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Magical, Feminist, Parasitic: A Poetry Reading

Join us for a night of sparkling poetry that is Magical, Feminist, and (yes) Parasitic, featuring Grant Clauser, Daryl Sznyter, and Laurel Radzieski.

Grant Clauser is the author of four poetry books: Reckless Constellations (winner of the 2016 Cider Press Review Book Award), The Magician's Handbook (PS Books), Necessary Myths (Broadkill River Press, winner of the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize) and The Trouble with Rivers (Foothills Publishing). His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Seattle Review, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry and others. In 2010 he was the Montgomery County Poet Laureate, selected by Robert Bly. He also writes about electronics for the New York Times website Wirecutter, teaches in the Rosemont College Writers' Studio, reads poetry and craft essay submissions for Cleaver Magazine and chases trout with a stick. Grant’s blog is

Grant Clauser’s newest collection of poems The Magician’s Handbook uses the surreal and the speculative to examine the beauty and hardship in the everyday. At once magical and mundane, these poems follow the Magician who starts as a neophyte and, like most of us hope, ends as a Magus.


Daryl Sznyter is the author of Synonyms for (Other) Bodies (NYQ Books). Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has been published in The American Journal of Poetry, The Flexible Persona, Gravel, Phoebe, Poet Lore, WomenArts Quarterly, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from The New School. She currently resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where she works as a content writer and SEO Analyst. Her favorite topics are literature, psychology, feminism, art, anatomy, human sexuality, and anything she is unfamiliar with.To learn more about her visit

With each poem in her debut collection, Synonyms for (OTHER) Bodies, Daryl Sznyter peels back one of the tender, horrific, humorous, and often magical veils through which we view ourselves, others, and the collective "We" that for better or worse, comprises the human race. The core she exposes may differ from person to person, but the unforgettable images—from a couple's tender moment at the gynecologist to a mother-daughter bonding experience at a concert—will fracture and restructure every reader's bones.


Laurel Radzieski is the author of Red Mother (NYQ Books). She is a poetry editor for Clockhouse and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Golden Key, Really System, The Slag Review and other publications. Laurel earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and her poetry has been featured on the Farm/Art DTour in La Rue, Wisconsin. She has served as a teacher and has worn many hats in the theatre. Laurel lives with her husband in Northeastern Pennsylvania and can be found online at

Sometimes we all feel as if our relationships consume us. In Red Mother Laurel Radzieski weaves a love story told from the perspective of a parasite. This series of short poems explores the intimacy, desire and devotion we all experience by following the sometimes tender, often distressing relationship that emerges between a parasite and its host. Far from romanticizing either role, Red Mother takes readers on a tour of their own innards, exposing the hooks and claws of all involved.

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