Julia Fiedorczuk is a writer, poet, translator, researcher, practitioner of ecocriticism, and author of the School of Ecopoetics’s programme. An important topic in her works is the relationship between human beings and their planetary environment. She is affiliated to the Institute of English Studies at Warsaw University, and has published essays, short story collections and six volumes of poetry. The latest, Psalmy (Psalms), was awarded the Wisława Szymborska Prize, Poland’s most prestigious prize for poetry. Her works have been translated into over 20 languages.
Psalms speak on behalf of the excluded — people, plants, animals and landscapes. They are expressions of mourning for those irrevocably lost species and ecosystems. The poems seek to correlate Biblical poetics with modern discourses (academic, social media and Internet jargons) to reclaim the meanings of essential words. According to Julia Fiedorczuk, the present crisis – political, economic, but most of all ecological – is related to the crisis of communication.