History

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 Poets 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.

Throughout its long history, the series has attracted renowned national and international poets. As Billy Collins aptly said, “If you sat on the steps of the Katonah Village Library for the past 23 years without moving, nearly every notable American poet would walk by you.

John Allman
Cathy Appel
Philip Appleman
Simon Armitage
Michael Benedikt
Star Black
Sophie Cabot Black
Judith Bloomingdale
John Malcolm Brinnin
Lucie Brock-BroidoNina Cassian
Siv Cedering
Nicholas Christopher
Amy Clampitt
Billy Collins
Carol Ann Davis
Greg Delanty
Carl Dennis
Michael Dickman
Stephen Dobyns
Mark Doty
Stephen Dunn
Lynn Emanuel
James T. Farrell
Jane Flanders
Isabella Gardener
Patricia Goedicke
William Goyen
Arthur Gregor
Eamon Grennan
Rachel Hadas
Mark Halliday
Barbara Harr
Matthea Harvey
Tom Healy
William Heyen
Bob Hicok
Edward Hirsch
Tony Hoagland
John Hollander
Richard Howard
Marie Howe
Barbara Howes
David Ignatow
Colette Inez
Erica Jong
Ilya Kaminski
Kate Knapp Johnson
Donald Justice
Katherine Kane
X.J. Kennedy
Galway Kinnell
Carolyn Kizer
Stanley Kunitz
Dorianne Laux
Naomi Lazard
Li-Young Lee
David Lehman
Philip Levine
John Logan
Thomas Lux
Anne Marie Macari
Cynthia Macdonald
Clarence Major
Charles Martin
Donna Masini
William Matthews
William Maxwell
Jerome Mazzaro
Samuel Menashe
William Meredith
James Merrill
Susan Mitchell
Honor Moore
Frederick Morgan
Hilda Morley
Howard Moss
Carol Muske-Dukes
Joan Murray
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Alexander Neubauer
D. Nurkse
Joyce Carol Oates
Sharon Olds
Molly Peacock
Stephen Philbrick
Robert Philips
Rowan Phillips
Stanley Plumly
Katha Pollitt
Marie Ponsot
A. Poulin, Jr.
Lawrence Raab
Christina Rainsford
Jennifer Readan
Victoria Redel
Adrienne Rich
Frances Richey
Robin Robertson
J. Ailyn Rosser
Muriel Rukeyser
Kay Ryan
Grace Schulman
Elaine Sexton
Alan Shapiro
Harvey Shapiro
Judith Johnson Sherwin
Vijay Seshadri
Jason Shinder
Louis Simpson
Dave Smith
William Jay Smith
W.D. Snodgrass
David St. John
Gerald Stern
Terry Stokes
Mark Strand
Terese Svoboda
May Swenson
James Tate
Henry Taylor
Richard Tillinghast
Tony Towle
Chase Twichell
Brian Turner
Jean Valentine
Paul Violi
Jennifer Wallace
Theodore Weiss
Christian Wiman
Charles Wright
Robert Wrigley
Marya Zaturenska

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