Laurel Radzieski is a poet and the author of Red Mother (NYQ Books, 2018) which won the 2020 Whirling Prize in Poetry from the University of Indianapolis’ Etchings Press. Her poems have appeared in Rust + Moth, Atlas and Alice, SPLASH!, Kosmos Journal, House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature, Really System, and elsewhere. In addition, Laurel’s poems have been featured on roadsides and a street sign in Wisconsin. She has presented on-the-spot poetry installations in Chicago, IL; Scranton, PA; Reedsburg, WI; and elsewhere.
When not working on her poetry, Laurel is the Grant Writer for Lackawanna College. She is also a Teaching Artist for the Arts in Education in Northeastern Pennsylvania (AIE/nepa), a partner organization of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) supported by the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU). Laurel has been a writer-in-residence at Wormfarm Institute. She was a speaker at TEDxScranton 2020 where she presented her talk, “Writing Poems for Strangers.” Laurel earned her MFA from Goddard College. She lives with her husband and a cat named Bertha in northeastern Pennsylvania.
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