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Poetry and conversation with Grzegorz Kwiatkowski

The Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of English at Johns Hopkins University are pleased to present an afternoon of poetry and conversation with the Polish poet and musician Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, whose poetry (along with the music he performs with his band, Trupa Trupa) address issues of historical memory and forgetting, especially around fascism and the murder of Polish Jews during the Nazi period. In addition to offering a reading of his poems, Kwiatkowski will be joined by two U.S.-based respondents, Zackary Sholem Berger and Karen Underhill, who will engage him in conversation about the state of poetry and the arts in contemporary Poland as well as the political and social role of poetry and popular music more generally.

Holocaust Memory in Poland

Next Thursday Grzegorz Kwiatkowski will be a guest of the panel “Holocaust Memory in Poland: Preserving the Past, Planning for the Future”. The meeting will be part of the Genocide Awareness Month. It will also be attended by Adara Goldberg, Joanna Sliwa, Jakub Nowakowski, Dara Bramson, Menachem Kaiser, Katarzyna Markusz and Rachel Rothstein.

Ted Hughes’s Crow at 50

The University of Cambridge and the Ted Hughes Society invite you to “Ted Hughes’s Crow at 50: a seminar devoted to the extraordinary power and enduring life of Crow. The seminar will feature a distinguished panel of speakers: Dame Marina Warner, Alice Oswald, Mark Cocker and Grzegorz Kwiatkowski.”

University of Oxford

„The Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities invite you to participate in an introductory workshop with Polish poet and musician Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, on the topic of ‘Virus of Hate’.

Music and Poetry against Hatred / UC Berkeley

The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UC Berkeley is teaming with the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and the San Francisco-Krakow Sister Cities Association to host a conversation with the poet and musician Grzegorz Kwiatkowski of the Polish indie band Trupa Trupa from Gdańsk on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12 noon (Pacific Standard Time/California, USA).

Modern Poetry In Translation / The Best Of World Poetry

“The Polish poet Grzegorz Kwiatkowski admits to his poetic affinity with Edgar Lee Masters. Although he borrows his approaches from Spoon River Anthology, Kwiatkowski emphasizes the differences too: ‘I’m very interested in history. My grandfather was a prisoner in Stutthof, the Nazi concentration camp east of what used to be the Free City of Danzig. Later he was forced to become a Wehrmacht soldier.’ Kwiatkowski’s poems explore not only conflicted pasts of Central and South-Eastern Europe (for example, the Nazi T4 Euthanasia Program), but also the paradoxes of contemporary genocides, for instance in Rwanda. As the poet explains, ‘I’m intrigued by the combination of ethics and aesthetics in one person, one life, one story.’ His minimalist poems have been perceived as quasi-testimonies, ‘full of passion, terror and disgust’, provocative and lyrical utterances delivered by the killed and the dead. Ultimately, they become portrayals of Death.”