“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! - Rebecca Schumejda, poet, 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, Pushcart nominee
“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 University1981-2001
"The Hudson Valley is one of the most vibrant and exciting poetry regions in the country and Calling All Poets at 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; editor Riverine, co-editor of WaterWrites & A Slant of Light (Codhill Press), Professor of English & Theatre, SUNY New Paltz
“Some communities have talented poets, but no event organizers. Some have organizers, but not much talent. In the Valley we’re blessed with both. The dedicated people who create our poetry scene are themselves wonderful writers. Thanks to their unflagging efforts, readings, cds, chapbooks, marathons and anthologies have sprung up on both sides of the river for almost twenty years. My own journey from open-mike poet to Off-Broadway playwright was due in large part to the ongoing opportunities and warmth provided by my fellow poets. I’ll always be grateful.” - Irene O’Garden,Pushcart award wining poet, author, playwright, Women On Fire
"Thanks to both the many hardworking poetry hosts and the scores of poets who come out to share their work it sometimes seems one could attend a reading every day. And the truly wonderful thing is that the region is home to a number of extremely gifted poets who can leave an audience wishing their reading would never end."
- Matthew J. Spireng, poet, and three time Pushcart nominee
“The Hudson Valley boasts a plethora of fascinating poets whose active participation in readings and local events makes them a reliable source of wisdom and inspiration.”- Dr. Lucia Cherci, poet, Lepădarea de Limbă (The Abandonment of Language)
“Though my poetry base is Long Island and Manhattan, over the past decade or so I've been fortunate to share work with HV poets regularly. The venues are great, the range of voices impressive, and the sense of community is something that I appreciate personally and professionally” - George Wallace, poet, First Poet Laureate, Suffolk County
"I can't imagine living anywhere else in the world. Where else could I find the variety, the devotion, the matter-of-fact respect for poetry not just as an art but a fact of life? From the poetry gangs of Albany to the lost souls of Orange County, I believe the Hudson Valley provides a unique climate for poets of all inclinations to share their work in a supportive environment, a gift not always available to other creators."
- Cheryl A. Rice, poet, My Minnesota Boyhood, Moses Parts The Tulips
“The Hudson Valley gives voice to writers and poets who have something of value to say and a comfortable environment for accomplishing this important endeavor. From the caves of Rosendale to the richness of the Howland Center, the Hudson Valley has nurtured me and advanced my career.” – Eddie Bell, author, poet, Capt’s Dreaming Chair, Festival of Tears
"The varied crowd Calling All Poets attracts makes for lively nights. It's rare that we have a dull evening. The fact that the hosts are welcoming and gracious for the presence of a supportive crowd speaks volumes. You don't have nearly the sense of camaraderie anywhere else."
– Christopher Wheeling, poet, CAPS photographer
“I believe that if CAPS continues on the path it is now blazing it will become an important milestone in the growth of American Poetry.”– Glenn Werner, poet, Premeditated Contrition and other poems, CAPS Tech Czar
"Poets have grown up at CAPS." - Jim Eve, poet, founder, co-host Calling All Poets