On Wednesday, March 1, the great Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic series returns to the newly renovated Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs with featured readers Melody Davis, Matthew Klane, and James Bellflower, along with an open mic for poetry and spoken word.
Melody Davis, a poet and art historian, is the author of four books including Holding the Curve (Broadstone Books), and Women’s Views: The Narrative Stereograph in Nineteenth-Century America (University Press of New Hampshire). Davis has held writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and she was a finalist in the National Poetry Series. She is an associate professor of art history at the Sage College of Albany and publishes poetry and art criticism internationally.
Albany poets Matthew Klane and James Bellflower, co-curators of Yes! Poetry & Performance Series, a project that “brings poetry into conversation with other art forms,” perform work from Canyons (Film Forum Press), a collection of images and texts reimagining “Manifest Destiny” and its virulent consequences. Their performance is a combination of layered voices, projected collages, and soundscapes created with theremin and distorted vocal effects.
The Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Carol Graser and sponsored by Northshire Bookstore, takes place on the first Wednesday of each and every month (usually) 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.