Tadeusz Korzeniewski has lived in Poland and then in America half a life in each.
He was born in the family of a WWII Home Army fighter. He studied electronics and philosophy, then joined the pre-Solidarity anti-Communist movement as an underground writer and printer. His book "W Polsce" [In Poland] was published in the underground in 1981, and in England by an émigré publishing house. In 1984 it was awarded the Koscielski Prize. In 2010 it was republished in post-Communist Poland.
In 1981 he moved from Poland to France and then on to New York (1983), Montana (1992), and Seattle (1998), where he lives today. In New York, he worked as a busboy at the Oak Room in the Plaza Hotel. In Montana, he worked on the Flathead Reservation in a burger joint. His first job in Seattle was as an office furniture installer on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. Of the many gigs he has done for a living in America, he most values his job as a security guard, guarding the Lansdowne portrait on its cross-country tour.
He began writing in English around 1990. Generous America responded right off with a string of fellowships: from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and more. At first, he wrote about his country of origin. The trouble started when he turned to the American stuff and hit the third-rail issues, his game. He was still fairly naive about the country. He thought that now since he was in America he could publicize the truth as he pleased. The contemporary American publishing world was just itching for it to be dropped on their desks, he imagined. Boy, he was in for a surprise. To get ready to flatten that check, and like many before him, he hit the roads West.
In the 2014 he published the paperback in English "To Wyoming." In 2018 he hardned it as "Americaa," the first in a series of ebooks on Europe, America, ethnic Europeans worldwide, and the need for two-fold ethnic European nationalism, particular and general. The next two are "Seattle" (2020) and "Lolo" (2021).
The photo: in Seattle, 2004