At the Cultural Crossroads

Beata Pozniak Daniels is an actress, artist, activist and poet. Best known for her role as Marina Oswald in Oliver Stone’s JFK, she starred in over 30 international film and TV projects. She has played intense, edgy characters like the first female President of the World on Babylon 5 and a revolutionary overthrowing a government in George Lucas’ Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. She also starred on Melrose Place, Mad About You, JAG, Złotopolscy and other TV series. As an activist, she introduced the first bill to recognize International Women’s Day in the U.S. Through her paintings and sculptures Beata has explored the roles of women in society. She earned an MFA from The National Film School in Łódz, Poland.

Eva Stachniak was born in Wrocław, Poland, and came to Canada in 1981. She has been a radio broadcaster and college lecturer of English and Humanities. Her debut novel, Necessary Lies, won the in Canada First Novel Award, and her second novel, Garden of Venus, has been translated into seven languages. Her third novel, The Winter Palace, was published in January of 2012 in Canada (Doubleday), US (Bantam), UK (Transworld) and Poland (ZNAK). She lives in Toronto, where she is working on her second historical novel about Catherine the Great.