“Kamień” Award for Poetry
The “Kamień” Award for Poetry is awarded for outstanding poetic output. The presentation ceremony takes place during the City of Poetry (Miasto Poezji) Festival. It has been organized by the “Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre” Centre, initially in cooperation with the Department of Polish Studies of the Catholic University of Lublin and at present with the Chair for Contemporary Literature and Literary Criticism of the Pedagogical University of Cracow.
About the “Kamień” Award
The award has the form of a stone bas-relief that corresponds in its design with the cover of the first issue of “Kamień”.
The “Kamień” award for Ryszard Krynicki
Designed by Małgorzata Rybicka
The “Kamień” award for Tomasz Różycki
Designed by Florentyna Nastaj
The “Kamień” Award for Poetry was awarded for the first time in 2008, during the first edition of the City of Poetry Festival. The concept of the festival was first presented during the meeting titled “Stare kamienie. Poemat na dwa głosy” (Old stones. A poem for two voices).
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In the years 2008-2010, the award committee consisted of writer Paweł Huelle and literary scholars and critics: Paweł Próchniak, Marian Stala, and Piotr Śliwiński. Since 2011, the membership of the committee has been kept secret.
“Kamień” Award laureates
2008 - Ryszard Krynicki
2009 - Julia Hartwig
2010 - Tomasz Różycki
2011 - Piotr Matywiecki
2013 - Andrzej Sosnowski
2014 - Marcin Świetlicki
The first presentation of the “Kamień” award took place in 2008, at the Department of Polish Studies of the Catholic University of Lublin. The award for Julia Hartwig was presented in 2010 in the Juliusz Osterwa Theatre. That night, the poet was also granted the honorary citizenship of the City of Lublin. Since 2010, the ceremonies have taken place at the seat of the “Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre” Centre.
The presentation ceremony is accompanied by an eulogy. The eulogies of Ryszard Krynicki, Julia Hartwig and Tomasz Różycki were written by Professor Paweł Próchniak, the eulogy of Piotr Matywiecki - by Professor Leszek Szaruga, the eulogy of Andrzej Sosnowski - by Professor Piotr Śliwiński.
Mystery Play of Poem
In 2012, the “Kamień” award was not conferred. However, that year, during the fifth edition of the Festival, the Mystery Play of Poem took place, prepared and conducted by Professor Paweł Próchniak, with participation from the poets who had received the award theretofore: Julia Hartwig, Ryszard Krynicki, Piotr Matywiecki and Tomasz Różycki.
Murals of the “Kamień” Award laureates
As a lasting reminder of every “Kamień” award ceremony and every edition of the City of Poetry Festival, a mural of a poem of the laureate is placed on one of the school buildings in the centre of Lublin.
Text by Joanna Zętar, Paweł Próchniak
Translated by Jarosław Kobyłko
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