In addition to 23 years experience as an English teacher, Szymanski has a long history as a writer. As a freelance music journalist with the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, he covered the biggest names in classic rock and country. He also earned two Grand Slam titles in the Eau Claire Running Water Poetry Slam, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with Volume One Magazine.
Recently, Szymanski has focused on voice acting through podcasts and live events combining spoken word and live music.
In addition to The Leader-Telegram and Volume One, Szymanski's writing has appeared in Wisconsin West, Barstow and Grand, Sky Island Journal, and on Wisconsin Public Radio. His voice work has been featured in War of the Worlds, Bend in the River, and Oddly Enough. His writing has also been used in classrooms at the middle school, high school, and college levels. When performed by UW-Eau Claire's forensic team, Szymanski's work placed top ten in the nation.
Szymanski lives with his wife and two sons in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he was born and raised.