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.