Craig Czury, grew up in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania. He spent 15 years hitchhiking North America, working in carnivals, warehouses, canneries, construction crews, restaurant kitchens, and organizing community poetry readings. Author of 20 collections of poetry, most recently KITCHEN OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION (FootHills Publishing), he is the editor of two anthologies, FINE LINE THAT SCREAMS from his N.E. Pa. Prison Poetry Project, and UN SEGUNDO EN EL TIEMPO/ONE SECOND AT A TIME, poets of the Reading Hispanic community. Czury works as a poet in schools, homeless shelters, prisons, mental hospitals and community centers throughout the world. His books have been translated into several languages, including Russian by Irina Mashinski, ѕараллельное течение (Petropol Press, Russia). Czury has been awarded many national and international fellowships to continue his collaborative poem fusion performance and poetry mural projects. His book CLICK is forthcoming from Algeria in Arabic (2010). An avid blues harp and bocce player, Czury earned an M.F.A. from Wilkes University and is a lecturer at Albright College. He lives in Reading, Pa. with the poet Heather Thomas.
"Aperture" and "Shutter Speed" first appeared as PALIMPSEST with Rachel Chamber's weavings at Gallery 908, Reading, Pa., 2009.
PS (September, 2010). Craig Czury was just named Poet Laureate of Berks County (Pennsylvania).