Joanna Kurowska

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General Information

Name: Joanna Kurowska

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry

Born in: Olsztyn, Poland



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Illinois Connection

Kurowska has lived, studied, and worked in Illinois since she immigrated from Poland in 1988.

Biographical and Professional Information

A bi-lingual poet-immigrant, Joanna Kurowska is the author of seven critically acclaimed books of poetry. Her work has been published in American and European journals such as Atticus Review, Bateau, Christianity & Literature, The Conradian, International Poetry Review, Kultura (Paris), Levure liiéraire, Off the Coast, Room, Southern Quarterly, and elsewhere. Kurowska holds a Ph.D. in literature and has taught at several American universities, including Indiana University and the University of Chicago.

In-debth interview: Writers in Conversation; Flinders University, Australia.

Published Works

  • Stained Glass, eLectio Publishing, 2016
  • Intricacies, Finishing Line Press, 2016
  • The Butterly's Choice, Broadstone Books, 2015
  • Inclusions, Cervena Barva Bress, 2014
  • The Wall & Beyond, Little Elm TX: eLectio Publishing, 2012 (e-book); 2013 (paperback)
  • Obok [Near], Oficyna Literacka (Poland), 1999
  • Sciana [The Wall], Wydawnictwo Dolnoslaskie (Poland), 1997

Titles at Your Library


ISBN: 1944251634
Release Date: 2016-02-03

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The Butterfly's Choice

ISBN: 1937968154
Release Date: 2014

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ISBN: 0991009169
Release Date: 2014-03-01

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The Wall & Beyond

ISBN: 1482371170
Release Date: 2013-02-08

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Obok (Polish edition)

ISBN: 8371241194
Release Date: 1999

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Sciana (Polish Edition)

ISBN: 8370236014
Release Date: 1997

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Literary Awards

  • Featured Illinois Author in Willow Review, 2016
  • Nominated for Pushcart, 2011, 2014 and 2015
  • Selected for The Best of Vine Leaves anthology, 2014
  • Award in Jerzy Popiełuszko National Poetry Contest, 1994 (Poland)

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

For the list of past and forthcoming readings, or to schedule a reading or an interview, please visit ("News & Events"; "Contact") or e-mail Joanna Kurowska at

External Links

Joanna Kurowska on WorldCat

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