About Us


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.


Spencer Reece

Upcoming Events
Nov 3-5
Nov 11



January 10-February 3  |1st Irish Theatre Festival  Details to come. OriginTheatre.org.

January 24-27 | Yeats Winter Weekend, Sligo, Ireland. Director P.J. Matthews (UCD), guest writer Paula Meehan. A weekend of lectures, exhibitions, tours of Yeats Country and relaxation at the Sligo Park Hotel, including full use of the health and leisure club; poetry reading Friday 8:30 p.m; two lectures, bus tour and dinner Saturday; morning lecture Sunday.€195  per person sharing; €20 per night supplement for single room,  €30 per person B&B sharing for Sunday night.  More information, as it becomes available, at SligoPark.com and YeatsSociety.com

February 29, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | ‘A Taste of the Yeats Summer School.’  All-day program evoking spirit of the school in Ireland (see below). Includes a social and summer school reunion. Speakers will include Deborah Fleming (Ashland) on “The Great House and Colonial Politics:  Yeats and Walcott.” At NYU Glucksman Ireland House, 1 Washington Mews (Fifth Avenue between Washington Square and 8th Street).

March 30 Monday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Readings marking Poetry Month & presentation of our poetry awards by Judge Spencer Reece with remarks by novelist Colm Tóibín. At Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 East 17 Street at Park Avenue South. Free.

June 11 Thursday, 6 p.m. | A Celebration of Yeats’s 155th Birthday with films, a toast, a birthday cake and light refreshment. At NYU Glucksman Ireland House, 1 Washington Mews.  Free.

July 30-August 7 | Yeats International Summer School in Ireland. Co-directors Lauren Arrington and Charles Armstrong. Celebrate 61st Yeats summer school with talks, walks, poetry, drama and music. Visit Yeats Society, Sligo website, YeatsSociety.com, for rates for full 9-day and shorter registrations, and for information on scholarships. Write Yeats Society, Douglas Hyde Bridge, Sligo, Ireland or Info@YeatsSociety.com, telephone  011-353-7191-42693.


2020 Calendar

with membership form

Nov 14


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