Yala Korwin — Visual Arts Page
Yala Korwin, artist and poet, was born in Poland. She still remembers the
spankings she used to get as a young child, for scribbling on walls of her
parents' apartment. When she was six or seven, in a letter to her mother, she
drew a woman holding a dog on a leash, and wrote: "Today I saw a lady with
a dog." When in high school, she excelled in writing imaginative stories
for her Polish Language classes. She went on writing and drawing all through her
school years. The outbreak of World War II brought drastic changes to her life.
Having survived a labor camp in the heart of Germany, and having no place to
return to, she let the winds carry her to France, where she lived as a refugee
for ten years. The urge to write never left her.
However, after years away from her native country, the Polish tongue didn't
seem the right tool anymore. French, though greatly admired, remained a
A breakthrough came after she emigrated in 1956, with her husband and young
children, to the United States. Enrolled in 1965 in college, she majored in
French Literature with a minor in Art. She eventually earned her BA degree Magna Cum Laude, and
a Masters degree in Library Science.
Korwin's first published work was a library tool, the two-volume Index to
Two-Dimensional Art Works in Books, published in 1981 by Scarecrow Press. Her
book, To Tell the Story - Poems of the Holocaust, was published in 1987 by the
now defunct Holocaust Library. Her poetry has been published in numerous
magazines, such as Midstream, Blue Unicorn, Orphic Lute, Piedmont Literary
Review, and eleven.
Dawn, a watercolor
Dusk, a watercolor
Thanksgiving Mood, a watercolor
Morning Marina, a watercolor
Evening Marina, a watercolor
Frenzy, a cardboard print
Hunters, a hydrocal
And So On, a watercolor
History, colored pencils and collage