Beyond Exile: Reclaiming Anna Frajlich (World Literature Today)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Anna Frajlich (Senior Lecturer Emerita, Slavic Languages) is the subject of World Literature Today's "Cultural Cross Sections" (March 15, 2017), titled "Beyond Exile: Reclaiming Anna Frajlich." The profile, written by Alice-Catherine Carls (Tom Elam Distinguished Professor of History, University of Tennessee at Martin), focuses on how "the year 2016 was one of homecoming for famed Polish American poet Anna Frajlich":

"Recently retired from her position as senior lecturer of Polish language and literature at Columbia University, she continues to be active on the lecture circuit, with invitations to Kyrgyzstan, Spain, England, and Lithuania, in addition to several poetic readings in New York City. In 2016 she participated in no less than ten events organized in Poland in her honor during the fall. She had readings in Warsaw at the Polish Writers Association, Warsaw University, and Łazienki Palace as well as readings in Lublin and Szczecin. The pièce de résistance was the first international conference held on October 24–25 at the University of Rzeszów. It was organized jointly by the Institute of Polish Philology of the University of Rzeszów, which specializes in postwar émigré literature, and the Institute of Polish Philology of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland’s most prestigious center of literary studies. Borrowing from one of Anna Frajlich’s poems, the conference was entitled “ ‘Here I am / I inhabit my own life’: The Poetic, Prosaic, and Epistolary Creation of Anna Frajlich.” An art exhibit was also prepared by the faculty of the art department of the University of Rzeszów on the theme of Frajlich’s poems."