We already know who will be hosted during the second edition of Literary Residences in Gdańsk – a program addressed to writers, poets and translators from Poland, Belarus and Ukraine. The jury selected five people who will stay in Gdańsk from September to December to live, create and look for inspiration here. They are: Błażej Warkocki, Gabriela Abrasowicz, Alena Ivaniushenka, Natalia Matoliniets and Roksolana Zharkova.

Residents will be provided with an apartment, substantive and logistic support as well as a grant of up to 3,000 PLN gross per month. The guests will also be invited to take part in the literary activities of The City Culture Institute. Residencies in Gdańsk give the opportunity to spend a few weeks in our city, do creative work and have a chance to get to know the local artistic environment. As part of the program, we will host:

– Błażej Warkocki (humanities residence) – literary critic, researcher and lecturer at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, co-editor of ‘Disorientation. The Anthology of Polish Queer Literature’;

– Gabriela Abrasowicz (translation residency) – doctor of humanities in the field of literary studies, researcher and translator, since 2009 she has been active as a therapist (neurologopedic therapy, voice emission and voice impostation for people working with voice professionally);

– Alena Ivaniushenka (residence for authors from Belarus) – journalist and writer, graduate of the Belarusian State University and the School of Young Writers of the Belarusian Writers’ Union and PEN-centrum;

– Natalia Matoliniets (residence for authors from Ukraine) – writer, author of award-winning novels for young adults, graduate of journalism at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, member of the Ukrainian Writers’ Union;

– Roksolana Zharkova (residence for authors from Ukraine) – writer, essayist, literary critic, researcher of women’s writing. Participant, finalist and winner of many national and international literary and artistic competitions, winner of several literary awards.

The applications have been examined by the jury: Aleksandra Szymańska (The City Culture Institute), Ana Matusevič (The City Culture Institute), Izabela Morska (Literary Union Association), Małgorzata Glasenapp (Polish Literary Translators Association).

The program is implemented in cooperation with Krakow (Krakow Festival Office) and Warsaw (Old House of Culture), as well as with the Literary Union and Polish Literary Translators Association.