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An Evening with Anthony Bukoski

Oct 8, 2022, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

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Local author Anthony Bukoski reads from his books, including his newly published “Blondes of Wisconsin” at the Hanni Strahl Concert Hall, in the A World of Accordions Museum.

His prize-winning “wit and wisdom” explore the lives of fictional Polish-Americans in Superior’s East End community. Accordion music performances that are relevant to his readings is featured during the event, which is a fund-raiser for A World of Accordions Museum.

About Bukoski:

A native of the East End of Superior, he attended St. Adalbert’s grade school, where he was steeped in the unique culture of his Polish-American port city neighborhood. He joined the Marine Corps in 1964 after a year at what was then the Wisconsin State University Superior and found himself a soldier in Danang, South Vietnam! After three years, Anthony returned to Superior and finished his undergraduate work.

After graduation, Anthony continued at Brown University in Rhode Island where he received an Master’s in English, and The University of Iowa where he attended the Writer’s Workshop in 1976 and received his PhD in English in 1984. He spent the bulk of his career until retirement as a professor of English at The University of Wisconsin-Superior.

In addition to his academic teaching and study, Anthony is also “a man of broad life experience.” He has been a car wash attendant, short order cook, camp counselor and janitor, salvaged bauxite from derailed tank cars, and worked in the complaint department at Sears.

His father (an accordion player) was a laborer in a flour mill and had once been a merchant seaman on the Great Lakes as well as on ocean-going ships. “His influence is strongly evident in Anthony’s Polish-American stories.”

Dr. Bukoski received the Oskar Haleck Prize from the Polish American Historical Association and is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in literature. He is featured in the PBS Video “A Sense of Place: A Portrait of Three Midwestern Writers.”

Books by Bukoski:

“North of the Port” (Southern Methodist University Press, 2008)
“Time Between Trains” (Southern Methodist University Press, 2003)
“Polonaise” (Southern Methodist University Press, 1998)
“Children of Strangers” (Southern Methodist University Press, 1993)
“Twelve Below Zero” (Holy Cow! Press, 1986, 2008)
“Head of the Lakes: Selected Short Stories” (2018)
“The Blondes of Wisconsin” (2021)


Oct 8, 2022
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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Harrington Arts Center
1401 Belknap St.
Superior, WI 54880 United States


Helmi Harrington
accordion @ sprynet.com