Pamięć Smieny / Smena's Memory
By Wioletta Grzegorzewska
Translated by Marek Kazmierski
Published by OFF_Press in 2011
This first collection from one of Poland’s most promising poets spans the course of an already rich publishing career, covering her childhood and the experience of growing up in post-Communist Poland to her most recent struggles with life in England and the continuation of her existence as a woman of letters on foreign soil. This is the first time her work has been published in English, representing an important moment for contemporary poetry produced outside of Poland.
The book also contains the poems in the original Polish.
On Friday 16 March, 7pm, Wioletta Grzegorzewska will be a special guest of an evening of Polish poetry and readings What You Will Never Say Again hosted by Marek Kazmierski and organised by Calvert 22 in association with OFF_Press as part of the project The Forgetting of Proper Names.
Wioletta Grzegorzewska – born in 1974 in southern Poland. Her poetry volumes include Wyobraźnia kontrolowana (Częstochowa 1998), Parantele (Częstochowa 2003), Orinoko (Tychy 2008) and Inne obroty (Toronto – Rzeszów 2010). Her poems have been published in the following literary journals: Arterie, Arkusz, OFF_Press, Studium, Tygiel Kultury and Zeszyty Literackie. She won the Tyska Zima Poetycka competition for the publication of a volume of post-debut poetry. Her poems have been translated into English. In 2006, she left Poland and moved to the UK, where she currently resides in the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
OFF_ is a UK-based independent press, promoting contemporary creative writing in English and Polish translations, using multimedia and live events to celebrate reading and storytelling in different languages/genres around the world.
Both the publication and the event with Wioletta Grzegorzewska at Calvert 22 have been supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London.