Donald Lev - Fundraiser: Home Repairs & Improvements
Donald Lev, local resident and long-time WPS member, is a poetic treasure.
Due to Donald's advancing years and health issues, it became an urgent necessity
that he modify his life style to single floor living. In December 2017, for his
personal safety, long overdue repairs and improvements were made to Donald's home
of many years in High Falls, NY. The main work is complete (a much needed new full
bathroom, stair railings, ceiling repairs, misc.), however the construction costs
of this work has only been partially paid. In addition, a fair amount of finish work remains.
The Woodstock Poetry Society (a registered 501c3 non-profit) is collecting
funds towards covering these costs. Here is some of the work that has been
completed to date.
Donald's Home Repairs & Improvements
Sink & Toilet
Shelf & Vanity
The Gala Event on Sunday, Jan 21, 2018
was a smashing success
Big, big thanks to all who came
and to all those who couldn't but donated anyway
The fund drive continues
Donations are handled securely by PayPal, but you did not need to have a PayPal account and you may pay with any major credit card.
Or you may donate by check or money order (payable to Wooodstock Poetry Society) and mailing to:
Woodstock Poetry Society
P.O. Box 531
Woodstock, NY 12498
Please indicate "Donald Lev Fund" with your donation.
All donations are tax deductible.
Donald Lev was born in New York City in 1936. He attended Hunter College, worked
in the wire rooms of the Daily News and New York Times, and then
drove a taxi cab for 20 years (with a 6-year hiatus in which he ran messages for,
and contributed poetry to, The Village Voice and operated the Home Planet
Bookshop on the Lower East Side). His earliest poems appeared in print in 1958
and he started his first small press magazine, HYN Anthology, in 1969.
Among his honors have been a Madeline Sadin Award from New York Quarterly in
1973 and a Life Time Achievement Award from the Catskill Reading Society/Outloudbooks
in 2003. He was Distinguished Visiting Poet for the Northeast Poetry Center in
Sugar Loaf, NY in July of 2012. In 2008 Outloudbooks brought out his The Darkness
Above: Selected Poems 1968-2002 a sampling from the first four decades of
his writing. A chapbook, Only Wings: 20 Poems of Devotion was published
in 2010 by Presa Press in Michigan, and a new collection, A Very Funny Fellow,
was brought out by NYQ Books in February, 2012. His most recent book, Where
I Sit, was published by Presa Press in 2015. His brief underground film-acting
career pinnacled with his portrayal (he wrote his own lines) of "The Poet"
in Robert Downey Sr.'s 1969 classic Putney Swope. He lives in High Falls,
NY, where he spends most of his time publishing the literary tabloid Home Planet
News, which he and his late wife Enid Dame founded in 1979.