Phil Boiarski was born in Wheeling, W.Va. in 1945. He graduated with a BA in English from Ohio State University in 1968 and earned his MFA from Goddard College in 1980. His work has been published his stories and poems in The Paris Review, The Minnesota Review, The California Quarterly, The Ohio Journal, Indiana Writes, The Rocky Mountain Review, and numerous other literary magazines. Coal & Ice, his memoir of poems and stories will soon be published in a second edition. Boiarski has also written essays, song lyrics and penned and produced several plays. His website,, was recently nominated for The Perranowski Prize.

Ed Budzilowicz was born in Chicago in 1948 to second-generation Polish parents. He was opened to the possibilities of free expression through poetry when he took a writing class at the University of Illinois At Chicago taught by Paul Carroll, publisher of Big Table Magazine. Ed is a classically trained tenor who sings as soloist and chorister with Chicago area musical organizations. Poetry remains a passionate pursuit, and this will be his first published poetry.

Victor Contoski recently retired from teaching at the University of Kansas. He is the author, editor, and translator of nine books of poetry, and his fiction, poetry, criticism, and translations have been widely published and anthologized. Blood of Our Blood, his anthology of Polish-American poetry, is one of the essential books of the Polish Diaspora.

Linda Nemec Foster is the author of seven collections of poetry including Amber Necklace from Gdansk (a finalist for the Ohio Book Award in Poetry) and Listen to the Landscape (short-listed for the Michigan Notable Book Award). Her poems have been published in such magazines and journals as The Georgia Review, Nimrod, North American Review, and New American Writing. She is the founder of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 2003-05 she served as that city's first poet laureate. Her website is

John Guzlowski is the author of Lightning and Ashes (Steel Toe Books) and Pulitzer-nominated Third Winter of War: Buchenwald (Finishing Line Press). These books continue the story of his parents that began in his chapbook Language of Mules. His poem “What My Father Believed” was read by Garrison Keillor on the Writers Almanac program. Other poems have appeared in periodicals in the US, Poland, and Hungary, including Chattahoochee Review, Margie, Nimrod, Altlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Slask, and Ackent.

Leonard Kress's latest book, The Orpheus Complex, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag. He has also completed a verse translation of the 19th century Polish Romantic ballad of Adam Mickiewicz, Pan Tadeusz, which is available as a free download from HarrowGate Press ( He teaches philosophy, religion, and creative writing at Owens College in northwest Ohio.

Krystyna Lenkowska is the author of five books of poetry and her poems, translations, essays, literary notes and interviews, have been published in numerous journals in Poland and the US. She lives in south-eastern Poland, in the city of Rzeszów. Her website is

Stephen Lewandowski was born in 1947 in Canandaigua, New York, where he still lives in a house built by his great grandfather. He has published eight books and chapbooks of poetry, most recently One Life (Wood Thrush Books, 2001). He is currently collaborating with Helen Ruggieri on a series of poems and essays about their fathers. He is involved in environmental protection.

John Surowiecki is the author of two collections and five chapbooks. He is the recent winner of the Poetry Foundation's Pegasus Award for verse drama for his play “My Nose and Me.”. In addition, his poem "S.Z. Home from Vietnam" was included in the new anthology, Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other USA, Jon Andersen, editor. Recent publications include: Cadillac Cicatrix, Two Review and Freshwater. He lives in Amston, Connecticut.

Gabor Zsille was born in 1972 and is a Hungarian poet, translator of Polish and English literature. He is chairman of the Translators’ Section of the Hungarian Writers’ Association. He lives in Budapest.

Bona Zuske is a pseudonym for a Polish journalist.