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Internationally Acclaimed Poet Adam Zagajewski at UT

zagajewski_smallInternationally acclaimed poet Adam Zagajewski will read at UT’s Writers in the Library on Wednesday, October 31, at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Adam Zagajewski is widely considered to be one of the leading poets of Europe. Born in 1945 in Lvov, he was a major figure of the Polish New Wave literary movement of the early 1970s and of the anti-Communist Solidarity movement of the 1980s. Zagajewski is himself a survivor of history’s nightmares, and following the tragedy of 9/11, one of his poems, “Try to Praise the Mutilated World,” published in a special edition of The New Yorker, became a touchstone for our traumatized nation.

His books of poetry in English include Without End: New and Selected Poems, Unseen Hand, and most recently, Eternal Enemies. In 2004 he was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and in 2010 he was a nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He lives in Krakow, Paris, and Chicago.

The author will also participate in an informal chat with students, 2-3 p.m., in 1210-1211 McClung Tower.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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