Ewa Lipska was born in Krakow in 1945. She is the author of nineteen books of poetry and winner of numerous major literary awards, including the Polish PEN Club's Robert Graves Award for lifetime achievement in poetry. Collections of her verse have been translated into fifteen languages. She lives in Vienna and Krakow. Robin Davidson is a poet, translator, and assistant professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Houston - Downtown. In 2003-2004 she served as the Fulbright professor of American literature at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Ewa Elzbieta Nowakowska is a poet and translator living and teaching in Krakow, Poland. She is a graduate of the Jagiellonian University's Institute of English Philology. Her poems were recently selected by Adam Zagajewski to be featured in Zeszyty Literackie as the work of one of Krakow's emerging younger poets.
"The world of Wea Lipska's poetry is a world of madness, of unpredictability, a world from which nothing good can be expected. Why then in reading these poems do we experience, in spite of everything, the joy and desire of being alive even more intensely? That is the question!" --Wislawa Szymborska