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 a 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 Carol Anne Duffy, Sharon Olds, Jackie Kay, Kim Addonizio share pages with other poets.
A Forward Prize nominee, she was commended in Poets Meet Politics Competition 2013 by Bernard O’Donoghue, “the nicest man in Oxford.”
She was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2014 judged by Liz Lochhead, the Plough Prize 2015 judged by Carol Ann Duffy and the Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Award 2015 judged by Harry Clifton. In 2015 she was selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions Series, and the following year was awarded Third Place in the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition.
Bogusia has performed her poetry in Ireland at International Literature Festival Dublin alongside the National Poetry Competition winner Stephen Sexton and Rosamund Taylor the recipient of the Mairtin Crawford Award For Poetry. She has also read her work at venues such as Ireland’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Clifden Arts Festival, among others.
She is currently completing her first collection. If you are interested in knowing where she sees herself ten years from now read her poem of this title, published in Crannóg Magazine, Issue 46, Autumn 2017.