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.

Spencer Reece to serve as 2020 Yeats Poetry Judge

We are delighted to announce the appointment of poet and Episcopal priest, Spencer Reece, as judge of the Yeats Poetry Prize. More here...

Upcoming Events
Nov 3-5
Nov 11


Oct 8: Tuesday, 6 p.m. | “Citizen Lane” An 84-minuted film combining documentary (interviews with Roy Foster and others) and drama (actors portray Hugh Lane, his aunt Lady Gregory, W.B. Yeats, Maud Gonne) tells the story of Lane's fight to establish a public modern art gallery, his untimely death on the Lusitania and his contested will. And about the continuing effort to recover for Ireland Lane's bequest of 39 masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, Manet and Pissarro. Introduced by board member and scholar Maureen O. Murphy. Free. At the National Arts Club; followed by dinner in the club dining room, $65. Friday, 1 p.m.


Nov 1 | Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry Seamus Heaney Center Poetry Prize winner Ned Denny will give this 8th lecture in the series. He was born in London in 1975 and has worked as a mailman, art critic, book reviewer, music journalist and gardener. He will read from his first collection, Unearthly Toys: Poems and Masks. At NYU Glucksman Ireland House, 1 Washington Mews. NYU.edu/IrelandHouse/Events.


Nov 1-2: Friday, 9.a.m.- Saturday 8 p.m. | American Conference for Irish Studies Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The theme is “Ireland | Borders | Bridges.” Novelist Colum McCann is keynote speaker. At Hunter College Roosevelt House 47-49 E 65th St. Other details to be announced.

Nov 1-3. Friday-Sunday. | AC PoetryFest 2019 curated by Northern Irish novelist/poet Nick Laird features writers from Ireland and the U.S. and a tribute to Seamus Heaney. Friday 8 p.m. Heaney’s daughter Catherine and special guests read favorite of the Nobel Laureate’s poems ($50). Free sessions: Saturday 2 p.m. Katie Raissian, Julie Morrisey, Cathy Lin Che; 3:30 p.m. Jane Clarke and Michael Dickman; 5 p.m. Ned Denny, Martin Evans, Tina Chang; Sunday 2 p.m. Stephen Sexton, Deborah Landau; 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Paul Muldoon, Kevin Young. At the Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51 Street. Information and reservations at IrishArtsCenter.org or 866-811-4111. Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Nov 6 | An Evening with Jahan Ramazani, as he receives our Golden Apple Award for contributions to Yeats studies. He will speak on “Yeats’s Asias,” asking whether Yeats’s poetry can be rethought as both orientalist and anti-orientalist, as not only interested in but profoundly shaped by a variety of Asian cultures–Indian, Japanese, Arab and, perhaps surprisingly, via “Bysantium,” Iranian. Prof. Ramazani (UVA), graduated from UVA in 1981 and was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford when he fell in love with Yeats’s work, learning many of his poems by heart and reciting to himself and anyone who would listen. His first book was Yeats and the Poetry of Death: Elegy, Self-Elegy, and the Sublime (Yale U. Press, 1990) and his five subsequent books and Norton anthologies have showcased Yeats’s poetry. At the National Arts Club. Free. Dinner with the honoree after in the club dining room $65. Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Dec 18 | Holiday Party-Dinner at the beautifully decorated National Arts Club. Cash bar and social with music (Gabriel Donohue performs) from 6 p.m., dinner at 7:30. $75 for both, $20 for reception only, if your check is in our mailbox at the club by December 14; both $5 higher at door (if space available).



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. 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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