Anna Blasiak

Anna Blasiak is a poet, translator, journalist and managing editor of the European Literature Network. Anna writes poetry in Polish and in English. Her bilingual poetry and photography book (with Lisa Kalloo) Kawiarnia przy St Jamess Wrena w porze lunchu / Café by Wrens St-James-in-the-Fields, Lunchtime was published in 2020, as was Lili. Lili Stern-Pohlmann in conversation in Anna Blasiak, both from Holland House Books.

Anna 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 (some as Anna Hyde). She has recently translated According to Her by Maciej Hen, which was shortlisted to the EBRD Literature Prize 2023. Her English translations of Aneta Kamińska poems are forthcoming from Arc Publications. She has also translated into Polish poetry by Maria Jastrzębska, Mary O’Donnell, Nessa O’Mahony, Vesna Goldsworthy, Martina Evans, Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese, Tishani Doshi and Pascale Petit; and, into English, by Mirka Szychowiak, Radosław Wiśniewski, Edward Pasewicz, Rafał Gawin, Robert Kania and Joanna Fligiel. In addition to her book-length translations, her work has been published in Best European Fiction 2015, Asymptote, The Guardian, B O D Y Literature, York Literary Review, Anomaly and Modern Poetry in Translation.

Anna has worked in museums and a radio station, run magazines, written on art, film and theatre. She regularly reviews books in translation for the European Literature Network, where she also runs a monthly poetry column Poetry Travels. She is one of the editors of Babiniec Literacki, a Polish page publishing poetry written by women.

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Photo of Anna Blasiak by Lisa Kalloo