Caffe Lena Poetry Night featuring Rana Bitar, Shira Dentz, and David Graham

The Caffe Lena Poetry Night Live Stream is recorded in the listening room and broadcast live for the community to enjoy.
Picking up its regular slot on the first Wednesday of the month, Caffe Lena’s poetry night on December 2 at 7 p.m. will feature poets Rana Bitar, Shira Dentz & David Graham
We hope poetry is helping you get through this difficult time. While we cannot have an audience in the house, you can donate to poetry night at anytime during the reading. Any tips will be divided between the poets and Caffe Lena. Or click the link above to lend your support to Caffe Lena at any time.
To watch the reading, click HERE!
Rana Bitar is a Syrian-American physician, poet, and writer. Her poetry has appeared in many journals including, Pittsburgh Poetry ReviewMagnolia Review, El Portal, Pacific REVIEWBlack Coffee Review, The International Human Rights Art Festival, and in Seeing Things: Anthology of Poetry (Woodland Arts Editions and Bright Hill Press, 2020). Her poetry chapbook, A Loaf Of Bread (Unsolicited Press, 2019), was a finalist in the “Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition” in 2017, and won an honorable mention in “The 2017 Louis Award” for poetry. Her narrative nonfiction book, The Long Tale Of Tears and Smileswill be published by Global Collective Publishers, Spring 2021. She lives in Niskayuna, NY where she practices hematology and oncology. @ranabitarbooks
Shira Dentz is the author of five full-length books including SISYPHUSINA (PANK, 2020), and two chapbooks. Her writing appears widely in venues such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Iowa Review, New American Writing, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series (, and NPR. She’s a recipient of awards including an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award, and Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Award. A graduate of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Shira holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah, and currently lives in upstate NY and is Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky. More about her writing can be found at
David Graham was born & raised in Johnstown NY, and spent his career teaching college English, most of it at Ripon College in Wisconsin. After retirement he and his wife, the artist Lee Shippey, moved to Glens Falls. Currently he is a contributing editor for the online journal Verse-Virtual, where he contributes a regular column, “Poetic License,” on poetry and poets. He has published poems, essays, and reviews in a wide variety of anthologies and journals, both in print and online; and given numerous presentations and readings in many states. His most recent of seven books of poetry is The Honey of Earth (Terrapin Books, 2019). He is also co-editor of two anthologies, After Confession: Poetry as Autobiography (with Kate Sontag), and Local News: Poetry About Small Towns (with Tom Montag)