Jacek Cygan, born 1950 in Sosnowiec, is a poet, songwriter and author of librettoes. Throughout his career, he wrote over a thousand of song lyrics for the most acclaimed artists and performers of the Polish music scene. In 1994, one of his songs won second prize at the Eurovision Festival In Dublin.
He published three volumes of his poems: „Drobiazgi liryczne” (Lyrical Oddments), Oficyna Literacka Publishers, Kraków 1995; „Ambulanza”, Bonobo Publishers, Warsaw, 2005; „Pies w tunelu” (Dog In the Tunnel), Iskry Publishers, Warsaw, 2011. Mr. Cygan is the recipient of several literary awards, i.a. Father Jan Twardowski Literary Award (for „Ambulanza”) and Hermenegilda Kociubińska Silver Ink-stand Literary Award (for „Dog In the Tunnel”).
Jacek Cygan authored the libretto to the „Santo Subito – Cantobiografia Jana Pawła II” oratorio on the life of the Polish Pope, late John Paul II. His achievements also include numerous translation works – among others he created Polish versions of „Notre-Dame de Paris” musical and „Messiah” oratorio by George Frideric Handel.