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Poetry Path: Willie Perdomo

Willie Perdomo

 That night he went looking for a poem he found two colors of love A teenage couple embrace by a bus-stop  Willie Perdomo, from "Poet in Harlem"

Willie Perdomo is a poet and children’s book author from New York City. He is the author of four collections of poetry including The Crazy Bunch (Penguin Poets, 2019), The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Penguin Poets, 2014), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the International Latino Book Award, and Smoking Lovely (Rattapallax, 2004), winner of the PEN Open Book Award. A Pushcart nominee, two-time New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow, and a former Woolrich Fellow in Creative Writing at Columbia University, Perdomo is currently a Lucas Arts Program Literary Fellow and teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Willie Perdomo, from "Poet in Harlem" on location in Battery Park City!

Photo by Daniel Terna

Willie Perdomo, excerpt from “Poet in Harlem” from Where a Nickel Costs a Dime. Copyright © 1996 by Willie Perdomo. Used by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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