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Piotr Sommer is known in Poland both as an important poet and as a leading translator of English poetry into Polish. Born in 1948, he has published five collections of his own poems in Poland, as well as an anthology of contemporary British poetry, and a book of interviews with British and Irish poets. He has translated Robert Lowell into Polish and produced Polish editions of Frank O'Hara and Charles Reznikoff. He has been an editor and translator for the magazine Literatura na swiecie (Literature in the World) since 1976, producing special issues on Lowell, Berryman and the New York School. He has taught at several American universities, and was visiting translator at Warwick University in England. He is a freelance writer, editor and translator, and lives in Warsaw.