, 2005;
“On the Possession of Horses,” The Breath of Parted Lips: Voices from the Robert Frost Place, Volume II, edited by Sydney Lea, CavanKerry Press, 2004;
“On the Possession of Horses,” Imperiled Landscapes, Endangered Legends, edited by Margo Taft Stever, Rizzoli International Publications, 1997;
“Ascension,” The Dolphin’s Arc: Poems on Endangered Creatures of the Sea, edited by Elisavietta Ritchie, SCOP Publications, 1989;
“Conversation with Bertolt Brecht,” Voices for Peace Anthology, edited by Barbara Nector Davis, Disarmament and Peace Task Force of the Rochester Peace and Education Task Force, 1983;
“I have been my arm,” No More Masks, edited by Ellen Bass and Florence Howe, Doubleday & Company, 1973.
PUBLISHED REVIEWS, ESSAYS, CRITICISM, AND TRANSLATIONS
Inkwell, Spring 2018, “Review of Here We Are: A Gallery of Poems”, by Dan Masterson, Grolier Poetry Press, 2014.Valley Voices, 2015, “Review of Wake”, by Laura Madeline Wiseman, Spring, 2015.Slapering Hol Press Newsletter, “The Chapbook Craze,” Issue 3, October, 2006.
Home Planet News, “Review of Late for Work,” David Tucker, 2006.
New Delta Review, “Review of Persuasions of Fall,” Ann Lauinger, 2005.
The Connecticut Review, “Searching for Tom Moore,” Spring, 2005.
Poets & Writers, “Poetry.com Struggles for Legitimacy,” November/December, 2004.
CALYX, A Journal of Art & Literature by Women , Vol. 22, No. 1, Summer, 2004. “Review of Shards,” Ann Holmes.
Rain Taxi Review, “Review of Bright Turquoise Umbrella,” Hermine Meinhard, Summer, 2004.
“Renditions”, The Research Centre for Translation of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Translation of two poems with Jianqing Zheng, No. 59/60 2003.
The Minnesota Review , “Review of Heaven and Heck,” Denise Duhamel, and “Timepiece”, Jane Flanders, 1989.
St. Mary’s College Poetry Festival, Presented paper on the political poem, 1983.
TEACHING AND LECTURE EXPERIENCE
Through Hudson Valley Writers Center outreach program, taught six session weekly poetry workshops for teens at Children’s Village and grade schoolers at the Yonkers YMCA, Winter, 2018/19
Through Writers Center outreach program, taught six sessions weekly poetry workshop for grade schoolers at Yonkers YMCA, Winter/Spring, 2018.
Taught poetry workshop and participated in a panel on how to publish poems with poet Susana H. Case at Lit Youngstown Literary Festival, Youngstown, Ohio, September 30, 2017.
Through Writers Center outreach program, taught weekly fourth grade after-school poetry workshop at Nepperhan Community Center, Yonkers, New York, from May 4 to June 22, 2017.
With Xuemo Wang, Dean, UC Libraries, and Professor Hong Shen, Zhejiang University, presented lecture and reading from Looking East at University of Cincinnati, Langsam Library, June 25, 2015.
With Professor Hong Shen from Zhejiang University, Hanghzhou, China, presented reading and lecture from Looking East at Joseph-Beth Bookstore, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 24, 2015.
Public lecture with Professor Hong Shen of Zhejiang University on Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia, The Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods, February 13, 2014, 10:00 to 12:00, Bauer Room, Sponsored by the University of Cincinnati Libraries.
With poet Karren Alenier, taught adult workshop on how to publish a book of poems at Beyond Baroque, Venice, California, 2013.
Submitted paper, “Looking East: William Howard Taft and the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia,” Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, Covington, Kentucky, Spring, 2010.
Submitted paper and power point presentation on 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia and photographs of Harry Fowler Woods at 2008 Hangzhou International Symposium on Sinology and Sino-Foreign Relations and Exchanges, Hangzhou, China.
Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida, 2006. Taught adult poetry workshop.
Barnard College, Guest Lecturer, 2000, 2005.
The Coachman Family Center, Created literacy project in homeless shelter. Organized and implemented literacy project and tutor for ten years in after-school program.
Poetry Workshops, taught poetry workshops at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York, and various private and public schools.
Krebs School, Lexington, MA. Classroom teacher for special education students.
ARTISTIC PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Board Member, Teatown Advisory Board, Teatown Lake Reservation. Assist in the development of “Writing Nature Series,” in collaboration with The Hudson Valley Writers Center, to bring the best nature writers to Westchester audiences to discuss urgent environmental issues.
Founding Editor, Slapering Hol Press, Sleepy Hollow, New York. Designed and developed Slapering Hol Press, the small press imprint of The Hudson Valley Writers Center (www.writerscenter.org). Co-edit and publish the annual poetry chapbook winner of the Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest, the Conversation series consisting of a well known poet who chooses and appears in the same chapbook with an emerging poet, poetry anthologies, and special collections.
Director, exhibition, Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 Mission to Asia, the Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods
(www.ohiohistory.org/tafttrip). Developed exhibition team, selected photographs for exhibition, research and writing text for exhibition, fundraising, writing of museum catalogue, and developing traveling exhibit. Opening in 2007 at William Howard Taft National Historic Site, and traveling exhibitions followed at The Nippon Club Gallery, New York, the Old Forge Arts Center, Old Forge, New York; and 2008 Hangzhou International Symposium on Sinology and Sino-Foreign Relations and Exchanges at Zhejiang University. In 2006 awarded President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.
Board Member, The Hudson Valley Writers Center. Served on Development, Program, and Benefit Committees.
Chairperson, Board of Directors, founder and member of Board of Directors, The Hudson Valley Writers Center, Inc. (HVWC), Sleepy Hollow, New York. [Also, served as executive director from 1989 to 1995 until the first paid, full-time executive director was hired.] General oversight of administration of the organization; principal fundraiser for capital and large operating grants; prepared grant applications and administered major grants; artistic director on several projects. Functions included final approval of the programmatic content of the poetry and fiction reading series and oversight of the thematic choices for writers’ workshops held at the Writers’ Center. While in dual roles as Chairperson and executive director,founded and administered original reading series and workshop series; began outreach programs; conceived and raised primary seed money for acquisition and restoration of the Philipse Manor Railroad Station for adaptive re-use as the HVWC’s headquarters.
Project Director, Comprehensive Literacy Project, Coachman Family Center. Organized, funded, staffed, and worked as tutor for joint Westhab and HVWC
literacy project at largest homeless center in Westchester County. Project originated from after-school writing workshop that was ongoing from 1990 to
2003. Other elements included art workshops in metal sculpture, photography, dance and singing; computer lab for literacy skills development; reading
lab; pre-school educational enrichment; and development of scholarship program.
Founder and Director, Sleepy Hollow Poetry Series, Tarrytown, New York. Created reading series at the Warner Library. Responsible for fundraising,
setting up and administrating reading series in which approximately twenty four writers presented their work each year. From the beginning of the
series, the emphasis was on providing a forum to represent the diversity of poets and writers in America with entire year-long celebrations of Native
American, African American, and women writers.
SELECTED POETRY PERFORMANCES
Numerous readings include Between I & Thou reading of ekphraistic poems written about paintings in an exhibition at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts, Peekskill, New York, February 18, 2018; Poetry in the Pavement reading at The Hudson Valley Writers Center of “The Hudson Line,” selected among winning poems about Hudson River and rivers in general that are inscribed in the pavement in a Sleepy Hollow park; Lit Youngstown Literary Festival, St. John’s Episcopal Church, September 30, 2017; Slapering Hol Press reading at Cornelia Street Café, February 2017; Bowery Poetry Club, April 10, 2016; Veils, Halos and Shackles Anthology Reading, Cornelia Street Café, April 28, 2016;New York Poetry Festival, July 26, 2015; Coffee-house Poetry for eight stateside poets at the Troubadour, London, England, October 6, 2014; Women Write Resistance Anthology Reading, Rendezvous Restaurant, February 28, 2014, Seattle, Washington; Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie, New York; Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson, anthology reading, October, 2013; KGB Poetry Café, Women Write Resistance anthology reading, May, 2013, NY, NY; Phoenix Reading Series, Yippie Museum Café, April, 2013, NY, NY.; Beyond Baroque, Venice, California, January 19, 2013; Books and Bookshelves, San Francisco, California, January 15, 2014; Café Muse, The Word Works, Chevy Chase, Maryland, December 3, 2007; Main Street Rag at Vin Master Bar, Charlotte, North Carolina, December 3, 2012; The Hudson Valley Writers Center, October 12, 2012; The Village Bookstore, Pleasantville, NY, June 15; The Warner Library, Tarrytown, NY, March 31; Bean Runner Café , Peekskill, NY, May 12, 2012; Jewish Community Center on the Hudson, Tarrytown, NY, December 11, 2011; Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival, Newark, NJ, October 7-10, 2010; Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China 2008; Old Forge Arts Center, Old Forge, New York 2008; The Ear Inn, Greenwich Village, New York 2006; Cornelia Street Café Greenwich Village, New York 2012, 2004, 2005; The Society of the Four Arts Library, Palm Beach 2004, 2006, Florida; Sotto Voce Lounge 2003, Park Slope, New York; Cambridge, MA., Chapters Bookstore 2003; Atticus Books 2003 Amherst, MA; Codyճ Books 2003, Berkeley, CA; University of Cincinnati 2002, Cincinnati, Ohio; Sarah Lawrence College 2002, Bronxville, NY; The Blacksmith House 2002, Washington, D.C.; The Northern Westchester Center for the Arts , Mt. Kisco, N.Y.2002; Elliston Lecturer, University of Cincinnati, 2002 Cincinnati, Ohio; Past readings include Hampshire College, Amherst, MA; The Red Bookstore, Cambridge, MA; Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.; Spotlight on New York Writing Programs, presented by the Poetry Society of America. November 15, 2002, Poetry reading as part of The Elliston Project: Poetry Reading and Lectures at the University of Cincinnati.
November 9, 1997, 20th Annual Bucknell Poetry Festival, Poetry reading with Julia Kasdorf, Jean Valentine, Karen Zealand, and others.
Numerous public readings, both live and recorded and rebroadcast on radio from 1969 to the present, including “Poet and the Poem” with Grace Cavaliari, several appearances on Westchester TV Channel 12, Martha Stewart Living Radio.
OTHER CONTESTS AND AWARDS
Excerpt from Stever’s poem, “The Hudson Line,” Winner, Poetry in the Pavement Contest, February, 2018. Quote from poem engraved in sidewalk near the Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow, New York, with other Poetry in the Pavement winners’ poem excerpts and those by masters such as Neruda, Dickinson, Whitman, and Hughes. Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Book Contest, Semi-finalist, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011; “THE CRACKED PIANO,” Semi-finalist, Cod Hill Press Poetry Award, 2014; Finalist, 2012 Richard Snyder Publication Prize, Ashland Poetry Press, CRACKED PIANO, Semi-Finalist, 2012, 2011, 2010; Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, University of Wisconsin Press Poetry Series, CRACKED PIANO, Semi-Finalist, 2014, 2012, 2011; “Woman of Impact” Award in 2013, Presented by Westchester County Business Journal; Spire Press Chapbook Contest, Finalist, 2011; Spire Press Chapbook Contest, Finalist, 2011; Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Chapbook Contest, Finalist, 2010; Five times nominated for Pushcart Prize, most recently in 2009; Black River Chapbook Contest, Semi-Finalist, 2008; President’s Volunteer Service Award, 2007; Finishing Line Press Chapbook Contest, Semi-Finalist, 2006; Bright Hill Chapbook Contest Finalist, 2005; Third Place, 2004; Finalist, 2003 Connecticut Poetry Festival Poetry Competition, Newtown, CT; Richard Snyder Publication Prize Book Contest Finalist, Magellan Prize, 2001; Buttonwood Press Book Contest, Semi-Finalist, 2001, 1999; Silverfish Review Chapbook Contest, Finalist, 1988, 1989, 2000, 2001; Brittingham and Pollak Prizes in Poetry, University Press of Wisconsin Press Poetry Series, Frozen Spring, Finalist or Semi-Finalist,1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001; Defined Providence Press, Book Contest, Finalist, 2000; Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, Ohio University Press Swallow Press Book Contest, Finalist, 1999; American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Finalist, 1997; The Bluestem Press, Emporia State University Press Book Contest, Finalist, 1996; The Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y – “D҄iscovery” The National Contest, Finalist, 1985; Jenny McKean Moore Poetry Fellowship, George Washington University, 1980.
OTHER ARTISTIC PUBLICATIONS
Excerpt from the poem, “Bottom Land,” published as epigraph in Bottomland by Michelle Hoover, Grove Atlantic, March 2016.
Cahoodaloodaling, Historical Re-tell, Issue No. 18, 2015 Interview of Margo Taft Stever by Laura Madeline Wiseman about The Lunatic Ball.
Prose and Poetry, Poetry City, USA, Volume 4, p. 152-162)2014, Interview of Margo Taft Stever by Laura Madeline Wiseman.
Blot Lit Reviews: Interview with Six Writers from Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, Part I, II, and III, by Julie Demoff-Larson, Spring, 2014, blotterature.com
Poemeleon: The Blog, The Habitual Poet: Laura Madeline Wiseman, featured interview, Summer 2013.
Finding Time for Poetry, feature interview by Donya Dickerson appeared in Poet’s Market (338-341) 2004.
Poem displayed with photographic art in Lynn Butler’s, Preservation of Historic Landscape and Landmarks, at Nikon House, New York, N.Y.,Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, and many other museums from 1992 to 1996.
Photograph published as book jacket cover of Relearning the Alphabet by Denise Levertov, New Directions, 1972.
Photographs published in The Movement Towards a New America,
edited by Mitchell Goodman, Pilgrim Press, 1970.
Numerous photographs published in journals and magazines including The Harvard Advocate, Volume CIV, Number 1, April 1970, p. 9 and 29; and Liberation News Service, #478, November 8, 1972.
Academy of American Poets; Poetry Society of America; Print Club of New York.