The Wisława Szymborska Foundation was established in April, 2012 by virtue of the Nobel Prize winner’s last testament. As was her will, Teresa Walas, Michał Rusinek, and Marek Bukowski shall hold seats on the Board of Trustees.

The foundation’s tasks are to attend to Wisława Szymborska’s literary legacy and, starting in September 2013, to grant an international poetry award in the poet’s name. There are plans for other awards and grants, as well as for comprehensive activities that aim at propagating literature and reading. The foundation will also provide monetary aid to writers who are in difficult financial situations.

Michał Rusinek


Marek Bukowski


Board Member
Teresa Walas


Board Member

Michał Rusinek – b. 1972 in Krakow, is an assistant professor (adiunkt) at the Chair of Literary Theory, Polish Philology Department of the Jagiellonian University, and also the author or translator of tens of books for children and adult readers. From 1996 to 2012 he was secretary to Wisława Szymborska. (Photo by Krzysztof Sierpiński)

Marek Bukowski – a solicitor with a doctorate in legal studies, is a Partner at Kancelaria Prawna Bukowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k. He also teaches at several institutions of higher education in Krakow and is an Arbitrator with the Copyright Commission. He handled Wisława Szymborska’s legal affairs from 1996.

Teresa Walas – a literary studies scholar and critic, is a professor at the Polish Philology Department of the Jagiellonian University. A friend of Wisława Szymborska’s, she accompanied her during her trip to Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize. (Photo by Grażyna Makara)