Anna Blasiak

Anna is a poet, translator, literature co-ordinator of the European Literature Network – and a resident of coastal Ramsgate. She studied Art History in Warsaw, Film Studies in Kraków and Arts Policy and Management in London.

She has translated over 40 books from English into Polish and some fiction from Polish into English – by Mariusz Czubaj, Wioletta Grzegorzewska, Jan Krasnowolski, Kaja Malanowska, Daniel Odija, Mirka Szychowiak, Irit Amiel and Renia Spiegel (mainly under the name of Anna Hyde). She has also translated poetry into Polish – by Maria Jastrzębska, Mary O’Donnell, Nessa O’Mahony, Vesna Goldsworthy, Martina Evans, Pascale Petit and Tishani Doshi – and, into English, poetry by Mirka Szychowiak, Radosław Wiśniewski, Edward Pasewicz, Rafał Gawin and Joanna Fligiel. In addition to her book-length translations, Anna’s work has also been published in Best European Fiction, Asymptote, The Guardian, B O D Y Literature, Modern Poetry in Translation, York Literary Review, Anomaly and Przekrój.

Anna writes poetry in Polish: Więź, Kwartalnik artystyczny, Dekada literacka, ArtPapier, Kwartalnik Szafa, Śląska Strefa Gender, Babiniec LiterackiNowy BregArt, Obszary Przepisane, Inter, WydawnictwoJ and Helikopter and in English: Exiled Writers Ink, The Queer Riveter, The Blue Nib, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The High Window, Impspired Magazine and Modern Poetry in Translation. She has been shortlisted for several major poetry competitions in Poland. Café by Wren’s St James-in-the-Fields, Lunchtime, her bilingual poetry book with photographs by Lisa Kalloo was published in April 2020 by Holland House Books. Lili. Lili Stern-Pohlmann in conversation with Anna Blasiak, her book-length interview with Holocaust survivor is out in November 2020 (Holland House Books).

Anna has worked in museums and a radio station, run magazines, written on art, film and theatre. She is on of the editors of Babiniec Literacki, the Polish website publishing poetry written by women. Today she manages the European Literature Network website and events and is the Design and Production Editor of The Riveter Magazine.

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Photo of Anna Blasiak by Lisa Kalloo