Piotr Gwiazda is a scholar, translator, and poet. He is the author of two critical studies, US Poetry in the Age of Empire, 1979-2012 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and James Merrill and W.H. Auden: Homosexuality and Poetic Influence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). His translation of Grzegorz Wróblewski’s book of prose poems Kopenhaga was published by Zephyr Press in 2013. His translation of Wróblewski’s new poems, Zero Visibility, is forthcoming from Phoneme Media in 2017. Gwiazda has also published three books of poetry, Aspects of Strangers (Moria Books, 2015), Messages: Poems & Interview (Pond Road Press, 2012), and Gagarin Street (winner of the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry Contest, 2005).
Gwiazda’s poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including AGNI, Barrow Street, Chicago Review, Contemporary Literature, Denver Quarterly, Jacket2, The Nation, PN Review, Postmodern Culture, The Seattle Review, The Southern Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics.
Gwiazda is a Professor of English at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He has received grants and fellowships from the PEN American Center (Translation Fund), the National Humanities Center (Summer Institute in Literary Studies), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and UMBC’s Dresher Center for the Humanities. In the fall of 2008 he was a Writer-in-Residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut. In 2012-2014 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Humanities Center of the University of Pittsburgh. He has read his work on NPR and was featured in 60 Writers/60 Places, a film by Luca Dipierro and Michael Kimball (2009).