Our team

Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkało – festival’s artistic director
Poetess, writer, journalist. Author of the books: “Mocno poszukiwana,” “Lonty,” “Gospel”, “Ani mi się śni,” “Spamy miłosne,” “Nikon i Leica,” “Borderline.” Nominated for the Gdynia Literary Prize, the wARTo Award of “Gazeta Wyborcza”. Her works have been translated to Serbian, Chinese, and Spanish. In 2013 she published her novel “Zaćmienie”, in 2015 – another entitled “41 drownings”.

Marcin Hamkało – president of the TAK association

Holder of a doctorate in the humanities, art director, editor, lecturer, and poet. He is currently a director of the Pan Tadeusz Museum in Wrocław. His dissertation in the history of literature was defended in 2001 in Wrocław, and was awarded honours and nominated for a Minister’s Award. In 2001-2011, Marcin Hamkało was a guest lecturer at universities in Wrocław and Kraków (teaching issues in cyberculture, advertising campaign design and creative writing). He is an organizer of cultural and media events, and was co-organizer of Hello Day (2008) and the Wroclaw Sound Festival (2009), co-editor of Survival Art Review (2012), creative director for RadioWroclove.com (2009-2011) and marketing director for the Brave Festival (2007-2010).
Since 2006, he has been the director of the International Short Story Festival, one of only two literary events (along with the Conrad Festival) representing Poland during its Presidency of the EU (2011).
Chairman of the Board of the Active Communications Society. Head of the production studio Imagine. Co-author of and creative director for several national and international advertising campaigns.
Published works include „limes” (1995), „weiter weiter” (1998) and „nagrałem mu się” [I recorded to him] (2005). His works have appeared in at least six dozen anthologies and magazines, and have been translated into Ukrainian, English, Spanish and Serbian. He has won awards at poetry competitions in Toruń, Poznań, Wrocaw, received a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship (Scotland), and has taken part in literary festivals in France, Serbia and Ukraine. Articles discussing his texts were published in the pages of, among others, Tygodnika Powszechnego, Odra, Gazeta Wyborcza, Czas Kultury, FA-art, Studium, Arte, Lampa, Nowe Książki, Topos and Twórczość. Marcin Hamkało is also a journalist, film critic and editor. In 2001, he founded Tin, the first Polish cultural weekly on the internet (katalog.czasopism.pl/index.php/Tin). For six years, he was editor of the monthly Odra, and also edited several books, among them, works of fiction for Wydawnictwo Czarne (including the debuts of Ignacy Karpowicz and Hubert Klimko-Dobrzaniecki), some of which were nominated for the Nike and Polityka Passport awards, and one of which was awarded the Fundacja Kultura Prize. He co-authored the best-selling and award-winning “first Polish textbook for writers” entitled „Jak zostać pisarzem” [„How to Become a Writer”] (2011).
He has directed several short films and several independent documentary films, as well as the half-hour documentary „Jutro będzie za późno” [„Tomorrow Will Be Too Late”] commissioned by the National Audiovisual Institute, documenting the project Emergency Room, shown during the European Congress of Culture (2011).

Dobromiła Jankowska – festival’s coordinator

She has coordinated work for the International Short Story Festival for the past nine years. She is a graduate of the University of Wroclaw (English Studies and Polish philology), and was an English teacher for seven years. She is a translator of English literature, including works for Wydawnictwo Czarne, Marginesy, GW Foksal, Publicat and Bukowy Las, and also reviews books in English.
She has helped organize the Good Book Promotion in Wrocław, and helped develop the programs Telewizyjne Wiadomości Literackie and Latarnik. In 2009, she was a juror in the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award competition (Cork, Ireland), one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards.

Paweł Rogowski – production

He is a producer and coordinator of artistic and cultural events for various companies, non-governmental organizations and institutions. He’s been the executive producer of the ISSF since 2011. He was responsible for the production of Survival Art Review (2012, 2013, 2014), he also administered the first English-speaking station in Poland RadioWroclove.com (2009-2010). Paweł was a producer of two international exhibitions – „Active Poetry. Introduction to Polish Art in Public Space” (London, Shoreditch Town Hall) and „Dispossession” (a Collateral Event of 56th Venice Biennale).