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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joseph J Kozma  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Pecs, Hungary

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Illinois Connection

Kozma is a physician in private practice in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dr Joseph J. Kozma has written poetry all of his life. Being born in Hungary, he had first-hand knowledge of the plight of the Hungarian refugees in the spring of 1945. During the process of his immigration to the West, much of his early work was lost. Some of the inspiration for his writing comes from his practice and other from the interactions with his surroundings. Along with his books listed below, Kozma is the author of two chap books: ''Of Song, of Life'' and ''Solitary Bee.''On April 21, 2016, Dr. Kozma was proclaimed the Poet Laureate of Jacksonville, Illinois.

Published Works

  • Killer Plants: A Poisonous Plant Guide, Milesstone Publishing, 1969
  • Mathmatics in Color, Indian Paintbrush Poets, 2009
  • Until We Meet, Indian Paintbrush Poets, 2011
  • 1945, Burning Daylight, 2011
  • The New Neanderthal, Indian Paintbrush Poets, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0984168346. OCLC Number:


1945 /
ISBN: 0984168397. OCLC Number:

Burning Daylight,. Fort Collins, Colo. :. 2011.

1945 is the story of the massive exodus of Hungarians to the West to avoid the inevitable Russian occupation. It is narrated by following the journey of Dr. Janos Nandor, a young physician.

The new Neanderthal :
ISBN: 0989724220. OCLC Number:

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  • Poet Laureate of Jacksonville, Illinois, April 21, 2016

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