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 is the winner of the New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2018 Poetry Competition and has been previously commended or shortlisted in the Bridport Prize, the Plough Prize and the Hippocrates Prize.
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.
Bogusia is a mesmerizing performer 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, Clifden Arts Festival, and Norway’s House of Literature.
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