Tomasz Różycki wins the 3 Quarks Daily 2010 “Top Quark” Prize in Art and Literature for his post on his poem “Scorched Maps” on the PEN America blog. Judged by US poet laureate emeritus Robert Pinsky, the prize comes with a $1000 award; and the notice of the award as well as Różycki’s acceptance “speech” (in the form of a comment) are available here. Mira Rosenthal translated both the poem and the poet’s short essay, which can be found on PEN America’s blog.
Tomasz Różycki is the author of over six books of poems in Polish and one in English, The Forgotten Keys, translated by Mira Rosenthal (Zephyr Press, 2007). The Polish Cultural Institute in New York supported his residency last fall at the Vermont Studio Center, which has this nice profile of him up on their website; and he participated in group readings and discussions last November at Poets House’ in New York and at Harvard University.
Tomasz Różycki has a poem (“Scorched Maps,” trans. Mira Rosenthal) and a blogpost about the poem up on the PEN America blog: http://penamerica.blogspot.com.
Różycki was born in 1970 and lives in Opole, in southwestern Poland. He is widely considered one of the foremost poets of his generation, publishing regularly in the important literary journal Zeszyty Literackie, alongside authors like Adam Zagajewski, Ewa Kuryluk, Stanisław Barańczak, and Clare Cavanagh. He has seven books in Polish and one in English (The Forgotten Keys, translated by Mira Rosenthal; Zephyr Press, 2007), and he and his translator are currently working on a second book, Colonies, for which Rosenthal has received awards from the NEA and PEN.
Różycki will be the first writer to take part in the Polish Cultural Institute‘s Poland-U.S. Artists-in-Residency Exchange Program, as a guest of the Vermont Studio Center this coming October-November.