Christopher Adam Zakrzewski

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Christopher A. Zakrzewski is British-born, with a B.A. in modern languages (University of Guelph), an M.A. in Russian Language and Literature (University of Waterloo), and several years of doctoral work in Slavic philology (University of British Columbia). In 1980, he and his wife joined the World University Service of Canada to teach English as a Foreign Language for three years on the French-speaking Comoro Islands in the Indian Ocean. Upon his return to Canada, he taught high school English and French for thirteen years in Ontario. Since 2001, he has been teaching Latin and the Russian novel at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. He is a professional literary translator, the former editor of Nazareth Family Journal and, until 2014, associate editor and principal translator of Poznan-based Love One Another Catholic Magazine. For several years (1998-2008), he was employed by St. Sergius Archives of Madonna House in Combermere, Ontario, to translate the archival materials of the lay apostolate’s Russian-born foundress, Baroness Catherine de Hueck, whose cause for beatification is in progress. His other area of expertise is Polish Romantic Poetry. He has published the only significant English-language fragment of Pan Beniowski by Juliusz Słowacki, the complete cycle of Crimean Sonnets by Adam Mickiewicz, and recently completed a major new prose rendering of Mickiewicz’s 10,000-line masterpiece Pan Tadeusz, which has been serialized by Sarmatian Review (Rice University, Houston, Texas). The Polish Review in New York also published the work (described as a “new annotated translation in elegant English prose”) as an electronic book as part of its newly launched Library of Polish Classics Series (208/30 Press). Among the contemporary Polish writers he has translated into English are Kazimierz Braun, Danuta Kostewicz, Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm, Maciej Patkowski, Joanna Rostropowicz-Clark, Krzysztof Koehler, and Bronislaw Wildstein. Professor Zakrzewski is the recipient of the 2010 Sarmatian Review Literary Prize, an award bestowed occasionally for “significant and disinterested contribution to Polish culture.” He has published widely in a variety of academic and Catholic journals. Married for forty-seven years, he and his wife Wendy have five children and eight grandchildren.