bright hill press

OUR MISSION is to seek out, study, and collect the work of early and contemporary writers, storytellers, and artists, and to publish, disseminate, and present that work through publications and educational and public programs for the larger community. Voice & Fax: 607-829-5055. E-mail:

  • BRIGHT HILL PRESS was founded in 1992 by Bertha Rogers, with Ernest M. Fishman, who later became president of the organization. Our programs serve residents in New York’s Catskill Mountain region, greater New York, and throughout the U.S. Board members in 2010 include Ernest M. Fishman, Treadwell, President and Treasurer; Ron Guichard, Andes, Vice-President; Lynn Shepard, Treadwell, Secretary; Karen Detert, West Delhi, Director; Vicki Davis, Franklin, Director; Sue King, Walton, Director; Dianne Benko, Delhi; and Bertha Rogers, Treadwell/Delhi, Executive Director.
  • BRIGHT HILL is dedicated to increasing audiences’ appreciation of the writing arts and oral traditions that comprise American literature, and to encouraging and furthering the tradition of oral poetry and writing in the Catskills and beyond. Writers and artists who participate in Bright Hill Press/Word Thursdays programs are selected for their artistic excellence, their ability and willingness to work within a community setting, and the diversity of their backgrounds, genres, and styles. BHP understands that recognition of the need for a literary community and a commitment to lifelong learning are critical aspects of audience development; our programs for children and adults engender the spirit, craft, and imagination that makes this possible.
  • BRIGHT HILL PRESS is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors representing the community the organization serves, and an Advisory Board from the larger community. Donations are tax-deductible, to the full extent of the law.


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