Tomasz Różycki was born in 1970 in Opole, Poland, and studied Romance Languages at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He also translates from French, including the publication of Stéphane Mallarmé's Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard in 2005.

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Tomasz Różycki was born in 1970 in Opole, Poland, and studied Romance Languages at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He also translates from French, including the publication of Stéphane Mallarmé's Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard in 2005.

He is the author of five collections of poems: Vaterland (1997), Anima (1999), Chata umaita (2001), Świat i antyświat (2003), as well as the epic poem Dwanaście stacji (2004), for which he was awarded the Kościelski Prize, the most prestigious literary prize for Polish writers under forty. This award vaulted him into the ranks of some of Poland's most important writers, among them Zbigniew Herbert and Adam Zagajewski. His latest work Kolonie (2007) brings together seventy-seven poems whose exotic titles such as Tawerna w porcie (t: Tavern at the harbour), Ziemia Ognista (t: Fire earth) and Cynamon i goździki (t: Cinnamon and cloves) present a striking contrast to the depictions of everyday Polish country life and the melancholic thoughts they contain. His work has been translated into numerous European languages and The Forgotten Keys: Selected Poetry of Tomasz Różycki and Colonies (translated by Mira Rosenthal) are available in bilingual editions through Zephyr Press.

Różycki has received the Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński Prize, the Joseph Brodski Prize from Zeszyty Literackie, and has been nominated twice for the Nike Prize, Poland’s most important literary award. He lives in his native city Opole with his wife and two children.