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Poetry Book "Postcards From Poland" Wins New Apple Book Award For Excellence In Independent Publishing

"Postcards From Poland" by Joseph Kuhn Carey chosen as Medalist Winner in the Travel category of the 2015 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Dayton, OH, September 19, 2016

Postcards From Poland by Joseph Kuhn Carey chosen as Medalist Winner in the Travel category of the 2015 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Book Synopsis
The poems in Postcards From Poland were composed over a three-year period after the author took an inspiring journey with his family to the Polish cities of Krakow & Zakopane (as well as many other nearby Polish villages, towns and places) in the summer of 2011. The “artistic travel-log” nature of the poems present the sights, sounds and colorful events occurring in and around these two mysterious, gorgeous and overlooked cities, which are home to ancient castles, fantastic museums, breath-taking churches, soaring cable-car rides, astonishing mountains, and amazing nightclubs set deep in medieval cellars, as well as nearby horrific and powerfully enlightening WWII death camp locations. The author, Joseph Carey, says: “There is something essential and important in these two cities for the older and younger Polish generations. For the older generation, Krakow and Zakopane represent things that survived WWII intact and largely untouched—while to the younger generation, the two cities represent the vibrant, energetic and robust side of Polish life.”  One other important thing this book of forty-one poems celebrates is the survival of the human spirit and the joy of revisiting a country with multiple generations of family after many decades away.  A key reason for the trip to Poland in 2011 was to take Mr. Carey’s mother-in-law, Danuta Plussa, back to Poland with her daughter, Renata, her son, Marek, and two of her grandchildren, in order to travel together in the same country she was deported from as a five-year old child in 1940 to frigid, foreboding Kazakhstan near the Siberian border by the Soviet Secret Police, after which she struggled to freedom through orphanages and refugee camps in Uzbekistan, Iran (Persia), Lebanon and England before moving to American and the welcoming Polish community in Chicago.  During her harsh and miraculous travels as a young girl through these countries, she lost her mother and sisters to illness and hardship, but was finally reunited with her father, an educator, who had been deported to the far reaches of Siberia.  Danuta’s story is also detailed in the introduction to Postcards From Poland, the poems within which were inspired in no little part by the radiant joy she experienced upon re-visiting her homeland with a re-created family after so many years.

About the Author
Joseph Kuhn Carey’s poetry book, Postcards from Poland, was selected as the Journal of Modern Poetry Book Award winner in the fall of 2013 and published by Chicago Poetry Press (as part of the award) in February, 2014. Postcards from Poland was also awarded a Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award in November, 2015, and has received thirteen other awards from the Pacific Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Midwest Book Awards, the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards and the London, Paris, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Southern California and Great Midwest Book Festivals in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He is also the recipient of an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)/Deems Taylor award for music-related writing (for articles written about jazz artist/composers Carla Bley, Charlie Haden and Anthony Braxton) and a Grammy-voting member of The Recording Academy. He’s published a chapbook of poetry (“Bulk-Rate”) and a book on jazz (“Big Noise From Notre Dame: A History of The Collegiate Jazz Festival,” University of Notre Dame Press) and has released two “Loose Caboose Band” CDs of original children’s songs with his brother, Bill (“The Caboose is Loose” and “Mighty Big Broom,” the latter of which garnered two first-voting-round Grammy nominations), both of which are available on iTunes, and  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Fine Arts (in Creative Writing) degree from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Master of Science in Mass Communication degree from Boston University.  He’s traveled the country interviewing bakers for Bakery Magazine, written about jazz & blues artists for Downbeat, JazzTimes and The Boston Globe and his poems have been selected in the 2015 61st Poets & Patrons Chicagoland Poetry Contest,  the 2014/2015 Illinois State Poetry Society’s Annual Poetry Contest, the Journal of Modern Poetry JOMP 15, JOMP 16, JOMP 17 and JOMP 18 Poetry Contests,  the Writer’s Digest 7th Annual Poetry Awards Contest & 80th Annual Writing Competition, Highland Park Poetry’s 2013 and 2015 “Poetry That Moves” & 2013 “Poetry Challenge” contests, the 2015/2016 East on Central Journal of Arts & Letters contest, and the Evanston Public Library’s 2013 35th Annual Jo-Anne Hirschfield Memorial Poetry Awards.  When not scribbling entertaining poems, stories and songs on all available scraps of paper to read to his wife and sons over dinner, he runs a successful multi-state property management business.

About the New Apple Book Awards
The Annual New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing was established to honor the creative achievements of the unsung books fighting for their place within the digital publishing world. Any English language book published within the last three years, currently available for sale by an independent author or small press that met the Awards' guidelines was eligible for entry. One book was chosen in each category as the Medalist Winner receiving the highest honors. In addition, the judges were permitted to choose up to three Official Selections for category distinction.

Contact Information
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Author: Joseph Kuhn Carey
Publishing House: Chicago Poetry Press
ISBN: 9780615950686
Author website:
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