New York Times columnist David Orr once noted that while it’s impossible to know which country has the best writers, let alone the best poets… if cash money were on the line, you’d find few critics willing to bet against Poland. Now, the world’s best celebrate Polish American poets.
Oriana, a former journalist and community college instructor, now teaches poetry workshops. Her awards include The New Letters Award, Felix Pollack Award, and a residency at Yaddo. Her poems, essays, and translations have been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry 1992, New Letters, Nimrod, The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, Texas Review, Wisconsin Review, American Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Spoon River Review, and many other journals and anthologies.
Poet Kath Abela Wilson once wrote about “How I Fell In Love with Chopin.” This poem was written for the Paderewski-Chopin conference at Loyola University, Nov. 12, 2010 and read while accompanied by mathematician and flutist, Rick Wilson.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Leonard Kress grew up in and around Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University with a degree in Religious Studies. Cecilia Woloch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up there and in rural Kentucky, one of seven children of a homemaker and an airplane mechanic.
Part of our series of articles for the Year of Chopin – 2010.