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Sylwia Chutnik


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Born in 1979 in Warsaw. Phd. A graduate of Cultural Studies and Gender Studies at the Warsaw University. A writer, publicist, social activist and promoter of literature. A member of the Union of Polish Writers and the Union of Writers Association. Curator of festivals and literary initiatives (Apostrophe -International Literary Festival, OFF Literary Café, discussions and meetings with authors). She is a lecturer at the University of Warsaw, SWPS University and at the Writing Machine – the school of Writing. Columnist of ,, Polityka", "Times of the Literature" and many web sites. She co-hosted the literary programs "Cappuccino with a book" and "Forget- recovered" in TVP Kultura. She is currently co-organizing the "Barłóg literacki" on You Tube channel. Her texts appeared in collective books and in many catalogs for exhibitions of contemporary art and theater programs (including the Grand Theater - National Opera, Gallery Bunkier Sztuki, Nobel Museum in Stockholm). She publishes guest appearances in the Polish and foreign press. Her scientific texts have been included in more than 25 studies and collective books. Scholarship holder Homines Urbani 2008, Institute Books from Lithuania 2009, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage 2010, City of Warsaw 2010, Goethe Institute 2010.

Winner of literary and social awards. 

She is part of Olgas Rok Award Committee, "Polityka" Science Awards Civic Committee and Feminoteka Fund Committee.

She was z lead singer in punk band Zimny Maj.

She has podcast Radio Sylwia and Elgiebete TV.

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The author of the novel "Pocket Atlas of Women" (Ha! Art 2008), "Dzidzia -Baby”) (Świat Książki 2009), „Cwaniary/Smart Girls” (Świat Książki 2012), "Jolanta" (Znak 2015). "The Sorrow of a cinkciarz" (Od deski do deski 2016), "Rear-facing" (Znak 2022) and historical book "Women's Warsaw" (Polityka's Library 2011), Fairy Tales for Children "Nieśmiałek" (Muza 2015) "Dino Bambino" (Wytwórnia 2018), a collection of columns "Mama has always right"(Mamania 2012), a collection of short stories, “Please enter. Prison, untrue stories" (Nowy Teatr 2012) and "In Wonderland" (Znak 2014), conversation "Women who are fighting. Interviews with women practicing martial arts "(GW Foksal 2017) and "From Rubble Rised. An everyday life in Warsaw 1954-1955" (Ossolineum 2020).

Novels existing by Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw and Teatr im. H. Modrzejewskiej in Legnica.

Laureate of Polityka's Passport 2008 (literature). Three times nominated for the Nike Award (in 2009, 2012 and 2015). Her books have been published in Germany, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, North America, Serbia and Lithuania. The creator of theatrical arts: "Muranooo" (Dramatic Theater in Warsaw and Itim Theater Ensemble in Tel Aviv), "Aleksandra" (Drama Theater in Wałbrzych), "Wanda" (co-author with Patrycja Dołowy, Teatr Stary in Krakov) "Rape. Voices " (Teatr Powszechny), "Lesbian Sunset" (Teraz Poliż Theater) and radio drama „Basement” (premiere at Channel 3 in Polish Radio 4.08.2014) Laureate of the" Dama Warszawy 2007 "and" Wawoaktywnych 2008 Życie Warszawy "contest, nominated for the" Stołek "; the Gazeta Wyborcza 2008, nominated to Polish Woman of the Year 2007 (Gazeta Wyborcza) and Glamor 2008 and Rose Gala in the category Add Literature in 2010, or 3 x Portal "" or "Glasses Equality 2012". Her ,, Pocket Women's Atlas "became the" Book of the Radio Three of the Year in 2009.

In 2018 she was awarded the prize of the City of Warsaw for literary and social activities.







She has been working for human rights since 1995. She was a volunteer of Amnesty International. Involved in the feminist movement: the informal Emancypunx group (1996-2001), the Women's Agreement on 8 March (2000-2015). She worked at the Feminoteka Foundation. Initiator and president of the Mama Foundation acting to improve the situation of mothers in Poland (2006-2016). She cooperated with over 20 non-governmental organizations.

Supports many projects and social campaigns as well as charity collections. Areas of interest: women's rights, children's situation, animal rights, promotion of reading and culture.

Awards: Social Nobel Ashoka 2011, Foundation Polcul Award 2011, Award of the Capital City of Warsaw 2018.

Nominations: "Glasses of Equality 2012", "Dama Warszawy 2007" and "Wawoaktywnia 2008"

"Stołek" Gazeta Stołeczna 2008, for the title of Polish Woman of the Year 2007 Gazeta Wyborcza and Women Glamor 2008, prizes "3 X She portal,". Nominated twice for the title of Warszawianka Roku - Warsaw Woman of the Year (2018, 2021).

The Ambassadeur of The LGBT+ Diamonds Award. 

One of the most influent women by The Forbes Women Magazine in 2020. 


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Academic activity

She made her PhD in Institute Of Polish Culture at the Warsaw University about everyday life in Warsaw in the middle fifties 20th century.

She graduate of the Institute of Polish Culture with a specialization in culture animation and Gender Studies at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw.

She lectures at the University of Warsaw and SWPS in Warsaw. Guest lectures and participation in conferences: Bard University in Jerusalem, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, University of Gdańsk, University of Gdańsk, University of Bialystok, University of Silesia, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, University of them. Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the Jagiellonian University, the University of Lodz, as well as the Children's University and the University of the Third Age in Warsaw.

Her texts and research have appeared in more than twenty collective books and anthologies.

Scientific interests: everyday anthropology, queer studies, literature of the twentieth century, history of emancipation movements, city and gender.

ORCID: 0000-0003-0108-3189

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Punk singer

Sylwia Chutnik was a punk singer in feminist band called Zimny Maj/ Cold May. She also wrote texts. 

In January 2021 they released their first record "Anomaly" (DIY Koło Distro) 

Currently, she is involved in the electro-punk band Oddech Szczura.

You can also hear the band here.


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ContactSylwia Chutnik

meetings with authors,
debates, texts,
writing workshops