About Us

The W.B. Yeats Society of N.Y., a literary society, was founded June 13, 1990, on the poet’s 125th birthday, by Andrew McGowan, currently president. The Society quickly became one of New York’s largest and most ambitious organizations dedicated to the life and work of a particular writer. It sponsors an international poetry competition (see Awards), shares links to other Yeats-related sites, informs Americans about the Yeats International Summer School in Ireland, and assists in establishing other Yeats societies in the U.S.

Our Objectives

To act as an educational forum, primarily through lectures and events, for the exchange of information about William Butler Yeats, his legacy and literary work, and the 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.

Executive Board

Andrew McGowan, President

​Alison Armstrong, Ph.D.

​Don Bates

Erskine Childers

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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