Lusia Slomkowska was a Polish-American writer, translator, and activist for lesbian-feminist issues in the United States and Eastern Europe, particularly, Poland. Her writing explores her identity as a Polish-American lesbian writer and the daughter of a Nazi Genocide survivor.
Lusia received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont , where she was also awarded a merit scholarship.
Her work has been published in The Agni Review, Amelia, Kalliope, New Letters, Parnassus, The Quarterly, and Quarterly West, among others. She has been anthologized in Looking for Home, Women Writing about Exile, Milkweed Editions, and The Poetry of Sex, Banned Books.
Slomkowska received grants from The Barbara Deming/ Money for Women Memorial Foundation and the Polish National Library Association for her translation of Swallowing Paradise; a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center; the Poetry Atlanta Award; Writers at Work Poetry Fellowship; Bennington Writers Workshop Poetry Prize; The Lucille Sandberg Haiku Award, and others.
On July 25,th 2014, Lusia Slomkowska died of complications from heart disease.
Wire & Wail will officially launch at 6pm on April 29, 2017 at the Tucson Poetry Festival, where Lusia will be honored. Books will be available for sale. More about the TPF here.