I request a New Directions Initiative grant to support a connected group of literary and art undertakings in northern Poland, immersing myself not only in Polish environmentalism and literature of place, but also in two projects involving something I have never done previously either in Poland or in the United States: 1) to participate in a word/image collaboration with a visual artist, and 2) to engage in a similarly collaborative project with another writer, featuring the co-writing of some texts and the translation from one language to the other of other writings. The first project involves collaborating with Polish visual artist Wojciech Kolyszko on a "deep map" of Sobieszewo Island on the Baltic Coast near Gdansk, exploring its natural as well as cultural history. The second aspect of my proposal involves a travel and nature writing project with Polish poet Tadeusz Dziewanowski, involving a series of trips to such natural areas as Bialowieza Forest. As a backdrop, I also wish to explore current Polish environmental literature, an area of Polish writing culture that I have not had the opportunity to learn about in any sustained way during my thirty years of engagement with this country. Indeed, this investigation across the boundaries of art, language, and cultural attitude towards environmental matters would result in the development for me of an exciting new expertise in regards to issues of place and the environment within an international context, with the ability not only to examine current Polish environmentalism by itself, but also to consider its position within the European Union in regards to environmental awareness and activities, especially in how these concerns appear in literary form.