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For more than sixty years, Alan Feldman has published poetry in such prestigious publications as The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best American Poetry. He has also won many prizes, including the 1978 George Elliston Book Award for "The Happy Genius" as the best poetry collection published that year by a small, independent press; the 2004 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin for "A Sail to Great Island"; the Massachusetts Book Award in 2016 for "Immortality"; and the Four Lakes Prize from the University of Wisconsin for his 2018 collection, "The Golden Coin." From 1972 to 2008, Alan was a professor (and eventually chair) in the English Department at Framingham State University (Massachusetts). For 22 years, he also taught the Advanced Creative Writing seminar at the Radcliffe Seminars, Harvard University. He lives in Framingham with his wife, the artist Nan Hass Feldman. To learn more, visit


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The WB Yeats Society of NY is pleased to offer this annual competition in honor of our namesake, and to recognize the valuable contributions poets and poetry make to human consciousness and enlightenment. Yeats said poetry should be “the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds,” “the criticism of life,” and “the revelation of the soul of the poet.” The prize is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, regardless of age. First prize is $1,000, second prize is $500. There are honorable mentions, as well. Winners are recognized at a public event in New York City in April, National Poetry Month. One or more poems on any topic up to 60 lines are eligible. Submissions and payment must be made between November 1st and February 1st at Postal entries are also welcome.


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