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


One piece of writing advice and one prompt for every day France is in lockdown. The Quarantine Quill is an improvised effort to maintain mental hygiene and encourage people to stay at home, in collaboration with the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking (PICT).


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 serves as creative writing program director at the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking. She has taught at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, the University of Iowa, the Iowa Lakeside Lab, and other venues.


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


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.


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.