Michał Paweł Markowski

Artistic Director of the Conrad Festival, literary critic, essayist and publicist
Michał Paweł Markowski

(b. 1962) – Artistic Director of the Conrad Festival, literary critic, essayist, publicist, Jagiellonian University professor, head of the Chair of Polish Language and Literature at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In the years 2002-2004 lectured at Harvard and Northwestern University. Authored a dozen or so books combining literary, philosophy and anthropology themes, including the following books: Anatomia ciekawości, Występek. Eseje o pisaniu i czytaniu, Czarny nurt. Gombrowicz, świat, literatura, Nieobliczalne, Polska literatura nowoczesna. Leśmian, Schulz, Witkacy, Życie na miarę literatury, and Słońce, możliwość, radość. The winner of the Kościelski Foundation Award and the Aleksander Brückner Award. Translated, among other things, works by Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, Emmanuel Lévinas, Jean-François Lyotard, Richard Rorty, and Marcel Proust. For three years hosted literary programmes on public TV. His book Dzień na ziemi. Proza podróżna (Wydawnictwo Poznańskie, 2014) is a combination of a fiction, travel essays and photographs. His most recent book Kiwka (Wydawnictwo Austeria, 2015) deals with creative freedom, serious irony, translation and literary fiction.