The Bright Hill Literary Center, celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, continues the Word Thursday series next Thursday, July 26, 2012 with featured poets Evelyn Duncan and Graham Duncan, both from Ithaca, NY, after the open mic, which begins at 7 pm, and intermission. Admission is $3 (free to those 18 and under).
Evelyn Duncan was born in Cedar Run, PA, where she attended a one-room school. Her family moved to Binghamton, NY , during the Depression, and she graduated from Binghamton Central High School. She then worked in the proof room of Vail-Ballou Press before attending the New York State College for Teachers at Albany, earning a BA and an MA in English. She was an editorial assistant at the Cornell University Press and has taught English in middle school, high school, the Russell Sage College evening division, and the State University College at Oneonta, NY. Her work has been published in Big City Lit, The Comstock Review, The New Yorker, Phoebe (SUNY Oneonta), Poem, Satire News Letter, The Saturday Review, and The Second Word Thursdays Anthology. In 2008 Bright Hill Press published her chapbook Picking Up. She now lives in Ithaca, NY, and belongs to a writers’ group there, as well as one in Cedar Key, FL, where she vacations.
Graham Duncan was born in Poughkeepsie, NY, and attended the New York State College for Teachers at Albany and Cornell University. After completing his doctorate in English, he taught for three years at Russell Sage College and thirty-five years at SUNY Oneonta. He retired from full-time teaching in 1991. His undergraduate education was interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the 87th Infantry Division in Europe. Since 1984, his poems have appeared in many periodicals, including Abbey, Big City Lit, Blueline, Heliotrope, Home Planet News, Pegasus, Pivot, Plain Spoke, Poem, Rattapallax, Rattle, Southern Poetry Review, The Comstock Review, The Mid-America Poetry Review, The Same, Whole Notes, and Zillah. He has two chapbooks: The Map Reader (1987) and Stone Circles (1992). Every Infant’s Blood: New and Selected Poems was published by Bright Hill Press in 2002. His poems have been reprinted in the Anthology of Magazine Poetry & Yearbook of American Poetry, Chance of a Ghost, Don’t Leave Hungry: Fifty Years of the Southern Poetry Review, Newsletter Inago, The Flutes of Power, Riveries, Susquehannock, The Best of Wind, The Word Thursdays Anthology, The Second Word Thursdays Anthology, and Out of the Catskills and Just Beyond. He now lives in Ithaca, NY, where he belongs to a writers’ group, as well as one in Cedar Key, FL, where he vacations.