Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic Featuring Karen Skolfield and Bunkong Tuon


On Wednesday, April 1, National Poetry Month kicks off with the great Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic in historic Saratoga Springs. Host Carol Graser will be welcoming featured poets Karen Skolfield and Bunkong Tuon followed by an open mic for poetry and spoken word.

Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas (2013) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press, and was a “Must-Read” Massachusetts book for 2014. She is a 2014 winner of the 2014 Split This Rock poetry prize and the 2012 Oboh Prize from Boxcar Poetry Review. Skolfield is the poetry editor forAmherst Live, and  contributing editor at the literary magazines Tupelo Quarterly and Stirring. She  teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Bunkong Tuon teaches in the English Department at Union College.  His poetry and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The Paterson Literary Review, The New York Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, The Más Tequila Review, Numéro Cinq, Misfit Magazine, Nerve Cowboy, among others.  Gruel, his first full-length collection of poems, is forthcoming by NYQ Books.

This open mic takes place on the first Wednesday of each and every month at Caffè Lena (47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs). This event has a $5.00 admission charge. Sign up at 7:00, 7:30 readings start.


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