Georgia Popoff to be honored at the YMCA CNY Book Awards

DWC on Bridge Street

Phil Memmer and Georgia Popoff visited Bridge Street to talk more about the YMCA CNY Book Awards, coming up on December 12th! Get a peek at some of the CNY authors being honored:

The YMCA's CNY Book Awards are the premier award ceremony for writers from this region. The reception this year will begin at 6:00 PM, and last until approximately 8:00, with food and wine, book sales and signings, and of course, the announcement of the awards themselves. The Awards Reception is a fundraiser for the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center. Tickets are available for $75, of which $50 is tax deductible. Tickets are available at or by calling DWC director Phil Memmer at 315-474-6851 x328.

We're also proud to announce that Georgia will be recognized at the ceremony with a special award!

Georgia Popoff will receive the 2019 Community Arts Award from Nine Mile Books and Magazine. The award is a career-based award to celebrate an individual who has made significant contributions to the art of writing and poetry. The announcement was made today by the editors and publishers of Nine Mile Magazine and Books, Bob Herz, Stephen Kuusisto, and Andrea Scarpino.

Ms. Popoff has spent her professional lifetime as a working poet and writer. She is author of four poetry collections and two books about poetry. She is an educator, and serves as Workshops Coordinator and faculty member at the YMCA of Central NY’s Downtown Writers Center. For 20 years, she served on the editorial board of The Comstock Review, with 5 years as managing editor.

“Syracuse is experiencing an artistic surge in writing and particularly in poetry, and Georgia Popoff is one of the main reasons for it,” Bob Herz said. “Good things in a community and in the arts happen because a necessary person makes them happen. Georgia Popoff is one such necessary person.”

“Georgia’s range of activities, that includes teacher, editor, community poet, and her ability to touch people and in particular to excite young people about the possibilities and importance of poetry, is one of the reasons we are having this incredible literary explosion in Syracuse and Central New York,” Steve Kuusisto, said. “This award is appreciation and recognition, but we should recognize that beyond the award, we all owe her a debt of thanks.”

Ms. Popoff joins a prestigious list of prior awardees, including: former State Senator Tarky Lombardi, honored for his work in creating the NYS Arts & Cultural Affairs law, the NYS Poet Laureate and Fiction Laureate Awards, and the NYS Writers Institute, among other arts achievements; Phil Memmer, honored for his work as author of several highly-praised books of poetry, as Executive Director of the YMCA Downtown Writers Center, founder of the CNY Book Awards, and executive director of the Arts Branch of the YMCA, which provides studio art, dance, music, and writing at area Y branches and schools; Walt Shepperd, author, poet, and reporter, founder of Nickel Review, one of the first underground newspapers in the country, author of several books of poetry and anthologies; and Jackie Warren-Moore, multi-talented author, poet, columnist, teacher, activist, and author of several books of poetry.

Nine Mile Magazine and Books are published by the Nine Mile Art Corp, a not for profit literary corporation. The magazine is published twice yearly, once in spring and once in the Fall. The books are also published twice a year. Nine Mile has published books by local CNY poets Diane Wiener, Michael Burkard, Walt Shepherd, Jackie Warren-Moore, and David Weiss. Its website is

Locations: Arts Branch
Category: Y Events