Steven Ostrowski, a longtime resident of Niantic, is a writer, painter and college professor. His poems, short stories and short plays are widely-published in literary magazines, journals, and anthologies. He is the author of five chapbooks: four of poetry and one of stories. His manuscript, After the Tate Modern, a long poem about the effects on the viewer of looking at modern art, won the Atlantic Road Poetry Prize and was published in mid-2018. Additionally, two books of poems written in collaboration with his son, Ben Ostrowski, were published in 2018. They are “Penultimate Human Constellation” (Tolsun Books) and “Seen/Unseen” (Cervena Barva Press). His paintings have been published in several literary journals; one has been used as the cover art for the inaugural issue of Lily Poetry Review.
Steven’s paintings are done primarily, though not exclusively, in a neo abstract-expressionist vein. In the age of the ubiquitous photograph, his paintings attempt to express the beauty, richness, urgency, and complexity of the inner life. He takes as his artistic motto Flannery O’Connor’s admonition to artists: “Deepen the Mystery.”