The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is pleased to announce the selection of Gladys Henderson as our 2010 Long Island Poet of the Year. This award honors poets who are native to or live on Long Island, have published poetry of excellent quality, and have worked to foster the growth and appreciation of poetry in local communities.
Gladys Henderson was born in New Rochelle, New York. She attended Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, Texas with academic concentrations in art and psychology. She received her B.S. in Art Education and after graduation taught in both private and public schools. She has also worked as a Senior Executive for Macy’s department stores. An active member of the poetry community on Long Island, she was part of the committee to help conceptualize the First Long Island Poetry Marathon. Recently, she was also a member of the planning committee for the gala dinner to honor the Poet Laureates of Nassau and Suffolk counties and to applaud the publication of Paumanok: Poems and Pictures of Long Island. She also helped to facilitate “Frost on the Road,” a workshop fundraiser for the Robert Frost Foundation, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire. She runs two poetry workshop venues on the Island, The Poets Circle in Port Washington and Live Poets in Islip, New York. She also co hosts a poetry reading venue at the Sonoma Café, Hauppauge, New York.
A prize-winning poet, she has won first prize in seven Long Island poetry competitions, 2004 through 2010. Nationally, she has been a finalist for the Paumanok Poetry Prize 2006, and has won standings in the Writer’s Digest Poetry Competitions 2008, 2009 and Oberon Poetry Prize, 2009. She is widely published in anthologies and magazines and in 2008 Finishing Line Press selected her chapbook Eclipse of Heaven for publication as one of their tenth anniversary selections of new women’s voices.