Katonah Poetry Series

category: Literary Arts,

Organization Overview

The Katonah Poetry Series (www.katonahpoetry.com) hosts four readings each year by nationally acclaimed poets in the friendly and intimate setting of the Katonah Village Library. Each reading is followed by a lively audience Q & A, as well as a wine and cheese reception and book signing. Past KPS poets include nine Poets Laureate of the United States, sixteen winners of the Pulitzer Prize and eleven winners of the National Book Award. KPS typically hosts two poets each fall and two each spring, with additional special events and workshops. KPS poets are exceptional for the excellence of their work, but also their stage presence—bringing personal stories, wit, and deeper meaning to the poems. KPS gatherings provide a welcoming space for poetry readers, writers and enthusiasts to enjoy the spoken word and generate a sense of literary community. Regular readings have a suggested donation of $10/adult and students are free. For more information about readings and events at the Katonah Poetry Series, please visit our web site, http://katonahpoetry.com/. KPS can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “If you sat on the steps of the Katonah Village Library for the past [50] years without moving, pretty much every notable American poet would walk by.” —Billy Collins, poet and KPS advisor “What a fantastic service you provide for the community, an unusual service in these fast-paced times, the opportunity to sit in a room to listen and contemplate words and metaphor that often expresses what it means to be alive. Keep up the good work.” —Charles Laird Calia (author and KPS attendee) KPS History: The Katonah Poetry Series—a program of the Katonah Village Library—was founded in 1967 by Robert Phillips, a local resident, accomplished poet and advertising man. When Mr. Phillips left to teach at the University of Houston, two-time Poet Laureate Billy Collins, then a resident of nearby Somers, took it on. Billy Collins directed the Series from 1991-2008, his leadership enhancing its reputation in the literary world and drawing audiences from the greater Tri-State area. Since 2008, Collins has continued to act as Poet Advisor to the Series. From 2008 through July 2010, Billy Collins’ long-time co-director, psychotherapist and poet Leisha Douglas, Ph.D. served as series director with Marlene Gallagher, artist and poet, as assistant director. The series is now run by the KPS Executive Committee, a small group of dedicated volunteers.

Website: http://www.katonahpoetry.com

Phone: 914-772-4877

  • katonahpoetry@gmail.com


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