John Popielaski

A Novel

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The Hollow Middle follows Albert Lesiak, an aging English teacher in Connecticut, who receives a windfall in acknowledgment of the government’s complicity in his father’s cancer death and decides that it is time to live a different life on land he owns in Maine.

When his wife Mary suggests that they could foster or adopt autistic twin boys she fell in love with on a website and could use the stipend money in furtherance of Albert’s vision, Albert gradually perceives himself as possibly adapting to the role of patriarch.


Born in Port Jefferson Station, New York, one year after the beginning of the Summer of Love, John Popielaski attended SUNY-Stony Brook and American University. He has worked as a mover, lackey to a well-heeled tropical biologist, tent erector, lobsterman, and teacher. He has climbed 

modest mountains. A minor poet who, for such biographies, is not above referring to himself in the third person, he has had work in such journals as The Hollins Critic, New SouthPost Road, and 

Redivider. His first novel, The Hollow Middle, is available from Unsolicited Press.



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