Congratulations, Cliff Bleidner!

The Long Island Poet of the Year Award is an annual award given by Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) to honor a notable and distinguished local poet who actively promotes poetry on Long Island.  This year Cliff Bleidner was nominated and selected as WWBA LI Poet of the Year.  The ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 25th,  2021, from 2:00 – 4:00PM EST during a live virtual event on Zoom. WWBA Executive Director Cynthia Shor will welcome attendees, Trustee President Jack Coulehan, MD, will present Board salutations, WWBA 2019 LI Poet of the Year J R Turek will offer personal remarks, and Trustee Richard Bronson, MD, will introduce Honoree Cliff Bleidner who will offer a poetry reading. All are welcome to attend this free and joyful annual event.

Cliff Bleidner writes haiku poetry and has received recognition among local writers as a distinguished poet and organizer in the Long island poetry community. He was a cofounder and coordinator of the Performance Poets Association (PPA), Long Island’s largest poetry organization. He also manages the annual PPA poetry contest, now in its 25th year. He has co-hosted PPA poetry events at more than a dozen different locations across Long Island. Due to his dedication for the PPA, it has been a successful outlet for the many Long Island poets. Cliff also assembles the PPA Literary Review manuscript from the judge’s decisions of submissions; the most recent publication in 2020, its 24th consecutive year. Cliff Bleidner has presented lectures on Dante and has held Haiku workshops, and formalist poet seminars. Cliff’s poems have been published in, 24 issues of the PPA Literary ReviewThe Haiku CalendarLong Island SoundsPaumanok I: Poems and Pictures of Long islandPaumanok II: Interwove and Writing Outside the Lines, among many others.


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