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The Best Gifts from Schoharie County

Modular Construction Might Save Time and Money

Written By Editor on 5/26/21 | 5/26/21

Howard Kipnes, president of Cedar Knolls, a custom homebuilder located in Ronkonkoma, explains that his company specializes in modular homes on the East End. These, he says, can be built faster – typically in half the time of traditional construction – with superior, consistent quality control inside a factory. They exceed energy efficiency standards and most are priced less than stick-built homes.

“There’s little that we can’t do in modular today,” he says. “We’re doing more custom work. Features such as screened-in patios, second floor decks and balconies and smart home integration are becoming more common. With the coronavirus, more people have relocated out east. We are designing more private spaces, home offices, bedrooms with ensuite baths and children’s play and study areas.”

Great rooms and other large open gathering spaces were better suited to weekenders, Kipnes says, but people staying for extended periods want more individual space.

“We do complete turnkey construction – including architectural plans and permit expediting,” he says. “Buyers a year ago wanted something immediately, but now that they’re more committed to staying out here full time they’re willing to wait for a new custom home. We can build any features available into the house: the latest green features, smart home wiring and automation. Cameras, Wi-Fi-enabled locks and other security devices are very popular.” Every home Kipnes builds is a custom job – clients don’t have to pick a particular model.

Many favor two-story homes. Modern farmhouse designs are particularly popular now. His homes typically range from 1,000 to more than 4,000 square feet. More land is currently available on the North Fork and in the town of East Hampton, he adds.



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Master Gardeners Ready Saturday, May 29, for Gardeners

Written By Editor on 5/25/21 | 5/25/21

The annual Master Gardeners of Otsego County plant sale returns this year on Saturday, May 29th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. following the pandemic hiatus last year.  The sale will showcase familiar and many hard-to-find varieties and species difficult to find elsewhere.  The sale will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center, 123 Lake Street, Cooperstown. 

 

Do you enjoy vine-ripe, homegrown tomatoes picked at their peak with rich flavors and sweetness?   This year, 35 tomato transplant varieties are offered, many classified as heirlooms and others designated as All-America Selections.  Seven varieties of dwarf tomato plants, including Fred's Tie Dye, Artic Rose, and Tastywine are also offered for small gardens.  Master Gardener volunteers will be present to answer your questions on tomato variety and other plant selections.       

 

Peppers from sweet to hot, including Mad Hatter with its small hat-shaped peppers with a hint of heat,  Sugar Rush, and Cornito Giallo will be featured along with seven other varieties.  A dozen vegetable choices from beets to cucumbers, to Swiss chard, are available. 

 

In addition, 110 choices of annuals and perennials flowering plants—some of which are deer resistant--and more than 25 varieties of herbs, such as Spicy Bush basil with small leaves not requiring further kitchen preparation, will be attention-getters. 

 

The sale proceeds support outreach to local residents by volunteer Master Gardeners, including the telephone help-line, educational programs, the GROW program for community-based projects utilizing the skills of  Master Gardeners, and the redevelopment of educational gardens and improved infrastructure at the Lake Street Cooperative Extension headquarters.

 

While pandemic guidelines are being eased, CCE asks all visitors to use masks and maintain social distancing.  Hand sanitizer will be provided.  Please bring boxes to carry your purchases home.

 

Master Gardener Volunteers serve as a link between residents and the nation’s cooperative extension system, an outreach of land grant universities. For more information, visit Otsego Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale 2021 or contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-547-2536 ext. 228, otsego@cornell.edu or email Don Smyers at drs269@cornell.edu for more information or find us at www.facebook.com/CCESchoharieOtsegoMG and https://www.instagram.com/otsegomastergardener/.

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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C-GCC, Olana Announce Partnership

Saved in 1966 by a visionary coalition of private individuals and New York State government, Olana State Historic Site opened to the public in 1967. The act of preservation that established Olana also set aside land for the creation of Columbia-Greene Community College (C-GCC), a campus of the State University of New York, establishing a historic tie that binds the two New York State institutions.  
 
As a public site, Olana is thrilled to partner with neighboring C-GCC to provide workforce development opportunities for students enrolled in C-GCC’s business, art, and environmental science classes and those interested in gaining work experience related to their course of study at a vital cultural and historic institution. “Olana State Historic Site is excited to partner with Columbia-Greene Community College and The Olana Partnership to establish this collaborative internship and work development program”, said Amy Hausmann, Director, Olana State Historic Site.  “As a New York State Historic Site, Olana is dedicated to strengthening partnerships and expanding accessibility for members of our local community and we are particularly gratified to partner with our closest neighbor to provide this rich educational opportunity.”  
 
A new collaborative three-semester program beginning in Fall 2021 will provide an opportunity for Olana State Historic Site to connect and collaborate with C-GCC faculty and students throughout the academic year. As part of this program, Olana State Historic Site and its nonprofit affiliate, The Olana Partnership (TOP), will work collaboratively with C-GCC faculty to provide an opportunity for year-long engagement that culminates in a series of workforce and internship opportunities to serve Olana’s local audience of adults attending college and those seeking career development opportunities. "As neighbors with shared origins and educational goals, Olana and Columbia-Greene Community College are natural partners,” said Dr. Sean Sawyer, Washburn & Susan Oberwager President of The Olana Partnership, “and The Olana Partnership is thrilled to partner in this initiative that will enable students of all ages and backgrounds to use Olana as a launchpad to connect their academic work with work experience and career growth.”   
 
Dr. Carlee Drummer, President of Columbia-Greene Community College, stated, “The College extends deep gratitude to the Olana State Historic Site and The Olana Partnership for their role in making this multifaceted collaboration possible. This partnership is the first of its kind in the State – and possibly the nation! – to offer students an array of learning and career opportunities intersecting the arts, business, environmental studies, marketing, and management of a non-profit arts-based organization.”  
 
Students enrolled in C-GCC’s business, art, and environmental sciences classes will be invited to engage with Olana year-round through class visits with Olana staff during the fall semester, a corresponding honors project during the spring, and paid internship and/or employment experience in the summer. Through this tiered internship and work development program, students will be given the opportunity to engage with Olana over the course of a full academic year and sustain engagement with the site through their specific course of study. 
 
These opportunities for year-long engagement will be available for all C-GCC majors with a particular emphasis on business, environmental studies, and fine arts. Students with an interest in local tours and heritage, retail sales, marketing, landscape management, the arts and/or non-profit work are preferred. Participation in the Spring and Summer 2022 portions of the internship will be based on recommendation from participating faculty. Students will be required to apply for the Summer 2022 internship through the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation application portal.   
 
During the fall semester, students enrolled in Foundations of Business, Intro to Environmental Sciences, Accounting 101, and Visual Arts 2D classes will engage with Olana Staff through 1-2 staff-led informational sessions and/or class visits to Olana. The goal of the fall semester is for students to become acquainted with Olana, learn more about the history and goals of the site, and to connect with Olana staff. During the spring, students enrolled in key classes will be invited to engage in an honors project connecting their coursework with a deeper understanding of Olana and its operation as a public park and historic site focused on preservation, education, interpretation, and engagement.  
 
In the summer of 2022, students will be invited by C-GCC staff to apply for summer internship and work opportunities on site at Olana. Two to three paid project-based internships will be made available to C-GCC students for the summer semester in which participating interns will engage in specific projects, working collaboratively across the organization to complete their internship project/task. Each internship will be eligible for C-GCC credit corresponding with student’s line of study and will receive a stipend from The Olana Partnership. In addition to these select internship spots, paid seasonal employment opportunities at the Olana Museum Store and within the Visitor Engagement and Interpretation department will be shared with C-GCC community and students will be encouraged to apply.  
 
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About Olana and The Olana Partnership: Olana is the greatest masterwork of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), a preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century and the most important artist’s home, studio, and designed landscape in the United States. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and welcomes more than 170,000 visitors annually. The landscape is open for guided touring, and reservations are highly recommended. The landscape is free and open every day from 8 AM-sunset.  
 
Olana State Historic Site, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State Parks to support the restoration, conservation, and interpretation of Olana to make it accessible to all. 
 
About New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual parks, historic sites, recreational trails and boat launches, which were visited by a record 78 million people in 2020. A recent university study found that spending by State Parks and its visitors supports $5 billion in output and sales, 54,000 private-sector jobs and more than $2.8 billion in additional state GDP. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit parks.ny.gov, connect on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. The free New York State Parks Explorer mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. To download, visit: Google Play Store, NY State Parks Explorer App or Apple Store, NY State Parks Explorer App. 

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Greene County Legislature Approves 12-13 Year Old Hunters

Written By Editor on 5/24/21 | 5/24/21

The Greene County Legislature unanimously adapted Local Law 1 of 2021, which permits 12- and 13-year-olds to hunt deer with a firearm or crossbow. This legislation was part of the NYS 2021-2022 budget, with each county given the option of opting into the law or not. After holding a public hearing that drew no comment, Greene County opted in on May 19th.

Under this new law, the hunter must be licensed and under the supervision of a licensed adult. The law also requires that both the youth and the adult hunters must wear fluorescent orange or pink clothing and remain at ground level while hunting deer. Many members of the Greene County community feel that this new law will not only work, but help youths learn responsibility and respect for the outdoors.

Greene County Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger of New Baltimore said he is a longtime hunter and has two children who hunt as well. “When you start kids young and train them on how to be safe, they carry that with them” he said, adding “In addition, when you are out hunting, you are out in nature and learn how to take care of things.”

John Moreton, the district deputy for the Knights of Columbus, understands that youngsters with weapons can be dangerous if they’re not trained, but also believes that the right programs can help ensure their hunting is done safely. “It’s ok with supervision…it must be supervised and they have to learn how to use the weapons before they go out to hunt,” he said.

Prior to this new legislation being passed back in April, New York was the only state to not allow 12- and 13-year-olds to hunt big game with firearms. Now, with proper training and supervision, they finally can.

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Upcoming Events at Landis Arboretum

We've planned some terrific activities for you at Landis. Click on the name of the activity to see the description and to register online using PayPal or a credit card.

May 29, Saturday, 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Early Morning Bird Walk
 
 June 5, Saturday, 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Moth Watch
 
June 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pruning:  The Basics and Beyond
 
June 19, Saturday, 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Firefly Frolic
 
June 26, Saturday, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 
Introduction to Beekeeping

Need more information? Call us at 518-875-6935 or email us at info@landisarboretum.org

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‘American Cider’ Book Party May 30

Written By Editor on 5/19/21 | 5/19/21

Join Delaware County Chamber of Commerce member Strickland Hollow Farm & Distillery on Sunday May 30 at 9483 State Highway 28, Meridale to celebrate the release of 'American Cider: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage'. The festivities will begin at noon with cider tastings, live music, spirits tastings in the distillery and food for sale provided by Catskill Catering. Copies of the book will be available to purchase and the author will be there to personally sign your copy. 

 

Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance for $25 through Eventbrite. The price of admission covers a logo tasting glass and tickets for eight 2 ounce tastes of any ciders represented at the event. There will also be a cash bar providing bottles of cider and West Kill Brewery beer for consumption at the event or to take home. So, join us for a relaxing afternoon of cider, music, food and fun. 

 

For tickets visit eventbrite.com/e/american-cider-book-party-tickets-153286599345. 

 

For more information about the Chamber and advantages of membership visit delawarecounty.org.

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CREATE Professional Development Workshop Series With Mike Schoonmaker Thursday, May 20th, 4pm on Zoom

Written By Editor on 5/17/21 | 5/17/21

CREATE Professional Development Workshop Series
With Mike Schoonmaker
Thursday, May 20th, 4pm on Zoom
 
Live Streaming has quickly become an important outlet for many performers, venues and organizations that have suddenly had to learn to produce online events for the very first time. Learn the platforms for online events, what equipment is needed and how it can scale, how to archive and share live events as well as how to sell tickets with accessible resources. From beginner to advanced we hope to provide information to get you started, improve your virtual events, and answer any questions you may have along the way.
 
CREATE Council on the Arts’ workshop series supports the professional development of artists and organizations in our community through 6 FREE monthly workshops, beginning in May 2021. Each workshop will be led by a different expert and will cover topics including Online Marketing, Grant Writing, Nonprofit Practices, Diversity in the Arts, and more! This program is made to support CREATE’s Community Art Grant Program, a re-grant program through the New York State Council on the Arts which grants annual awards for Community Projects, Art Education Projects, and Individual Artist Commissions.

To learn more, visit our grants page. For more information on workshops, grants, or suggestions for topics you want to be covered in future workshops, email maeve@createcouncil.org.

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Written By Editor on 5/15/21 | 5/15/21

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Landis Hosting Spring Plant, Book, and Bake Sale

Written By Editor on 5/11/21 | 5/11/21

We'll have a special selection of rare and unusual plants available at our sale Members Only Pick of the Pots Sale (POPS) on on May 14 from 4 - 6 PM), and on May 15 - 16 from 10 AM - 4 PM for the general public. Our supply of these special plants is very limited - there is only ONE of most of them! 

Of course we'll have our usual wonderful selection of trees, shrubs, perennials (many of them natives), and annuals. Plus, we have great bedding plants for your culinary garden, and some sweet houseplants.

We've put some of our most rare and unusual plants in a document on our website. Click here to view it!

We hope to see you at the sale. We will be following the requirements set by the Schoharie Health Department; everyone is required to wear a mask or face covering over mouth and nose, and to practice social distancing. We can have 200 people on campus during this sale, compared with 50 for the Fall sale - things are improving!

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Hyde Hall Opens a Busy Season on May 29th

Written By Editor on 5/10/21 | 5/10/21

Hyde Hall opens on May 29th with a continued commitment to the health and safety of its guests and the community for a 2021 season full of events, tours, concerts, and new initiatives. 


In the first two weeks of the season, guests can view a special Flash Exhibit where some of Hyde Hall’s clothing collections are making a rare appearance. Visitors can only see the original garments—including an 1830s gown, a butler’s outfit, a hunting coat, and a livery uniform—between May 29th and June 13th.

 

This season also includes Thank You Bassett! month. Hyde Hall acknowledges that it has been stressful for individuals working in the medical field and wants to give back. As a way of saying thank you to Bassett Network employees and volunteers for their care of our community over the last year, Hyde Hall offers free admission to all Bassett Network employees and volunteers throughout June. Reservations are still needed, but by showing their Bassett Network ID, Hyde Hall will waive admission for any Bassett network employee or volunteer.

By observing protocols developed with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyde Hall plans a full calendar of low-risk events. Whether visiting for music, drama, food, or history, museum-goers will find something to enjoy. Event highlights include Chatham Baroque, Robin & Linda Williams, a German Singspiel, and concerts with the Musicians of Ma’alwyck. Visitors will even have the opportunity to join a one-night-only Ghost Hunt with paranormal investigators. Space is limited for all events and reservations are required, and guests must wear masks, at all times, regardless of vaccination status. To get tickets for events or to see the full itinerary for the season, guests can visit HydeHall.org.

Tours at Hyde Hall continue on a reservation-only basis for a maximum of eight guests per tour. Tours will run daily—on the hour—between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. until October 31st. To reserve tours, guests can call (607) 547-5098 X 1 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Hyde Hall asks that guests arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled visit. Admission rates include senior, military, and youth discounts, and children under five and members are free. 

 

Hyde Hall looks forward to seeing everyone soon!


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Greene County and Columbia-Greene Workforce NY to Host Hospitality Virtual Job Fair May 17-24

Written By Editor on 5/5/21 | 5/5/21

Greene County and Columbia-Greene Workforce NY is hosting a virtual job fair for hospitality businesses from Monday, May 17 to Monday, May 24. The virtual job fair is another tool that the County and Columbia-Greene Workforce NY is using to help employers and employees connect as the restrictions from the coronavirus lessen and businesses can once again fully operate.

Businesses with Greene County operations in hospitality, including the restaurant industry, are encouraged to participate. The virtual job fair will be using a new software package that Columbia-Greene Workforce NY recently obtained through grant funding. The virtual environment will allow job-seekers 24/7 access to virtual booths set up by employers that will describe their businesses and the opportunities available for job-seekers in those companies.

“As businesses begin to resume regular activities as more of the population is vaccinated and travel increases, there is a need for additional employees for tourism-related businesses,” said Deputy County Administrator Warren Hart. Particularly in the hospitality and restaurant industries, the coronavirus restrictions have had a major impact on employment and business operations. The virtual job fair is one way businesses can connect with employees and hopefully find matches, said Hart.

“With high unemployment rates and businesses in need of workers, the Workforce Office looks forward to connecting Greene County employers and workers safely and conveniently,” said Chris Nardone, Director of Columbia-Greene Workforce NY.

Plans are in the works for an expanded virtual job fair to include additional business sectors later in May and June.

For additional information on the hospitality virtual job fair or to register your business, please contact Danielle Palleschi at Columbia-Greene Workforce NY at 518-828-4181 ext. 3104 or by e-mail at Danielle.palleschi@sunycgcc.edu.

Virtual Job Fair Business Registration Information

Business wishing to take part in this virtual event are encouraged to follow the links below to help you register your business on the virtual platform and set up your booth.

Register for the Greene County Hospitality Job Fair
All you will need to register is an email address and to create a password.

Please view the video for more information

Please do not hesitate to contact the Columbia-Greene Workforce NY Office with any questions.

Danielle Palleschi, Business Services Danielle.palleschi@sunycgcc.edu or 518-828-4181 ex. 3104

Chris Nardone, Director Christopher.nardone@sunycgcc.edu


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Preserving Family Heirlooms Workshop at Sharon Historical Society

We’re hosting a new event, and we’d love to see you there. Join us for Preserving Family Heirlooms, May 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM.

We all know how important it is to record and save your family history - both for future generations and for your community! But sorting through boxes of photographs and heirlooms can be a daunting task. In this presentation, you'll get a roadmap for tackling a family history preservation project, delve briefly into the science behind "archival" storage, and learn some museum standards that you can apply at home for safely storing photographs, documents, textiles, and other common heirlooms.


Kate Jacus is a trained museum collections professional, and is the founder of The Photo Curator, a business helping families preserve and share their photographs and heirlooms. She also is the Marketing Coordinator for Archival Methods, a Rochester, NY-based manufacturer of archival storage products.

Register soon because space is limited.

We hope you’re able to join us!

 
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Iroquois Museum Hosts Native Art Show

Written By Editor on 5/4/21 | 5/4/21

The “Identity/Identify” exhibit presents artistic responses from across Iroquois country that speak to who is considered Haudenosaunee and what constitutes membership. The show explores how these definitions and designations determine access to tribal and federal resources, rights, residency options, and other components of cultural and community participation.


Artwork created specifically for the exhibit presents political and polarizing issues surrounding blood quantum standards, the position and challenges of mixed-race individuals, those whose connections to heritage are through their father's (rather than mother’s) lines in this matrilineal culture, and those who grew up off reservation. 


The exhibit features video, sculpture, beadwork, and photography by Peter Jones, Hayden Haynes, and Michael Jones from Seneca territory; Margaret Jacobs and Natasha Smoke-Santiago from Akwesasne Mohawk territory; Robert D’Alimonte from Tuscarora; Karen Ann Hoffman from Oneida, Wisconsin; Danielle Soames from Manhattan; Andrea Chrisjohn from Kingston, NY; Sheila Escobar and Lance Hodahkwen from Syracuse; Rosy Simas from Minneapolis; Ric Glazer Danay from California; Melanie Printup Hope from Toronto; Erin Antonak from Mississippi, and Dawn Dark Mountain from Santa Fe, NM.


The show is curated by Iroquois Museum Curator Colette Lemmon and Haudenosaunee Artists Melanie Printup Hope and Andrea Chrisjohn.


A celebration with artists and special guests is planned for Indigenous Peoples Day Weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Museum, 324 Caverns Rd. in Howes Cave, NY. 


Starting May 1, the Iroquois Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information about the Museum and upcoming events, visit www.iroquoismuseum.org.

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Teams Sought for 2021 Business Links Golf Tournament on June 9 in Delhi

Join us for a great day of golf fun!

WHERE: Delhi College Golf Course
               85 Scotch Mountain Road
               Delhi, NY 13753

WHEN:   June 9 Noon registration, 1:00 p.m. shotgun start

COST: Team of Four $300
               Tee-Box Sponsor $100
               Contest Sponsor $300

Captain and Crew Format
Hole in One Contest!
Prizes!
Invaluable Networking!


To register a team or to become a sponsor visit delawarecounty.org or call 607.746.2281.

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Word Thursdays Featuring V.P. Loggins

Bright Hill Press announces the winner of its full-length poetry competition, V.P. Loggins of Annapolis, Maryland, for his collection, The Wild Severance.

Bright Hill and Loggins will launch the new book with a featured, virtual reading on May 13 at Word Thursdays, BHP's reading series in its 29th year. Loggins's reading and question-and-answer session with editor Bertha Rogers and executive director Beatrice Georgalidis will take place after the Open Mic, which begins at 7 pm and hosts five poets and writers briefly reading from their own work.

To attend the virtual event on May 13, please click this link just before 7 PM: 



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Suggested donation is $3, and free to students. Donations to Bright Hill are gratefully accepted via Paypal with the email wordthur@stny.rr.com, with a credit card by visiting brighthillpress.org or by check, made out to Bright Hill Press Inc, and mailed to 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY 13846, or by credit card by personal appointment by emailing info@brighthillpress.org.

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FEATURED WRITER
V. P. Loggins (Annapolis, Maryland) is the author of The Green Cup (2017), winner of the Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize, The Fourth Paradise (Main Street Rag 2010) and Heaven Changes (Pudding House Chapbook Series 2007). He has published one book of criticism on Shakespeare, The Life of Our Design, and is co-author of another, Shakespeare’s Deliberate Art. His poems have appeared in The Baltimore Review, First Things, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The Healing Muse, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Poetry Ireland Review, The Southern Review and Tampa Review, among others. He has been a finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the May Swenson Award, and the Tampa Review Prize. Talking Drums, an art exhibition and installation by sculptor and ceramicist Andrew Cooke, music by Paddy Craig, based on poems in The Fourth Paradise, appeared in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. His work has been featured in A Universe of Dreams, poetry and music performed nationally by Neal Conan of National Public Radio and Ensemble Galilei. Born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Illinois, V. P. Loggins holds a Ph.D. in English Renaissance literature from Purdue University and has taught most recently at the United States Naval Academy.
THE WINNER OF BRIGHT HILL'S FULL-LENGTH POETRY COMPETITION, THE WILD SEVERANCE, AVAILABLE NOW FOR PURCHASE
The Wild Severance contains six poems that serve as a prologue and an epilogue and introduce each of the book’s four sections. They form a loose narrative depicting a deadly encounter between a hawk and a crow and stand as an extended metaphor
exploring the difficulties of living a complex human life—loss, loneliness, desperation, joy, sorrow, love. As the poem “O” observes, ‘The hawk bows to the breast of the crow / with the abandon of a lover. Beak for teeth / tearing away at the heart’s cover.’ The book opens with a poem entitled “Orison,” which calls into consciousness its central symbol of brutality, the hawk, and is followed by “Crow,” which introduces the book’s first section and initiates an exploration of the dark dualities of predator and prey, perpetrator and victim, guilt and innocence, fear and fearlessness, terror and assurance. The Wild Severance concludes with “Hawk and Crow,” which begins ‘When morning returns’ and ends with ‘prayer.’ This book takes its reader, therefore, on an undulating flight through darkness to light.

   "The Wild Severance delivers on its title. Pelicans, crows, gulls, fireflies, robins, cardinals, blue jays fly from its pages messaging time, illuminating our lives 'in the falling darkness.' But it's not only the animal world this poet loves: he writes of literary and mythological figures, elevating them to existence with language. There are people to remember, too: 'where a second child fits; how coffee brings a mother and father back from memory; present-day family encounters,' while I watch from my chair I see five generations. This is a book rich with what is true and what lasts; V. P. Loggins makes us believe there's sanctity enough in this cold world."—Grace Cavalieri.

"With his newest collection of poems, The Wild Severance, V. P. Loggins startles us like crows taking flight after a gunshot. This book wraps around the human heart in all of its moods, reflecting the melancholy of late in the day, when 'The sky beyond is changing violet,' the unease of 'night / when the moon is burning,' and the hope that comes when 'light / outside the window hardens / the black morning into blue.' The poetry here is astonishing. Light spreads throughout these poems like sunrise through opened curtains. They are written with the meticulous and patient gaze of a bird watcher."—Stephen Roger Powers

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