Ben Kukoff

Benjamin (Bernie) Kukoff has written poetry for more than 21 years, working with Mary Stewart Hammond in her Master Class at the New York Writer's Workshop. Beyond poetry, he's had a high-profile, eclectic career, having worked in TV, film, and theatre. After graduating from the Yale Drama School, he acted Off-Broadway, with Second City, and was in the founding company of the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In a major career change, he moved to L.A. where, over a span of 28 years he created, produced, and wrote TV series, specials and films. Among them were: Diff'rent Strokes, The Cosby Show, and shows staring Steve Allen, Jimmy Durante, The Everly Brothers, Glen Campbell, Milton Berle, and Jerry Stiller. In New York, his first show as a theatrical producer was the blockbuster I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, which ran for 12 years and won a Drama Desk Award. He and his wife, Lydia, share a 19th century farmhouse in New York's Upper Hudson Valley.