Anthony Bukoski is an author and emeritus professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He has published five short-story collections, including Time Between Trains, Polonaise, and Children of Strangers, and a collection of his selected stories entitled Head of the Lakes will be published in 2018.
Bukoski's books have been reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist (including a starred review of Time Between Trains), Kirkus Reviews, the Dallas Morning News, and elsewhere. The New York Times Book Review has called him “a sure-handed, lyrical writer.” A Booklist “Editor’s Choice,” Time Between Trains was selected as one of the best books of 2003 for public libraries.
His short stories have appeared in New Letters, The Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, Image, Quarterly West, New Orleans Review, Arcana (Poland), Akcent (Poland), and many other journals; his essays in Critique, Literature Film Quarterly, Canadian Literature, and on Bertolt Brecht in Great World Writers, an encyclopedia. Bukoski’s essays and stories have also been published in anthologies from the University of Iowa Press, the University of Wisconsin Press, and Columbia University Press in its Eastern European Monograph Series. His book reviews appear frequently in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Bukoski has been awarded Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Wisconsin Library Association three times. He has also won the Anne Powers Book-length Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers three times. The Robert E. Gard Wisconsin Idea Foundation presented Bukoski its 2005 Award “For the excellence with which [the author’s] stories celebrate his grass roots, the Polish East End of Superior, Wisconsin, thus bringing that community to life in literature.” The Polish American Historical Association has twice given him its Creative Arts Award and once its Oskar Halecki Prize. In 2002, the same year he was named the R.V. Cassill Fellow in Fiction by the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, he was awarded the first Literary Prize given by the Polish Institute of Houston—“For Excellence in presenting the life of American Polish communities in the Midwest.”
Born and raised in Superior, Bukoski is an alumnus of what was then Wisconsin State University-Superior. He has an MA degree from Brown University and an MFA and PhD from the University of Iowa. In 1997, Diane Glancy, Paul Gruchow, and he were featured in the PBS video “A Sense of Place: A Portrait of Three Midwestern Writers.” In December 2003, Wisconsin Public Radio aired a week of stories from Time Between Trains on its “Chapter A Day” program. In February 2004, the actor Liev Schreiber read the book’s title story in live performance at Symphony Space in New York City as part of the “Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story” series. Schreiber’s reading was subsequently broadcast on National Public Radio.