|SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN BORN represents the collected works by one of Poland’s most promising young poets, Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, available for the first ever time in English translation. Born 1984 in Gdansk, he published his first collection of poems “The Crossing” in 2008, then “Eine Kleine Todesmusik”in 2009 and “Weaken” in 2010. Member of the group Trupa Trupa. Shortlisted for the prestigious Politika Passports twice (2009 and 2010). Winner of the Young Artist of the Year in Gdansk (2009), the Splendor Gedanesis Prize (2011) and the Artistic Award from the Gdansk Association of Friends of the Arts. Beneficiary of the Grazella Foundation Scholarship (2009), the City of Gdansk Scholarship (2010) and the Mayor of the Pomeranian District Scholarship (2011). Winner of numerous national poetry competitions (incl. Władysława Broniewskiego, Witolda Gombrowicza, Złoty Środek Poezji). Nominated by Gazeta Wyborcza for the Storm Of the Year prize (2008, 2009, 2010). Nominated for the Splendor Gedanensis Prize (2009). Published in, among others, Tygodnik Powszechny, Gazeta Wyborcza, Dziennik, Lampa, Dwutygodnik, Kwartalnik Artystyczny, Topos and Odra.
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CONTROL MADNESS, a half-hour documentary on DVD esepcially comissioned for this publication, showing Grzegorz Kwiatkowski in his home town of Gdansk, discussing the themes which drive his poetry and his music, is dispatched free of charge with every copy of Should Not Have Been Born purchased from our on-line store.