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


Anna Polonyi is a French-Hungarian-American writer, currently pursuing an M.F.A. in fiction with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

She is at work on her first novel, inspired by the Beast of the Gévaudan (yes, Wikipedia that, it’s worth it).


Anna is also a professional multimedia journalist. Previous bylines include The International New York Times, Foreign Policy, Radio France Internationale and others.


Anna teaches university-level creative writing courses and workshops in unconventional spaces, including a laundromat in Paris, a sailboat off the coast of Denmark, a field station in the Great Plains.


Recent titles that have blown her away:

The Altruists by Andrew Ridker, 99 Nights of Logar by Jamil Kochai, Flights by Olga Tokarczuk


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 (yes, do go ahead and Wikipedia that too).


Anna is a Flannery O’Connor Fellow, recipient of the Sara Rothfus Yoseloff Award, the Stanley Research Award, and the Sylvia Beach Short Fiction Award. She has received support from the Napa Valley Writer’s Conference and the Iowa Lakeside Lab as writer-in-residence. For her journalism, she has received the Fulbright for Young American Journalists and the Jaromir Ledecky Fellowship for International Journalism.