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Julia Hartwig-Międzyrzecka (14 August 1921 – 14 July 2017) was a Polish writer, poet and translator, considered to be one of Poland's most important female poets.[1][2][3]

Julia Hartwig
Julia Hartwig Warsaw October21 2009 Fot Mariusz Kubik 05.jpg
Hartwig in 2009
Born(1921-08-14)14 August 1921
Died14 July 2017(2017-07-14) (aged 95)
OccupationPoet, translator

Life and careerEdit

She was born and raised in Lublin. She studied Polish and French literature at Warsaw University and continued her studies at the Catholic University of Lublin.[4] Her first poems appeared in the journal Odrodzenie in 1944. Hartwig lived in Paris from 1947-50. In 1954, she published Z niedalekich podróży (From Nearby Places), a collection of articles. She published her first collection of poetry Pożegnania (Farewells) in 1956.[1]

She lived in the United States from 1970–74, later returning to Warsaw.[4] During her time in America, Hartwig took part in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and also taught at several universities.[5]

She published translations of French poetry by Guillaume Apollinaire, Blaise Cendrars, Max Jacob, Henri Michaux, and Pierre Reverdy and wrote books on Apollinaire and Gérard de Nerval.[6] She also published translations of American poets such as Robert Bly and Marianne Moore.[1] Hartwig's poetry has been translated into English, French, Italian, Russian, Lithuanian, Serbian, Greek and German.[5]

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Hartwig was awarded the Jurzykowski Prize, the Thornton Wilder Prize from Columbia University's Translation Center and the Georg Trakl Poetry Prize.[6] She received six nominations for the prestigious Nike Award. She is the winner of the 2014 Wisława Szymborska Award for her book of poetry Zapisane.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1954,[8] Hartwig married poet Artur Międzyrzecki [pl]; he died in 1996.[3][4] She died on 14 July 2017 in Pennsylvania at the age of 95.[9]

She was the sister of the prominent photographer Edward Hartwig.

Selected worksEdit


  • Wolne ręce (Free hands), poetry (1969)
  • Wielki pościg (The big race), children's book (1969)
  • Dwoistość (Duality), poetry (1971)
  • Czuwanie (Vigilance), poetry (1978)
  • Chwila postoju (A moment of rest), poetry (1980)
  • Obcowanie (Communion), poetry (1987)
  • Czułość (Tenderness), poetry (1992)
  • Bez pozegnania (No Farewells) (2004), nominated for a Nike Award[10]



  1. ^ a b c d Segel, Harold B. (2003). The Columbia Guide to the Literatures of Eastern Europe Since 1945. p. 207. ISBN 0231114044.
  2. ^ "Julia Hartwig". (in Polish). Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
  3. ^ a b "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. Gale. 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Miller, Jane Eldridge (2001). Who's who in Contemporary Women's Writing. p. 136. ISBN 0415159806.
  5. ^ a b Carpenter, Bogdana (May 2008). "Julia Hartwig's In Praise of the Unfinished translated by John and Bogdana Carpenter" (PDF). Slavic Scene. 16 (1): 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Grol, Regina (1996). Ambers aglow: an anthology of Polish women's poetry (1981-1995). p. 432. ISBN 0924047151.
  7. ^ "Hartwig Wins Poetry Prize". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Happy 90th birthday, Julia Hartwig! Poland's late-blooming poet is still in glorious flower". The Book Haven. Stanford University. 3 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Julia Hartwig nie żyje. Odeszła jedna z najwybitniejszych polskich poetek". gazetapl (in Polish). Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Julia Hartwig profile". Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

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