“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”–Goethe


Anna Polonyi is a French-Hungarian-American writer. Recently graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is at work on her first novel inspired by the Beast of the Gévaudan.


Anna teaches creative writing at WICE Paris and has served as creative writing program director at the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking. She has taught at the University of Iowa, the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio and other venues, including Go Viral Festival in Kazakhstan and a sailboat off of Denmark.


Born in Boston, raised by Hungarian parents in Strasbourg, France, Anna is a Third Culture Kid.

She has worked as a freelance journalist for Agence France Presse, RFI English, and The International New York Times, among others. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.A. from Sciences Po Paris, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.

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Anna is a former Richard E. Guthrie Fellow with the University of Iowa, recipient of the Sara Rothfus Yoseloff Award, the Stanley Research Award, and the Sylvia Beach Short Fiction Award. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Iowa Lakeside Lab and a Fulbright fellow in Berlin.