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


New Bathroom         Sink & Toilet         Shelf & Vanity
           New Bathroom                                   Sink & Toilet                                   Shelf & Vanity

Shower (l)         Shower (r)         Stair Railing
               Shower (l)                                       Shower (r)                                        Stair Railing

On the evening of Sunday, January 21, 2018, 6-9pm there will be a gala fundraiser with many notable guests (Ed Sanders; Mikhail Horowitz with Gilles Malkine; Andy Clausen, Pamela Twining and the Cosmic Legends; Harvey Kaiser Jazz Quartet with Allen Murphy; Marc Black, others) at The Colony Cafe in Woodstock, NY.

Facebook: FB event
Tickets: ticketfly

Donations will be accepted at that time, however if you wish to make a donation now, you may do so online here:


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.

Thank you!

About Donald



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.