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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.

Małgorzata Czyńska

(born 1975) – an art historian and a journalist. For a long time she has collaborated with ‘Wysokie Obcasy’ – the weekend insert of Gazeta Wyborcza, where she publishes stories of outstanding female artists.

Agnieszka Dauksza

(born 1988) – a doctoral student at the Chair of Anthropology of Literature and Literary Studies at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University, the author of the book Kobiety na drodze. Doświadczenie przestrzeni publicznej w literaturze przełomu XIX i XX wieku [Women on the Road. The Experience of Public Space in the Literature of the Late 19th Century and the Early 20th Century]. She does research on the doctrine of the affections, on which she is writing a doctoral dissertation.

Jerzy Franczak

Prose writer, essayist, poet, columnist, specialist in literary studies and academic lecturer. He has worked as radio and television journalist, he directed the programme Czytelnia (Reading Room) in the TVP Kultura channel, he has also been the editor-in-chief of the Nowy Wiek magazine.

Krzysztof Gawronkiewicz

(born 1969) – an illustrator, a painter and an author of comic strips. In 1988, he debuted as an illustrator of short stories in Nowa Fantastyka, where his comic strips were also published.

Magdalena Grzebałkowska

(born 1972) – she has a degree in history, works as a journalist and is the author of reportage books and biographies.

Magdalena Heydel

Specialist in English studies, literary critic, academic lecturer, translator of, among others, works by Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Joseph Conrad, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney. She is an editor-in-chief of the Przekładaniec journal and author of a monograph T. S. Eliot in Polish Literature. A Study of Presence (2002) and Translator's Zeal.

Inga Iwasiów

Professor of literary studies, literary critic, writer, editor-in-chief of the Szczecin cultural bimonthly Pogranicza in the years 1999-2012. She has published a triptych of novels entitled Bambino (nominated for the 2008 Nike Literary Award), Ku Słońcu (Towards the Sun) and Na krótko (Cutting It Short), as well as a collection of short stories Smaki i dotyki (Tastes and Touches).

Jolanta Janiczak

(born 1982) – a playwright, a graduate of the Faculty of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University.

Grzegorz Kasdepke

(born 1972) – a fabulist and scriptwriter; an author of radio plays for children. In the years 1995-2000, he was the managing editor of the Świerszczyk magazine.

Szymon Kloska

Journalist, blogger, book lover. He works at the Book Institute. He talks about literature on TV (WOK – Wszystko o Kulturze [Everything About Culture], Books For Summer) and radio (together with Tomasz Pindel he has a programme on literature: Piątka z literatury in RMF Classic).

Jakub Kornhauser

Jakub Kornhauser – specialist in literature and culture, translator and poet. He is a lecturer at the Institute of Romance Studies at the Jagiellonian University. He deals with literature and avant-garde art, European experimental poetry, the culture of Central Europe and France and theory of literature. He is a co-editor of three books, recently Auteur, personnage, lecteur dans les lettres d’expression française (2014).

Marcin Koszałka

Polish film operator, director and scriptwriter. He has been fascinated with mountaineering and photography since his youth. He studied drilling at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow and sociology at the Jagiellonian University. However, he eventually abandoned these studies when he passed the entrance examination for studies at the Faculty of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia in Katowice (video engineering). Documentary film became his passion.

Dorota Kozicka

Dorota Kozicka – an assistant professor at the Chair of Contemporary Criticism of the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University, a historian and literary critic, the author of the book Krytyczne (nie)porządki: studia o współczesnej krytyce literackiej w Polsce [Critical (Dis)Orders: Studies on Contemporary Literary Criticism in Poland].

Ryszard Koziołek

Writer, specialist in literature, academic lecturer connected with the University of Silesia. In 2010 he received the Gdynia Literary Award in the category of essays for the book Ciała Sienkiewicza. Studia o płci i przemocy (The Bodies of Sienkiewicz. Studies on Gender and Violence).

Lidia Kośka

Lidia Kośka – the author of Lec. Autobiografia słowa [Lec. An Autobiography of the Word] (2008) – a literary biography of Stanisław Lec.

Hanna Krall

(b. 1935) – a writer and journalist. She was born to a Jewish family in Warsaw. During World War II, many of her relatives were killed, and she managed to avoid transportation to the ghetto, being hidden by her rescuers for the rest of the occupation period. After the war, she stayed in an orphanage in Otwock.

Angelika Kuźniak

(born 1974) – a reporter, journalist and writer. Since 2000, she has collaborated with Gazeta Wyborcza and Duży Format. She has won the Grand Press award three times, and she was nominated for the Polish-German Journalistic Award.

Zbigniew Libera

(born 1959) – an artist, a photographer and a performer. In the 1980s, he was an active member of the Solidarity movement; during the Martial Law period (1981-83) he was sentenced to one and a half years of imprisonment for the distribution of underground brochures.

Sława Lisiecka

(born 1947) – a translator of German literature; she has run the Od Do publishing house since 2011. She has translated the prose of Thomas Bernhard, Hermann Hesse, Uwe Johnson, Joseph Roth, Friedrich Nietzsche and many others.

Małgorzata Łukasiewicz

Eminent translator of German-language literature, author of a collection of essays Rubryka pod różą (Column Under the Rose) (2007), nominated for the 2008 Nike Literary Award. Rubryka pod różą is, above all, a record of the author’s personal literary fascinations, containing insightful comments on the works of Max Frisch and Hannah Arendt, Boris Pasternak’s correspondence or Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio.

Jakub Majmurek

(born 1982) – a film expert, film critic, political expert and publicist. He collaborates with Krytyka Polityczna, where he edits a series of books about films. His texts were published in Gazeta Filmowa, Tygodnik Powszechny and Le Monde Diplomatique Edycja Polska.

Anna Marchewka

Literary specialist and literary critic. She graduated from master’s studies and then doctoral studies at the Department of Polish Philology of the Jagiellonian University. Since 2005 she has regularly collaborated with the Lampa monthly and the Zadra quarterly. She has also published her texts in Pogranicza and Tygodnik Powszechny.

Janusz Margański

Translator, specialist in literary studies, screenwriter; member of the Polish Film Academy. He has translated dozens of books from the fields of philosophy, theology, literature theory, theory of film and theatre, as well as belles-lettres (including works by J. Derrida, R. Rorty, P. Ricoeur, G. Deleuze, E. Levinas, G. Didi-Huberman, Z. Bauman, M. Proust, P. K. Dick).

Michał Paweł Markowski

Wiesław Myśliwski

(born 1932) – a novelist and playwright. He was born and grew up in Dwikozy near Sandomierz. He graduated from the Institute of Polish Philology of the Catholic University of Lublin (1956).

Weronika Murek

(born 1989) – a graduate of law at the University of Silesia; her debut book Uprawa roślin południowych metodą Miczurina [The Cultivation of Southern Plants Using the Michurin Method] (2015) was loudly commented upon. She received the Gdynia Dramatic Award for her play Feinweinblein (2015).

Monika Muskała

(born 1966) – a playwright and translator, a graduate of German philology at the University of Wrocław. She specialises mainly in translations of German-language dramas.

Leonard Neuger

A literary scholar and translator; he participated in the Solidarity underground movement, for which he was arrested and interned. As a researcher, he specialises in contemporary Polish and Swedish literature.

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.

Justyna Nowicka

Justyna Nowicka – a radio journalist; a graduate of classical philology. She works in Radio Kraków, where she is the head of the cultural department.

Wojciech Nowicki

Writer, journalist, columnist, translator, reviewer, photographer, curator of exhibitions. He publishes in the pages of Gazeta Wyborcza and Tygodnik Powszechny.

Grzegorz Olszański

(born 1973) – a poet and literary critic, a co-founder of the Na Dziko poetic group. In 1999, he released a poetry volume Tamagotchi w pustym mieszkaniu [Tamagotchi in an Empty Flat], for which he received the Kazimiera Iłłakowiczówna Award.

Michał Olszewski

Writer, journalist, columnist, ecologist. He graduated from the Jagiellonian University with a degree in Polish philology. He has published short stories, critical sketches and reviews in the pages of literary magazines. He has worked as journalist for the Krakow edition of Gazeta Wyborcza and has received many awards for his reportages. Since 2007 he has been the chief of the reportage department of the Tygodnik Powszechny weekly magazine. He debuted as prose writer in 2003, publishing a collection of essays Do Amsterdamu (To Amsterdam) (2003), which received the First Prize in the 3rd edition of a literary competition organized by the publishing house Znak in the category of prose writing.

Paweł Pieniążek

(born 1989) – a reporter, journalist, graduate of Ukrainian philology, translator. He was an editor in the Nowa Europa Wschodnia magazine, and his texts have also been published in many Ukrainian media.

Tomasz Pindel

Specialist in Spanish studies, translator of Spanish-language literature, columnist. He works at the Book Institute. He runs a literary blog and a radio programme on books in RMF Classic. The author of a novel (Czy to się nagrywa? [Is it being recorded?] 2011) and two books on literature (on magic realism and fantasy in the Latin American literature).

Anita Piotrowska

Well-known film critic. She wrote (in co-operation with Wojciech Kodowski and Barbara Kosecka) a lexicon Panorama kina najnowszego 1980-1995 (Panorama of the Latest Cinema 1980-1995) (1997). She is the author of the book Szukając von Triera (Looking for Von Trier), describing the films of the well-known Danish director. She publishes her texts most often in Tygodnik Powszechny. She selects films for the programme of the Krakow Film Festival and sits in various juries.

Wacław Radziwinowicz

Reporter, columnist, Russophile. He graduated at first from the University of Warmia and Mazury in his home-town Olsztyn with a degree in Polish philology, and then from the University of Warsaw with a degree in journalism. Since 1992, he has been the chief of Olsztyn department of the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper.

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).

Tadeusz Sławek

Polish poet, translator, essayist, specialist in literature, academic teacher. Specialises in the history of English and American literature and in literary theory. Produced a number of translations from English (Wendell Berry, William Blake, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Robinson Jeffers, Thomas Merton, Jerome Rothenberg; also texts by John Lennon, Jim Morrison and Pete Sinfield).

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.

Marzena Sowa

(born 1979) – an author of comic strip scripts; she has lived in France for many years. Created together with Sylvian Savoia, her debut autobiographical comic strip Marzi tells the story of childhood in Stalowa Wola in times of communist Poland.

Michał Sowiński

(born 1987) – a graduate and, currently, a doctoral student of the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University. A literary scholar engaged mainly in research on contemporary prose, particularly connections between literature and economy.

Olga Stanisławska

Polish journalist, reporter, essayist. She studied English and American literature in Warsaw and Aix-en-Provence. She has published in "Gazeta Wyborcza", "Tygodnik Powszechny", "Polityka", "Konteksty", and "Widok". In 2002, she received the prestigious Kościelski Foundation Award for her debut book Rondo de Gaulle - the fruit of years spent alone on the road travelling through Africa, from Casablanca to Kinshasa.

Tomasz Swoboda

Translator. Graduate of Polish and Romance Studies at the University of Gdańsk. Author of books To jeszcze nie koniec? Doświadczanie czasu w powieści o dekadentach (Isn’t That the End? The Experience of Time in Novels about Decadents, 2008) and Historie oka. Bataille, Leiris, Artaud, Blanchot (The Stories of the Eye. Bataille, Leiris, Artaud, Blanchot) (2010). He specializes in theory and history of literature as well as translation and translation criticism.

Ziemowit Szczerek

(born 1978) – a writer, journalist and traveller. He collaborates with a number of magazines, including Polityka, Nowa Europa Wschodnia, Ha!art, Dwutygodnik and Tygodnik Powszechny.

Kazimiera Szczuka

An art historian, literary critic, journalist, social activist, member of the Krytyka Polityczna circle. Lecturer of gender studies at Warsaw University. In the past she was the host of such TV programmes as Dobre książki, Pegaz, Najsłabsze ogniwo, Wydanie II poprawione, Dwururka.

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 Szmandra

Marcin Szmandra – a writer, poet and visual artist. In 2013, he published a collection of slightly surrealistic short stories Harmiderek [Small Bustle]. A year later, he wrote a volume Rojbry, cierczki i spacnioki consisting of over 100 haiku. His another passions are graphic design and branding.

Wit Szostak

(born 1976) – a writer and an essayist using a pen name; a graduate of philosophy. He lectures at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow.

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, specialist in Romance studies. She published,among others, Senny żywot Leonory de la Cruz (The Sleepy Life of Leonora de la Cruz) (2004, 2011; translated into French and English), Abecadło Topora (2005), Okruchy amerykańskie (2006), Spiskowcy wyobraźni. Surrealizm (2007), Wieloryb, czyli przypadek obiektywny (2010), and translations of Philippe Soupault's, Gisele Prassinos' and Spalding Gray's books. Her fairy tales for adults and children were published in Poland, Germany, Japan and Korea.

Wojciech Tochman

(born 1969) – a writer and reporter; in the years 1990-2004, heworked as a journalist in Gazeta Wyborcza. He worked also in TVP, where he had a programme Ktokolwiek widział, ktokolwiek wie [Whoever saw, whoever knows].

Katarzyna Tubylewicz

Feature writer, writer, specialist in culture and translator from Swedish. She cooperates with Gazeta Wyborcza, Dwutygodnik and Krytyka Polityczna. A novel Własne miejsca (Places of One's Own) from 2005 was her literary debut.

Henryk Waniek

(born 1942) – a painter, graphic artist, writer and literary critic. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was a member of Oneiron – an esoteric group of artists who were fascinated with magic, alchemy and the Far East as well as various mind-broadening techniques.

Anna Wasilewska

Specialist in Romance studies (University of Warsaw). Since 1992 she has run a section of the French and Italian-language literature at Literatura na Świecie monthly.

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