Born in Poland, Joanna Kurowska immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1988. A published scholar with expertise in Joseph Conrad, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is the recipient of several academic grants and awards, including the Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award. She taught for many years at American universities, including the University of Chicago and Indiana University, Bloomington.
Joanna has published seven books of poetry — Stained Glass (2016), Intricacies (2016), The Butterfly’s Choice (2015), Inclusions (2014), The Wall & Beyond (2013), Ściana (The Wall; 1997), and Obok (Near; 1999). Her poems appeared in American and international journals such as Bateau, Christianity & Literature, International Poetry Review, Off the Coast, Room Magazine, Willow Review, and elsewhere; in Polish in the prestigious Kultura (Paris), Fraza, and elsewhere. Joanna’s essays and reviews have been published in The Conradian (UK), Sarmatian Review, Slavic & East European Journal, Southern Quarterly, Religion & The Arts, Yearbook of Conrad Studies, and elsewhere. Her work has been translated into Romanian, Persian, German, and Polish.
Joanna lives in Evanston, Illinois, together with her husband John, son Paul, and cat Rufus.
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