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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.

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Titles At Your Library

Mathematics in Color
ISBN: 097773188X

Indian Paintbrush Poets. 2009

This is a very fine collection of poems ranging from love poems to poems about war.The author was a young man in WWII and there is a poem about the "A Hungarian on the Russian front." There are some humorous poems here too. Mathematics in Color will surprise you!

Until We Meet
ISBN: 0984168346

Indian Paintbrush Poets. 2011

In Until We Meet, like Mathematics in Color, his first collection of poems, Joseph J. Kozma continues to interpret events of the moment using his unique perspectives. Kozma is a practicing physician. Some of his inspirations come from his practice, some others from interactions with his surroundings of many dimensions. Each poem has its own life, yet is loosely connected to the others, thereby creating a cohesive lyrical scenery and message.

ISBN: 0984168397

Burning Daylight. 2011

1945 is a novel set in Europe during the end of World War II. It is largely based upon the author's personal experience. The novel opens in German occupied Hungary in Transdanubia a territory enclosed by the river Danube. Battles are ongoing around the characters attempting survival. Doctor Janos Nandor is the main character. He is a survivor who helps people along the way toward freedom. In the conclusion he is on a train with an Hungarian soldier as the frontlines draw near.

The New Neanderthal
ISBN: 0989724220

Indian Paintbrush Poets. 2014

About The New Neanderthal Joseph J Kozma presents a variety of themes and styles in this volume of poems. The poems are loosely related to each other by the concept of Neanderthal, a marker in the time frame of eternity. Inevitably our present will turn into a new marker, The New Neanderthal. This is the third poetry collection by Joseph J Kozma published by Indian Paintbrush Poets.


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

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