Born in 1976, prose writer, translator and literary scholar. Author of the short-story collection Skoruń and the novel Robinson w Bolechowie, significant in their extraordinarily sophisticated use of language, classed as one of the most successful manifestations of the “rural movement” in contemporary Polish literature. Płaza has successfully translated fiction and poetry by authors such as Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Fredric Jameson or Marjorie Perloff. He was awarded the “Literatura na Świecie” Prize, the Gdynia Literary Prize and the Kościelscy Foundation Prize, among others, for both his writings and translations. In 2018, he became the first Polish author to receive the Angelus Central European Literary Prize, awarded annually in Wroclaw.