John Surowiecki

Poet

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257 Hope Valley Road
Amston, CT 06231
Phone: 
860-228-2784

Author's Bio

I grew up in Meriden, Connecticut, a city once famous for its silverware industry. Both my parents were factoriy workers and bartenders (my father claimed he once served Judy Garland). I received my BA in English from the University of Connecticut in 1966 and my MA in 1976 (I am, alas, a PhD dropout). I’ve worked as a journalist, copywriter, and teacher; I’ve been a freelance writer since 1995. I have two children (Vanessa, a union organizer, and John Edward, a musician and graphic artist) and three grandsons: Jerzy, Edward Stanislaus, and Ishmael. My wife, Denise Rodosevich, is an attorney and an avid and tireless supporter of my work. Pretty boring, huh?

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other USA (Smokestack Books, 2008)
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2001: A Science Fiction Poetry Anthology (Anamnesis Press, 2001)
Books:
Barney and Gienka (CustomWords, 2009)
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The Hat City After Men Stopped Wearing Hats (Word Works, 2006)
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Watching Cartoons Before Attending A Funeral (White Pine Press, 2003)
Chapbooks:
Tapeworm Comics (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009)
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Bolivia Street (Burnside Review Press, 2006)
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Further Adventures of My Nose (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005)
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Dennis Is Transformed into a Thrush (White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 2004)
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Five-hundred Widowers in a Field of Chamomile (Portlandia Group, 2002)
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Caliban Poems (West Town Press, 2001)
Journals: ,
Agnieszka's Dowry
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Alembic
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Amoskeag
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Anthology Magazine
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Antietam Review
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Briar Cliff Review
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Caduceus
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Chachalaca Poetry Review
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Connecticut Review
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Cumberland Poetry Review
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Etcetera
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Freshwater
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George Washington Review
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Georgia State University Review
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Ginger Hill
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Iconoclast
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Into the Teeth of the Wind
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Kimera
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Margie
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Mississippi Review
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Mochila Review
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New Zoo Review
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Redivider
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Rhino Magazine
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Tar Wolf Review
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Wild Goose Poetry Review
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Writer's Journal
Prizes won: 

• Pegasus Award, Verse Drama, Poetry Foundation (2007)

• Pablo Neruda Award, Nimrod International Journal (2006)

• Washington Award. The WordWorks (2006)

• Second Place, Sunken Garden Poetry Festival National Competition (2006)

• Poetry Fellowship, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Office of the Arts (2005)

• White Pine Press Poetry Prize (2003)

• Honorable Mention, Two Rivers Review
Poetry Prize (2002)

• Third Place, Kimera Poetry Contest (2001)

• Finalist, The Mississippi Review Poetry Competition (2001)

• First Prize, Common Ground Review
Poetry Contest (2000)

• First Prize, Georgia State University Review
Poetry Contest (2000)

• Finalist, Robert Penn Warren Award,
Cumberland Review (2000)

• Third Place, Portland PEN Poetry Contest
(2000)

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Polish American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Meriden
Raised in: 
Meriden, CT
Connecticut
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Last update: Aug 08, 2018