From whatever he does – fishing, camping or spending time with his family – poet Grant Clauser uses his curiosity to explore a subject and then writes about it to share with others. He is the author of four poetry books: “Reckless Constellations” (winner of the 2016 Cider Press Review Book Award), “The Magician’s Handbook” (PS Books), “Necessary Myths” (Broadkill River Press, winner of the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize) and “The Trouble with Rivers” (Foothills Publishing).
This prolific writer, whose day job involves writing about electronics for “The New York Times’ Wirecutter” site, recently visited Montgomery County Community College as the guest speaker for the student Writers’ Club Spring Coffeehouse. After reading several of his poems, Clauser answered questions from the audience, a mixture of students and community members.
“I have no set routine for my (poetry) writing,” said Clauser, who prefers to spend his evenings reading books instead of watching television. “I constantly edit my work; I even make notes in my published books.”
Each semester, the Writers’ Club hosts coffeehouses featuring guest authors and poets and meet monthly at the Barnes and Nobles campus bookstore to share their work and provide feedback to each other. The events are open to all students and community members.
“I’ve learned to speak in front of an audience from participating at coffeehouses,” says Sarah Wilkerson, the current president of the Writers’ Club, which is one of many campus clubs available at Montco.