Adam Zagajewski

Adam Zagajewski

Adam Zagajewski in 2014
Born (1945-06-12) 12 June 1945
Nationality Polish
Notable awards Neustadt International Prize for Literature
Griffin Poetry Prize

Adam Zagajewski (born 21 June 1945 in Lwów) is a Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist. He was awarded the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Recognition Award.


Adam Zagajewski was born in Lwów (since January 1, 1946 Lvov, Ukrainian SSR). The Zagajewski family was expelled from Lwów by the Ukrainians to central Poland the same year. In 1982, he emigrated to Paris, but in 2002 he returned to Poland, and resides in Kraków. His poem "Try To Praise The Mutilated World", printed in The New Yorker, became famous after the 11 September attacks. He is currently a faculty member at the University of Chicago and a member of its Committee on Social Thought. He teaches two classes, one of which is on fellow Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz.


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Books in English translation


List of poems

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
I look at a photograph 2011 Zagajewski, Adam (Spring 2011). "I look at a photograph". Tin House. 47.  Zagajewski, Adam (2013). Henderson, Bill, ed. The Pushcart Prize XXXVII : best of the small presses 2013. Pushcart Press. pp. 547–548. 

Critical studies and reviews


He was awarded the Bronze Cross of Merit, and twice received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. In 1992, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He won the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and is the second Polish writer to be awarded, after Czeslaw Milosz.[1][2] In 2015 he received the Heinrich Mann Prize.


  1. "2004 Neustadt Prize Laureate - Adam Zagajewski". World Literature Today. 2005. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  2. "Polish poet awarded 2004 Neustadt prize". The Oklahoma Daily. 27 October 2003. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.

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