Poetry and Translation: A Conversation with Grzegorz Wróblewski and Piotr Gwiazda

Friday, April 4, 2014
4:00pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)
Please join the Harriman Institute and the East Central European Center for a poetry reading by Grzegorz Wróblewski. Wróblewski will read in Polish from his new book Kopenhaga. The English translation will be read by Piotr Gwiazda.
 
The reading will be followed by a discussion about poetry and translation with Anna Frajlich, Senior Lecturer, Columbia University.
 
Kopenhaga is the first comprehensive collection of prose poetry by Grzegorz Wróblewski, one of Poland’s leading contemporary writers. The book offers a series of vignettes from the crossroads of politics and culture, technology and ethics, consumerism and spirituality. It combines two tropes: the emigrant’s double identity and the ethnographer’s search for patterns. While ostensibly focused on Denmark, it functions as an investigation of alterity in the post-cold war era of ethnic strife and global capitalism. Whether he writes about refugees in Copenhagen (one of Europe’s major transnational cities), or the homeless, or the mentally ill, or any other marginalized group, Wróblewski points to the moral contradictions of a world supposedly without borders.
 
Grzegorz Wróblewski, born in 1962 in Gdańsk and raised in Warsaw, has been living in Copenhagen since 1985. He has published ten volumes of poetry and three collections of short prose pieces in Poland; three books of poetry, a book of poetic prose and an experimental novel in Denmark; a book of selected poems in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and a selection of plays. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. His poems in English translation appear in many journals, anthologies, and chapbooks, as well as in two collections Our Flying Objects (Equipage Press, 2007) and A Marzipan Factory (Otoliths, 2010).
 
Piotr Gwiazda is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He is the author of James Merrill and W.H. Auden (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and of two books of poetry, Messages (Pond Road Press, 2012) and Gagarin Street (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2005).
 
Co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.
 
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. No tickets or registration necessary.