Hedwig Gorski is an American poet, scholar, and artist who received awards for poetry and drama. She coined the term “performance poetry” in early 1980 to describe her poems written only for oral performance. She published three limited short books of poetry and released many audio collections. Her doctorate in creative writing is from the University of Louisiana. She received a Louisiana Artist’s Fellowship (2002), and a Fulbright Scholarship to lecture in Poland (2003). Some of her poems have been translated into Polish and published in Okolica. A micro book titled Poetique (2010), was a finalist for the Balcones Prize. A new manuscript of poems titled Glass Straw was a finalist in the 2011 National Poetry Series.