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Craig Czury

Author's Bio

Craig Czury has been creating poetry, poetry performances, poetry environments in schools, community centers, shelters, prisons and hospitals for over 20 years. Author of 15 books, he is published internationally, translated into Russian, Lithuanian, Polish, Spanish and Portuguese. His award-winning Poem Fusions, collaborative multi-voice poetry performances with his students, have been produced for stage, school cafeterias, arts festivals and radio all over the world. Czury (pronounced “Chury”) brings vision and depth to his students’ writing. As Czury puts it, “You can’t write until you can see.” Whether poems rising off their page through expressive voices, lines of poems interwoven with color and design for walls, Power Point Digipoems laced with family photos on the computer...it’s with his poet’s eye that Craig passes on his wonder and enthusiasm for poetry to his young poets, who will not be writing children’s or juvenile poetry, but POETRY as windows, mirrors, doors.

Publications and Prizes

American Know-How: Patent Pending (Paper Kite Press, 2006), Kam Frikë Ta Them / I'm Afraid To Say (Albanian Trans. Silke Blumbach) (MLN Ditet e Naimit, 2006), Gods Shiny Glass Eye (Foothills Publishing, 2005), American Know-How: In Attesa Di Brevetto (Edizioni Empirìa, 2003), Closing Out (Foothills Publishing, 2003), In My Silence To Justify (Foothills Publishing, 2003), Tecnologia Norteamericana - Patente en Tramite- y Otros Poemas (PapelTinta Ediciones, 2003), Parallel Rivertime (Petropol Press, 1999), Unreconciled Faces (Foothills Publishing, 1999), Shadow/Orphan Shadow (Pine Press, 1996), Obit Hotel (Pine Press, 1993)
Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State University Press, 2005), Palpable Clock: 25 Years of Mulberry Poets (University of Scranton Press, 2005), The Best of the Prose Poem: An International Journal (White Pine Press, 2000), What Have You Lost? (Greenwillow Books, 1999), Coalseam: Poems from the Anthracite Region (University of Scranton Press, 1993), Fine Line that Screams (Endless Mountains Review, 1993)
Ars-Interpres, Clown War, Five Fingers Review, Invisible City, Kayak, Minnesota Review, Origin, Painted Bride Quarterly, Parnassus, The Prose Poem, Washington Review
Norris Church Mailer Award (Wilkes University,07-08)

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Sea & Other Poems by Guillevic, Vertical Poetry by Roberto Juarroz (translating w/Esteban Moore)

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Listing last updated: January 23, 2009

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Listed as:
Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
Prefers to work with:
At Risk Youth, Prisoners
Born in:
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Raised in:

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