Lyn Lifshin Honored At Albany Public Library Foundation


The Albany Public Library Foundation celebrates poet and teacher Lyn Lifshin this year as a 2019 Literary Legend, together with author Peter Golden and poet Dan Wilcox. Please tell friends, and consider joining us for the gala in October or purchasing a message in the program guide. We will also have two events in June to celebrate Lyn, and are working on producing a complete bibliography of Lyn’s publications!

More information below.
Thank you,
Alexis Bhagat

Literary Legends Award & Gala

Lyn Lifshin will receive her award, together with our other 2019 honorees, at our annual Literary Legends gala on October 19th. Read our announcement here.

Early Bird group tickets, as well as Honorary Committee tickets, are currently available. Regular tickets will be available after June 15. Sign up for our mailing list to find out when tickets will go on sale.

A program guide will be printed at the gala. If you are interested in purchasing a message in the program guide, please download a Sponsorship Form with more information.

Screening & Reading

We will have two events with Lyn to celebrate her work and start a conversation leading up to the October gala.

On June 13th, the APL Foundation will present a screening of Mary Ann Lynch’s documentary, “Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass”, at the Opalka Gallery in Albany. The next day, Dan Wilcox and the APL Foundation are organizing a special poetry reading at the Washington branch of the Albany Public Library; local poets have been invited to bring their favorite Lyn Lifshin poems to read. Please join us and tell a friend about the screening  and poetry reading.

Lyn Lifshin Bibliography & Wikipedia page

Have you read the wikipedia entry for Lyn Lifshin? It is not much more than a partial bibliography, and mentions that

“Bibliographers and literary critics would be hard-pressed to find a literary journal that has not published at least one Lifshin poem at one time or another. To date, however, there is no comprehensive bibliography of her publications and unpublished manuscripts.”

Compiling a complete bibliography, or at least trying, felt like a perfect way to celebrate Lyn’s prolific work, and to tell a story of independent literary publishing in the 20th century.  We are currently working to complete a comprehensive bibliography of Lyn Lifshin’s works that we may publish by October. If you were an editor of a journal, or have a large collection of small press journals, please let us know if you would like to view or contribute to the bibliography. Lyn’s body of work is impressive and abundant, and we urgently need your help. Please write to to suggest publications to include or to see the current list.


We are so pleased to celebrate Lyn Lifshin this year, and hope that you will join us in celebrating her life and work.