Ellis Island: A People's History

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About the Author

For forty years, Malgorzata Szejnert (b. 1936) has been one of Poland's most important nonfiction writers and editors, shaping a generation of Polish literary reportage. She began writing about challenging social issues in the 1970s, and was an active member of the opposition during the Solidarity period. After the fall of Communism, she co-founded Poland's leading daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and led its reportage division for 15 years. Since retiring, she has devoted herself entirely to book writing. Her topics range from Poland to America to Zanzibar, always with a warm, personal focus, allowing marginalized people to speak for themselves through her work.

Sean Gasper Bye is a translator of Polish literature, including books by Lidia Ostalowska, Filip Springer, and Malgorzata Szejnert. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he studied modern languages at University College London and international studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He spent five years as Literature and Humanities Curator at the Polish Cultural Institute New York. He is a winner of the Asymptote Close Approximations prize and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship.


"To me Malgorzata Szejnert embodies the image of Poland...She has grace, a gentle tone, and a serene gaze."
--Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of Secondhand Time