Founded in 1990, the W.B. Yeats Society of N.Y. quickly became one of New York’s largest and most ambitious organizations dedicated to the life and work of a particular writer.
The Society sponsors an international poetry competition, has a website with comprehensive linkage to other Yeats-related sites, provides information to Americans about the Yeats International Summer School in Ireland, and assists with the establishment of other Yeats societies in the U.S.
2020 Yeats Poetry Prize Winners Announced
We are delighted to announce that prize judge Spencer Reece has selected winning entries and submitted his report, available here.
This program year
Since we can't hold any in-person programs for the time being, we've worked up a calendar of on-line videos that are much like the live programs and videos we present in a more normal time.(in fact, some of them were presented in previous calendar years as in-person events). The first of these programs is the wonderful video produced by Rock n' Roller Bob Geldof, co-written with Yeats biographer Roy Foster. See details and a link to the video below. Each month we'll email you about a new on-line program.
Our September on-line program
W.B Yeats: A Fanatic Heart (2016) 1:38:44
Musician and advocate Bob Geldof examines the life and work of Yeats and argues that as a poet and statesman, at the vanguard of a cultural revolution, he brought about immense change in Ireland's struggle for independence, without firing a bullet. This incisive, moving and often irreverent documentary features readings by Bill Nighy, Van Morrison, Richard E Grant, Colin Farrell, Bono, Edna O'Brien, Ardal O'Hanlon, Noel Gallagher, Liam Neeson and many others. You can watch this video at any time by clicking on the link above. You don't have to watch the whole one-hour-and-thirty-eight-minute video in one sitting, but make a note of where you were in the timeline to return to the same point.