“Calling All Poets has successfully created a diverse community of poets and writers who support one another. Whenever I’m there, I feel as if I am part of something bigger, a movement in the arts. In addition, they have embraced technology, streaming readers outside the area live and broadcasting the events online. Calling all Poets is the best series in the Hudson Valley!"
"Cadillac Men", "Waiting at the Dead End Diner"
“CAPS is about poetry of course. But it's also about community, how it's actually created a community of diverse personalities and backgrounds that come together each month to speak in the one language we all know. The spoken word. Every month there's a mark on the calendar that we all look forward to.”
Ken Holland, poet
"Being a part of CAPS has been a tremendously enriching experience from the very first time I read there. It is a truly nurturing, inspiring, environment where you can develop your voice among a diverse family of extremely talented writers.”
1st Poet Laureate of Beacon
co-CAPS Tech Czar
"Poets have grown up at CAPS."
Jim Eve, poet
founder, co-host, Calling All Poets
“Poetry in the Hudson Valley is as important to American culture in the 21st century as the Hudson River School of Painting was in the 19th century and Calling All Poets is at the forefront.”
Dr. Barbara Adams, poet, author
Professor Emerita, Pace University 1981-2001
"The Hudson Valley is one of the most vibrant and exciting poetry regions in the country and Calling All Poets at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon is a centerpiece for the power of words. I feel fortunate to be part of this creative current and to be able to share the art of language with the hundreds of writers I’ve met and whose works I’ve been able to read and hear over the years.”
—Laurence Carr, author "Pancake Hollow Primer"
co-editor "WaterWrites" "A Slant of Light" (Codhill Press)
Professor of English & Theatre, SUNY New Paltz