Maria Jastrzębska (born 1953 in Warsaw) is a poet, playwright, editor and translator. At the age of four, she emigrated from her birth country and settled with her parents in England. Her debut collection of poems, Postcards From Poland, was published in London in 1991 by Working Press. It has been followed by five poetry books, Home from Home (2002), Syrena (Mermaid, 2004), I’ll Be Back Before You Know It (2009), Everyday Angels (2009) and At the Library of Memories (2013). Her poems were translated into Polish, French, Finnish and Slovenian. She is also the author of a play Dementia Diaries, which premiered in Edinburgh in 2011 and was subsequently staged in Cardiff, London, Brighton and Southampton.
She has contributed to a variety of periodicals, including Ambit, Poetry International and Modern Poetry in Translation. Her poetry was published in several British and Polish anthologies. She was the winner of the Grey Hen Press Competition in 2014. She lives and works in Brighton.
– compiled by Agata Górska
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