About Me


A younger Grant Clauser with Robert Bly

Cov_Mock_Clauser_ba2016_v2I live in southeast PA between Philadelphia and the Pocono Mountains with my wife, daughters and a foxhound. I earned an MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in 1993 where I was a Richard Devine Fellow. I’ve been editor and/or reader for a few literary journals including the Mid-American Review, Janus,  Toad Highway, and currently am a contributing editor to Cleaver. In 2010 I was selected as the Montgomery County Poet Laureate by Robert Bly. My poems have appeared in a variety of journals including The American Poetry Review Cincinnati Poetry Review, The Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Heartland Review, The Journal, Mason’s Road, Cortland Review, The Good Men Project, Wisconsin Review, The Southern Poetry Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Superstition Review,The Seattle Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal , Tar River Poetry, Painted Bride Quarterly and others. In 2010 I started the Montco Wordshop, a monthly workshop for area poets. I taught workshops at Philadelphia’s Musehouse Writing Center,  have been a guest teacher at several writers’ conferences, and currently teach workshops in Rosemont College’s Writers’ Studio. My first collection The Trouble with Rivers was published in 2012 by Foothills Publishing and can be ordered here.  In 2013 I won the Dogfish Head Poetry prize for the book Necessary Myths, published by Broadkill River Press. My most recent books are The Magician’s Handbook by PS Books, and Reckless Constellations, winner of the Cider Press Review Editor’s Award. In 2014 I was a guest poet of the Sharjah International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates. My favorite dry fly is the Parachute Adams. My favorite nymph is a basic Hare’s Ear with a brass bead. For bass I stick mostly to a Clouser Minnow (no relation) and sometimes a Murry Hellgrammite. In addition to the creative writing work, I’m an editor for the New York Time’s Wirecutter.

In volume 32 of the Schuylkill Valley Journal, Louis McKee wrote this article about my work.

If you want to contact me for readings, workshops or to take me out for a beer, visit my Poets and Writers directory listing here.

Follow on Twitter @Uniambic

Write to me at GrantWriterClauser “at” gmail.com

You can see some sample poems here.

The image at the top of the page is of Promised Land Lake in Promised Land State Park in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mts. When I die I hope my ashes will be dumped into that water.


3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Pingback: Kudos: Grant Clauser « Seven Kitchens Press

  2. “The Taxidermist’s Daughter” is beautiful…fish eyes like lanterns, wild in the grass, the images’ physicality. Great writing!

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