Izabela Morska started out as a poet and performer to expand in the areas of fiction, nonfiction, and cultural criticism. She holds the MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, CA. In 2018 she received Julian Tuwim Prize for life achievement. In her short stories, as well as in longer pieces of fiction and creative nonfiction, Morska embraces neglected and subversive narratives focusing on women, queer, and dispossessed characters, and is prone to creating her own mythologies. Her latest book, Znikanie (Vanishing, published by Znak in October 2019, and nominated for Nike and Angelus Literary Prizes) is a memoir of illness as a journey. Her first and so far only book in English is Glorious Outlaws: Debt as a Tool in Contemporary Postcolonial Fiction (2016). Morska is a former Affiliated Scholar at ISEES and BBRG University of California-Berkeley, as well as a Yaddo and Hawthornden Fellow. She teaches creative writing, critical thinking, and American culture in the English and American Studies Department at Gdańsk University, Poland.
Małgorzata Drohomirecka studied painting and printmaking in Gdańsk, Poland. After completing her master’s degree in 2006 she alternates between London and Gdańsk. Her practice intertwines painting, printmaking and film. She has taken part in various group and solo exhibitions in Poland, Hungary and UK and her 16mm film was part of the Contact Festival in Apiary Studios in London in 2016. Drohomirecka’s paintings and screen prints range from abstract to representational. However, an interest in collective psyche and imagination has always been present in her work and continues to be so. In recent years she started to use the symbolic potentiality of her quite fantastical, figurative paintings to address the issues driven by the patriarchal society. In August 2020, Drohomirecka launched an online exhibition of her latest series of paintings, titled Polonia_2020, which can be viewed at polonia2020.org.