Blog Archive

  After the second Nor'Easter snowbomb within a week, and countless inches of snow, slush and ice, Millay Colony staff set out to Tampa for AWP 2018, a warm convocation. On day one, ED Caroline Crumpacker met with two remarkable women doing great work -- Caroline Grant, Co-Director of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, which offers financial support to artists and writers with families; and M. M. DeVoe, founder and Director of Pen… more »

We write today with an advocacy alert. The White House has revealed its budget proposal for 2019 and it includes a proposed cut of the NEA's budget from $150m down to $29m. Other cuts to cultural organizations include the National Endowment of Humanities from $150m down to just $42m, the Institute of Museum and Library Services from $231m to $23m, and public television from $495m to just $15m. We hope you will join us in advocating for these groups… more »

The New Year is upon us and we welcome you to join us. Yes, it's cold. Yes the bright light of winter can be daunting. But our buildings are warm and cozy and we are here to welcome you, artists. Join us as a Winter Shaker and have a bedroom and studio all to yourself while the coffee percolates and the snow glistens. Join us as a visitor. We would… more »

How to “wrap up” a year that has meant so many things to so many people without reducing their stories and concerns? How to wrap up a year like 2017 with a sense of joy and optimism when so many around us are so vulnerable? Perhaps we can begin by telling you what meant the most to us here at The Millay Colony. Perhaps by bringing you up the… more »

Earlier this month, we hosted a community workshop at The Hudson Area Library to offer residents and students an opportunity to explore the history of and issues raised by The Mother of Us All in conjunction with its sold out run at Hudson Hall at the Historical Hudson Opera House. The workshop, Looking at the Issues, was co-facilitated by Bard educator Delia Mellis and interdisciplinary artist and teacher Tanisha Christie. The… more »

On October 6th The Millay Colony held its annual fundraising cocktail party at the home of Board Vice President Whitney Lawson and her husband Geroge McCulloch. Poet/Advising Artists Council member Mark Wunderlich and alumna novelist Alexandria Marzano Lesnevich read new work and discussed the impact of artists retreats on their lives and their work. The event raised some $8,000, all of which will go to residencies for artists around… more »

I came to the Millay Colony having fallen out of a book. I wish I were the sort of poet who could make great use of time in small slivers—six minutes here, ten there, that slim shaving of time on the bus or in the waiting room or stolen while eating lunch at my desk—but I am not that poet. At times I have been that poet, but this… more »

The Millay Colony, in partnership with Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, will co-produce "The Mother of Us All", Virgil Thomson's opera on the life of Susan B. Anthony, with libretto by Gertrude Stein. Directed by R.B. Schlather with dramaturge Joan Retallack, this will premiere during Hudson Hall's 2017 season this November. We received funding from NYSCA to produce the opera and a satellite of community events including… more »

We love that our workshops draw such amazing artists, writers, and thinkers into the Millay orbit - both the workshop leaders and the people who attend. The conversation and contemplation that was generated at Betsy Fagin's workshop this season was so rich we wanted to offer a small glimpse into the room. We asked attendee, beloved and gifted poet Carol Mirakove, for some thoughts and notes on the afternoon. Reader,… more »

This Spring, we brought poet and playwright Dave Johnson into the Hudson City High School to lead poetry workshops for over 500 students. These classes are so popular, often the library will see extra activity during the periods Dave's teaching. On one of his visits, the teachers were talking about the large Bengali and Spanish speaking populations in the school and how they would love to have an arts program… more »