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Last Chance to Reserve for this Monday's 2023 Yeats Society Holiday Party in New York City

This Monday, December 4, from 6 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Yeats Society Members and Yeats Lovers alike will share good cheer, great craic, at our 2023 Holiday Party at Wolfe Tone’s Pub, 37 East 29th Street, just west of Park Avenue South. The pub’s collection of Yeats memorabilia makes an excellent setting. Singing and other Yeats and Irish-inspired music will be performed by Gabriel Donohue, including some of his renditions of Yeats poems. Cash bar and social at 6 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. $90 reception and dinner, or $25 for reception only. Since it's too late for sending your reservation by mail, email or call Don Bates at and/or 917-913-8940) to tell us you'll be attending. Thank you. 




in the U.S. and Worldwide. Enter to win one of the 2024 Yeats Poetry Prizes. You can submit poems through February 1, 2024.

First Prize: $1,000. Second Prize: $500. Plus honorable mentions. See Awards section for this year's guidelines. 

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Poet January O’Neil Named

2024 Yeats Poetry Prize Judge















Award-winning poet January Gill O’Neil has been selected as judge for the 2024 Yeats Poetry Prize. First prize is $1,000, second prize is $500. There are also honorable mentions. Don Bates, this year’s Yeats Poetry Prize coordinator, said, “We are excited to have another distinguished poet judge our annual prize in honor of our namesake.”

Ms. O'Neil is an associate professor at Salem State University (Salem, MA) and author of Glitter Road (forthcoming, February 2024), Rewilding (2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), all published by CavanKerry Press. Her poems and articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry Review, Poetry, and Sierra, among publications. Her poem “At the Rededication of the Emmett Till Memorial” was a co-winner of the 2022 Allen Ginsberg Poetry award.


Ms. O’Neil has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cave Canem, and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. From 2019-2020, she was John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, and currently serves as 2022-2023 board chair of the Association of Writers and Writers Programs (AWP). She earned her BA from Old Dominion University and her MFA from New York University. She lives in Beverly, MA, with her two children.

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WB Yeats Society of NY



-To act as an educational forum, primarily through lectures and events, for exchanging information about William Butler Yeats, his legacy and literary work, and people, places, events, and ideas that shaped his life and work. 

-To stimulate awareness of and interest in WB Yeats's life and work.

-To provide information about Yeats events and organizations, particularly the Yeats International Summer School in Ireland and its sponsor, the Sligo-based Yeats Society, and other Yeats societies that, like ours, grew out of the summer school and Sligo society.

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Executive Board

Andrew McGowan, President

​Alison Armstrong, Ph.D.

​Don Bates

Emily Dunlap

​Kate Gill

Doris Marie Meyer

Maureen O. Murphy, Ph.D.

Eddie Vega


John J. Casey, Ph.D.

Carolyn McGuire, Ph.D.

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