Anthony Bukoski was born in the East End of Superior, Wisconsin, attended St. Adalbert’s Grade School, and began his undergraduate work at Wisconsin State University Superior. He left after a year, joined the Marines in the summer of 1964, and went to Vietnam. He returned three years later and finished school. Next it was on to Brown University for an MA in English, then to Iowa for an MFA in fiction from the Writer’s Workshop in 1976, and a PhD in English in 1984. Anthony teaches English at his alma mater, WSUS. His father, an accordion player and laborer in a flourmill, had once been a merchant seaman on the Great Lakes and ocean. His influence is evident in many of the younger Bukoski’s Polish-American stories. (The accordion, a Scandalli Imperio VII, now reposes in The Accordion Hall of Fame in Superior.) Anthony’s awards include the R.V. Cassill Fellowship in Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, a Booklist “Editor’s Choice” for Time Between Trains, and the first literary prize presented by the Polish Institute of Houston.
Short story collections:
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)