Grant Clauser grew up and lives in Pennsylvania. He earned an MFA in poetry a long time ago from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) where he was a Richard Devine Fellow. In 2010 he was selected as the Montgomery County Poet Laureate by Robert Bly. His poems have appeared in journals including The American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Poetry Review, The Literary Review, The Journal, Cortland Review, Southern Poetry Review, Greensboro Review, Seattle Review, Tar River Poetry and others. He works as an editor for a New York media company and teaches part-time in the MFA program at Rosemont College. He’s published five poetry collections: Muddy Dragon on the Road to Heaven, Winner of the Codhill Press Poetry Award; Reckless Constellations, winner of the Cider Press Review Editor’s Award; The Magician’s Handbook; Necessary Myths, winner of Dogfish Head Poetry prize; and The Trouble with Rivers. In 2014 he was a guest poet of the Sharjah International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates. He’s also a founding member of the poetry improv group No River Twice. His favorite dry fly is the Parachute Adams. His favorite nymph is a basic Hare’s Ear with a brass bead. For bass he sticks mostly to a Clouser Minnow (no relation) and sometimes a Murry Hellgrammite.
You can see some sample poems here.
The image at the top of the page is a small creek near Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania.
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“The Taxidermist’s Daughter” is beautiful…fish eyes like lanterns, wild in the grass, the images’ physicality. Great writing!
Wow, I just saw your poem, “Sunflower” on Atticus, and on so many levels I responded. I had a high school student once last name of Clauser (Hilton NY), which sways me towards liking, but I’m sure no relation (within six degrees). Still, I like the swaying, like a tree branch, or at least hammock hanging from. And your rhythms.