My Books

So far, I published eight books of poetry - five volumes of my own and three anthologies.  I also wrote or edited seven books of music history, which are listed below poetry. This is a "Poetry Laurels" blog, after all... Here are my poetry volumes, in reverse chronological order, the most recent first.

Grateful Conversations: A Poetry Anthology 

Edited by Maja Trochimczyk and Kathi Stafford

Paperback, 280 pages, with black and white illustrations
ISBN  978-1-945938-22-1  ($24.80)
Color Paperback, 280 pages with color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-945938-24-5  ($98.00)
E-Book in EPUB format with color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-945938-23-8 ($10.00)

Grateful Conversations: A Poetry Anthology, edited by Maja Trochimczyk and Kathi Stafford, is a portrait of a group of female poets from California, who come together each month to hone their craft and share their verse.  Known as Westside Women Writers and active as a group since 2008, they include Millicent Borges Accardi, Madeleine S. Butcher, Georgia Jones Davis, Lois P. Jones, Susan Rogers, Kathi Stafford, Sonya Sabanac, Ambika Talwar and Maja Trochimczyk. In the words of the WWW founder, Millicent Borges Accardi, this is “a community of women writers working together to support each other with strong attention to craft, to grow as writers and as people in community.” The volume includes poems written for six workshops and self-portraits in poetry of the nine writers. 

Into Light: Poems and Incantations 
by Maja Trochimczyk

This poetry and prayer collection presents 35 poems and 12 "incantations" that focus on the intertwined spiritual concepts of Light and Love. The poems, initially written within the Catholic mystical tradition of contemplation and adoration of the Divine presence, gradually evolved to encompass a broader scope of spiritual insights, without losing the main focus: reaching out in Love to the One Light, the Source of All. The simple and repetitive meditations and incantations are meant to inspire, uplift, and fill the heart with Light and Love.
Available as a Paperback with 82 pages in a standard trade size 6' by 9' 
(ISBN 978-0-9963981-8-3, $10.00), Full Color Paperback, in the same size ISBN 978 194 5938-0-3-0  ($30.00) and as E-Book in the EPUB Format, ISBN 978-0-9963981-9-0, $8.00).

The Rainy Bread: Poems from Exile 

This volume includes 30 poems about forgotten stories of Poles living in the Eastern Borderlands of Kresy, who were killed, deported, imprisoned, or oppressed after the invasion of Poland by the Soviet Union on September 17, 1939.  These are depictions of survival of other Poles deported to Siberia, the Arctic Circle, or Kazakhstan; who left the Soviet Union with the Second Corps of the Polish Army under General Władysław Anders; were transported to refugee camps in India or Africa; and ended up in Argentina, Canada, Australia or the U.S. The book is a companion to “Slicing the Bread: Children’s Survival Manual in 25 Poems” (Finishing Line Press, 2014), with which it shares some poems, including vignettes from the author’s childhood in Warsaw, permeated by the strange rhetoric of the Polish People’s Republic, yet still overshadowed by the war.

 Slicing the Bread. Children's Survival Manual in 25 Poems, a chapbook inspired by war memories of family and friends, Finishing Line Press December 2014.  
ISBN-10: 1622296877 ISBN-13: 978-1622296873. Read more on the Poetry Laurels blog.

This unique poetry collection revisits the dark days of World War II and the post-war occupation of Poland by the Soviet Union that “liberated” the country from one foreign oppression to replace it with another.  The point of view is that of children, raised by survivors, scarred by war, wary of politics. Children experienced the hunger and cold, witnessed the killings, saw the darkening blood spilled on the snow and hands stretching from locked boxcar windows. Some heardthe voices of murdered Jews like “bees in the breeze,” others learned never to throw any food away, because “war is hunger.”  The poems, each inspired by a single object giving rise to memories like Proust’s madeleine (a spoon, a coat, the smell of incense), are divided into three sections, starting with snapshots of World War II in the Polish Borderlands (Kresy) and in central Poland. Reflections onthe Germans’ brutalkillings of Jews and Poles are followed by insights into the way the long shadow of THE war darkened a childhood spent behind the Iron Curtain.  For poet Georgia Jones Davis, this book, “brings the experience of war into shocking, immediate focus” through Trochimczyk’s use of  “her weapon: Language at its most precise and lyrical, understated and piercingly visual.”
According to Pulitzer-Prize nominated poet John Guzlowski, These “poems about what the Poles suffered both during World War II and The Cold War afterwards are written with the clarity of truth and the fullness of poetry…  Here are the stories of how the people she loved experienced hunger and suffering and terror so strong that it defined them and taught her, and teach us, the meaning of family.” A fellow Polish-American poet, Linda Nemec Foster praises the “unwavering honesty” and “stark imagery” of Trochimczyk’s poetry that “bear witness to the hate that destroys, to the truth that restores, and to the poetic vision that honors our common humanity.” The Tieferet Prize winner and Poets-Café host Lois P. Jones points out the “vivid and heartbreaking detail” of poems that “will move you to appreciate the simple privileges and necessities of life.” As Jones wisely observes “It is the duty of the poet to convey story, but it is the art of the poet who can transform our often cruel and brutal history and affect forever, the way we look and listen to the world.”  Poet Sharon Chmielarz concurs: “You will remember the taste of this book.”

 Meditations on Divine Names. Moonrise Press, 2012.
An anthology of contemporary poetry edited by Maja Trochimczyk.
Published in March 2012. ISBN 978-0-9819693-8-1, 216 pages, paperback. Read more about Meditations.

This anthology of contemporary poetry features 140 poems by 64 poets associated with diverse spiritual traditions. Their poems represent various branches of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Kabbalah, Wicca, Sukiyo Mahikari, and express ideas from ancient Greek, Egyptian, Hawaiian, and Slavic religions. The book is divided into ten paired sections: Naming, Names, Earth, Water, Air, Fire, He, She, Being, and Loving.

 Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse. Moonrise Press, 2010.
An anothology of poetry edited by Maja Trochimczyk.This volume celebrates the 200th birth anniversary of a Polish pianist-composer, Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) in a selection of 123 poems by 92 contemporary poets, mostly based in America. The hightlights include the first English translation of Norwid's Fortepian Szopena by Leonard Kress, and classic poems by Emma Lazarus, Amy Lowell and T.S. Eliot.

Published in February 2010 by Moonrise Press.
ISBN 978-0-9819693-0-5. Available in Paperback and PDF.
Read more about this anthology on the Chopin with Cherries blog.

Review by John Z. Guzlowski in The Cosmopolitan Review 2 no. 1 (Spring 2010).

From a review by Christopher Woods in Contemporary World Literature 5 (February 2011): "For those who have been moved by the music of Fryderyk Chopin, this new international anthology will be a treat... One breathtaking aspect of the anthology is the diversity of voices, both stylistically and geographically... [Among] the striking aspects of the anthology is the way in which the editor, Polish born Maja Trochimczyk, arranges the various sections, not only by musical forms, but also into sections like beauty and death, words that often come to mind when considering Chopin's life, his passions and his early demise."

 Rose Always - A Love Story.  Moonrise Press, 2008, rev. 2011, rev. 2017.  This book has been withdrawn and is no longer available. From the review by Margaret Saine (Fall 2015): "Trochimczyk quotes as one of her inspirations the blessed Hadewijch, or Édvige, the 13th century poet and mystic from Brabant. Each idea or allegory is suggestively superimposed on a partial photograph of a rose, based on photographs by the author. It is a pleasure to detect the intricate structure of this book of poems so reminiscent of the European and Latin American Baroque. But the greatest pleasure by far is to let oneself be carried by the profusion of poems that fill this lyrical cornucopia."

 Miriam's Iris, or Angels in the Garden. Moonrise Press, 2008.

Read a sample of poems here. A collection of 60 poems organized around appearances of six angels: Amor, Eros, Eloe, Thanatos, Ellenai, and Sophia. The poems are intertwined with interludes of memory, nostalgia, and nature mysticism. The book is illustrated with photos of landscapes and gardens of Southern California. Published in 2008. Distributed by,, etc. Paperback: ISBN 978-0-578-00166-1Hardcover with Color Photos (Second Edition, 126 pp.):ISBN 978-0-9819693-2-9.

Reviewed by G. Murray Thomas, at (February 2010). "Rarely does one find a book of poetry which holds together as well as Miriam's Iris."

From a review by Margaret Saine, for the California Quarterly (Fall 2015): 
"Each garden represents, or is represented by, an angel, from Amor to Sophia, standing for the sixtuple sequence of Romance, Desire, Grief, Death, Peace, and Wisdom. Each of these cycles is again represented by six poems, like pearls on a necklace. These six allegorical gardens, or in modern terms, emotions and stages of life, represent a progression in which, significantly, death is not the end, but is overcome by the last two, the transcendent and still deeply utopian personal visions of Peace and Wisdom. The poet concludes each of the six sections with an Interlude, a transition path into the next garden, as it were: the ending becomes a new beginning. These interludes remind me of the musical “Promenades” that Mussorgsky interposes between the sound paintings of his “Pictures at an Exhibition.” In turn, each interlude at the end of the garden is followed by a free-flowing tanka or haiku-like text in Italics titled “In Passing,” flanked on each side by blank pages, that is, open on each side, to past and future, as if to epitomize the open-ended-ness and volatility of poetry and the human experience. Though this structure seems somewhat rigorous, as described here, without the delicate poetry it envelops, it is far from rigid, creating an almost novelistic air, there is a supple feeling indeed to the succession of poems. One after the other, the garden chapters, or outdoor chambers, as it were, are suspenseful to read and filled with delicious surprises...I would like to recommend this book warmly to the reader... "


Gorecki in Context: Essays on Music (2017)

This volume gathers interviews and studies of the music of the Polish composer,  Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933-2010). Contributors include the composer himself – in a series of interviews spanning his entire career, from 1962 to 2008 – as well as leading Górecki scholars from Poland, the U.K., the U.S., and Australia. Chapters highlight three of the four symphonies: the Second Copernican (Kinga Kiwała), the Third, The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs(Maja Trochimczyk) and the Fourth Tansman Episodes (Andrzej Wendland). Two studies by eminent Polish scholar and Górecki’s personal friend, Prof. Teresa Malecka present the composer’s links to Polish musical traditions and an overview of his piano music.  An overview of Górecki’s life and career and a case study of his visit to Los Angeles in 1997, when he conducted his Third Symphony for the first time outside of Poland, round up the volume. The collection includes also a list of works, music examples, photographs, and a bibliography.More information, table of contents, preface may be found on Moonrise Press Blog.

ISBN 9781945938108. Paperback, 420 pages, $40.00. Divided into Four E-Books, E-Pub Format, $10 ea.

Lutosławski: Music and Legacy
Edited by Stanisław Latek and Maja Trochimczyk, 2014

 Montreal : Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada ; Cracow : Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014. ISBN 9788376761992 / ISBN 8376761994 / ISBN 9780986885143 / ISBN 0986885142.  Polish and Canadian copies required distinct ISBN numbers. 
Lutoslawski: Music and Legacy contains proceedings of the International Lutoslawski Conference, held at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, November 21, 2013, as well as interviews with the composer and documents from his 1993 visit to the Polish Institute and McGill University.

Frederic Chopin: A Research and Information Guide 

Routledge Music Bibliographies Series, edited with William Smialek,
Second Revised Edition, Routledge, 2015.

    ISBN 978-0-415-99884-0 This annotated bibliography concerns both the nature of primary sources related to the composer and the scope and significance of the secondary sources which deal with him, his compositions, and his influence as a composer. The second edition includes research published since the publication of the first edition and provides electronic resources

  • A Romantic Century in Polish Music. Collection of essays by Magdalena Dziadek, Martina Homma, Krzysztof Rottermund, Krzysztof Szatrawski, Maria Zduniak, and the editor. Essays about Lipinski in Wroclaw, Lipinski's violins, Wieniawski's virtuosity, the reception of Wagner, Paderewski's mystique, women composers, and other issues. Moonrise Press, December 2009. ISBN 978-0-9819693-3-6 Details.
  • Polish Dance in Southern California. East European Monographs Series, Columbia University Press, 2007. A study of folk dance groups created by émigré amateurs and the influence of folk-song-and-dance ensembles from Poland on the Polish dance movement in America. Based on a 1999 research project of the Southern California Studies Center at USC.
The Music of Louis Andriessen
  • The Music of Louis Andriessen. Studies and interviews with the composer by Trochimczyk, additional texts by Dutch contributors: Elmer SchĂśnberger, Frits van der Waa, and Reinbert de Leeuw. New York: Routledge, 2002, 317 pp. With music examples, diagrams, illustrations, list of works, discography, bibliography, index. [See: Routledge (Taylor & Francis),]
After Chopin, by Maja Trochimczyk
  • After Chopin: Studies in Polish Music. Collection of essays about Szymanowski, Lutoslawski, Ingarden; and source readings by Polish composers discussing Chopin. Editor, translator, and author of 3 entries (introduction, essays on Ingarden, and national anthems, listed below separately). Los Angeles: Polish Music Center at USC, 2000, 333 pp. Polish Music History Series, vol. 6.

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