ANNA PIWKOWSKA, born in 1963, is a poet, essayist and critic who studied Polish philology at Warsaw University. She has published seven volumes of poetry: 'Szkicownik' (Sketchpad, 1989), 'Cien na A cianie' (Shadow on the Wall, 1990), 'Wiersze i sonety' (Poems and Sonnets, 1992), 'Skaza' (Flaw, 1996), 'Tylko trzy drogi' (Only Three Roads, 2000), PO (2002), and a selection, 'Niebieski sweter' (Blue Sweater, 2004). In 2003 her book about the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, 'Achmatowa czyli kobieta' (Akhmatova Alias Woman), appeared and in 2007 'Slad lyzwy' (Skate Tracks), based on true stories from the life of Austrian poet Georg Trakl, was published. Her poems have appeared in many leading Polish literary journals and have been translated into Russian, German and Slovene. She has also written song lyrics, the words for the Prologue to an eighteenth-century opera by Maciej Kamienski, 'Nedza uszczesliwiona' (Misery Made Happy), and poetry for Barbara Sass's film 'Jak narkotyk' (Like a Narcotic, 1999). She is an expert on the Russian Acmeist poets, especially Anna Akhmatova, in whose footsteps she has travelled in Russia and Ukraine to research her book. She has won several literary prizes including the Georg Trakl Award (1995), a Koscielski Foundation Distinction (2002) and the Warsaw Literary Premiere Award (2003). DARIUSZ SUSKA was born in 1968 in Zlotoryja, ninety kilometres west of Wroclaw. He studied experimental physics at the universities of Wroclaw and Warsaw, and information technology as a post-graduate, but has not taken up either professionally. He has published several books of poetry, of which 'Wszyscy nasi drodzy zakopani' (All Our Dear Ones Buried, 2000) won an award from the Polish Society of Book Publishers and was nominated for the Nike Award. Another collection, 'Cala w piachu' (Covered in Sand, 2004) was on the Nike shortlist. His most recent book, 'Czysta ziemia' (Pure Earth), appeared in February 2008. He lives in Warsaw with his wife Aneta, who is the author of a book about Japanese cinema, and their five-year-old daughter Natasza. TOMASZ ROZUCKI, born in 1970, is a poet and translator. He lives in Opole. His published volumes of poetry are: 'Vaterland' (1997), 'Anima' (1999), 'Chata umaita' (Country Cottage, 2001), 'Swiat i Antyswiat' (World and Antiworld, 2003), 'Kolonie' (Colonies, 2006), and the epic poem 'Dwanascie stacji' (Twelve Stations, 2004). His work has appeared in many periodicals and anthologies in Poland and abroad. He has won literary prizes including the K. K. Baczynski Award (1997), the Czas Kultury Prize (1997) and the Rainer Maria Rilke Award (1998). 'Dwanascie stacji' won a prize for the best Book of the Spring 2004, awarded by the Raczynski Library in Poznan, and 'Swiat i Antyswiat' was acclaimed the Best Poetry Book of 2003 in an internet poll run by Forum Krytyki Literatorium. Rozycki has been nominated for the Paszport Polityki (2004) and for Poland's top literary prize, the Nike Award (2005 and 2007). He won the Koscielski Foundation Prize (2004), and the literary journal 'Zeszyty Literackie"s Joseph Brodsky Award (2006). MACIEJ WOZNIAK, born in 1969, is a poet and music critic. His poetry books are: 'Srebrny olowek' (Silver Pencil, 1998), 'Illuminacje. Zacmienia. Szarosc' (Illuminations - Eclipses - Greyness, 2000), 'Obie strony A wiatla' (Both Sides of the Light, 2003), 'Wszystko jest cudze' (Everything belongs to Someone Else, 2005) and 'Iluzjon' (2008). He has also published reviews, columns and essays on music in journals including 'Tygodnik Powszechny' and the literary periodical 'Studium'. He lives in Plock. AGNISZKA KUCIAK, born in 1970, is a writer and translator of Italian literature. Her published collections of poetry are: 'Retardacja' (Retardation, 2001), hailed by the critics as the best debut of the 1990s, and 'Dalekie kraje. Antologia poetow nieistniejacych' (Distant Countries - An Anthology of Non-Existent Poets, 2005), about how young people in Poland feel disoriented. She has also published a set of original fantasy stories called 'Animula Blandula' (2007), a children's book called 'Przygody Kota Murmurando' (The Adventures of Murmurando the Cat, 2006) and some highly acclaimed translations, including Dante's Divine Comedy (2002-2004) and Petrarch's Sonnets (2002). She won the Feniks Award for her translation of Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio, the Publishers' Association Award for 'Retardacja' and the Polish President's Prize for her book 'Dante Romantykow' (The Romantics' Dante). She is now working on an anthology of Italian love sonnets to be called 'Dawne plomienie' (Old Flames). She is employed at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. JACEK DEHNEL, was born in Gdansk in 1980. He graduated in Polish studies at Warsaw University and lives in Warsaw's Powisle district. He has published four volumes of poetry: 'Zywoty rownolegle' (Parallel Lives, 2004); 'Wyprawa na poludnie' (Journey South, 2005); 'Wiersze' (Poems), a collection including the two earlier volumes and the previously unpublished 'Pochwala przemijania', (In Praise of Passing, 2006); and 'Brzytwa okamgnienia' (A Razor-sharp Glance, 2007). He has also published two books of short stories, 'Kolekcja' (The Collection, 1999) and 'Rynek w Smyrnie' (The Marketplace at Smyrna, 2007), a novel, 'Lala' (2006) and a collection of four short novels 'Balzakiana' (2008). His work has appeared in many literary periodicals and he writes a review column for the 'Wirtualna Polska' (Virtual Poland) website. He has translated verse by poets including Philip Larkin, W. H. Auden, Osip Mandelstam, George Szirtes and Karlis Verdins, as well as song lyrics. He has won many major literary prizes in Poland, including the Koscielski Foundation Prize (2005) and the Paszport Polityki (2006, for 'Lala'). His poetry has been translated into English, Basque, French, Gaelic, Lithuanian, Slovak and Slovene. 'Lala' has been published in German translation and is due to appear in Israeli, Croatian, Italian, Slovak and Hungarian editions. He is also a painter and draughtsman.