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Randall Couch

Philadelphia, PA

Randall Couch edited and translated Madwomen: The 'Locas mujeres' Poems of Gabriela Mistral (University of Chicago Press, 2008), which won Britain's Popescu Prize for Poetry in Translation and was one of two finalists for the PEN Award for Poetry Translation. He is a frequent panelist on the podcast series PoemTalk sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, PennSound, and Kelly Writers House. He has published essays and book chapters on Susan Stewart, Harryette Mullen, Ezra Pound, Gabriela Mistral and on ethics and reception in poetry translation. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best New Poets and The Hide-and-Seek Muse. As Adjunct Professor of English at Arcadia University, he has taught advanced poetry writing and poetics since 2003. From 1989 he has served on the professional staff of the University of Pennsylvania. Trained as an art conservator, between 1980 and 1989 he held positions at the Northeast Document Conservation Center, U.T. Austin's Harry Ransom Center, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Barbara Crooker

Fogelsville, PA

Kirsten Culbertson

Fiction Writer
Wynnewood, PA

Paul Cunningham


Paul Cunningham is the author of two e-chapbooks of poetry: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Pangur Ban Party, 2010) and Foamghast (NAP Literary Magazine, 2012). He manages Radioactive Moat Press and edits Deluge. He was a co-editor of the sixth issue of SLAB (Sound & Literary Art Book) which was awarded the AWP National Director’s Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines in the Category of Content. He is currently a MFA candidate at the University of Notre Dame where he also works as an editorial intern for Action Books. His writing has appeared in publications including Tarpaulin Sky, DIAGRAM, Witness, A capella Zoo, H_NGM_N, The Destroyer and others.

Craig Czury

Springville, PA

Craig Czury, a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, has lived in Berks County since 1991, creating poetry, poetry performances and multi-cultural poetry events in schools, community centers, juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, and mental hospitals. Currently, he is a part-time lecturer at Albright College and Berks County’s Poet Laureate (2010-12). Author of 20 books of poetry, many of which have been translated into several languages, Czury recently earned his M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, where he was awarded the Norris Church Mailer Fellowship. His most recent book is KITCHEN OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION. While living as a folklorist and cultural documentarian in old hotels throughout his home anthracite region, Czury developed a poetry that is hard and dark like anthracite in his book GOD’S SHINY GLASS EYE, masculine as rock drills and blasting caps, foreboding as sink holes and black lung. His pioneering work and profound sense of place emerges in all of his poetry and workshops has gained international recognition. He was invited to be the keynote speaker at the National Summit of Mining Communities in Butte, Montana in 2009. Czury is the recipient of international awards for poetry, and has been presented the prestigious Laureateship and Honorary Member of Ditët e Naimit (Days Of Naim) of the international Albanian poetry festival in Macedonia this year for his literary bridge-building between U.S. and Albanian cultures. A poet in education through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and various national and international arts foundations, Czury spent a year with AmeriCorps* WritersCorps in Washington, D.C., conducting poetry workshops with inmate-patients at St. Elizabeths Psychiatric Hospital, and creating environmental multi-voice poetry performances with urban elementary students to be presented at the Library of Congress. An Americans For The Arts artist exchange fellow, Czury developed a series of poetry performances, through the Derry Playhouse, uniting Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland for BBC Radio Foyle. He has created a community documentary with poetry throughout Berks County with his National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored Berks Poetry. Czury’s intergenerational Scranton Poem Opera staged the varied voices of one community, winning him the Key to the City of Scranton. Avid blues harp and bocce player, Czury lives in Susquehanna County, Pa. where he has developed a regional writing project, COMMON GROUND: A Community Conversation about Natural Gas and Northeastern PA. Recipient of the F. Lamott Belin Scholarship for Artists, Czury hitchhikes a stretch of road through the heart of fracking country, conducting interviews with the gas workers, farmers, and locals who give him a lift for his epic THUMB NOTES ALMANAC. craigczury.com

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