Debra Kaufman

Debra KaufmanPoet and playwright Debra Kaufman is the author of three poetry collections—Delicate Thefts, The Next Moment, and A Certain Light—as well as three chapbooks. Her poems have been widely published in such magazines as Southern Poetry Review, Greensboro Review, Poetry East, North Carolina Literary Review, Spillway, and in numerous anthologies.

Her play Variations on a Dream was selected as one of Burning Coal Theatre’s New Works series, What You Inherit won the ArtsCenter’s New Plays Rising award, Like Candlelight Draws Smoke was produced at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women through the North Carolina Writers’ Network Outreach Program as well as at the ArtsCenter, and Harbor Hope was recently produced at Common Ground Theatre. Her short plays have been produced throughout North Carolina, most recently at the Women’s Theatre Festival.

A Midwest native, she has lived in North Carolina for over thirty years. She leads creative writing workshops and works as a freelance editor. She serves on the editorial board of the online journal One and on the board of directors of the Paul Green Foundation.

Participation at the 2016 West End Poetry Festival

  • Opening Celebration | Friday, October 14 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm | Flyleaf Books
  • For a full schedule and descriptions of all sessions, see the festival schedule.