Readings 2017:

Wednesday, November 8, 8:00 PM
Writers on the Shore/Reading

Commons, Worcester Room

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD


Sunday, July 30, 3:00 to 5:00 PM
John Surowiecki will Read at Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House
to celebrate the publication of

his new book, Martha Playing Wiffleball in Her Wedding Dress, and Other Poems. Refreshments will be served, and the reading is free and open to the public. Copies of Martha Playing Wiffle Ball in Her Wedding Dress, and Other Poems will be on sale, and there will be a book-signing following the reading.


Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House

374 Town Street, East Haddam, CT


Friday, July 14, Noon - 1:30 PM

Manchester Community College Summer 2017 Credit-Free Programs

John presents a one-day course: 'Dali's Burning Giraffe: Surrealism In A Post-Surrealism World'


CRN 20655 | Fee: $6

Manchester Community College AST Room E202


Please download and complete Registration Form



Monday, April 3, 7:00 PM
ROAR reading at UConn Book Store

Storrs, CT



New from John: Martha Playing Wiffle Ball in Her Wedding Dress

John's twelfth poetry book, Martha Playing Wiffle Ball in Her Wedding Dress and Other Poems will be published next year by EncirclePublications of Farmington, Maine. Encircle published John's last chapbook, Missing Persons.


Poet George Drew says of Surowiecki’s new collection: “This book of quirky and deeply human voices also stuns us in poem after poem with an exhilarating play of language, pathos, and wit,” while poet Stephen Campiglio, founder of the Mishi-Maya-Gat Spoken Word & Music Series, praises Surowiecki’s “crisp, evocative, musical lines” where “we see the wonder and pathos of ordinary life—and extraordinary lives.”


New from John: The Pie Man

John's first novel, The Pie Man, won the Nilson Prize for a First Novel and will be published by Southeast Missouri State Press in September 2017. The novel is the chronicle of the life of a recluse in a small New England city who believes that he and the house he lives in are the same entity and that being seen by another person can be deadly.


New from John: Missing Persons

Missing Persons by John Surowiecki is the winner of Encircle Publications 2015 (5th Annual) Chapbook Contest.


John Surowiecki is one of our bravest and most humane poets. He is a master of of the elegy, and his considerable talents are on display in Missing Persons, a chapbook that echoes with the music of other lives—lively mazurkas and lonely soprano solos alike. —Shelley Puhak, author of Guinevere in Baltimore, winner of the 2014 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize


The missing persons of John Surowiecki will not settle quietly into anonymity. He elevates lost or forgotten souls out of absence and makes their presence felt, starkly and simply through his exact and moving imagery. These poems are taut and elegiac—heartbreaking, but never despairing. By resurrecting memories through these poignant portraits, Surowiecki offers “the company of words,” as he helps us “understand how the earth absorbs” our loss. —Amy Nawrocki, author of Reconnaissance and Four Blue Eggs


New from John: Flies

A series of funny, punny, but often touching poems narrated by eight generations of flies, concerning the death of Sam Jeden (the name means”all alone” in Polish). Published by Ugly Ducking Presse (Brooklyn), Flies was nominated for the National Book Award. Cover design is by the poet’s son, John Edward Surowiecki.