Krysia Jopek was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She holds four degrees: a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, an M.Phil. (Master’s of Philosophy) in English from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, and an M.F.A. in Literary Fiction from Albertus Magnus. She studied in London her sophomore year of college and attended Semester at Sea in Fall of 1988 before teaching English at City College New York (CCNY) from 1991-2001. The combination of her travels, education, and teaching experience informs her worldview and subsequently, her writing, with a global dimension.
Her first novel, poetic in nature, Maps and Shadows (Aquila Polonica 2010), won a Silver Benjamin Franklin award in 2011 in Historical Fiction. Her chapbook Hourglass Studies (Crisis Chronicles, 2017), a sequence poem in twelve sections, was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. This small book was influenced by Rainer Maria’s short book, The Book of Hours. Her first full-length book of poetry, DIRGE: a ballet for 13 dancers, a long sequence “fragment-hymn” poem in 13 acts, is forthcoming with Pierian Springs Press, 2022. Krysia is also revising her second novel, literary fiction (her M.F.A. thesis at Albertus Magnus), The Glass House of Forgetting.
Her poems have appeared in various literary journals, including BlazeVox, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Redactions, Split Rock Review, Great American Literary Magazine, Gone Lawn 19, Columbia Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. She has reviewed books of poetry for The American Book Review and Canadian Poetry Review as well as a book of literary criticism on Wallace Stevens for The Wallace Stevens Journal.
She founded diaphanous micro: an e-journal of literary and visual art in 2018 to publish and promote the finest cutting-edge poetry, short fiction (poetic fiction, hybrid, flash, and micro) and visual art that she can find. Issues of diaphanous micro can be viewed at www.diaphanouspress.com.
Krysia resides in Connecticut in her poet’s cottage with T.S. Eliot (Eliot for short), an amazing rescue dog and her adopted kitty, Marina Farina Ballerina Snow. You can follow Krysia on Facebook on her personal page, her Krysia Jopek Author Page; her dog T.S. on his Eliot Jopek Facebook fan page, and diaphanous micro on the diaphanous micro Facebook page in addition to www.diaphanouspress.com. Please feel free to contact her at [email protected]