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Wioletta Greg

Wioletta Greg is a Polish writer. She was born in a small village in 1974 in the Jurassic Highland of Poland. In 2006, she left Poland and moved to the UK. Between 1998 and 2012 she...

Marta Dziurosz

Marta Dziurosz is a Polish to English literary translator and interpreter, literary curator, and Free Word Centre’s Translator in Residence 2015–16. While in...

Karolina Domagalska

Karolina Domagalska (Gdańsk, 1980) is a reporter by profession and mother by passion. She graduated in ethnology from Warsaw University and pursued gender studies at the Central European...

Żanna Słoniowska

Żanna Słoniowska was born in 1978 in Lviv and is a journalist and translator. She now lives in Kraków. She is the first winner of the Znak Publishers' Best New Book of the...

Monika Szydłowska

Monika Szydlowska was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1983 and received an MA at the University of Fine Art in Poznan in 2011. Since 2013, she has lived in Edinburgh, where she conducts art...

Maciej Miłkowski

Maciej Miłkowski is a writer, translator, and book critic. He was born in Łódź in 1980, studied psychology, and has translated over fifteen books from English, including...

Tul’si Bhambry

Tul’si (aka Tuesday) Bhambry translates from Polish and won the Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize (2015) for her translation of Maciej Miłkowski’s short...

Jarek Westermark

Jarek Westermark has a law degree and works as a translator. He debuted in 2016  with a collection of short stories, Stories I’ve Written. He also writes poetry, performs at poetry...

Hanna Krall

Hanna Krall is the most renowned living nonfiction writer in Poland. Born in Warsaw in 1935, Krall obtained a journalism degree from the University of Warsaw. She debuted as a reporter in the mid...

Mieczysław Szczuka and Teresa Żarnowerówna

Mieczysław Szczuka (1898-1927) and Teresa Żarnowerówna (1897-1949) were members of the “Blok” Group of Cubists, Constructivists, and Supremacists, active in...

Artur Domosławski

Artur Domosławski (born in Warsaw in 1967) is a nonfiction writer. For two decades, he worked as a reporter and columnist for the major daily Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, and he...

Relli Robinson

Relli Robinson was born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland to Franka (nee Fersztendik) and Michał Głowinski. By living under an assumed identity with Polish rescuers, Janina and Jȯzef...

A. M. Bakalar

A.M. Bakalar is a writer. Her debut novel Madame Mephisto was among readers’ nominations to the 2012 Guardian First Book Award. Her writing has appeared in the...

Sylwia Chutnik

Sylwia Chutnik (b. 1979) is a novelist and city guide. She graduated in cultural and gender studies at Warsaw University. She is also a charity worker and chairperson of the MaMa Foundation which...

Witold Szablowski

Witold Szabłowski (born 1980) is an award-winning journalist and writer, specializing in Turkish affairs. His book of reportage on Turkey, The Assassin from Apricot City, won the Beata...

Paweł Smoleński

Paweł Smoleński  (born 1959) is a foreign correspondent, feature writer and journalist. Since 1989 he has worked for the leading daily newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, and before that he...

Paweł Huelle

Pawel Huelle is a journalist, television producer, and a former professor of literature, philosophy, and history. He is the author of nine books, including Castorp and The Last...

Tomasz Różycki

The Polish poet, essayist, and translator Tomasz Różycki was born in 1970 in Opole, Poland. He is the author of seven collections of poems and a long epic...

Mariusz Zawadzki

Mariusz Zawadzki was born in Warsaw in 1970. He studied computer science and mathematics and became a research assistant at Warsaw University. Later he worked as an analyst at Citibank Poland....

Sławomir Mrożek

Sławomir Mrożek was born in Borzecin, Poland, in 1930. 1957 saw the publication of his first book, Slon (The Elephant), a collection of satirical short stories. This was followed by...

Piotr Sommer

Piotr Sommer (b. 1948) is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Czynnik liryczny (1986, Lyric Factor), Nowe stosunki wyrazów (1997, New Relations of Words),  Rano na ziemi...

Edward Pasewicz

Edward Pasewicz was born in 1971 in Kostrzyn and is a poet, writer, and composer. His nine books have won a number of prizes, and his poetry has been translated into German, English, Slovenian,...

Katarzyna Szuster

Katarzyna Szuster holds an MA in English philology from the University of Łódź, where she also completed postgraduate studies in publishing studies. Her poems and translations...

Justyna Bargielska

Justyna Bargielska was born in 1977. She has published three volumes of poetry and a collection of prose. She received the 2001 Rainer Maria Rilke poetry award, the 2011 Gdynia Literary Prize...

Julia Fiedorczuk

Julia Fiedorczuk (b. 1975) is a Polish poet, prose writer, translator, and lecturer in American literature at the University of Warsaw. She has published five books of poetry, a collection of...

Jacek Dehnel

Jacek Dehnel was born in 1980. He is the author of five books of poems; two collections of short stories (Kolekcja, 1999, and Rynek w Smyrnie, 2007); a cycle of four novellas (Balzakiana, 2008);...

Zuzanna Olszewska

Zuzanna Olszewska is a junior research fellow in Oriental Studies at St. John’s College, Oxford, working on the ethnography and literary and intellectual history of Iran and Afghanistan....

Agnieszka Pokojska

Agnieszka Pokojska is a freelance translator and editor, and tutor in literary translation at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and author of a number of articles on translation. Her...

Grzegorz Wróblewski

Grzegorz Wróblewski, born in 1962 in Gdansk and raised in Warsaw, has been living in Copenhagen since 1985. He has published nine volumes of poetry and two collections of short prose...

Ewa Schilling

Ewa Schilling was born in 1971 in Olsztyn, Poland and completed a Master's of Engineering in Environmental Protection at Akademia Rolniczo-Techniczna (ART). Her first book, Lustro [The...

Andrzej Stasiuk

Andrzej Stasiuk (born 1960) writes fiction, poetry, and occasional literary criticism, and is co-owner of a small but lively publishing firm called Czarne. His most recent publications in English...

Tomasz Kołodziejczak

Tomasz Kołodziejczak, born in 1967, is a Polish author, screenwriter, and publisher. He made his debut in 1985 with the short story "Rag Dolls" ("Kukiełki") in...

Stanisław Lem

Stanisław Lem (1921–2006) was a Polish science fiction, philosophical, and satirical writer. His books have been translated into forty-one languages and have sold over twenty-seven...

Wojciech Jagielski

Wojciech Jagielski recently left Poland's leading independent daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, after twenty-one years and has returned to the Polish Press Agency (PAP) where he began his career as a...

Gregorz Janusz

Grzegorz Janusz and Krystof Gawronkiewicz are the writer and artist of the multivolume Adventures of Otto and Watson. The draft version of the first volume, Essence, won the first European Comic...

Ewa Lipska

Ewa Lipska was born in Kraków in the Polish People's Republic in 1945. She studied painting and art history at the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts, and has published nineteen...

Paweł Huelle

Paweł Huelle is a writer, journalist, lecturer at the University of Gdansk, and member of PEN. His first novel, Weiser Dawidek (Who Was David Weiser; 1987) won the Koscieliski Prize.

Ida Fink

Born in 1921 in Zbaraz (currently in the Ukraine), Ida Fink studied at the Lwow Conservatory. She spent the years 1941-42 in the ghetto and survived after escaping to the "Aryan side."...

Michal Witkowski

Born in 1975, Michal Witkowski is a writer living in Wroclaw, Poland. His debut Copyright was published in 2001. He is also the author of Lubiewo, a novel on gay subculture which catapulted...

Zbigniew Mentzel

Zbigniew Mentzel is a regular newspaper columnist and has published three books of short stories and articles on Polish culture. He is also editor of the collected papers of Poland's leading...

Marek Krajewski

Polish writer Marek Krajewski is the author of a hugely successful quartet of crime novels centered on the city of Breslau, beginning with Death in Breslau. Krajewski is also a Classics...

Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki

Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki (b. 1962) studied in Lublin and worked as a schoolteacher; he has published numerous books of poetry, among them a selected poems called Kamien Pelen Pokarmu (Stone...

Krystyna Milobedzka

Krystyna Milobedzka (1932) is a poet and author of plays for children, as well as a scholar of children's theater. She has published ten volumes of poetry and has been awarded many of the...

Zbigniew Herbert

Zbigniew Herbert (1924–98) is one of the central figures of postwar European poetry; the author of nine volumes of poetry and three collections of essays, he also wrote for stage and radio....

Tadeusz Różewicz

Tadeusz Różewicz (1921–2014), a poet, playwright, fiction writer, and essayist, has been a prominent figure in modern Polish literature since his celebrated debut in 1947. His...

Adam Wiedemann

Adam Wiedemann (1967) is a poet, prose writer and music critic, as well as an editor of the Krakow-based monthly Studium. He has published five books of poetry; his most recent collection,...

Marcin Swietlicki

Marcin Swietlicki (1961) is the author of uncounted and infamous books of poetry. He lives in Krakow and collaborates with the musical group Swietliki.

Ryszard Krynicki

Ryszard Krynicki, one of the most prominent poets of postwar Poland, was born in 1943 in Sankt Valentin, Austria, where his parents had been deported to a Nazi labor camp. In Poland in the 1960s...

Janusz Szuber

Janusz Szuber (1948) made a late poetic debut in 1995; he has published seventeen volumes of poetry, many of them in his home town of Sanok, as well as essays and columns. He has been the...

Marcin Sendecki

Marcin Sendecki (1967, Gdansk) is a poet and a managing editor for the weekly magazine Przekrój. He has published five books of poetry and co-edited the anthology-tribute to Raymond...

Jacek Gutorow

Jacek Gutorow (1970) is a poet, literary critic and translator. He is the author of three collections of poetry, as well as two books of essays. He has translated widely from American and...

Andrzej Sosnowski

Andrzej Sosnowski (b.1959, Warsaw) is a poet, translator and essayist, as well a lecturer in American literature at Warsaw University and an editor at the monthly Literatura na Swiecie. He has...

Olga Tokarczuk

Olga Tokarczuk (b. 1962) is one of the most popular contemporary writers in Poland. By training a psychologist, she is based in Wałbrzych. She has on multiple occasions won the Reader's...

Yankev Glatshteyn

Yankev Glatshteyn (1896–1971) is considered one of the giants of American Yiddish letters. Born in Lublin, Poland, he settled in New York at the age of eighteen, working in sweatshops,...

Stanisław Barańczak

Stanisław Barańczak, professor of Slavic Languages at Harvard University, is a poet, literary scholar, and translator who emigrated from Poland in 1981. He is the author of several books of...

Adam Zagajewski

Poet, novelist, and essayist Adam Zagajewski lives in Paris and Houston. He was born in Lwów in 1945 and first became well known as one of the leading poets of the Generation of...

Bronisław Maj

Born in 1953, Bronisław Maj is the author of seven volumes of poetry which have won him prestigious literary prizes, a reputation as one of the finest poets of his generation, and a place in...

Jerzy Pilch

Jerzy Pilch has been called "the hope of young Polish prose" by Czeslaw Milosz. He is the author of several novels, including His Current Woman, translated by Bill Johnston. The...

Dorota Masłowska

The Polish literary sensation Dorota Masłowska (b. 1982) won the Polityka Prize and the Nike Prize for her debut novel, Wojny polsko-ruskiej pod flagą biało-czerwoną. She lives in Lublin.

Magdalena Tulli

No one since the fall of Communism has created as much of a sensation in Central and Eastern European literature as Magdalena Tulli. Dreams and Stones (1995), her first novel, won Poland's...

Krysztof Gawronkiewicz

The Polish artist Krystof Gawronkiewicz was born in 1969. The draft version of Essence won the first European Comic Book Competition, hosted by the television company Arte and Glénat...

Witold Gombrowicz

Witold Gombrowicz (1904-69) is widely regarded as one of the most groundbreaking and challenging of late European modernists. A native of central Poland and a close friend of Bruno Schulz and...

Marek Huberath

Marek Huberath is a major award-winning science fiction/fantasy writer in Poland. His themes are philosophical and moral/religious: how people become beasts or remain human in extreme...
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