Ben Ostrowski ’17 is a psychology concentrator, music enthusiast and likely the only student at the University who has turned an email exchange with his father into a book. This time next year, Ben’s collection of poems, co-written with his father Steven Ostrowski, will hit the stands.
The seeds for the chapbook — a short collection of literary pieces — were planted this winter break when Steven, a professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, decided he wanted to start a “conversation via poem” with his son. Steven first sent Ben a poem ending with the question, “Where’s your flashlight pointed, kiddo?” Ben waited a few days and then responded. Then Steven. Then Ben.
Over the course of two weeks, 18 lyrical emails were exchanged in a rapid-fire poetry dialogue.