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. 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. Her first novel, Maps and Shadows (Aquila Polonica 2010), won a Silver Benjamin Franklin award in 2011 in the category of Historical Fiction. She is currently finishing her second novel, The Glass House of Forgetting.
The combination of her travels, education and teaching experience informs her worldview with a global dimension.
She has published poems in various literary journals, including Crisis Chronicles, Split Rock Review, The Woven Tale Press, Great American Literary Magazine, Gone Lawn 19, Columbia Poetry Review, Windhover, Prairie Schooner, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Phoebe, Murmur, Prometheus, and Artists & Influence, as well as reviews of poetry in The American Book Review, and a review of literary criticism in The Wallace Stevens Journal.
She is the founder and editor of DIAPHANOUS PRESS, founded in February 2017 to promote the work of cutting-edge, contemporary poets, fiction writers of short fiction (under 1,000 words), and art. DIAPHANOUS is a free online biannual journal of literary and visual arts–debuting May, 2017–and published every spring and fall. Please see www.diaphanouspress.com for more information, her mission statement of poetics / aesthetics, and for submission guidelines.
She resides in Connecticut in her Poet’s Cottage with T.S. Eliot (Eliot for short), an amazing rescue dog from Houston, Texas that another poet, Melissa Studdard rescued from Houston, TX homelessness and nursed back to health.
You can follow Krysia on facebook on her personal page and Krysia Jopek Author Page, and follow her dog on his Eliot Jopek fan page. Keep your eyes open for the upcoming publications of The Glass House of Forgetting (literary novel with excerpts posted on her website) and The Island Within (poems from this forthcoming collection posted on her website also).
Please email her via Contact page if so inclined. She loves to hear from readers.