Maria Jastrzębska was born in Warsaw, Poland and came to England as a child. Previous collections include Syrena (Redbeck Press, 2004), I’ll Be Back Before You Know It (Pighog Press 2009) and Everyday Angels (Waterloo Press, 2009). She co-translated Elsewhere the selected poems of Iztok Osojnik with Ana Jelnikar (Pighog Press, 2011). She is the co-editor of several anthologies including Forum Polek bilingual women’s anthology, Poetry South (2007), Whoosh! (Pighog Press, 2008), and Different and Beautiful (Allsorts Youth Project).
Her poems feature in the British Library project Between Two Worlds Poetry and Translation and are widely anthologised: from The Virago Book of Wicked Verse, Parents (Enitharmon, 2000), Images of Women (Arrowhead 2006) to See How I Land - Oxford Poets & Exiled Writers (Heaventree Press 2009), Warsaw Tales (New Europe Writers, 2010), This Line Is Not For Turning, An Anthology of Contemporary British Prose Poetry (Cinnamon Press 2011) and Collective Brightness (Sibling Rivalry Press, U.S.A, 2011).
Following a Wellcome Trust award, her drama Dementia Diaries toured nationally with Lewes Live Literature in 2011. A co-founder of South Pole artists’ network and Queer Writing South she lives in Brighton. See also: www.south-pole.org.uk