Andrzej Stasiuk has received numerous awards for his work, including the Nike, Poland's most prestigious literary prize, for his 2004 collection of essays Traveling to Babadag. His 1999 novel Nine was recently published in English to great critical acclaim. Stasiuk also runs a publishing house, specializing in Central and Eastern European prose.
Bill Johnston is the leading translator of Polish literature in the United States. His translation of Tadeusz Rï¿½ewicz's new poems won the 2008 Found in Translation Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Poetry Award.