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Anna Janko

(b. 1957) – one of the best contemporary Polish women writers, a poet and literary critic. She has written several volumes of poetry and the novels The Match Girl and Passion According to Saint Hanka. Janko was nominated for the NIKE Literary Prize in 2001 and 2013 and the ANGELUS Central European Literature Award in 2008; she has also won many awards and literary prizes such as the City of Gdańsk Book of the Year in 1981 for her volume of poetry A Candle for the Devil, the Dresden Independent Writers’ Society Prize in 1993 for her poetic oeuvre, a nomination for the Hermenegilda Kociubińska Silver Inkwell Literary Prize in 2008, and a nomination for the Cogito Media Prize for her novel The Match Girl in 2008. Her first book for children – Oleś and Mrs Róża was published in 2018.

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