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Marzanna B. Kielar


Marzanna Bogumila Kielar lives in Warsaw, where she lectures in philosophy.

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Marzanna Bogumila Kielar grew up in Goldap in northern Poland. She graduated in Philosophy from Warsaw University and is an Associate Professor at the College of Special Needs Education, Department of Methodology and Creativity Education. She has published the following of poetry books: Sacra conversazione (1992), Materia prima (1999), In den Rillen eisiger Stunden (bilingual selection of poems, Germany 2000), Umbra (selected poems, 2002), Monodia (2006), Salt Monody (bilingual selection of poems, USA 2006), Brzeg (selected of poems, 2010). She is the recipient of some of the most prestigious literary prizes in Poland: the Kościelski Foundation Prize (1993), the Iłłakowiczówna Poetry Prize (1993), the Polityka Magazine Passport (2000), and was shortlisted for the NIKE Literary Prize, the most prestigious of Polish awards (2000). She also received the Cristal of Vilenica Poetry Prize (Slovenia 1995) and Hubert Burda Prize for a selection of her poems in German (Germany 2001). Kielar has participated in numerous international poetry festivals and has been granted fellowships from cultural foundations in Poland, Germany, Sweden, Asia and the USA - most importantly from the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany 1999, chosen by J.M. Coetzee), from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa (USA 2002) and from the International Writers Workshop at the Hong Kong Baptist University (2007). Her poetry has been translated into 22 languages and presented in nearly forty anthologies. She is a member of the Polish PEN Club and the Polish Writers Association.