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Official New York State Literary Tree Website

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ABOUT THE New York State Council on the Arts NYS(CA) LIT(ERARY) TREE:

www.nyslittree.org was created to serve NYSCA-funded organizations with literary programs, their curators, and the poets and writers they present. The site offers in-depth information about the organizations and their curators as well as detailed event and special events calendars, serving as a learning center and clearing house not only for those involved in literature-based presentation but for all those interested in the various aspects of literature. Among Littree's features are listings and contact information for all the public and private libraries and bookstores in New York; complete information about writers who are available for readings and workshops; ongoing national literary events, technical assistance; a literary map with exhaustive information about literary sites and deceased authors who lived and worked in New York; and profiles of literary presses and journals. The site contains links to the Empire /New York State Writers Hall of Fame, Poets and Writers (pw.org); and the Distribution to Underserved Communities Program.

The New York State Literary website was initiated by Kathleen Masterson, director of the New York State Council on the Arts Literary Program and planned and developed by Bright Hill Press in partnership with NYSCA. Bertha Rogers of Bright Hill Press serves as Program Director and LitTree designer; Ms. Masterson provides information, encouragement, and support. Initially, Connie Lovatt gathered information and Brittney Schoonebeck entered data; others who maintain and update the site include BHP Administrative supervisor Lawrence E. Shaw, college interns, and volunteers. Littree's webmaster was, from 1997 to 2005, Loss Pequeño Glazier, director of the Electronic Poetry Center, SUNY Buffalo. Since 2006 Marc Funaro of Advantex LLC has served as webmaster.


Bright Hill Press is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), literary organization, founded in 1992. Through the press and our other activities (Word Thursdays, the Catskill Reading series, which meets twice-monthly throughout most of the year at Bright Hill Center, 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY 13846, featuring, since 1992, more than 900 poets, writers, and storytellers; Bright Hill Books, publisher of up to 10 volumes of poetry and interdisciplinary volumes a year; Share the Words, a youth mentoring and poetry competition program for high- school students; the WT Literary Workshops for Kids and Adults; the the BH Library and Internet Wing, with more than 9,000 volumes of literary prose and poetry (among them several thousand editions of literary journals dating to the 1940s), art, nature, reference, and children's literature. Bright Hill Press is dedicated to encouraging and furthering the tradition of spoken and written poetry and other writing in the Catskills and to publishing th e work of early and contemporary poets, writers, essayists, storytellers, translators, and visual artists. (For more detailed information, click on Organizations, Literary Curators, and Small Presses.) BHP may be contacted at wordthur@stny.rr.com or 607-829-5055 (voice) or 607-829-5054 (fax).


The New York State Council on the Arts is located at 300 Park Avenue South, 10th floor, New York, NY 10010. The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is a state funding agency that provides support for activities of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in New York State and helps to bring artistic programs of high quality to the citizens of the state. NYSCA has been directed by the state Legislature to maintain the "paramount position of this State in the nation and the world as a cultural center" through the support of nonprofit arts organizations in New York State. NYSCA achieves its goals primarily through its grantmaking activity. It offers grants and support services to the field through a number of discipline and field related programs. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel is the Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts. Mara Manus is Executive Director of the Agency. The Littree is supported by the Literature Program of NYSCA, directed by Kathleen Masterson. The Literature program may be reached in one of the following ways:

  • Post:  At its Park Avenue South address.
  • Email:  kmasterson@nysca.org or lit@nysca.org
  • Voice:  212-459-8800
  • Voice:  800-510-0021 (within NYS) 
  • Voice:  212-459-8826 (direct lit program access)

Featured Events
Wednesday, November 30
Liberty meets Italian Grace
New York, NY
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Saturday, December 3
Brownstone Poets on Zoom
Brooklyn, NY
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Saturday, December 10
An Author’s Reading with BAC Residency Alumni A.J. Bermudez
Ossining, NY
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