Vincent Balitas

Vincent Balitas

 

Vincent Balitas – a poet, teacher and founder of the now-defunct John O’Hara Journal. The author of The Only Survivor and Other Poems. Now retired – working on a novel.

I had a wonderful year in Lublin because of students, colleagues, and the Polish people. Many fond memories. Plus 250+ Polish posters, several oil paintings and lithos. I wish I had stayed a second year.

 

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Professor Steven Carter’s research focuses on Postmodern Studies, Literature and Technology and Contemporary American Lit. He is the author of seventeen books published in America and Europe; winner of numerous literary awards, including the Schachterle Prize, UNESCO’s Nuove Lettre International Poetry and Literature Award (twice), and the Eric Hoffer Foundation’s Montaigne Medal.

 

I arrived in Lublin just in time for the free elections of October 27, 1991, so that was a thrill for me. At UMCS I was delighted to find my students were, on the whole,  better writers of English than my own students at home. Lublin, too, was a delight – I especially enjoyed taking autumn walks down the Krakowskie Przedmieście to Old Town and the Lublin Castle. It was also my privilege to give a series of Fulbright lectures on postmodernism up the street at the Catholic University.

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