About Anna Frajlich

Anna Frajlich (b. 1942) is a poet, essayist, scholar, and senior lecturer at Columbia University in New York City. She began writing poetry in her hometown of Szczecin, Poland. After receiving her MA in Polish literature from the University of Warsaw in 1965, she worked as a journalist at a publication for the blind. In 1969 Frajlich with her husband and son fled Poland for the United States, with brief stopovers in Vienna and Rome. Since 1970 she has called New York City her home. In 1982 she began teaching at Columbia University and in 1990 received her PhD from New York University. She is the recipient of the 1981 Koscielski Foundation of Switzerland literary prize and a literary prize from the W. & N. Turzanski Foundation (Toronto, Canada) in 2003. In 2002, Frajlich received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Poland for recognition of her contributions to Polish culture. Her work has appeared in English in Modern Poetry in Translation, Habitus, Ulbandus, among other journals.