Aleksandra Ziolkowska-BoehmUnited States
Masters Degree in Literature from the University of Lodz in Poland (1973); Doctors Degree in Humanities from the University of Warsaw in Poland (1978)
Ziolkowska-Boehm was born in Lodz, Poland on 15 April 1949. As a student, she worked as the private assistant to the well-known Polish writer Melchior Wankowicz from 1972-1974. For her help and research with his latest book, Wankowicz dedicated that book to her, and in his last will and testament, he officially gave her all his archives.
Ziolkowska-Boehm received a scholarship from the Oxford Language Center (Oxford, England) in 1975. From 1977-1981, she worked as a member of the Repertoire Research Staff for the Warsaw TV Theater.
She subsequently was awarded scholarships/ fellowships by: The Ontario Ministry of Culture (Toronto, 1982), The Canadian Polish Research Institute (Toronto, 1982), The A. Mickiewicz Foundation (Toronto, 1983), The Institute of International Education (Fulbright, Washington, DC, 1985), The Kosciuszko Foundation (New York, 1990), American Fulbright Scholar (Warsaw University, 2006-2007)
Since April 1990, she has lived permanently in the United States. She continues to publish her books in Poland and writes for numerous magazines in the Polish language press in Poland, USA, Canada, France, and for English language periodicals in the USA.
The subjects of her books have been: the real life stories, Polish history, Polish writer Melchior Wankowicz, American Indian current status, and... her cat.
Six of her books had two or three editions, and they were on bestseller lists. One of her books received the title "Ksiazka Tygodnia" (Book of the Week), one was chosen as the best book of the year.
Recipient Kontrasty award 1980, Zloty Exlibris award Ksiaznica Pomorska 2001, The Delaware Division of the Arts award in the Literature-Creative Nonfiction discipline (2006), Fulbright Award (2008), Union of Polish Writers Abroad, London (2007), Ignacy Paderewski medal by the Polish Army Veterans in America /SWAP/, (2014); Gold Cross of Merit (June 20, 2014); Gold Award by the Polish Booksellers Association (Warsaw, October 20, 2014), Skalny Civic Achievement Award, The Polish American Historical Association (PAHA), Central Connectucit State University, New Britain, CT. (2014), Turzanski Foundation Literary Award, Toronto, Canada (2015).
ZAIKS (Warsaw 1976- ), Society of Polish Writers SPP (1990- ), Union of Polish Writers Abroad (London 1994- ), Kosciuszko Foundation (New York 1990- ), Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (New York 1991- ), Polish American Historical Association (Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT 2012- ), Jozef Pilsudski Institute of America (New York 2012-), PEN American Center (New York 1998- ), Fulbright Association (Washington DC 2007-).
Ziolkowska-Boehm has written numerous books in her native language that were published in Poland. Three of these books were translated into English and published in Canada, and seven in United States. Fragments of three of her books were translated into German and published in an anthology (Nordost-Archiv, Luneburg, 2001).
She is married to Norman Boehm and has one son Thomas Tomczyk (publisher, managing editor "Bay Islands Voice", "Motmot Magazine", author Roatan Magic Hidden Jewel of the Western Caribbean) .
Books by Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm
Published in Poland:
Published in Poland:
*BLISKO WANKOWICZA /Near Wankowicz/ (Wyd. Literackie, Krakow 1975, 1978, 1988 ; ISBN 83-08-01917-X)
*Z MIEJSCA NA MIEJSCE /From One Place to Another/ (Krakow 1983, Warsaw 1986, 1997; ISBN 83-08-00982-4; ISBN 83-7021-009-0; ISBN 83-904286-6-0)
*KANADA, KANADA /Canada, Canada.../ (Warsaw 1986; ISBN 83-7021-006-6)
*DIECEZJA LODZKA I JEJ BISKUPI /Diocese in Lodz and its bishops /(Lodz 1987; ISBN 83-85022-007)
*MOJE I ZASLYSZANE /Mine and Overheard Stories/ (Czytelnik, Warsaw 1988; ISBN 83-07-01275-9)
*KANADYJSKI SENATOR /Canadian Senator/ (Warsaw 1989; ISBN 83-7021-023-6)
*NA TROPACH WANKOWICZA /On Wankowicz Footsteps/ (Warsaw 1989, 1999; ISBN 82-85000-32-1; ISBN 83-7180-349-4); NA TROPACH WANKOWICZA PO LATACH /On Wankowicz Footsteps - After the Years/(Proszynski i S-ka, Warsaw 2009; ISBN 978-83-7648-261-3)
*PROCES M. WANKOWICZA 1964 ROKU /The Trial of M.Wankowicz in 1964/ (Nowe Wyd. Polskie, Warsaw 1990; ISBN 83-85135-08-1)
*NIE TYLKO AMERYKA /Not only America/ (Dom Ksiazki, Warsaw 1992; ISBN 83-900358-1-2)
*KORZENIE SA POLSKIE /The Roots Are Polish/ (BGW, Warsaw 1992; ISBN 83-7066-406-7)
*ULICA ZOLWIEGO STRUMIENIA /Turtle Creek Boulevard/ (Dom Ksiazki, Warsaw 1995; Wyd. Twoj Styl, Warsaw 2004; ISBN 83-900358-5-5; ISBN 83-7163-263-0)
*AMERYKANIE Z WYBORU I INNI /Americans by Choice/ (Dom Ksiazki, Warsaw 1998; ISBN 83-900358-7-1)
*PODROZE Z MOJA KOTKA /Travels with My Cat/ (Warsaw 2002, 2004; ISBN 83-88576-90-9; ISBN 83-7386-102-5) Awarded by Polish bookstores "Book of the Week" (23-29 Dec. 2002)
*NIE MINELO NIC, PROCZ LAT /Nothing Changed, Only the Years Passed by/ (Warsaw 2003 With SZYMON KOBYLINSKI; ISBN 83-7386-045-2)
*KAJA OD RADOSLAWA, CZYLI HISTORIA HUBALOWEGO KRZYZA /Kaia, Heroine of the 1944 Warsaw Rising/ (Muza, Warsaw 2006, 2014; ISBN 83-7319-975-6; ISBN 978-83-7758-635-8). (The Union of Polish Writers Abroad, London (2007) awarded it as the best book of the year).
*OTWARTA RANA AMERYKI /America's Open Wound/ (Wyd. Debit, Bielsko Biala 2007; ISBN 978-83-7167-556-0)
*DWOR W KRASNICY I HUBALOWY DEMON /The Krasnica Estate and Hubal's Demon/(PIW, Warsaw, 2009, 2015; ISBN 978-83-06-03221-5 ). For the book, she received honorary citizenship of County Slawno.
*LEPSZY DZIEN NIE PRZYSZEDL JUZ /A Better Day Has Not Come Yet/ (2012 by Iskry, Warsaw; ISBN 978-83-244-0189-5)
*INGRID BERGMAN PRYWATNIE /INGRID BERGMAN PRIVATELY/ (2013 by PRÓSZYNSKI i S-ka, ISBN 978-83-7839-518-8)
*DRUGA BITWA O MONTE CASSINO I INNE OPOWIESCI /Second Battle of Monte Cassino and other stories/(Warsaw, Iskry 2014, ISBN 978-83-244-0363-9)
Published in Canada:
* SENATOR STANLEY HAIDASZ A STATESMAN FOR ALL CANADIANS (Montreal 2014. ISBN 978-0-9868851-1-2)
Published in USA:
*OPEN WOUNDS A NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE (Nemsi Books, Pierpont, S. D. 2009; ISBN 978-0-9821427-5-2). Foreword: Radoslaw Palonka.
*THE POLISH EXPERIENCE THROUGH WORLD WAR II: A BETTER DAY HAS NOT COME (Lanham MD: Lexington Books, 2013, ISBN 978-0-7391-7819-5). Foreword: Neal Pease.
*MELCHIOR WAŃKOWICZ: POLAND’S MASTER OF THE WRITTEN WORD (Lanham MD: Lexington Books, 2013, ISBN 978-0-7391-7590-3). Foreword: Charles S. Kraszewski.
*LOVE FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND BOOKS (Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books, 2015, ISBN 978-0-7618-6568-1)
Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm has published her articles in English in the quarterly periodicals: “The Polish Review” (New York), “Sarmatian Review” (Houston), “New Horizon” (New York), “The Good News” (Miami), “Languages Bridges” (Richardson), “Periphery” (Orchard Lake), “The Chesterton Review” (South Orange), "Artline” (New Castle), "Bay Islands Voice" (Roatan), and in Polish: “Nowy Dziennik” (New York), “Nowy Kurier” (Toronto), “Kultura” (Paris), “Zeszyty Historyczne” (Paris), “Odra” (Wroclaw), “Przegląd Powszechny” (Warsaw), “Twoj Styl”, (Warsaw), “Polityka” (Warsaw).
Ziolkowska-Boehm has been interviewed by many periodicals. The reviews of her books appeared in “Rzeczpospolita”, "Nowe Ksiazki", “Odra”, “Polityka”, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Wiez”, “Tworczosc”, “Kultura” (Paris), “Literatura”, “Twoj Styl”, “Pani”, "Przeglad Powszechny", "The Polish Review", "The Polish American Journal", "The Sarmatian Review", "The Morning Star", "Cosmopolitan Review", etc.