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Jan Balbierz

Lecturer of Swedish literature and theory of literature at the Jagiellonian University, translator and literary critic. Recently he published New Cosmos. Strindberg, science and symbols (Gdańsk 2008).

 
Krzysztof Bielawski

Born in 1969. Lecturer at the Institute of Classical philology, graduate of the theological department PAT, lecturer at the Krakow Academy of Dramatic Arts and Philosophical-Theological College, patrologist, translator, co-founder and chief editor of the Publishing House Homini.

 
Agata Bielik-Robson

She was born in 1966. She graduated in philosophy from the University of Warsaw (1989), obtained her doctorate at IFIS PAN (1995). She spent a few years in Great Britain, among others, Oxford and London. Currently, she's working at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Science, as well as at the Centre of American Studies of the University of Warsaw.

 
Marek Bieńczyk

An Essayist, prose writer and literary translator. The author of the novel Terminal (translated into German), Tworki (American English, French and Spanish), nominated for Nike Award, the winner of the main award at the Lettres du Monde festival, Bordeaux, 2007 and winner of the Władysław Reymont Award.

 
Anna Brzezińska

She was born in 1971. Medievalist, author of seven and co-author of two novels, as well as several short stories. The has been awarded three times with the most prestigious distinction for the Polish creator of fantasy – Janusz A. Zajdel Award.

 
Jacek St. Buras

Born in 1945 in Warsaw. Germanist, translator of German literature, literary critic. 1970-1982 editor of German version of the monthly periodical Polish Perspectives. 1982-1997 editor of the monthly periodical Literature around the world, president of the Board of the Foundation World Literature and chairman of the jury of the award Literature around the world.

 
Max Cegielski

Born in 1975. Journalist, writer. Author of Masali about travelling around India, as well as short novels Apocalipso and Drunk on God – fiction on Sufism in Pakistan. At the beginning of 2009 his book The eye of the world. From Constantinople to Istanbul, for which he received the Beata Pawlak Award.

 
Stefan Chwin

Polish novelist, literally critic, essayist, literature historian, graphic designer, postdoctoral graduate, associate professor of Languages at Danzig University, he also lectures at Danzig University. He publishes his articles in foreign magazines: German, Swedish, English language as well as the Polish press. As a researcher he is engaged in Romanticism and Romantic inspirations in modern literature (e.g. of Witold Gombrowicz). In his novels he often alludes to the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche.

 
Dariusz Czaja

Anthropologist of culture, essayist, music reviewer. Doctorate, lecturer at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of Culture at the Jagiellonian University, editor of the quarterly Konteksty (Institute of Art Polish Academy of Science).

 
Przemysław Czapliński

Polish literary critic, Modern Literature professor. He works at the Polish Language Institute UAM. He gained his doctorate in 1992, completed his postdoctoral studies in 1998 and became a professor at the Adam Mickiewicz University a year later. He got the title of full professor in 2002. He is Director of the Literature Critics Workshop at the Department of Polish UAM. He is also Chief Editor of the magazine Poznańskie Studia Polonistyczne (Poznań Polish Studies). He used to belong to the Polska Akademia Nauk (Polish Academy of Sciences).

 
Jacek Dukaj

Born in 1974. He studied philosophy at the Jagiellonian University. He debuted as a sixteen-year-old with the short story Galer’s Gold published in February 1990 in the monthly Fantastyka. Further short stories were printed in the literary periodical Fenix and in Nowa Fantastyka, and in 1997 Dukaj's book debut of the novel Xavras Wyżryn came out.

 
Kinga Dunin

Born in 1954. Sociologist, publicist, writer, literary critic. One of the main figures of the circle Krytyka Polityczna. Since 1977 co-worker of KOR [Workers’ Defence Committee] and the Independent Publishing House. She worked in the organisation of distributing and selling independent press and books. Taken into custody for 48 hours several times, interrogated, revisions conducted in her home.

 
Andrzej Franaszek

Literary scholar, literary critic, editor of the cultural department of Tygodnik Powszechny. Works with Zbigniew Herbert's and Czesław Miłosz’s works. Author: Dark source (1998, reissue: 2008). Currently, he is preparing Miłosz’s biography.

 
Grzegorz Gauden

Born in 1953 in Poznań. Graduate from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań (1975) and the Economy and Management Faculty of the University in Lund, Sweden (1989). In the years 1975-1977 Chairman of the Culture Committee of the Voivodeship Board of SZSP [Socialist Union of Polish Students] in Poznań, then a journalist, co-worker of ITD and Student, worker of the Theatre Centre Maski in Poznań.

 
Jacek Gutorow

Born in 1970. Poet, literary critic, translator. Published five poetry volumes: Poems of absence (1997), Aurora (2001), X (2001), Lifeline (2006), A different speed (2008), as well as the poetry sheet Grisaille (2001). His works include three critic collections: At man’s borders. Six essays on deconstruction (2001), The independence of voice.

 
Anna Górecka

Hungarian scholar, editor of Literatura na świecie. Translator of Hungarian prose (among others, I. Szilágy, I. Kertész) and poetry (among others, L. Parti Nagy).

 
Inga Iwasiów

Professor at the University of Szczecin, literary scholar, writer, critic. She works in XX century literature, regionalism, the use of feminist theories in reading practices. The director of the Institute of Polish Philology and Cultural Studies at the University of Szczecin, chief editor of the Szczecin Literary Bimonthly Pogranicze, member of the Committee of Studies on Literature at PAN and SPP.

 
Wojciech Jagielski

Born in 1960. Journalist of Gazeta Wyborcza. A witness of the most important political events at the break of the century around the whole world. He related the downfall of the Russian empire, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the connection of Hongkong with China, wars, coups, downfalls of dictators in Africa and Asia.

 
Ireneusz Kania

Essayist, one of the most outstanding living translators. He translates from over a dozen languages, mainly Romance and Asian. Recently he translated Passages (2006), History of the body in the Middle Ages (2006) and Ka (2008).

 
Magdalena Kamińska-Maurugeon

She was born in Szczecin in 1974, studied in Poznań and in Rennes, lives in Warsaw. She has been translating from French for ten years. Working on translating literary texts gives her most pleasure, however, she also translates dialogues lists of feature films, and for the channel Planete, she works up Polish versions of commentaries and documentary films.

 
Michał Komar

Prose writer, screenplay writer, publicist, lecturer at Collegium Civitas, author of extended interviews with Władysław Bartoszewski, Stefan Meller, Krzysztof Kozłowski. Among others, author of: Conrad’s Hell (1978), Fatigue (1986), About the rotation of fates and bodies (1998), Three (2000), Initiations (2009).

 
Hanna Krall

Writer and journalist. Saved from being transported to a ghetto, she took to the fate of Polish Jews in her work. Author of the books: Shielding the Flame (1977), Regret (2007), and Pink Ostrich Feathers (2009).

 
Zbigniew Kruszyński

Born in 1957. Prose writer and translator; among others, he published Schwedenkräuter, Historical Sketches, On Lands and Seas, The Return of Alexander, The Last Report.

 
Michał Kuźmiński

Michał Kuźmiński (born 1981) is a journalist, from 2001 cooperates, while from 2005 works at Tygodnik Powszechny, where he works, among others, with social subjects and new media.

 
Krystian Lupa

The outstanding theatre director, stage designer, graphic artist, translator, teaches at the Krakow Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has directed the following shows: Auslöschung/Erasing (2001), Zoroaster (2004). Among others, author of: Labyrinth (2001), Spying (2003) and Utopia 2. Penetrations (2003).

 
Małgorzata Łukasiewicz

Outstanding translator of the German language. She translates both literary and philosophical texts. Recently she translated Nietzsche’s Cheerful Knowledge (2008) and published a volume of literary sketches: A Column under a rose (2007).

 
Anna Marchewka

Born in 1978. Literary expert, literary critic. Graduate of M.A. and Ph.D. studies of Polish philology from the Jagiellonian University. From 2005 a regular co-worker of the monthly Lampa and quarterly Zadra. She published in Pogranicze and Tygodnik Powszechny.

 
Cezary Michalski

Born in 1963 in Toruń. He graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Polish philology, and also studied philosophy there. In the years 1988-1992, he lived in France, where he completed post-graduate Slavic studies at Sorbonne.

 
Anna Nasiłowska

Writer, historian and literary critic. Since 2007 the director of the creative writing study at IBL PAN. Among others, she has published: Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir (2006), The Great Exchange of Views (2008), Love Stories (2009).

 
Kot Przybora

President of the board and creative director of the advertising agency PZL. Creator of the success of many large advertising campaigns.

 
Jerzy Radziwiłowicz

Film and theatre actor, for years connected to the Krakow Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has played in Andrzej Wajda’s films: Man of Marble (1976) and Man of Iron (1981). Recently, in the films: Solidarność, Solidarność… (2005), Strawberry Wine (2006).

 
Krzysztof Rutkowski

Born in 1953. Writer and translator. Professor at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies Artes Liberales at the University of Warsaw. Has been living in Paris for over a quarter of a century. Lectured at the University of Paris VIII, at the Paris Catholic Institute at Sorbonne.

 
Roma Sendyka

Theorist of literature, lecturer at the Faculty of Anthropology and Culture Studies of the Jagiellonian University. Author of the book Modern essay. Study of historical awareness of genre (2006).

 
Rafał Skąpski

Bible expert, publisher, ex-minister of culture. He fulfils the function of president of the board of the Foundation of Polish Culture (since 1998), and also president of the Polish Association of Book Publishers since 2005.

 
Tadeusz Sławek

Born in 1946. Polish and English philologist, studied at the Jagiellonian University; directs the Faculty of Comparative Literature at the Silesian University, of which he was a head in the years 1996-2002. Visiting Professor at Stanford University, University of California San Diego, Studio Orientale in Neapol.

 
Justyna Sobolewska

Literary critic. She worked in the departments of culture of Przekrój and Dziennik. Currently, she is a journalist for Polityka. She regularly cooperates with TVP Kultura.

 
Andrzej Sosnowski

Born in 1959. Poet and translator. Editor of Literatura na świecie. He has translated such authors like Ezra Pound, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, John Cage, Ronald Firbank, Harry Mathews.

 
Beata Stasińska

Born in 1960. Graduate from Warsaw Polish philology, secretary of Igor Newerly in the years 1982-1985. In the years 1983-1987, editor of the underground union newspaper WOLA. Between 1987 and 1989, she was an employee of the Department of Handwritings of the Adam Mickiewicz Literature Museum in Warsaw, then of the publishing house POMOST.

 
Andrzej Stasiuk

Born in 1960 in Warsaw. Lives in Beskid Niski. Prose writer, essayist. Author of The Walls of Hebron, Dukla, Galician Stories, Nine, Going to Babadag, Fado, Doytchland and a few other books.

 
Katarzyna Surmiak-Domańska

Journalist of the department of commentary at Gazeta Wyborcza. In 1980 she played the title role in the series for youth Tylko Kaśka. Graduate of Romance philology from the University of Warsaw. In the years 1993-1994 she hosted radio programmes dedicated to classical music at the Warsaw radio, Radio Mozart. She is permanently connected to Gazeta Wyborcza as of 1995.

 
Małgorzata Szczurek

Romanist, editor and co-owner of the Publishing House Karakter; co-hosts a programme about books, Czytelnia, on TVP Kultura.

 
Mariusz Szczygieł

Graduate from the Faculty of Journalism of the University of Warsaw. He began his work right after high school at the weekly Na przełaj. From 1990, he works at Gazeta Wyborcza, from 2004, editor of the addition Duży Format. In the years 1995-2001 he hosted a talk-show Na każdy temat [On every subject] on TV Polsat.

 
Marcin Szuster

Born in 1971. Translator of essay writing and English-language literature (John Ashbery, Marshall Berman, Harold Bloom, William Burroughs, Edward W. Said, James Schuyler, Marci Shore). Secretary of editorial office Literatura na świecie.

 
Paweł Szwed

Programme director of Bertelsmann Media, editor of the series New Polish Literature published by Świat Książki, journalist. He has printed in Brulion, Res Publica, Po prostu.

 
Piotr Śliwiński

Literary critic, chairman of the jury of the Literary Award Gdynia, professor at the Institute of Polish Philology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Deals with contemporary Polish poetry. Among others, author of: Adventures with freedom. Notes on contemporary poetry (2002), The world as scrap. Sketches on poetry and criticism (2007).

 
Olga Tokarczuk

Writer, essayist, psychologist, co-organiser of the Story-telling Festival, has been conducting lessons in creative writing at the University of Opole since 2008. Author of the books: Anna In in the graves of the world (2006), and Bieguni (2007), for which she received the Literary Award Nike.

 
Henryk Waniek

Born in Oświęcim in 1942. Writer, artistic publicist, painter. In 1970 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow Faculty of Graphics in Katowice. Participant of individual exhibitions, among others: 1978 Exhibition of 22 painting BWA Łodź, 1989 Paintings Kordegarda Gallery Warsaw, 1994 BWA Katowice Orbis Pictus.

 
Maciej Zaremba

Born in 1951 in Poznań. Political emigrant, left to Sweden in 1969 after the anti-Semitic campaign of Gomułka’s party. Historian of ideas (University in Stockholm), from 1989 member of editorial office of the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.

 
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