8.04.2024 - 12.04.2024 Events, Literature

CONTEMPORARY POLISH POETRY on Tour in the U.S.: Jerzy Jarniewicz

Jerzy Jarniewicz, one of Poland’s beloved poets and winner of the 2022 Nike Award, and translator Piotr Florczyk present Landless Boys, a debut volume of Jarniewicz’s poems in English. The book was published last year by MadHat Press in a bilingual edition. 

Monday, April 8, 2024 | 6:00 PM -7:30 PM

University of Washington 

CMU 120, Seattle, WA 98195

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | 6:00 PM

University of Colorado

Zenith Room (640) in the Tivoli Building, Auraria Campus

Wednesday, April 10,2024 | Time TBD

University of Wisconsin

Van Hise Hall, Room 1418, Madison, WI 53706

Thursday, April 11, 2024 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Cleveland State University

2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

Saturday, April 13, 2024 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Polish Slavic Center

177 Kent St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

 In Jerzy Jarniewicz’s Landless Boys—which comes to us through Piotr Florczyk’s wonderful English translation—sacrilege and the sacred repeatedly weave through each other. Sex and eros are neither romanticized nor profaned, but simply—and inexorably—present. Grand-scale human thinking becomes diminished by its proximity to daily activity, and private lives exist quietly inside the machinery of history and civilization. By the end, this ambitious, brilliant, understated book has offered an astonishingly broad depiction of human experience—inside of which the individual mind is forever navigating the inescapability of both the body and the present moment. — Wayne Miller

Jerzy Jarniewicz is a Polish poet, translator and literary critic, who teaches at the University of Łódz. He has published twelve volumes of poetry, thirteen critical books on contemporary Irish, British and American literature, and has written extensively for various journals, including Poetry Review, Irish Review, Cambridge Review. He has translated the work of many novelists and poets, including James Joyce, John Banville, Seamus Heaney, Raymond Carver, Philip Roth, Edmund White, Ursula Le Guin, and Derek Walcott. 

Piotr Florczyk is an award-winning poet, critic, and translator. His recent books include Swimming Pool, and Object Lessons title, and the poetry collection From the Annals of Kraków, which is based on the testimonies of Holocaust survivors, as well as numerous volumes of translations. He teaches global literary studies at the University of Washington, and lives with his family in Los Angeles. For more information about him and his work, please visit: www.piotrflorczyk.com

Photo credits:

Jerzy Jarniewicz’s photo  by Jerzy Maciej Korba

Piotr Florczyk photo by Dena Florczyk

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