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An Evening with W.B. Yeats, Wild Old Wicked Man



Location: Westbeth, 50 Bethune Street, corner of Washington Street, four blocks south of Whitney Museum of Art.

Program: Four live readings of Yeats poems, plus presentation of related images.

Presenter: Alison Armstrong, Ph.D.

Readers: Terrence Burk, Kurt Kelly, Andrea Mihok, and Joel Rooks.

Sponsor: Westbeth Artists Residents Council.

Directions: (Several subway and bus lines run near Bethune Street).

Alison Armstrong writings include literary cookbook, "The Joyce of Cooking" (Station Hill Press, 986) and volume of textual analysis of Yeats’s “The Herne’s Egg” (Cornell Univ. Press, 1993). Alison holds M.A. in English Lit. from Ohio State (thesis on Yeats and James Joyce); M.Litt. from Oxford University. UK (thesis on late Yeats play); and Ph.D. in Comparative Lit. from New York University (dissertation on Joyce and Roland Barthes). Alison’s essays and reviews have appeared in "A Wake Newslitter (sic)," "Irish Literary Supplement," "James Joyce Literary Supplement," and "American Arts Quarterly." Her short fiction and poetry have been published in "BOMB” and "Exquisite Corpse." Her paintings and sculptures have been exhibited since 1980.


Poet January O’Neil, 2024 Yeats Poetry Prize Judge, Publishes New Book of Poems







Although still busily going through our 2024 Yeats Poetry Prize submissions, January O'Neil is also promoting her new book of poems, Glitter Road, published by Cavan Kerry Press and in bookstores now. Says O’Neil. “This collection reflects on loss and new love against the backdrop of a season I spent in Oxford, Mississippi.," says O'Neil. "While there, I was able to explore the history and legacy of Emmett Till, contemplating how his story is braided with mine, and how race binds us all together. These poems celebrate the vulnerability and resilience of womanhood, and reclaim life amid great transition through awakenings, landscapes, meanders, and possibilities."

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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