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BOOKINGINFORMATION

 

Craig Czury has made literary magic happen for over thirty years - no one else 
does it quite the same. Here are a few ways you can bring him to your community,  as well as responses from people like you who have hired him for various services:

POETRY READINGS & KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

For over 35 years, Craig has been a featured poet speaking to audiences of all ages across the U.S., and also in Albania, Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Columbia, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Northern Ireland, and Russia. It is his approachability, charisma and natural ability to connect with audiences, as well as the unexpected content of his poetry that makes him a sought-after, fresh and entirely engaging performer.

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WRITING WORKSHOPS & SCHOOL RESIDENCIES

Spontaneous Combustion! That is how Czury's workshops are described. Whether for beginning writers, for non-writers, or for master-classes, each session produces unexpected spirit, creativity, and hilarity. "I expect brilliance," he says, "but when I get startling brilliance from students...Wow! Now we're really getting somewhere!"  Highly interactive, Czury's poetry & writing workshops open for participants a porthole through which they can access their own voices and the wonderment of their intrinsic, philosophic wordsmithery.

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COMMUNITY ARTS & PUBLIC POETRY PROJECTS

Craig specializes in creating public infrastructures that enable the voices of the project participants to speak and to be heard. A pioneer of what he calls "Poem Fusion," Craig has traveled the world to bring diverse voices together into stunning, revelatory, and collaborative poems. A Poem Fusion is a social adventure, a powerful and spirited series of creative writing workshops, resulting in a multi-voice poem. Participants work under his direction, combining their voices into a group voice - a poetic choir, if you will. This is a transformative experience, one of gestalt, where from the combined voices creates a narrative and a poetic much larger and more inclusive than any of the single voices from which it was born.

The entire experience culminates with an in-house or public performance featuring the participants performing their individual writings as well as the Poem Fusion. In rural communities, in cities, among the elderly, the incarcerated, the disenfranchised, and especially in situations of conflict, Craig facilitates Poem Fusion projects for all age groups and cultures hungry for socially transformative experiences.

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INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVALS & BOOK TOURS

For over 20 years, Czury has been a participant at International Poetry Festivals in Europe, Asia, and The Americas. His book tours have taken him abroad where his work has been translated into Albanian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian.

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CONSULTING  /  IN-SERVICES  /  EDITING PROJECTS

Czury has been a poetry consultant for The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Pennsylvania Governors School, among many others. Craig's longevity in education spans over three decades, making him a perfect fit to guide schools into success with arts education program strategies.  Whether working directly with curriculum development teams, teacher education programs, or even through inspirational keynote presentations, Craig provides invaluable and measurable improvement in your students' language arts performance.  

Czury also works as an editor and editing consultant, both in the US and internationally.

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ARCHIVE - PAST APPEARANCES

A Select Listing of Past Public Appearances

PERSONALIZED
         PROGRAMS

At your request, Craig will tailor his program to address issues relevant to your community or organization. Explore and articulate our collective lives through writing from these and other topics:
 

  • personal / social issues

  • global issues of conflict

  • inequity & injustice

  • current thoughts about
    "The American Dream"

  • environmental issues

  • art, science, geography

  • multi-genre writing

  • life writing & memoir

  • poetry as healing

 
 
 
 
 

LIVING INSIDE A MIRROR

Sample from a STUDENT POEM FUSION

 

Living inside a mirror

everything is backwards

 

     no one is listening

 

          it’s like you’re mixed up

          in a backwards world

          walking in the opposite direction

 

Living inside a mirror

is like living in a jar

 

     that reflects my future

     what I’ll be when I grow up

     confusing me with the truth or is it a lie