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Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s 2022 Long Island Poet of the Year – Matt Pasca.
Each year, WWBA honors a notable Long Island poet as WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year. The qualifications for this award are that the poet be a distinguished and well-respected poet who champions poetry through their writing, teaching, and support of the Long Island community of poets.
MATT PASCA is a poet, teacher and traveler who believes in art’s ability to foster discovery, empathy and justice. He has authored two poetry collections – A Thousand Doors (2011 Pushcart nominee) and Raven Wire (2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist) – and is named 2022 Long Island Poet of the Year by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. Matt serves as Assistant Poetry Editor of 2 Bridges Review and as adviser to The Writers’ Block, thrice awarded “Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazine” by the American Scholastic Press Association. A 2003 New York State Teacher of Excellence, Pasca has taught Poetry, Mythology and IB English at Bay Shore High School for 25 years. He is currently at work on his third poetry collection, entitled Traitor. mattpasca.com