Bogusia Wardein is from Wroclaw, Poland. She holds an MA in Social Anthropology but her real university is the people she bumps into. She is a member of an Irish Galway-based poetry collective, Skylight Poets, and serves as its ambassador to Scandinavia and Central Europe.
Her work has found a home in The Rialto, Stand, Poetry Wales, THE SHOp and other journals and anthologies. One of her poems is featured in the anthology Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe, 2015), described as a ‘great collection of poems from some of the best women writing today,’ where Kim Addonizio, Carol Anne Duffy, Jackie Kay, Sharon Olds share pages with less-well-known poets.
Bogusia’s first published poem was nominated for the Forward Prize in 2013.
She was shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport Prize and the 2015 Plough Prize judged by Liz Lochhead and Carol Ann Duffy respectively. In 2015 she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series, and the following year was awarded the third place in the Irish Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition.
She was commended in the 2018 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine by Mark Doty, Carol Rumens and Peter Goldsworthy.
Bogusia has performed her poetry at the International Literature Festival Dublin alongside the National Poetry Competition winner Stephen Sexton. She has also read her work at venues such as Ireland’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Clifden Arts Festival, among others.
If you are interested in knowing where she sees herself ten years from now, read her poem of this title, published in Crannóg in Autumn 2017.
Photo courtesy of Dominik Herman