- Eastern Europe
(poet, literary and music critic, fiction writer; b. 1967, Poland) made his literary debut in 1996 with A Small Male, a collection of poems; several publications quickly followed. Animal Fables, a volume of rhyming poems, was published in 1997, and in 1998, Wiedemann brought forth a collection of short stories, The Omnipresence of Order , which was nominated for the Nike prize, Poland's most prestigious literary award. Completing his banner year was the release of Starter Motor, a book of poems, and Sek Pies Brew ("Cinque pieces breves,") a collection of five stories which brought Weidemann his second nomination for the Nike prize. In 1999, he won the Koscieleski Foundation Prize, which recognizes literary achievement in Polish writers under forty. Wiedemann's most recent publication is Lily of the Valley (2001). He is currently a doctoral candidate in Polish at the Jagiellonian University, and divides his time between Cracow and Grabow. He is participating courtesy of the University of Iowa.