ANNA POLONYI is an American-French-Hungarian writer of poetry and fiction as well as an internationally published journalist.
Anna holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.A. from the Sciences Po Journalism School, and an M.F.A. in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has taught creative writing at the Iowa Lakeside Lab (2018), the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio (2019), the University of Iowa (2018-19), and other venues—including a German sailboat in the Baltic Sea. Her fellowships from the University of Iowa include the Flannery O’Connor Fellowship (2018) and the Richard E. Guthrie Fellowship, which she is currently using to complete her first novel. In 2015, Anna was awarded the Sylvia Beach Short Fiction Prize by Paris Lit Up. Her first book, a chapbook of poems entitled Wayword, was published in 2017.
As a journalist, Anna has worked for Agence France Presse (2013-15), Radio France Internationale (2013-15), and the International New York Times (2015-16). In 2011-12, she was in Berlin on a Fulbright Fellowship for Young American Journalists, conducting research on Neo-Nazis in former East Germany and the role of women in the alt-right movement. Her journalistic work has appeared in various news outlets, including the International New York Times, RFI English, Foreign Policy, and the Irish Times.