Thursday, January 4, 2018

John Guzlowski ~ presents ~ Little Schoolboys

 TITLE: Little Schoolboys
RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2017
AUTHOR: John Guzlowski
CATEGORIES: Historical/Thriller/Suspense
ISBN: 978-1544887913
IMPRINT: White Stag

KEYWORDS: pedophilia, Chicago, detectives, kidnapping, drugs, catholic priests, murder

Two Chicago detectives are called in by a nun to deal with a pedophile priest who is apparently sexually abusing altar boys.

The novel is set in the late psychedelic 1960s in Chicago. Two Chicago detectives are called in by a nun to deal with a pedophile priest who is apparently sexually abusing altar boys. Shortly afterward, the nun is found dead in her convent. The two detectives are attempting to deal with both the pedophilia and the murder, but the lead detective is distracted by the disappearance of his daughter who may have been kidnapped by drug dealers.

Born in a refugee camp after World War II, John Guzlowski came with his family to the United States as a Displaced Person in 1951.  His parents had been Polish slave laborers in Nazi Germany.   Growing up in the immigrant and refugee neighborhoods around Humboldt Park in Chicago, he met hardware store clerks with Auschwitz tattoos on their wrists, Polish cavalry officers who still mourned for their dead comrades, and women who had walked from Siberia to Iran to escape the Russians.  His poetry, fiction, and essays try to remember them and their voices.

His poems also remember his parents, who survived their slave labor experiences in Nazi Germany. 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). 

Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz, reviewing the Polish translation of Language of Mules, for the journal Tygodnik Powszechny, said, “This volume astonished me.” 

A Professor Emeritus at Eastern Illinois University, John Guzlowski currently lives in Danville, Virginia, where he recently completed a novel about the German soldiers who murdered his mother’s family during the Second World War.  The novel, Road of Bone, is available from Cervena Barva Press and Amazon.

Garrison Keillor read Guzlowski’s poem “What My Father Believed” on his program, The Writers Almanac.

Guzlowski’s other poems and stories have appeared in such national journals as North American Review, Ontario Review, Rattle, Chattahoochee Review, Atlanta Review, Nimrod, Crab Orchard Review, Marge, Poetry East, Vocabula Review and in the anthology Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust.   He was the featured poet in the 2007 edition of Spoon River Poetry Review. 

Dr. Guzlowski’s critical essays on contemporary American, Polish, and Jewish authors can be the found in such journals as Modern Fiction Studies, Polish Review, Shofar, Polish American Studies, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, and Studies in Jewish American Literature.

Guzlowski has done presentations about his parents and their experiences at the Polish Embassy in Washington, DC, Yale University, Georgetown Univ., The Polish Museum of America, The Polish Mission at Orchard Lake, Michigan, the American Univ., and various other universities and colleges here and abroad.  A video of his presentation at St. Francis College is available at:

His awards include Polish American Historical Association Creative Arts Award, American Council for Polish Culture’s Cultural Achievement Award, and the Illinois Arts Council’s $7500 Award for Poetry.  He has also been short-listed for the Bakeless Award and Eric Hoeffer Award, and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and four Pushcart Prizes.




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