It is with deep sadness that we have to share the news that Adam Zaganewski died on Sunday 21 March, 2021. This profile page was first created in November 2020, in anticipation of his reading for StAnza 2021.
A major figure of the Polish New Wave literary movement of the early 1970s and of the anti-Communist Solidarity movement of the 1980s, Adam Zagajewski was the author of Unseen Hand, Eternal Enemies and Without End: New and Selected Poems, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Zagajewski’s other collections of poetry include Mysticism for Beginners, Canvas, and Tremor: Selected Poems. His most recent publication was Slight Exaggerations, a collection of essays. He was also the author of a book of essays and literary sketches, Two Cities: On Exile, History and the Imagination, and of Solidarity, Solitude: Essays. He recently spent part of the year in Krakow, the city he lived in during the 1960s and 1970s, and he taught in Chicago.