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Anna Arno

Art historian and translator, graduate of the Institute of Fine Arts at the New York University. She cooperates with Zeszyty Literackie and Gazeta Wyborcza. She translated books such as Princess Stories (2010), On n’y voit rien (2010), and Le detail. Puor une histoire rapprochée de la peinture (2013).

Jan Bajtlik

Born in 1989. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (in 2013, a thesis on typography for children Typogryzmol and a diploma in Professor Lech Majewski’s studio of publishing graphic design and in Professor Maciej Buszewicz’s studio of book design). He creates posters, illustrations and designs books. He has illustrated such magazines and newspapers as: Architektura, Tygodnik Powszechny, Gazeta Wyborcza, Przekrój.

Marcin Baran

Born in 1963 in Krakow, Poland. Poet, literary critic, journalist. He graduated from Polish Philology at Jagiellonian University. Co-founder of bruLion quarterly magazine (1986); one of its editors until 1990. He was a cultural journalist of Radio Krakow, Radio Mariackie and Polish Television, as well as a member of Dekada Literacka editorial team.

Krzysztof Bartnicki

Translator, holder of a scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, winner of the Award of Literatura na Świecie, representative of the author of Prospekt emisyjny (submitted for 2010 Polityka's Passports), author and co-author of dictionaries.

Krzysztof Bielawski

Associate Professor in the Institute of Classical Philology of the Jagiellonian University, lecturer at the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Cracow and in the Institute of Theatre Arts, Department of Polish studies in Cracow.

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

Prose writer, historian, translator (Cioran, Kundera), essayist, oenologist. Studied Romance studies at the University of Warsaw. Currently works as literary historian at the Institute of Literary Studies of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and teaches at the Literary and Artistic School of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

Seweryn Blumsztajn

Journalist, anti-communist oppositionist in the period of the People’s Republic of Poland. He studied political economy at the University of Warsaw and philosophy at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Arrested for several weeks in 1965, he was suspected of distributing an open letter written by Jacek Kuroń and Karol Modzelewski to the members of the Polish United Workers’ Party.

Jan Burzyński

Graduate of Philosophy at the University of Warsaw, translator, he translated book such as Samuel Weber’s Theatricality as Medium (2009), Graham Saunders’ Love Me or Kill Me: Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes (2010), Walter Benn Michaels’ The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History (2011) into Polish.

Bohdan Butenko

Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Right after graduation in 1955, he began working for the Nasza Księgarnia publishing house as art editor. Here, in 1956, his first books came out: Julian Tuwim’s Pan Maluśkiewicz i wieloryb and Erich Kästner’s The 35th of May. Since that time, about 250 books with the Butenko pinxit signature have appeared on the Polish market.

Michał Bzinkowski

Born in 1975 in Krakow; classical philologist, neohellenic scholar, lecturer at the Faculty of Classical Philology at Jagiellonian University, essay writer, translator of modern Greek literature. He has translated, among others, poetry of: Jorgos Seferis, Konstandinos Kawafis, Janis Ritsos, Takis Sinopoulos.

Sylwia Chutnik

Writer, journalist, specialist in cultural studies, social activist. She graduated with a degree in Gender Studies from the University of Warsaw. She runs the MaMa Foundation that deals with mothers’ rights; she belongs to the Porozumienie Kobiet 8 Marca group. As a city guide to Warsaw, she organises tours following the traces of outstanding women.

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

A literary expert and critic. The Head of the Literary Criticism Laboratory of the Faculty of Polish Philology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the editor-in-chief of Poznańskie Studia Polonistyczne. In the years 1997-2001, a member of the Nike Literary Award jury, presently a member of the jury of the Metafory Rzeczywistości theatre contest dedicated to the contemporary dramatic arts.

Przemysław Dębowski

A graphic designer, publisher, graduate of publishing studies at Jagiellonian University. In the years 2005–2012, he designed books for the most important publishing houses in Poland (including: W.A.B., Znak, WL, Czytelnik, WsiP, Świat Książki).

Jerzy Franczak

Prose writer, essayist, poet, and columnist. He has worked, among other positions, as a television and radio journalist. He was the editor-in-chief of the literary and arts magazine Nowy Wiek. For several years he hosted the programme on new publications, Czytelnia, for TVP Kultura.

Marcin Giżycki

Art and film historian, critic, and director. Professor at the Katowice School of Technology. Artistic Director of the “Animator” International Animated Film Festival in Poznań. He is a lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

Rita Gombrowicz

Rita Gombrowicz – a Canadian by descent, writer and expert in French literature. During her studies in France, she met Witold Gombrowicz in 1964, and four years later, she became his wife. She takes care of the writer’s legacy. Thanks to her efforts, Gombrowicz’s books have been translated into 37 languages to date, and in the period of the Polish People’s Republic, they were available in Poland despite the censorship bans.

Marcin Hamkało

Polish poet and the artistic director of the Opowiadania International Festival in Wrocław, which is one of the most interesting and the most quickly developing literary events devoted to short stories.

Magda Heydel

Anglicist, literary critic, translator of Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, T. Hughes, D. Walcott and S. Heaney. Her translation of Woolf’s Jacob’s Room was recently published by Wydawnictwo Literackie, while Znak published a volume of her translations of selected poems by Heaney, Przejrzysta pogoda, edited by Heydel.

Jerzy Jarniewicz

Poet, translator, literary critic. Specialist in English Studies and philosopher by education, he teaches English Literature at the University of Warsaw and the University of Łódź. Editor of Literatura na Świecie, he cooperates with Gazeta Wyborcza, Tygodnik Powszechny, and Tygiel Kultury, as well as British literary periodicals Arieté and Poetry Review.

Piotr Kaliński

Artist, illustrator and photographer, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow; he received a master’s degree in the book studio of Professor Roman Banaszewski. The founder of the Lokator private publishing house and artistic club. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Poland and abroad (among others, Zagreb, Prešov, Nurnberg, Krakow, Rzeszów).

Ireneusz Kania

An outstanding translator, the author of over 60 translations from over a dozen languages, a famous expert in Buddhist philosophy and cabbala. He graduated with a degree in Roman philology from the Jagiellonian University. He presented Polish readers with basic works of Mircea Eliade, Karl Kerényi and Emil Cioran.

Aleksandra Klęczar

Assistant professor at the Institute of Classical Philology of Jagiellonian University. Her favourite field of research is the Hellenistic Age. She translated Catullus’ poetry together with Grzegorz Franczak (Katullus. Poezje wszystkie, Wydawnictwo Homini 2013).

Wojciech Kłosowski

Expert in local development, academic lecturer, publicist. Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Poland. He is the author of numerous publications in the area of strategic planning of local development, including the strategy of cultural development.

Krzysztof Koehler

Poet, literary historian, essayist, screenwriter. Co-editor of brulion. Author of seven poetry books, monographs of Piotr Skarga (2012) and Stanisław Orzechowski (2004), an anthology of Sarmatian poetry, and the website. He works at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.

Ryszard Koziołek

A literary scholar, author of the book Ciała Sienkiewicza. Studia o płci i przemocy (The Bodies of Sienkiewicz. Studies on gender and violence, the University of Silesia Press) which earned him the 2011 Gdynia Literary Prize.

Anna Krasnowolska

Born in 1949 in Krakow, Iranian studies – Jagiellonian University in the years 1967-1972, she has worked at the Department of Iranian Studies of the Institute of Oriental Philology since 1972, (presently: the Institute of Oriental Studies) at Jagiellonian University, holding successive positions; director of the Institute in the years 1999-2002, head of the Department of Iranian Studies since 2000.

Katarzyna Kubisiowska

Journalist, graduate in Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University. In 1999, along with Barbara Kosecka, she published Lektury na ekranie, czyli mini leksykon adaptacji filmowych (Lit. Required reading in the screen, or a mini lexicon of film adaptations).

Wojciech Kuczok

Prose writer, poet, film critic, screenwriter, and speleologist. Graduate of Cultural Studies at the University of Silesia and a doctoral student of Film Studies at Jagiellonian University. In the 1990s, he belonged to the Na Dziko poetry group. Since 1992, he has been publishing his poems and short stories in cultural and literary press (including Dziennik. Polska-Europa-Świat, Rzeczpospolita, Plus Minus, Newseek, Wysokie Obcasy, and Playboy), he also wrote many feature articles and texts about cinema. 

Kaja Malanowska

A biologist by education, she wrote a doctoral thesis on the genetics of bacteria at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Columnist for Krytyka Polityczna. She is a teacher at the Secondary Public School No. 20 in Warsaw. Her primary activity includes working with refugees’ children.

Jakobe Mansztajn

Born in 1982, poet and blogger. Author of the book Wiedeński high life [Vienna high life] (2009), for which he received the Silesius Wrocław Poetry Award and a nomination for Gdynia Literary Award. His works have been translated into, among others: German, Belarusian, English and Norwegian.

Janusz Margański

Translator, literary scholar and screenwriter. He has translated several dozens books from the areas of philosophy, theology, literary studies, film, theatre and literature (including the works of J. Derrida, R. Rorty, P. Ricoeur, G. Deleuze, E. Levinas, Didi-Hubermann, Z. Bauman, M. Proust, Ph. K Dick).

Daniel Markiewicz

Editor in chief of the Krótka Piłka website ( He is a collaborator of the portal.

Andrzej Meller

Born in 1976 in Warsaw. He has been travelling, mostly around Asia, since he was 17 years old. He is a cultural anthropologist by education. He has been writing reportages for, among others, Tygodnik Powszechny for 10 years, in which he reported on warfare in Georgia in 2008, in Sri Lanka in 2009, events in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Libya and other places.

Cezary Michalski

Polish essayist, prose writer and columnist. Studied Polish studies at the Jagiellonian University and Slavonic studies in Paris, where he worked as Józef Czapski’s secretary. An editor with brulion and Debata, his texts have also been published in Arcana, Fronda and Tygodnik Literacki.

Marian Misiak

He graduated from Sociology at the University of Warsaw and Typeface Design at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication of the University of Reading (UK). He worked at Neville Brody’s Research Studios in London, he was the deputy artistic director of the Polska The Times press project.

Daniel Mizieliński

He runs the Hipopotam Studio ( together with Aleksandra Mizielińska. Daniel and Aleksandra are authors of children’s books, typefaces, original games and applications (including D.O.M.E.K., Miasteczko Mamoko, Mapy,,

Michał Nogaś

Reporter for Polish Radio Three, connected with the station since 2000, he deals with cultural issues. He prepared reports for the Radiowy tygodnik kulturalny programme and the Tym żył świat and Tym żyło radio programmes; he was also the editor of the Tu Baron programme. He is currently the head of the Feature Journalism Section, head of the Word Editorial Section, editor of the Klub Trójki programme, and he cooperates on the production of the Magazyn bardzo kulturalny programme.

Ryszard Nycz

Theoretician and historian of contemporary literature and culture, head of the Department of Literary Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Polish Studies of Jagiellonian University, a professor at the Institute of Literary Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences since 1998, and a full professor of Jagiellonian University since 2002.

Alicja Oczko

Born in 1967. A translator of Dutch literature, publisher, editor, reviewer. She graduated from Dutch studies at the University of Wrocław. The list of her translations begins with: The Diary of Anne Frank. She has translated works by Cees Nooteboom, Hella S. Haasse, Bernlef, P.F. Thomése, Matthijs van Boxsel, Moses Isegawa.

Michał Olszewski

Writer, journalist, publicist. He graduated from Polish philology at the Jagiellonian University. He has published short stories, critical essays and reviews in literary magazines. He was a journalist of the Krakow issue of Gazeta Wyborcza. He is the author of many prize-winning reportages.

Zośka Papużanka

Expert in theatre studies by education, teacher of Polish, author of song lyrics for Krakow cabarets and the Parawan Puppet and Actor Theatre. She is working on her doctoral thesis in literary studies. Her favourite authors include Vladimir Nabokov, Julio Cortazar, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Sławomir Paszkiet

Graduate of Dutch Studies in Wrocław. He was the head of the Centre of Dutch Culture at the University of Wrocław, a cultural and press attaché of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Warsaw, and the director of the Office of the Polish Book Chamber, among others.

Piotr Paziński

Author, literary critic, essayist, translator, and journalist for the daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza (1992-1997), editor-in-chief of the monthly Midrasz. He studied philosophy at the University of Warsaw. In 2005 he received the title of Doctor of Humanities in literature for his monograph on James Joyce’s Ulysses, entitled Labirynt i drzewo [A Labyrinth and a Tree], completed under the tutelage of Michał Głowiński.

Jan Polkowski

Writer, poet, publisher, and editor, expert in the field of media and social communication, awarded by the Solidarity underground for his poetry works. Since 1972, he studied Polish Philology at Jagiellonian University. As a poet, he debuted in 1978 in the underground quarterly Zapis, and that same year, he established the Sygnał magazine. Before 1989, he edited and published underground periodicals (Sygnał, Arka, and Świat) and books.

Paweł Potoroczyn

Cultural manager, diplomat, journalist, columnist, and publisher. Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Warsaw. In the years 1988-1994, he was the owner of the Zebra publishing house, and until 1993, he was the head of the company publishing the Film monthly. He was the Consul for Culture in Los Angeles and the head of the Polish Institute in New York and London.

Wacław Radziwinowicz

Born in 1953 in Olsztyn. He graduated from Polish studies at a local Pedagogical University and from journalism at the University of Warsaw. The head of the Olsztyn division of Gazeta Wyborcza daily paper from 1992.

Piotr Rypson

Art and literary historian, critic, columnist, and curator. He studied Mediterranean archaeology at the University of Warsaw, where he also wrote his doctorate on Old-Polish visual poetry. He was a guest lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and the Miami Ad School Warsaw.

Jadwiga Sawicka

Jadwiga Sawicka was born in 1959. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (diploma from Jerzy Nowosielski’s studio). She creates paintings, photographs, objects, textual installations, also within the public space.

Sławomir Shuty

Polish prose writer, dramatist, performer, leader of the noise & industrial NH+ band+. Born and raised in Nowa Huta – a district of Krakow (his nickname is a colloquial form of the Polish expression ‘z Huty’ /’from Huta’/), he published his works in Lampa and Iskra Boża magazines.

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.

Filip Springer

Reporter and photographer, publishes in the national press, regularly writes for the Polityka weekly. He became interested in photography already in his high school times, initially dreaming about becoming a war correspondent. Archaeologist by education, he graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

Michał Sutowski

A political scientist and publicist connected with Krytyka Polityczna (where he works as a feature writer, the secretary of the editorial section and a member of Wydawnictwo KP publishing house). He also publishes articles in Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita and on the Wirtualna Polska Internet portal.

Małgorzata Szczurek

Specialist in Romance studies, translator, essayist, expert on francophone African literature, editor-in-chief of the Karakter publishing house.

Piotr Śliwiński

A critic and literary historian, professor, the Head of the Chair of Poetics and Literary Criticism of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He authored and co-authored several books (the latest one – Horror poeticus. Szkice, notatki, 2012).

Agnieszka Taborska

Writer, art historian, and specialist in Romance studies. She published The Dreamy Life of Leonora de la Cruz (translated into English and French), Topor’s Alphabet, American Crumbs, Conspirators of Imagination. Surrealism, and translations of Philippe Soupault’s, Gisèle Prassinos’, and Spalding Gray’s books.

Szczepan Twardoch

Prose writer. He comes from the Upper Silesia region. He came a long way from short fantasy stories to his novel entitled Morfina, for which he received Polityka’s Passport in 2012. A columnist for Polityka and Wysokie Obcasy Extra. He won the Nautilus Award for his short story Rondo in the category of the best Polish fantasy short story published in 2006.

Maciej Urbanowski

Historian of Polish literature, literary critic, and editor. Since 2008, head of the Department of Contemporary Criticism at the Faculty of Polish Studies of Jagiellonian University, co-founder and assistant editor-in-chief of the Arcana bimonthly and permanent co-operator of Rzeczpospolita and the 44/Czterdzieści i Cztery quarterly.

Artur Wabik

Visual artist from Krakow, researcher of pop culture, lover and promoter of street art, and an editor and publisher of fantasy literature. He studied art history at Jagiellonian University. He was the artistic director of the art-e-strada festival devoted to new technologies in art for several years.

Marcin Wicha

A graphic artist, drawer. He cooperates with Tygodnik Powszechny. He wrote and illustrated a book for children Klara, proszę tego nie czytać! (2012)  and Klara. Słowo na Szy (2012). He runs blogs: and

Mariusz Wilk

Journalist, writer, essayist, and traveller. After 1989, he decided to leave civilisation and settle in the north of Russia, where he has lived for over twenty years already. He described his experiences in travel essays on the pages of the Paris Kultura, Zeszyty Literackie, and Rzeczpospolita, which made up his debut.

Lech Witkowski

Professor of the humanities since 1992, dealing with the philosophy of culture, pedagogy, the history of ideas, and epistemology, identified with the critical tradition of the Frankfurt School at the meeting of semiotics and psychoanalysis, he deals with the theory of identity and the theory of duality.

Adam Wodnicki

Translator of French literature. In his early youth, he was a soldier of the Szare Szeregi scout organisation during World War II. He graduated from higher artistic studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (1956). The co-founder and editor of the literary & artistic weekly Zebra (1956-1961). Since 1967 he has been a lecturer of the Academy of Fine Arts. From 1975 till 1987 he was Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Vice-President of this school. A founder member of the International Society of Poets of Central and Eastern Europe Cap a l’Est based in Bratislava.

Łukasz Wojtysko

A playwright and editor. He worked at Teatr Stary (Cracow) and at TR Warszawa Theatre (Warsaw). Wojtysko collaborated with the Polish Book Institute, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and many other cultural institutions.

Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkało

Born 1979, a poet and columnist. Author of poetry volumes Mocno poszukiwana [Strongly Wanted] (1999), Lonty [Fuses] (2001), Gospel (2004), Ani mi się śni [Catch Me Doing This] (2005), Spamy miłosne [Love Spams] (2007) and Nikon i Leica [Nikon and Leica] (2010).

Grzegorz Wysocki

Literary critic, journalist, and columnist. Graduate of Journalism at Jagiellonian University, he publishes in many magazines, including Tygodnik Powszechny, Lampa, Res Publica Nowa, Twórczość, and Ha!art. He also permanently cooperates with Dwutygodnik, Wirtualna Polska, and the Polish Radio.

Marek Zaleski

Literary critic, essayist, columnist, editor, academic teacher. Considered to be one of the most important researchers of Czesław Miłosz’s works. He studied Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw, and defended his doctoral and habilitation theses at the Institute of Literary Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Łukasz Zaremba

PhD student at the Film and Visual Culture Unit of the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw, translator. Interested in the theories of visual culture and the methodology of visual research. He published in Konteksty, Kultura Współczesna, Invisible Culture, Dialog, Kultura Popularna and at

Sławomir Zubrzycki

Pianist and composer born in Krakow. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow in 1988. In the years 1990-91, he was a Fulbright Foundation scholar and studied piano at the Boston Conservatory of Music in the US under the supervision of Janice Weber.

Krzysztof Żwirski

Doctoral student at the Department of Comparative Civilisation Studies of Jagiellonian University, where he focuses on postcolonial criticism and the audiovisual culture of the Middle East.




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