The European Poet of Freedom Award – Jury

krzysztof_czyzewskiKrzysztof Czyżewski

Born in 1958. Idea practitioner, essayist and initiator of intercultural events. Graduate in Polish Literature at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
Author of “Scieżka pogranicza” (“The Borderland Path,” 2001), “Linia powrotu. Zapiski z pogranicza” (“The Returning Line. Borderland Notes,” 2008), „Miłosz. Tkanka łączna” (“Miłosz. A Connective Tissue,” 2014). Co-author and editor of „Podręcznik dialogu. Zaufanie i tożsamość” (English edition “Trust and Identity. A Handbook of Dialogue,” 2011; Polish edition 2012), „Miłosz – Dialog – Pogranicze” (“Miłosz – Dialogue – Borderland,” 2012) and „Podlasie. Pamięć – Tożsamość – Rozwój” (“Podlasie. Memory – Identity – Development,” 2014).
Founder of the Borderland Foundation and the Borderland of Arts, Cultures and Nations Centre in Sejny; editor-in-chief of “Krasnogruda” magazine and chief executive of Borderland Publishing House. Lecturer of the University of Warsaw, Vilnius University, New School University (New York), Transregional Centre for Democratic Studies (Cracow), Salzburg Seminar, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Boston University. Honorary ambassador of Podlaskie Voivodeship. He has currently been working on establishing Pedagogical Province of Bridge Builders in Krasnogruda on Polish-Lithuanian border.
Recipient of the order of Saint George awarded by the Tygodnik Powszechny, the A. Gieysztor Prize, the J. Giedroyć Award, the New Culture of New Europe Award of the Economic Forum in Krynica.

Pawel Huelle, fot. Joanna SierchaPaweł Huelle

photo: Joanna Siercha

Born in 1957. Prosateur and poet, playwright and screenwriter, essayist and columnist, editor and academic. Graduate in Polish Philology at Gdańsk University.
Author of Weiser Dawidek (1987; English edition “Who was David Weiser?,” 1991), “Opowiadania na czas przeprowadzki” (1991; English edition “Moving House and Other Stories,” 1994), “Wiersze” (“Poems,” 1994), “Pierwsza miłość i inne opowiadania” (“The first love and other stories,” 1996), “Mercedes-Benz. Z listów do Hrabala” (2001; English edition “Mercedes Benz,” 2005), “Hans Castorp w Sopocie. Zaginiony rozdział z ‘Czarodziejskiej Góry” (2002; English edition “Castorp” 2007), “Byłem samotny i szczęśliwy” (“I was lonely and happy,” 2002), “Ostatnia Wieczerza” (2007; English edition “The Last Supper,” 2008).
Recipient of Polityka’s Passport (2001). In 2008 nominated for the Nike Literary Award. Awarded with The Order of Polonia Restituta by President Bronisław Komorowski in 2012.

Andrzej Jagodziński (Secretary of the Jury)

Born in 1954. Translator, journalist, editor. Graduate in Czech and Slovak Philology.
Translator of works of Hrabal, Skvorecki, Havel, Kundera et al.
Journalist cooperating with the Czechoslovakian section of Radio Free Europe, correspondent for Gazeta Wyborcza in Prague and Bratislava, director of the Polish Institute and cultural attaché of the Polish Embassy in Prague. Director of the International Visegrad Fund, director of the Visegrad Festival. mBank’s expert for expansion into Czech and Slovakian market. Editor-in-chief of “Literatura na Świecie.”
Recipient of the Distinguished Activist for Culture medal, Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, The Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.

zbigniew_mikolejkoZbigniew Mikołejko

Born in 1951. Philosopher of religion, essayist, lecturer.
Author of over 800 works translated into multiple languages:“Katolicka filozofia kultury w Polsce w epoce modernizmu” (“Catholic Philosophy of Culture in modernist Poland,” 1987), anthology “Kim jestem dla ciebie…” (“Who Am I for You,” 1987), “Elementy filozofii” (“Elements of Philosophy,” seven editions 1998-2008), “Mity tradycjonalizmu integralnego” (“Myths of Integrative Conservatism,” 1998), “Emaus oraz inne spojrzenia do wnętrza Pisma” (“Emaus, And Other Views into the Scripture,” 1998), “Żywoty świętych poprawione” (“Lives of the Saints – Revised,” 2001; The Warsaw Literary Premiere Award, June 2001; second edition 2004; edition for the hearing impaired 2002), “Sytuacja ostateczna w perspektywie słowa” (“Death and Text. Final Situation in the Verbal Context,” 2001), “W świecie wszechmogącym. O przemocy, śmierci i Bogu” (In the World Almighty. On Violence, Death and God,” 2009). Author of forewords and afterwords to works of distinguished teologists, philosophers and historians: Dalai Lama, Karen Armstrong, Eugene Drewermann, Hans Küng, Jacques Le Goff, Margaret Starbird. Essayist publishing with „Borussia”, „Dialog”, „Etyka”, „Konteksty”, „Literatura na Świecie”, „Nowe Książki”, „Przegląd Filozoficzny”, „La Sicilia”, „Społeczeństwo Otwarte”, „Twórczość”, „Tygodnik Powszechny”, „Uncaptive Minds.”
Director and professor of the Religion Research Institute in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Fellow member of the American Academy in Rome (1996), professor at the Warsaw University of Humanities.

krzysztof_pomianKrzysztof Pomian (Chairman of the Jury)

Born in 1934. Philosopher, historian, essayist, lecturer. Graduate in Philosophy at the University of Warsaw. Since 1973 in France.
Author of several hundred publications translated into multiple languages: “Przeszłość jako przedmiot wiary: Historia i filozofia w myśli średniowiecza” (1967, “Past as a Matter of Faith: History and Philosophy in Medieval Thought”), “Człowiek pośród rzeczy. Szkice historyczno-filozoficzne” (1973, “Man among Things. Historiosophical Essays), “Zbieracze i osobliwości. Paryż–Wenecja XVI–XVIII wiek” (first published in French: “Collectionneurs, amateurs et curieux. Paris, Venise : XVIe-XVIIIe siècle”, 1986; Polish edition 2001); “Europa i jej narody” (first published in French: “L’Europe et ses nations”, 1990; Polish edition 1992).
Lecturer of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France.
Recipient of Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

stanislaw_rosiekStanisław Rosiek

Born in 1953. Literary historian, essayist, editor.
Author of “Zwłoki Mickiewicza. Próba nekrografii poety” (“Mickiewicz’s Corpse. Attempt at the Poet’s Necrography,” 1997), “(Nienapisane)” (“Unwritten,” 2008), “Władza słowa : szkice, notatki, świadectwa” (“The Power of Words: Essays, Notes, Testimonies,” 2011). Co-author of “Słownik schulzowski” (with Włodzimierz Bolecki and Jerzy Jastrzębski, “Schultzian Dictionary,” 2004), three volumes of “Transgresje” series: “Galernicy wrażliwości,” “Osoby,” “Maski” (with Maria Janion, “Transgressions:” “Galley-Slaves of Sensitivity” 1981, “Persons” 1984, “Masks” 1986).
Lecturer at the Polish Philology Institute at Gdańsk University.

anda_rotenbergAnda Rottenberg

photo: Aleksander Pawlikowski

Born in 1944. Art historian and critic, writer, art curator.
Author of “De Kooning i Rauschenberg – podwójność niesymetryczna” (“De Kooning and Rauschenberg: Asymmetric Duplicity,” 1984), “Proszę bardzo” (“There You Go,” 2009),
“Przeciąg: teksty o sztuce polskiej lat 80.” (“Draught: Essays on Polish Art in the 80s,” 2009), “Sztuka w Polsce 1945–2005” (“Art in Poland 1945-2005,” 2005).
Member of the International Association of Art Critics, curator of multiple domestic and international exhibitions in renowned art galleries and at international art events.
Recipient of Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

olga_tokarczukOlga Tokarczuk

photo: Krzysztof Dubiel dla Instytutu Książki

Born in 1962. Novelist, essayist, poet, screenwriter. Graduate in Psychology at the University of Warsaw.
Author of “Podróż ludzi Księgi” (“The Journey of the Book-People,” 1993), “E.E.” (1995), “Prawiek i inne czasy” (1996; ”Primeval and Other Times”, English edition 2010), “Dom dzienny, dom nocny” (1998, “House of Day, House of Night,” English edition 2002), „Ostatnie historie” (“The Last Stories,” 2004), „Anna In w grobowcach świata” (“Anna In in the Tombs of the World,” 2006), „Bieguni” (“Runners,” 2007), „Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych” (“Drive Your Plough over the Bones of the Dead,” 2009), „Księgi Jakubowe” (“Jacob’s Scriptures,” 2014).
Recipient of two Nike Awards (2008 and 2015), Polityka’s Passport, the Kościelski Award.