KGB:  Lynn McGee, Anya Krugovoy Silver, & Jennifer Franklin

May 24, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lynn McGee is the author of the poetry collection, Sober Cooking (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2016), and two award-winning poetry chapbooks: Heirloom Bulldog (Bright Hill Press, 2015) and Bonanza (Slapering Hol Press, 1996). Her poems have appeared in journals including The American Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Ontario Review, Phoebe, Storyscape, Painted Bride Quarterly and others. Lynn earned an MFA in Poetry at Columbia University. She was awarded a MacDowell fellowship, is a winner of the Judith’s Room Award, and taught writing at private and public colleges as well as poetry workshops in public schools. A recipient of the NYC Literacy Center’s Recognition Award, she received the Heart of the Center Award from the LGBT Community Center in New York City for developing their first GED class. Today she is a communications manager at Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York. She lives in the Bronx, New York.

Anya Krugovoy Silver is a poet living in Macon, Georgia.  She is the author of three books of poetry, The Ninety-Third Name of God (2010), I Watched You Disappear (2014), and From Nothing (2016), all published by the Louisiana State University Press. Her fourth book, Second Bloom, is forthcoming as part of the Poiema Series of poetry by Cascade Press. Her work has been published in many literary magazines, including Image, The Harvard Review, The Georgia Review, Five Points, Crazyhorse, New Ohio Review, Witness, The Christian Century, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, Shenandoah, and many others.  Her work is included in Best American Poetry 2016. Her poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” in Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, “American Life in Poetry,” as an Academy of American Poets’ poem of the day, and on Poetry Daily.  Her poems have been anthologized in several books, including The Turning Aside: The Kingdom Book of Contemporary Christian Poetry (Cascade), Poetry in Medicine (Persea), From Midnight to Dawn (Paraclete) and How to Write a Poem (T.S. Poetry Press), among others. She was named Georgia Author of the Year/Poetry for 2015.  She currently teaches in the English Department at Mercer University.  She shares her life with her husband, son, and cockapoo.  Since 2004, she has been living and thriving with inflammatory breast cancer. 

Jennifer Franklin holds an AB from Brown University and an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. She is the author of two full-length collections, Looming (Elixir 2015) and No Small Gift (Four Way Books 2018). She was nominated for a 2016 Rona Jaffe Award. Her poetry has appeared widely in anthologies, literary magazines, and journals including Blackbird, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, The Nation, New England Review, [PANK], Paris Review, “poem-a-day” on, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, and Verse Daily. A selection of her poetry is featured in Andrew Solomon’s National Book Critics Circle award-winning book, Far from the Tree (Scribner, 2012). She has taught ekphrasis at The Bowery Poetry Club and teaches manuscript revision at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, where she serves as Program Director. She lives in New York City.