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Poet Awarded European Poetry Prize

Adam Zagajewski, Visiting Professor in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, has been awarded the European Poetry Prize.  A prominent Polish poet and essayist, Zagajewski has received numerous awards and honors throughout his distinguished career, including the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2004, the Tomas Tranströmer Poetry Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His most recent collection of poems, Eternal Enemies, was published in 2008. Zagajewski is currently working on a new volume of prose, tentatively titled Slight Exaggeration.

While at the University of Chicago, Zagajewski has taught courses focusing on contemporary poetry and the work of Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz. This quarter he is teaching two graduate seminars: “Poets in Their Context” and “Three Generations.”

The Cassamarca Foundation awards the European Poetry Prize biannually.  Located in northern Italy, the foundation promotes academic activities in a number of fields including scientific research, culture, art, education, and health. Founded in 1913 by a former Italian bank, the Cassamarca Foundation is guided by the motto “Beautiful is useful.”

To learn more about the award and Zagajewski’s work please read the University of Chicago Press release here.

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