Jeffrey Lilly

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Jeffrey Lilly is a gay Jewish poet born in Boston who now lives and works in San Francisco. He is a former board member of The National Poetry Association. He has read widely from his work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jeffrey Lilly is also co-editor with Jack Mueller of a literary and artistic “quilt,” an anthology of work by writers and artists who have died of AIDS. This work is sponsored by The National Poetry Association.

Relatedly, Mr. Lilly is director of The Living Word Project, a project of the NPA.


KRCB's ( Gary Carnivele interviews Jeffrey Lilly on Outbeat Radio (originally broadcast July 18th, 2010).
Listen to the interview:
Part 1 mp3 - 1 minute
Part 2 mp3 - 26 minutes
Part 3 mp3 - 24 minutes


Jeffrey Lilly's first poetry music poetry recording was the much acclaimed, “Promised Land Poems.” It includes music by Hans Christian Reumschuessel of Allemande Music; as well as Jeffrey’s readings of his own poetry. The CD package is accompanied by the full written text of the Promised Land Poems. Among the numerous recordings of Hans Christian's work, is one that took place during his performance in Chartres Cathedral in France.

Harold Norse, the author of Beat Hotel, has said, “Jeff Lilly’s lyrics conjure a world of myth and mystery as if Joseph Campbell had been recreated in verse and updated in post modern language…”

Poetry and music pieces from "Promised Land Poems" available now at iTunes.


The CD recording, with the written poetry, is available for purchase at CD Baby - click the button below to make the purchase.

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The Butterfly Flies is now available for purchase on CD Baby. In this album Jeffrey Lilly’s poetry explores the process of writing, the life of a gay Jew who has lost many friends and acquaintances to the AIDS crisis, and poetic expression from the point of view of a gay Jewish writer.

The work is accompanied by the music of Jonathan Comisar who composed and played the music accompanying Jeffrey Lilly's reading of his own poetry. Jonathan teaches music, composition, and arrangement at Hebrew Union College in New York City. He has also written music for musical theater plays.

"Jeff Lilly’s poetry dances through music and delivers a lyrical punch that should be heard and acknowledged out there in the world of words and sound."
Neeli Cherkovski, poet and author of Ferlinghetti: A Biography.

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