Each year, WWBA honors a notable Long Island poet as Long Island Poet of the Year. The awardee must be a distinguished and well-respected poet who champions poetry through their writing, teaching, and support of the Long Island community of poets.
Barbara Reiher-Meyers is a Long Island poet who has edited several volumes of poetry and whose work has been published in print journals and online. Sounds Familiar is the title of her first book of poems. A former board member of the Long Island Poetry Collective, Barbara has hosted the Open Mic at the Conklin Barn in Huntington, NY for many years. She also curated a poetry calendar for www.poetz.com/longisland, and coordinated events for the Northport Arts Coalition and Smithtown Township Arts Council, among others. Barbara has facilitated monthly workshops in Ronkonkoma, and sends weekly emails about Long Island and New York City poetry events.
Long Island Sounds Anthology (North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2007), Long Island Sounds Anthology (North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2008), Paumanok: Poetry and Pictures of Long Island (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2008), The Light of City and Sea (Street Press, 2006)
American Dissident, Long Island Quarterly, Mobius, Pedestal Magazine