Margo Taft Stever

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From 1978-1983, Margo Taft Stever lived in Washington, D.C., where she studied with Peter Klappert at George Mason University and Peter Meinke at Washington University as a Jenny McKean More Fellow. She took workshops at the Writers’ Center in Bethesda, Maryland, which later inspired her to establish a Writers' Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Her poetry was featured on Grace Cavaliari’s “The Poet and the Poem.” She read her work at the Folger Shakespeare Library and at other local libraries. Her chapbook, The Hudson Line, was a 2012 editor’s choice for Main Street Rag. Her full-length book, Frozen Spring (2002), was the winner of the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Poetry. Her chapbook, Reading the Night Sky (Introduction by Denise Levertov), won the 1996 Riverstone Poetry Chapbook Competition. She is the founder of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and founding editor of the Slapering Hol Press ( Her poems have appeared in the Webster Review, New England Review, Connecticut Review, Poet Lore, West Branch, Seattle Review, The Cincinnati Review, Rattapallax, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Her poems also appear in numerous anthologies including Women Write Resistance; Cadence of Hooves; Dire Elegies; Chance of a Ghost; The Breath of Parted Lips, and No More Masks. Her articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in the Connecticut Review, Minnesota Review, Rain Taxi Review, Home Planet News, New Delta Review, Calyx, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. Her photographs appear in many books and periodicals, including the cover of Denise Levertov’s Relearning the Alphabet. Stever has read her poetry at numerous locations, including the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival, the Blacksmith House, and the Shanghai International Studies University.

Written by Margo Taft Stever September 2013

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