Craig Czury


Springville Schoolhouse Artist Studios 1680 Marcy Rd.
Springville, PA 18844
(610) 207-4321

Author's Bio

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.

Publications & Prizes

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)
BECAUSE ALTHOUGH DESPITE (Foothills Publishing, 2014)
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)
KITCHEN OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION (Foothills Publishing, 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)
Clown War
Five Fingers Review
Invisible City
Minnesota Review
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The Prose Poem
Washington Review
Prizes won: 

Norris Church Mailer Award (Wilkes University,07-08)
F. Lamott Belin Artists Scholarship (2013)
Poet Laureate of Berks County, PA (2010-12)
Laureate of the International Albanian Poetry Festival Ditet e Naimit (2011)

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
After-Dinner Declarations by Nicanor Parra, Vertical Poetry by Roberto Juarroz , Poems For The Millennium (vols. 1,2,3,4) by Rothenberg/Joris eds.

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At Risk Youth, Incarcerated individuals
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Last update: Apr 03, 2015