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European Literature Night
The Polish Book Institute
Zephyr Press
The Polish Cultural Institute New York

Oxygen: Selected Poems by Julia Fiedorczuk, featuring Karen Kovacik

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bohemian National Hall
Greenpoint Public Library

"[Fiedorczuk] is a secret mystic, an innovative adventurer who brings a powerful ecopoetics into compressed linguistic spaces which are both personal and political." -- Brenda Hillman, winner of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize

This year Poland celebrates European Literature Night with the launch of Oxygen: Selected Poems (Zephyr Press, 2017), the first full-length collection in English by Julia Fiedorczuk, one of Poland's most exciting and outspoken poets.

Julia Fiedorczuk entangles images and concepts from science (astronomy, physics, and biology) with deeply personal explorations of relationships and connectedness in her debut poetry book in English. Nature abounds in these poems, and Fiedorczuk is, in turn, ever present in "that luscious fruit, the world." Her passionate engagement with the details of the environment and the people in it makes hers an unforgettable voice in contemporary ecopoetics, one that argues for empathy and alertness. She has published five volumes of poetry, three of fiction, and three books on ecocriticism, and won several Polish literary awards.

Fiedorczuk will be joined by scholar, translator and poet Karen Kovacik. Kovacik directs the creative writing program at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and is editor of Scattering the Dark: An Anthology of Polish Women Poets. Also a poet, she's the author of three collections of poems.

Click here to learn more about the book and to purchase a copy.

This tour is co-presented by European Literature Night, the Polish Book Institute, and Zephyr Press.

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