portrait of Zuzanna Olszewska

Zuzanna Olszewska

Zuzanna Olszewska is a Junior Research Fellow in Oriental Studies at St. John's College, Oxford. She received a doctorate in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, having completed a dissertation on 'Poetry and its Social Contexts Among Afghan Refugees in Iran', which won the Foundation for Iranian Studies' annual Dissertation Award in 2010. Her scholarly publications have appeared in a number of journals, including Iranian Studies and Anthropology of the Middle East, while her translations of Afghan poetry have appeared in print in the Norton anthology, Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond and the magazine Modern Poetry in Translation; and on the internet in Words Without Borders, an online magazine of international literature. In her research, she continues to combine anthropological and literary approaches to Afghan poetry.

With Mimi Khalvati, Zuzanna translated the Afghan poet Shakila Azizzada for the PTC's Persian Poets' Tour.

Poems translated by Zuzanna Olszewska