Willie Perdomo

Instructor in English
Willie Perdomo

"Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole." — Derek Walcott


B.A. Long Island University

M.F.A. Long Island University


Willie Perdomo is the author of Smoking Lovely: The RemixThe Crazy BunchThe Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, and Where a Nickel Costs of Dime. Winner of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, the New York City Book Award, and a PEN Open Book Award, Perdomo was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award. He is co-editor of the anthology, Latínext, and his work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, African Voices, and Best American Poetry 2019. He has been an instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy since 2013 and recently was appointed State Poet of New York, 2021-2023.


Smoking Lovely: The Remix. Haymarket Books. 2021.

The Crazy Bunch. Penguin Poets. 2019.

The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon. Penguin Poets. 2014.

Smoking Lovely. Rattapallax Press. 2003.

Postcards of El Barrio. Isla Negra Press. 2002.

Visiting Langston. Square Fish. 2002.

Where a Nickel Costs a Dime. WW. Norton & Co. 1996.