Bogusia Wardein is from Wroclaw, Poland. She holds an MA in Social Anthropology but her real university is the people she bumps into.
Her first published piece of poetry was nominated for the Forward Prize in 2013.
Since then fifty of her poems were published in print internationally, including 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.
She is the winner of the New Zealand Poetry Society 2018 Poetry Competition and has been previously commended or shortlisted in the Bridport Prize, the Plough Prize, the Hippocrates Prize and in a number of other competitions.
In 2015 she was selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions series and the following year was awarded third place in the Irish Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition.
Bogusia has been highly praised for the performance of her poetry and has appeared at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the 2015 International Literature Festival Dublin alongside the National Poetry Competition winner Stephen Sexton. She has also read her work at Ireland’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature on four ocassions, Clifden Arts Festival, and House of Literature in Oslo, Norway.
She has attended poetry workshops with Ruth Padel, Jane Hirshfield, Mimi Khalvati, Liz Lochhead, Patricia Smith and Kwame Dawes, and translation seminars with Ilya Kaminsky and Charles Simic.
Bogusia is a member of an Irish Galway-based poetry collective, Skylight Poets, and serves as its ambassador to Scandinavia and Central Europe.
She currently lives with two blond spiders.
Photo courtesy of Dominik Herman