Laurel Radzieski

Poetry • Writing • Theater

Laurel Radzieski is a poet and the author of Red Mother (NYQ Books, 2018). Her poems have appeared in Atlas and AliceRust + MothKosmos JournalGlintmoonSPLASH! and elsewhere, including on roadsides and a street sign in Wisconsin. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.

Her teaching and creative work is informed by a background in theater. She has worn many hats behind the scenes and was an actor for the Dietrich Children’s Theatre from 2010 to 2015. Laurel has been a Resident Artist at the Wormfarm Institute and has presented interactive poetry installations throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania and elsewhere. She serves as a Board Member for the Friends of the Scranton Public Library and can be found online at

Laurel is passionate about facilitating positive experiences with poetry. Her teaching style combines poetry writing with a touch of theater.

“I love teaching poetry because the writing and performing processes can be both interactive and introspective. When I teach poetry, I often give students hands-on activities in addition to the writing. We use movement to get the words flowing.

A poem can begin one place and end up somewhere unexpected. I like being the tour guide who helps students take that journey.”

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