Episode 33: Margo Taft Stever

33 minutes

Margo Taft Stever is a prolific poet who has worked with many great poets through the years and through her work founding the Hudson Valley Writers Center and Slapering Hol Press.  Listen to us discuss her two books of poetry that was released this year, her work process and philosophies!


Cracked Piano Book Cover by Margo Taft Stevens

You can purchase a copy here:  CavanKerry Press


Ghost Moose Book Cover by Margo Taft Stevens

You can order your copy here: Kattywompus Press.  




I write to you from the end

of the time zone. You must realize

that nothing survived after


the horses were slaughtered.

We sleep below the hollow

burned-out stars.


We look into dust bowls

searching for horses.

When you walk in the country,


you will be shocked to meet

substantial masses on the road.

We do not know whom to blame


or where the horses were driven,

who slaughtered them, or for what

purpose. Had the horses slept


under the linden trees? The generals

and engineers pucker

and snore on the veranda.


First published in chapbook, Ghost Moose, Margo Taft Stever, Kattywompus Press, 2019. Forthcoming in Canary: A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis.


Bio: In 2019, CavanKerry Press published Margo Taft Stever’s book, Cracked Piano, and Kattywompus Press published her chapbook, Ghost Moose. Her four other poetry collections are The Lunatic Ball, 2015; The Hudson Line, 2012; Frozen Spring, 2002; and Reading the Night Sky, 1996. Her poems have appeared widely in journals such as Verse Daily, upstreet; Plume, Blackbird; Salamander; Poem-A-Day, The Academy of American Poets; Cincinnati Review; Salamander; Prairie Schooner; New England Review; Poet Lore; West Branch; Seattle Review; and in numerous anthologies. She co-authored Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia (Zhejiang University Press, 2012 and Orange Frazier Press, 2015) and created a traveling exhibition of “Looking East photographs. She is the founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and the founding editor of Slapering Hol Press.


Website: https://margotaftstever.com


Photo of the Hudson Valley Writers Center YouTube Video



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