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 Matt Pasca was nominated and selected as WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 9th, 2022, from 4:00 – 5:30PM EST during a live event with limited in-person tickets and unlimited virtual registration. WWBA Executive Director Cynthia Shor will welcome attendees, Trustee President Jack Coulehan, MD, will present Board salutations, Long Island Poet Terri Muss will offer personal remarks, and Trustee Richard Bronson, MD, will introduce Honoree Matt Pasca who will offer a poetry reading. All are welcome to attend this free and joyful annual event.

This event has a $5 suggested donation:

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Register in advance to join on Zoom:
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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 was 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.

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