The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature Adam Zagajewski and Jennifer Grotz on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.
In addition, Zagajewski and Grotz will participate in a question-and-answer session on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the Herrick Room on the second floor of the DeWittCenter.
The public is invited to both events. Admission is free.
Grotz is replacing Edward Hirsh, who was originally scheduled to be part of the reading but is unable to attend for personal reasons.
Poet, novelist and essayist Adam Zagajewski was born in Lwów in 1945. He spent his childhood in Silesia and then in Cracow, where he graduated from JagiellonianUniversity.
Zagajewski first became well known as one of the leading poets of the Generation of '68 or the "Polish New Wave;" he is one of Poland's most famous contemporary poets. Among his collections are "Anteny," "Powrót," "Pragnienie," "Ziemia ognista," "Jechac do Lwowa," "Sklepy miesne" and "Komunikat." His books of poetry in English include "Eternal Enemies: Poems," "Without End: New and Selected Poems," "Mysticism for Beginners," "Tremor" and "Canvas." He is also the author of a memoir, "Another Beauty," and the prose collections "TwoCities" and "Solitude and Solidarity."
His poems and essays have been translated into many languages. Among his honors and awards are a fellowship from the Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, the Kurt Tucholsky Prize, a Prix de la Liberté, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2010, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
He is currently co-editor of "Zeszyty literackie" ("Literary Review"), which is published in Paris. For many years, Zagajewski lived in Paris and Houston, where he taught at the University of Houston. Now he lives in Cracow and Chicago, where he teaches in the School for Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
Jennifer Grotz's most recent book of poems, "The Needle," explores both Polish and American 20th-century poetry and its traditions. According to a "Washington Post" review, "Where many writers look inward and mine their private landscapes, Grotz sees the objects and scenes around her... Attentiveness brings her poems - and the world - alive."
Grotz's previous collection, "Cusp," is informed by the phrase "entre chien et loup," translated as "between dog and wolf," which is a French colloquialism for twilight.
She received her MFA from IndianaUniversity and her PhD from the University of Houston. She is currently completing a manuscript of translations of contemporary Psalms from the French poet Patrice de La Tour du Pin and is an assistant professor of English at the University of Rochester.
Additional information about the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series may be obtained online by going to www.hope.edu/vws.
A performance by a Hope jazz group will precede the reading beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.