Poet Laurel Radzieski is bringing her Recipe Poetry Project to Lackawanna Arts Fest! Festival-goers can participate in this interactive art project just by chatting with the poet for a few minutes and will walk away with a personalized poem! She’ll also have her books of poetry for sale. We can’t wait to check it out!
Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
My debut poetry collection, Red Mother, was published by NYQ Books earlier this year. Red Mother is a love story told from the perspective of a parasite. I tend to write poems on a specific theme for a large span of time before moving on. When not writing poetry, I work as a Grant Writer for Lackawanna College. I live in Scranton.
What is the Recipe Poetry Project? Is there a performative aspect to your work?
My Recipe Poetry Project is an interactive performance that uses poetry to explore food. Recipe poems are the personalized results of participating in my project.
What are you planning for Lackawanna Arts Fest?
I’ll be presenting my Recipe Poetry Project, writing recipe poems for passersby at the fest. My Recipe Poetry Project is a quick interaction (often 3-5 minutes) and everyone who stops to chat with me will walk away with a personalized poem. I’ll have two books for sale at Lackawanna Arts Fest – Red Mother, my debut poetry collection, and Down the Dog Hole: 11 Poets on Northeast Pennsylvania, an anthology about our region edited by Thomas Kielty Blomain and Brian Fanelli.
Do you travel often for your work? What do you love most about it.
This summer I’m doing a lot of day trips for readings and to promote my new book, but usually I travel in spurts. A few years ago I was a resident artist at the Wormfarm Institute, a nonprofit in Wisconsin. I’ve written recipe poems in Chicago at Farm Aid 30’s HOMEGROWN Village, in rural Wisconsin and recently in Carbondale at Women to Women’s Arts Thrive event. My favorite part of the Recipe Poetry Project is having conversations with so many different people in a short span of time.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
My Recipe Poetry Project is ongoing. Those who are interested in knowing what happens with the recipe poems in the future can visit my website www.laurelradzieski.com.
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