POLINA COSGRAVE was born in Volgograd, Russia in 1988. She earned a degree in Linguistics as a teacher of English and French in Volgograd State Pedagogical University at the Chair of International Communication. Polina’s diploma thesis The Linguistic Phenomenon Of Fear In Stephen King’s Novels won the first prize at the University’s 63rd conference. Her work in Russian was featured on Echo of Moscow radio station, Russia-K channel and the website Polutona. Polina’s publications in Russian include poems in Aloud, Poems About Ourselves, (Ridero, Moscow, 2016), Pashnya, Almanac (CWS, Moscow, 2016), Lost Poetry Front 6 (Volgograd, 2017), Lost Poetry Front 7 (Volgograd, 2018) and Ivan’s Choice in the short story collection Twist On The Sprat Can (Eksmo, 2019). She collaborated on an Artist book project A Human Being Open Wide (Otkrytyj Nastezh’ Chelovek, Moscow, 2018) in livre artiste style with Russian artist Valery Korchagin, the exhibition of which took place in the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia). Polina Cosgrave moved to Dublin in 2016 to study literature. She got her MFA in American College Dublin, where she was also rewarded The Board of Trustees medal. She studied theatre performance in Gaiety School of Acting and stage combat with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy. Polina’s poetry in English has appeared in The Irish Times, Arena on RTÉ Radio 1, Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets (Dedalus Press, 2019), Shamrock Haiku Journal (2018) and Qutub Minar Review (2019). Polina Cosgrave has taken part in Bray Literary Festival, Arts in Action NUI Galway, Mother Tongues Festival and The Fingal Poetry Festival. She lives in Arklow with her family.