“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.


Anna has experience teaching high school and university-level creative writing courses. She particularly likes to host literary events in unconventional spaces: a laundromat in Paris, a sailboat off the coast of Denmark, a field station in the Great Plains.


Anna is trained as a professional multimedia journalist. Previous gigs include The International New York Times, Radio France Internationale, the European Parliament, Agence France Presse and others.


Recent titles that have blown her away:

Say Say Say by Lila Savage, As a River by Sion Dayson, Habiletés Sociales (FR) by Camille Cornu, Verseim (HU) by Szvoren Edina


Anna holds a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University, and an M.A. in Journalism and International Relations from Sciences Po Paris.

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


Anna is the 2019-2020 Richard E. Guthrie Fellow with the University of Iowa. She is a former Flannery O’Connor Fellow, 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.