Jannett Matusiak is proud to be a first generation Polish American and it’s not just because she likes kielbasa at cookouts. It’s the resolve in the eyes of Poles who can teach her a thing or two about about hard work, resilience, and love while staring down the grim reaper. She speaks pretty good Polish but is constantly striving to improve her Sz sounds. Her parents’ immigration to the United States in the 1960s instigated a curiosity to travel, a fascination to know her family roots and the undeniable urge to write about both. She is a member of Lighthouse Writers Workshop where she experiences the creative process with two parts elation, one part anxiety. Jannett is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Eritrea, Africa. When she is not imitating her mother’s accent, she can be found dancing the Argentine Tango and telling stories about her family to anyone who will listen. She is currently working on a Memoir.