Willie Perdomo

Willie Perdomo

About Willie Perdomo

Willie Perdomo is a Puerto Rican poet and children's book author. He is the 2021 Poet Laureate of New York and is the author of several poetry volumes Smoking Lovely: The Remix (2021), The Crazy Bunch (2019), The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (2014), a National Book Critics Circle Awards finalist, Where a Nickel Costs a Dime (1996), a Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award finalist, Postcards of El Barrio (2002), and Smoking Lovely (2003), which received a PEN Beyond Margins Award. His children's book, Visiting Langston, received the Coretta Scott King Honor. Perdomo was also the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship in 2001 and 2009. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and recently was a Woolrich Fellow in Creative Writing at Columbia University. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poetry, Washington Post, The Best American Poetry 2019, and African Voices. He is currently a Lucas Arts Literary Fellow, a core faculty member at VONA/Voices of our Nation Writing Workshop, and teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy.
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