Anzhelina Polonskaya

Anzhelina Polonskaya was born in Malakhovka, a small town near Moscow. She began to write poems seriously at the age of eighteen. At that time she was a professional ice-show skater. Between 1995 and 1997 she lived in Latin America, working as an ice dancer. Her first book of verses Svetoch Moy Nebesny (My Heavenly Torch) appeared in 1993.

In 1998, the Moscow Writer’s Publishing House published her second book, entitled Stikhotvoreniia (Verses). Having left the ice show, Polonskaya decided to devote herself to literature. Since 1998, she has been a member of the Moscow Union of Writers.

In 2004 an English-language collection, entitled A Voice, appeared in the Writings from an Unbound Europe series at Northwestern University Press. This book was shortlisted for the 2005 Corneliu M Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation. Polonskaya’s work has also been translated into Dutch and Spanish.

Polonskaya continues to live and work in Malakhovka, where she is preparing a new volume of poetry for publication.

– from Andrew Wachtel’s introduction in MPT Series 3/7 Love and War