Caffe Lena Poetry Night with Lucyna Prosko, Kathleen McCoy, and David Graham
The first Wednesday of the month is poetry night at Caffe Lena hosted by Carol Graser. This month’s featured poets are Lucyna Prosko, Kathleen McCoy, and David Graham.
Lucyna Prostko, a Polish-American poet, graduated from the M.F.A. program at New York University, where she was awarded the New York Times Fellowship. Her poetry appeared in various literary journals, including Fugue, Washington Square, Painted Bride Quarterly, Quiddity, Ellipsis, Salamander, Cutthroat, One Jacar Press and Five Points. Her first book Infinite Beginnings was judged winner of Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Competition by Joan Larkin. She currently pursues a Ph.D. in English at SUNY Albany.
Kathleen McCoy teaches college writing and poetry in the house where her daughter just finished her B.A. degree and her husband gardens. Her poetry has been short-listed and long-listed for international prizes including the Fish International Poetry Prize, the Discovery Prize, the Dana Awards, the Book Excellence Awards, and a Fulbright. Her books include Green and Burning, More Water Than Words, and Ringing the Changes and her blog is The Real McCoy: A Take on Poetry.
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)