Written by Danielle Couture
Willimantic, CT - - John Guzlowski, professor emeritus at Eastern Illinois University, will present his poetry as part of Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour series in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library from 3-4 p.m. on Oct. 2.
Guzlowski was born in a refugee camp after World War II, and came with his family to the United States as a Displaced Person in 1951. Through his poetry, Guzlowski shares his experiences of growing up in the immigrant and refugee neighborhoods around Humboldt Park in Chicago and the people he met there.
His poems also remember his parents, by sharing their experience before, during and after they were taken into Nazi Germany as slave laborers.
A number of these poems appear in his books: Language of Mules, Lightning and Ashes (Steel Toe Books) and Third Winter of War: Buchenwald (Finishing Line Press).