April is National Poetry Month and the Buck Hill Book Club is celebrating by sponsoring a fun night out with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and poetry at the Fairway Grille on Thursday, April 25 at 6pm, immediately following Thursday Night Happy Hour.

Acclaimed regional and international poets will read from their work. The featured writers include: Craig Czury, Dawn Leas, Laurel Radzieski, Daryl Sznyter, and Brian Fanelli. Read more about each writer below:

Craig Czury is a creator of poetry and poetry performances, a university lecturer, an author and publisher, an editor and translator, and an arts advocate who energizes communities and organizations through public poetry. Czury’s early adulthood was spent hitchhiking North America, working carnivals, warehouses, canneries, construction crews, restaurant kitchens, and organizing community poetry readings. It is from his childhood growing up in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania, from his experiences during 15 years of hitchhiking, and from his continued travels all over the world that Czury’s indomitable spirit springs colorfully forth into his poetry. www.craigczury.com


Laurel Radzieski is the author of Red Mother (NYQ Books, 2018). She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and her BA from Keystone College. Laurel is a poetry editor for Clockhouse and her work has appeared in The Golden Key, Really System, The Slag Review and elsewhere, including on roadsides in rural Wisconsin. She enjoys presenting on-the-spot poetry installations at community venues and events. Laurel teaches writing workshops for children, teenagers and adults, and she has worn many hats in the theatre. She is a teaching artist for Arts in Education Northeast Pennsylvania (AIE/nepa) and was a Resident Artist at the Wormfarm Institute where she lived very comfortably in a barn. Laurel lives with her husband and a fish in northeastern Pennsylvania. http://www.laurelradzieski.com/

Daryl Sznyter is the author of Synonyms for (OTHER) Bodies (New York Quarterly Books). Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Forward Prize, and has been published in Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Folio, Gravel, The American Journal of Poetry, Best American Poetry Blog, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from The New School. She currently resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where she works as an SEO Analyst. In her spare time, she likes to dance, watch horror movies, and blog about social issues. https://www.amazon.com/Daryl-Sznyter/e/B07BVYR72L

Dawn Leas has worked as an advertising copywriter and freelancer before working in the admission office of an independent school and as a middle-school English teacher. She has also worked as an adjunct, taught ESL and middle-school writing workshops, and as the associate director of a M.A./M.F.A. Creative Writing program and assistant to the President at Wilkes University. She’s always ready for a road trip to give or attend a reading. She loves live music and to talk poetry and writing, or swap recommendations for movies and books. In 2017, she left the 9-5 world to leap into self-employment and hasn’t looked back. Whether she’s putting one word in front of the other or helping other writers begin or revive a writing project, her work happy place is surrounded by words. She also creates and leads online writing groups and in-person writing retreats. Her work has appeared in journals such as SWWIM, SoFloPoJo, Cumberland River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Southern Women’s Review, Literary Mama, and others. https://thehammockwriter.com/

Brian Fanelli’s poetry, essays, and book reviews have appeared in several publications, including The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, LABOR, Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Paterson Literary Review, Main Street Rag, and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbook Front Man (Big Table Publishing) and the full-length collections All That Remains (Unbound Content) and Waiting for the Dead to Speak (NYQ Books), winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Poetry Prize. He is also co-editor of Down the Dog Hole: 11 Poets on Northeast Pennsylvania (Nightshade Press). Brian has an M.F.A. from Wilkes University and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University. He is a Professor of English at Lackawanna College. https://brianfanelli.com/

This exciting literary event is FREE to attend and the hors d’oeuvres are complementary!

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres include:

  • Pepper-crusted Salmon with Barley Creek Whiskey Aioli
  • Wild Mushroom Bruschetta Zested with White Truffle Oil
  • Cheese Croquettes with a Tomato Fondue

Specialty Drink Features for the night:

  • Pear Martini
  • Ginger Bourbon Cocktail

Writers will be signing copies of their work and cash purchases can be made for the writers’ books during the reading. Thanks for supporting arts and literary initiatives in Buck Hill Falls and the Poconos Community!


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