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2010 European Poetry Prize to Adam Zagajewski

28/10/2010 | Events |  Award ceremony on 29 October 2010 at Ca' dei Carraresi, Treviso

Source: Fondazione Cassamarca

The presentation ceremony of the 2010 European Poetry Prize by Fondazione Cassamarca will take place on 29 October 2010 at Ca' Dei Carraresi in Treviso

The jury decided to award this prize to the significant writings and career of a European poet who proved the paramount importance for Europe to be united and maintain its shared values.

This prize is not awarded on a contest basis: it is not possible to spontaneously enrol, instead it is the Jury who chooses the candidates and selects the winner among candidates proposed by each member.

The finalists for this edition were: Pat Boran (Ireland), Hans M. Enzesberger (Germany), Roger McGough (UK), Titos Patrikios (Greece), Adam Zagajewski (Poland).

The Jury announced the winner of this 2010 European Poetry Prize edition:

Adam Zagajewski

He's a poet, fiction writer and essayist born in Lviv (Ukraine), where he never lived. His parents went back to Poland after his birth, where he spent his childhood in Gliwice, in the Silesia region. He was renowned as the leading poet of the generation of the 1968. He participated in the non-official literary movement of the 70s and then moved to Paris in 1982. He joined the Zeszyty Literackie group and subsequently became professor of creative writing at the Houston University. He currently teaches at the Chicago University. His writings are being published in Italy by Adelphi.

A poetry recital will be held during the award ceremony, with poets participating:  Maurizio Cucchi (Italy), John Deane (Ireland), Vivian Lamarque (Italy), Marko Markos (Slovenia), Adam Zagajewski (Poland).
The winner, Adam Zagajewski will read his poems, translated into Italian by Paola Malavasi.
The soprano Cristina Alunno Balacco will sing some arias accompanied by the pianist Roberta Ferrari. Will present the event: Paolo Ruffilli.

Guarantors Committee: Roland Bernecker (Germany, UNESCO), Corrado Calabrò (Italy, Authority for Communications Guarantees), Gerhard Kofler (Austria, Writers' Association), Christos G. Lazos (Greece, National Book Centre), Viviane Reding (Belgium, European Commission), Josè Luis Reina Palazon (Spain, Translators' Association), Tiziano Perez (Holland, Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature), Rita Rodrigues (Portugal, Casa Fernando Pessoa).

The Jury
Casimiro de Brito, John F. Deane, Kjell Espmark, Ruth Fainlight, Luis Garcia Montero, Cees Nooteboom, Paolo Ruffilli, Willem van Toorn, Elena Švarc.

International media say:
Wikipedia on Adam Zagajewski

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