Elaine HandleyOn Wednesday, July 4, Caffè Lena will present a poetry reading by Elaine Handley. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7pm and the readings will start at 7:30. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5 general, free for students

Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022, www.caffelena.org

Elaine Handley is a professor of writing and literature at SUNY Empire State College and is on the faculty of the NYS Young Writers Institute.  Her latest chapbook of poetry, Securing the Perimeter, published by Clare Songbird Publishing House, was shaped by her work with veterans and her collaboration with encaustic painter Marco Montanari.  Her poetry explores territory on both sides of our perimeters, the tender and the harsh. In her collaboration with Montanari, where they created work in response to the other’s, she probed the transcendent and lyrical possibilities of one art form informing another. She is the winner, with writing partners Mary Sanders Shartle and Marilyn McCabe, of three Adirondack Center for Writing best books of poetry awards.  She is a member of the Women of Mass Dissemination Writing Group (the WMDs) as well as the fiction group Shut Up and Write Please (SUAWP).

Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022, www.caffelena.org

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