Jacek Dehnel

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Jacek Dehnel (born May 1, 1980) in Gdańsk, Poland) is a Polish poet, writer, translator and painter. Dehnel studied at Warsaw University in the MISH College (Interfacultative Individual Humanistic Studies) and graduated from the Polish Language and Literature department.[1] Dehnel is openly gay[2] and lives in Warsaw.

Jacek Dehnel at the meeting with readers, 2009

His first collection of poems was the last book recommended by Polish Nobel Prize Laureate, Czesław Miłosz.[citation needed]

Dehnel has published his poems in various literary magazines, including Kwartalnik Artystyczny, Studium, Przegląd Artystyczno-Literacki, Topos, Tytuł, Undergrunt. He works also for an internet literary portal Nieszuflada.

Dehnel has translated poetry of such poets as Osip Mandelshtam, W. H. Auden, Mary Oliver – unpublished, and Philip Larkin, George Szirtes – published. He has also rendered in Polish lyrics for songs by Ástor Piazzolla.

He has been awarded literary prizes that include the Kościelski Award in 2005 and the Paszport Polityki in 2007.



  • Kolekcja (The Collection), 1999. Marpress, Gdansk (a collection of short stories)
  • Rynek w Smyrnie, 2007. W.A.B., Warsaw (a collection of short stories)
  • Lala, 2006. W.A.B., Warsaw (a novel)
  • Balzakiana, 2008. W.A.B., Warsaw (a collection of four mininovels)
  • Saturn. Czarne obrazy z życia mężczyzn z rodziny Goya, 2011,. W.A.B., Warsaw (English translation by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, published by Dedalus Books in 2013)
  • Kosmografia, czyli trzydzieści apokryfów tułaczych, accompanying an exhibition of 15th-century maps in the Warsaw National Library, 2012, Biblioteka Narodowa, Warsaw (a collection of short stories)
  • Młodszy księgowy, 2013. W.A.B., Warsaw (a collection of columns on books and reading)


  • Żywoty równoległe (The Parallel Lives), 2004. Zielona Sowa, Cracow
  • Wyprawa na południe (An Expedition Southwards), 2005. Teatr Mały w Tychach, Tychy
  • Wiersze (Poems), 2006. Lampa i Iskra Boża, Warsaw
  • Brzytwa okamgnienia, 2007. Biuro Literackie, Wrocław
  • Ekran kontrolny, 2009. Biuro Literackie, Wrocław
  • Rubryki strat i zysków, 2011. Biuro Literackie, Wrocław
  • Języki obce, 2013. Biuro Literackie, Wrocław



  • Six Polish Poets (as a poet and as an editor), 2009. Arc Publications, London.


  1. ^ Larkin, Philip. The Whitsun Weddings. Translated by St. Baranczak. 
  2. ^ Cioch, Adam (February 13, 2007). "Un jeune écrivain gay polonais recompensé" (in French). Retrieved 2007-06-02. 

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