Transitions & Transformations: An Evening of Poetry With Local Poets Judith Saunders, Lucia Cherciu, and Raphael Kosek

This reading by three local poets will explore Big-Read themes from numerous perspectives. Life is full of transitions, both forced and desired, natural and unnatural. Change is the one true constant. Some poems will focus on cultural transitions: immigration and assimilation, colliding customs and norms, changing or lost identity. Other poems will examine growth and metamorphosis in the natural world—including stages in human life we all endure. Still other poems will consider imaginative and aesthetic re-visioning of human experience via art, and the transformative power of metaphor.

Lucia Cherciu is a Professor of English at Dutchess County Community College and the author of five books of poetry, including Train Ride to Bucharest (Sheep Meadow Press, 2018) and Edible Flowers (Rain Street Rag, 2016). Currently she is at work on her first novel.

Raphael Kosek, a lifelong resident of the Hudson River Valley, teaches composition, literature, and creative writing courses at Marist College and Dutchess Community College. Individually, her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, and art magazines. She is the author of two chapbook collections of poetry: Letting Go (Finishing Line Press, 2009) and Rough Grace (Concrete Wolf, 2015). Her first full-length collection will be published later this year.

Judith Saunders. Professor of English at Marist College, has published poetry, humor, and creative nonfiction in a wide variety of periodicals and anthologies, including, for instance, The Mathematical Intelligencer, Poet Lore, The North American Review, and The Christian Science Monitor. She is the author of two prize-winning chapbook collections of poetry.