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J.B. Polk


First Language(s): Polish
Second Language(s): English, Spanish


Polish by birth, a citizen of the world by choice. First story short-listed for the Hennessy Awards, Ireland in 1996. She became a regular contributor to Women's Quality Fiction, Books Ireland and IncoGnito. She was also the co-founder of Virginia House Writers, Dublin, and helped establish the OKI Literary Awards. Her creative writing was interrupted as she moved to Latin America and started contributing to magazines and newspapers and then writing textbooks for Latin American Ministries of Education. Since she went back to writing fiction last year, 39 of her stories, flash fiction, and non-fiction have been accepted for publication in anthologies and magazines in Australia, UK, Germany, the USA, and Canada.


What was your favorite book as a child?

Alice in Wonderland

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I got a top mark for an essay when I was 13, so I thought that if I kept writing, I would one day win the Nobel Prize for Literature!

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

I visited the most beautiful place in the world – Machu Picchu – with my husband after he'd lost movement in one of his legs after beating cancer. Still, we both managed to reach the top.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

No, I don't. I need to concentrate.


Short Story
Sweet Magnolia
Issue Spring '22

Short Story
The Fern Flower
Issue Fall '23

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz