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Poetry Symposium in Cracow
May 28, 2013   
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Poets from the United States, Poland and other European countries will come to Cracow for a poetry symposium June 17-21.

The symposium is an initiative by American poet and critic Edward Hirsch (pictured right) and Cracow-based poet Adam Zagajewski (left). Symposium events will be held in the city’s historic Jewish district of Kazimierz, venues around the Main Market Square, and at the Jagiellonian University.

High-profile guests from abroad will include Durs Grünbein from Germany, Gwyneth Lewis from Britain, Tomaz Salamun from Slovenia and Susan Stewart from the United States. They will be accompanied by young poets and poetry translators, some of whom have only just published their first books of poetry. Polish poets at the symposium will include Jerzy Kronhold, Ryszard Krynicki, Ewa Lipska, and Piotr Sommer, in addition to Zagajewski.

The attendees will meet to discuss problems faced by contemporary culture, read poems and translate poetry into different languages. Selected events will be open to the public, including two poetry nights at the Galicja Museum in the Kazimierz district (June 19) and the Stanisław Wyspiański Stage of the Cracow Academy for the Dramatic Arts (June 20). All-comers will also be able to take part in debates in Bobrzyński Hall at the Jagiellonian University’s Collegium Maius—at 9:30 a.m. June 17-21. The debates will focus on topics such as poetry after the Holocaust, poetry and mass culture, and the globalization of poetry.

Poems and translations produced during the symposium will be printed along with reports from the event in the American Poetry Magazine, the oldest poetry magazine published in English, established in Chicago in 1912.

The Cracow Poetry Symposium is organized by the Poetry Foundation from the United States, which aims to promote poetry in contemporary culture.

For details and symposium agenda go to www.poeciwkrakowie.pl
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