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The W.B. Yeats Society of New York 

We are a literary society, 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 US.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 6:00-9:00 PM.

Celebrate the Great Yeats 158th Birthday. Enjoy Great Craic and Irish Literary Dinner. Members and Nonmembers Welcome. 

For the good are always the merry,
Save by an evil chance...

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 13. Cash bar 6-7:30, Dinner 7:30-9.

Place: Wolfe Tone’s Yeatsiana-decorated Irish Pub & Kitchen, 37 East 29th St., just west of Park Ave. South, Manhattan.

Program: Good craic with good music, poetry, food, and drink.

Food: Dinner with dishes cited in Yeats poems and Irish lit.

Talent: Yeats-Inspired Joseph Daniel Sobol, playing songs live from his “In the Deep Heart’s Core: A Mystical Cabaret.”

Price: $65 for everything, or $20 for cash bar only. Discounted prices for renewing members. 

For Details, Go to 'Programs' on This Site

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2023 Yeats Poetry Prize Winners Announced

Judge for the 2023 competition was poet Alan Feldman, author of “The Happy Genius,” “A Sail to Great Island,” “Immortality,” and “The Golden Coin,” among other books of poems. His latest volume, “In the First Half-Century that I’ve Loved You, Poems from a Marriage,” will be published this year with paintings by his wife, artist Nan Hass Feldman. From 1972 to 2008, Mr. Feldman was professor and chair in the English Department at Framingham State University (Massachusetts) and for 22 years taught “Advanced Creative Writing” at the Radcliffe Seminars, Harvard University.

See Mr. Feldman's report, which includes the winning poems, on the Awards Page of this website. 


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January 'Hooley" a Craic-ling Success

See report and pix under Program pull-down menu.




-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.


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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