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Willie Perdomo

Poet Laureate of New York, 2021-

Willie Perdomo is the author of The Crazy Bunch (Penguin Books, 2019); The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Penguin Books, 2014); Smoking Lovely (Rattapallax, 2003), winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award; and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime (W. W. Norton, 1996), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award.

Perdomo is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Pushcart Prize nominee, a former recipient of the Woolrich Fellowship in Creative Writing at Columbia University, a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow, winner of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts’s Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, the New York City Book Award, and the PEN Open Book Award. The founder/publisher of Cypher Books, he is coeditor with Felicia Rose Chavez and José Olivarez of the Breakbeat Poetry series anthology, Latínext.

A Lucas Arts Literary Fellow and a core faculty member at VONA/Voices of our Nation Writing Workshop, Perdomo currently teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy. In 2021 Perdomo was appointed New York State Poet. 


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