To Begin Where I Am: Czesław Miłosz and the Poetics of Place


An online conference centered on the works of Czesław Miłosz. The event will take place on October 29, 2021 via Zoom. Register for Friday conference events here:

Event schedule:

Thursday, October 28

This event will take place separately and registration info may be found here.

4:30 PM            Reading Milosz

Readings of Miłosz’s poetry in Polish, Lithuanian and English by Audre Budrys, Bozena Shallcross, Maryse Meijer and others

6:00 PM            Author reading:

Cynthia Haven, Czesław Miłosz: A California Life, with William Nickell (University of Chicago)



Friday, October 29

Register here.

10:00 AM         Welcome: William Nickell (University of Chicago)


10:10 – 11:45: Dialogic Spaces


Karina Jarzyńska ((Jagiellonian University)

Aleksandra Narog (Jagiellonian University)

Dag Lindskog (University of Chicago)


Lunch Break


12:30 – 2:00    Roundtable: The Poet and His Backgrounds


Chair: Bozena Shallcross (University of Chicago)

Laimonas Briedis (author)

Irena Grudzińska-Gross (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Aleksandra Kremer (Harvard University)

Łukasz Tischner (Jagiellonian University)

Joanna Zach (Jagiellonian University)



2:15 – 5:00       Poet – Translator - Exchange


Stanley Bill (Cambridge University)

Lillian Vallee (Modesto Junior College)

Robert Hass (University of California, Berkeley)